We need your support, now more than ever before.
The demand on the services provided by Hospice of the Valleys has not gone away during the current pandemic. Patients and carers still need support and for those feeling more isolated and vulnerable the needs are even greater now than ever before.
We are very fortunate to have a flexible team who are working hard to adapt how they work, so they can continue to provide the vital support to our patients who are the most at risk from Covid-19. However, we have had to close our Day Centre, our shops and pause access to our complementary therapist and physiotherapist services.
As we continue to work in what can only be described as unchartered times, the demand on our services will only continue to rise, however following Government advice and to protect our patients and those that matter most to them, our workforce, our volunteers and supporters, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel or postpone all of our fundraising events and activities over coming months.
Would pay for an hour of specialist nursing care for a patient in their own home.
Would cover the cost of a tailor made package of complimentary therapy to support a patient in helping them cope with their symptoms and anxiety, so they can make the most of their precious time.
Would pay for a Healthcare Assistant to provide care and support for a night at a patient’s home, allowing their carers and family the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep.
My name is Bernard Bennett. I am 82 and I have lung cancer. My wife Sheila is 79 and is living with Dementia. Myself and my family have a long history of illness and the Hospice has supported us all during these difficult times, whenever we have needed their support, they have always been there….Read more
It has been widely recognized that those living with a dementia diagnosis are amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic; sweeping closures of day services, families unable to visit, isolation due to shielding and many services being suspended have all played a part in creating significant challenges for those we support. Unfortunately, we have witnessed…Read more
Can you Go the Extra Mile for the Hospice and help us celebrate our 30th Anniversary in style? This June it’s all about the play on 30. Thank you for being there over the last 30 years. With your help we have been able to support 10,124 patients and those who matter most…Read more
This summer we’re reaching out to our supporters; existing and new, of all ages and abilities to see if you can take on Pedal Power for the Hospice. This exciting new event will be held for the first time during the summer of 2021 with a total of 3 months to…Read more
‘You treated us like Family’
“Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, listen with patience and act with compassion” RAKtivist.
Whoever spoke these words is a stranger to me. For what reason they were spoken no one can say. But I find myself grateful to a stranger for giving me the words to express how I feel about the staff and volunteers at Hospice of the Valleys.
They came to us at our most difficult time when my mother had been diagnosed with cancer.
Kindness, patience and compassion was in abundance along with an expert duty of care and a gentle and professional demeanour towards tasks that needed to be done.
They came to us at all hours of the day and night giving us the help and support we needed and putting our minds at rest knowing my mother was in good hands.
Jonathan, from the Family Support team, supported me in a way that no one else has ever done, and our chats together helped me overcome some anxieties and come to terms with my mother’s passing. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we spoke outside under a shelter at the Hospice and his calming words seemed to blend with the scenery. The hills, the trees, and the leaves seemed to rustle and speak in calming whispers.
The Hospice refused to let the pandemic hinder either treatment or care and whenever new restrictions or regulations threatened them in carrying out their duties, they found a way around it. Nurses and carers still came, and we slept at night because they continued to provide the support we needed.
The staff and volunteers at the Hospice were once strangers to us, but they treated us like their family.
Written by Lynsey Wheeler on behalf of her late mother Ann Wheeler, her father Brian Wheeler and sister Catherine Wheeler