Donor gives appeal hope

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A Devon Philanthropist who refused to see a local charity’s fundraising activity be thwarted by Coronavirus has pledged their support to a match funding appeal in conjunction with Devon Community Foundation.

Hospiscare are a Devon charity providing palliative care to people diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, throughout Exeter, Mid and East Devon. As well as a specialist ward and three day hospices, the charity offers its specialist care to patients and their families in their homes with a team of highly qualified nurses.

Hospiscare has provided day time specialist community nurses since 1982. However, it is its 24/7 Hospiscare@Home service that has proven even more invaluable to its patients and their loved ones, providing not only the expertise of symptom control and practical support too, but an attention to patient’s unique and individual needs that led them to pick up both national and local awards in the last 3 years.

In late 2019 the charity began an appeal to extend Hospiscare@Home with additional nursing teams to complete its cover in East and Mid Devon. Plans were met with praise and support from its supporters, who understood the problems associated with care provision in some of the most rural areas of the county, and the charity’s motivation to grant the wish of up to 81% of its patients who state that their preference would be to die at home.

“The closure of up to 50% of the community hospital beds in recent years makes admission to a local hospital less likely.”

“Hospiscare@Home means fewer unplanned, emergency admission to acute hospitals which are distressing to patients and their loved ones.

“Patients and their family members can make the most of their final days together, proved to have long-lasting benefit for grieving relatives and loved ones.” – Hospiscare

Unfortunately, the arrival of coronavirus put paid to a public appeal, and all fundraising objectives and resources were re-diverted to helping the charity survive the pandemic. However, one backer was resolute in his support, and has found a way to help fundraising efforts for the extension of Hospiscare@Home to continue.

The Devon donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has called upon the philanthropic experience of Devon Community Foundation to launch a match funding appeal that seeks to raise £1.2 million for the introduction of Hospiscare@Home to the Okehampton & Crediton areas of Devon.

Hospiscare said This is a real gift to us because all of our funding focus has been diverted to survival through the pandemic. It’s helping take the pressure off us to deliver a service that is desperately needed.

Hospiscare@Home will ensure we can provide people nearing the end of their life with the very best palliative care to the highest professional standards with the dignity, support, comfort and compassion they desire – and most importantly, keep them at home if that’s where they wish to be.

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Find out more about the Hospiscare@Home Match Fund Appeal with Devon Community Foundation here.

Read more about the work of Hospiscare read our article here.

If you would like to help us by making a donation – Thank you! Please make your donation of £5 to £1,000 via our Donate page here. The match-fund will add 25% to your donation, and if you are able to apply gift aid we will be able to achieve a 50% uplift on your generosity. The Full amount will then be passed from DCF to Hospiscare.

For bigger donations and possibly a greater match please get in touch with our Philanthropy Director Scott Walker by emailing scott@devoncf.com

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