The aim of hospice care is to improve the lives of people who have an incurable illness and is available for all – from unborn babies to people in their 90s and beyond.
Hospices place a high value on dignity, respect, and the wishes of the person who is ill, and aim to look after all their needs. They provide for medical, emotional, social, practical, psychological, and spiritual needs, plus the needs of the person’s family and carers.
Hospice care is a style of care, rather than something that takes place in a specific building. Most hospice care is provided in the patient’s own home, but it can also be provided in a care home, as an in-patient at the hospice itself, or as a day patient visiting the hospice.
Hospices aim to feel much more like a home than hospitals. They can provide individual care more suited to the person who is approaching the end of life, in a gentler and calmer atmosphere than a hospital.
All Hospices are heavily reliant on fundraising. For example, Princess Alice Hospice in Esher, where Voices for Hospices originated back in 1989 now needs over £9m/year to run but only receives 25% from the NHS. While the precise numbers vary from Hospice to Hospice the reliance on fundraising certainly does not!
All proceeds from our massed Come and Sing event will be divided between the following Hospices. Please use the links below to find out more about the wonderful work you will be helping to support.
As one of the chosen charities for this event, Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity couldn’t be more pleased.
Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity was established to raise funds for Countess Mountbatten House, a specialist palliative care unit in Southampton that supports people with terminal or life limiting illnesses. Working in tandem with the NHS, CMHC contributes approximately £1 million each year towards items that enhance the quality of life of patients. Practical and emotional reinforcement is also provided for family members and carers through our free support services. For more information about our work please visit https://cmhcharity.org.uk Regd. Charity No: 1123304
Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospices provide specialised, individualised care in our hospices or in a family home for life-limited children and young adults and their families from across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight and parts of Surrey and West Sussex.
We care for children from birth to 16 years at Naomi House and then for young adults from 16 to 35 at Jacksplace. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and include respite care, emergency care, end of life and bereavement care to meet the families’ wishes.
We are currently offering care to more than 220 children and 115 young adults and their families.
To find out more please visit our website www.naomihouse.org.uk or call 01962 760060 or follow us on facebook /naomiandjack or twitter @naomiandjack. Regd. Charity No: 1002832
Oakhaven Hospice supports people not only at the Hospice but also out in the community we serve. Our services are always free of charge. It costs circa £3M annually to run Oakhaven of which just 13% is NHS funded. Consequently we are wholly dependent on our own fundraising initiatives and donations to provide our services. We support over 180 patients each week through a mix of our services. We are pleased that VfH Choir has chosen us as one of their named charities for their unique Come and Sing concert on 27th September 2015. We wish you all the best for the day. For more information please visit https://www.oakhavenhospice.co.uk Regd. Charity No: 900215
At St. Michael’s Hospice we are dedicated to providing care to people throughout North Hampshire who are affected by life-limiting illness. We work hard to give our patients the best possible quality of life by providing specialist care and support, both within our Hospice in Basingstoke and at patients’ homes, amidst an environment full of love, support, warmth, friendship, comfort and dignity. Our services are free of charge and are tailored to help patients and families cope as best they can with the challenges they face. In 2016/17 it will cost over £3.9m to provide these services to the local community with just 19% funding from the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group. The remaining £3.1m comes from the kind donations made by members of the local community. Therefor we are delighted to have been selected as one of the Hospices to benefit from the 2017 Voices for Hospices Choir Event and look forward to working together. For more information please visit https://www.stmichaelshospice.org.uk/. Registered Charity Number: 1002856.
- The Rowans Hospice is a local charity in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire dedicated to improving the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses. With a ward of 19 en-suite bedrooms, we provide 24 hour in-patient care to those who need it most. The ward is staffed by a clinical team with highly specialised skills in dealing with the physical and emotional effects a life-limiting illness. Their primary concern is to relieve pain and distress caused by complex medical conditions. As well as end of life and respite care, we also provide:
• Day care
• Hospice at home, caring for patients in their own home 24/7
• Spiritual Care
• Bereavement Services
• The Meerkat Service, for bereaved children and teenagers
• Social Work Services
• Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy
• Rowans Living Well Centre, supporting people at any stage of their diagnosis providing advice, support and service sign-posting
There is no hospice within the city of Winchester. Many people, at the end of their lives have to travel to Andover, Basingstoke or Southampton for inpatient and day case hospice care and have to wait to be seen by community teams, which do not operate 24 hours a day, or seven days a week. It is particularly difficult for their families and this often means that people in Winchester and the area are not offered the same choices about care at the end of their lives that are available to our patients in Basingstoke and Andover.
A plan is in place to refurbish an historic building, Burrell House, which is on the site of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, into a dedicated hospice. The Winchester Hospice will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide much needed local care and support to patients and their families. To get the hospice up and running by spring 2019, we need to raise well over two million pounds for the capital build and then an ongoing commitment to supplement the core NHS funding for hospice care.
The Countess of Brecknock Hospice is delighted to be one of the hospices supported by Voices for Hospices Choir. CoBH provides respite and palliative care to adults suffering from life-limiting illness who live in Andover and its surrounding villages, together with support for their families, friends and carers. Patients can attend our DayHospice, are admitted to our inpatient unit or can be cared for in their own homes through our Hospice at Home and Home Care services.
CoBH is hugely reliant on voluntary donations and needs the continued support of the community to provide the exceptionally high standard of care for which we are known. Put simply, without the support of individuals, local companies and organisations, CoBH won’t be there to help when help is most needed. For more information, please visit https://www.countessofbrecknockhospice.co.uk/
Registered Charity No: 1067238