Gok’s charity of the month – April: Trinity Hospice

Trinity HospiceI was first introduced to Trinity Hospice from a friend of mine, as she was so passionate and enthusiastic about their work. I just had to find out more!

And I certainly wasn’t let down! They really have such a unique perspective on caring for people- understanding that the needs of each person is different.

Their nurses are at the heart of what they do as an organisation – providing expert end of life care around the clock. This is why their focus for 2012 is raising vital funds to support the Nurses work.

They clearly provide such a caring environment for everyone and I am positive this makes a difference to all the patients’ lives and their families. I also LOVE their shops where they sell fantastic donated clothing- I even put a couple of my own bits in! Please read on about Trinity Hospice and give them any support you can! Gok X

Every month around 800 people in our community will find out that they have a life-threatening illness.

Trinity provides skilled, compassionate end of life care to individuals and support for families in our central and south west London community.

We care for people with many types of illnesses. Many of our patients will have cancer but others will have long term conditions such as heart failure, lung or neurological conditions including motor neuron disease or multiple sclerosis. It’s the needs of the patient and their family that matter to us, not the diagnosis.

Our services include nursing and medical care, counselling and practical support, welfare advice, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, complementary therapies and creative activities. We help people to regain the confidence they need to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

Trinity cares for people in their own homes, through day services and in our Inpatient Centre. More than 40% of our patients are able to return home after spending time with us as an inpatient. A third of all those we care for are under 65 and an increasing number are aged between 20 and 40.

This year our focus is on supporting our nurses – Trinity’s nurses are at the heart of what we do as an organisation. They are the face of Trinity and often the first point of contact that people have with the Hospice.

“Thank you again for all your care for mum and us and for giving us the support to spend those last weeks together as a family.”

Our patient and family services are free but we receive just 36% of our income from the NHS. This means we rely on the support of our local community to raise more than £6 million each year.

“Trinity’s specialist nurses and other team members are priceless. The quality of care is outstanding. The human warmth is inspiring. A visit to Trinity helps me – and many other patients – to soldier on. I have made many new friends there, and they say the same: Trinity makes our lives better.”

2012 is an exciting year for Trinity – with many new ways to get involved and help raise vital funds – from our glamorous Stardust Ball to family fun at our open garden day. We also have a range of sporting challenges and fundraising events and initiatives – for more information on how to get involved check out our new website: www.trinityhospice.org.uk/events

We also have fantastic retail outlets throughout our catchment area, from fashion and lifestyle stores to furniture and book shops there really is something for everyone.

Sign up to our e-bulletin on our website if you want to find out about our special shopping events

If you would like to make a donation to support our nurses Trinity please go to www.trinityhospice.org.uk/nurseappeal or text £ 2, £5, or £10 to nurs12

On behalf of all our patients and their families – thank you.

Registered Charity Number 1013945