Needed Now More Than Ever
St Wilfrid’s has been your local community hospice since 1987. 2022 marks 35 years of expert care and compassion. We believe everyone should be able to live well until the end and die with dignity.
Over 20,000 local people have been referred to St Wilfrid’s vital hospice care since 1987. For every patient we care for, at least two loved ones also receive our support, making over 60,000 people in our community helped by St Wilfrid’s since we first opened our doors.
The pandemic means that our community needs our services now more than ever, and as an independent local charity we need your support to continue to provide care.
The care costs of the Hospice are paid for in part by a small NHS grant, however the majority of our £8.3m annual costs are met thanks to the generous support of fundraisers, donors and customers in our shops. You can help us be there for you, your friends, family and neighbours in the future by supporting us in our 35th year. Thank you.
Sharing stories and memories
My dad spent the last six weeks of his life at St Wilfrid’s. From the minute he arrived until he sadly died the amazing staff couldn’t do enough for him. He loved being in the gardens and spent most of his time sat out, joking that he had his own outside doctor’s clinic as most of his checks et cetera were done in the garden. I can’t thank the staff enough for everything they did. You are all wonderful!
My husband Alan Simpson, went to St Wilfrid’s Hospice on 29 September 2016 for 3 weeks. The care and attention he had was incredible. We were not expecting him to come home. However, he lived for another 14 months and finally passed away in the Hospice on 5 October 2017. Such an amazing place
Our memory as a family about St Wilfrid’s is the love, peace, and care of us all. Paragraph when Brian my husband was with you 7 years ago, you cared for us all, also when Brian was brought home to end his days with us. We will forever be so very, very grateful to you all. Best wishes to you all.
As good a last 10 days as could be hoped for in this world for my dear wife Joyce Burns. Thank you!
Among others is my mother, Gwen Milner, who did spend a considerable time under the care of the hospice. As soon as she entered the building, she visibly relaxed. One Christmas there was a carol service. Mum was in a bed with an electric pressure mattress. We had to keep plugging it in to keep it inflated and for her to go to the service. She was laughing the whole way round, it was hilarious. The last “plug-in” resulted in a malfunctioning of the mattress. She was still laughing.
I became aware of St Wilfrid’s through my mentor and friend and his wife, Frank and Teresa Meaby. I trained as a pharmacist under Frank’s supervision in Bognor Regis. When they were celebrating their wedding anniversary they asked that a donation be made. Frank and Teresa made Sussex like a second home to me during my time there. Their daughter Sonia, works in the hospice. By continuing to support St Wilfrid’s it gives me a sense of connection to friends who were crucial in my development as a healthcare provider and also a connection to Sussex where I was very happy. Keep up your good work!
In June 2010 my lovely dad Tony Foyle was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He first came to the hospice in November 2020 for symptom control and he loved it. He was a man of faith so was very at peace with his diagnosis and loved the peaceful hospice. His final admission was on 24 December 2010 when he was admitted for his end of life care. The care of him and the family was amazing and I will always be eternally grateful for the support we all received. Thank you
My wonderful dad was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in April 2021 and sadly died just five weeks later. From the moment St Wilfrid’s entered our lives they made the most enormous difference. Nothing was too much trouble and I felt completely supported in caring for dad at home - this was all dad wanted. I know I couldn’t have given dad the peaceful and dignified death he deserved without the amazing St Wilfrid’s team.
My dear friend John Allen passed away in 2009 and it was always the wonderful care and attention that you provided that was so very special. Thank you
My late husband Brian, spent his last week at St Wilfrid’s. We were overwhelmed at the care, love and dignity he received. In fact, the whole family were looked after too whilst we stayed by his bedside. What stood out to us, was that the hospice was so full of life. Nobody wants to be in the position of losing a loved one but we were, and felt privileged to have known how wonderful St Wilfrid’s Hospice is and how incredible the team of people are who go above and beyond in everything they do. We never stop feeling grateful to them. Thank you
The most profound memory I have of St Wilfrid’s is the tender and excellent care the staff took of my beloved sister Molly Reed during her stay at St Wilfrid’s. They tuned into her fears which she suffered all her life. They shared themselves beyond their duty and allowed Molly to minister to them - which afforded her dignity and self-worth right up to the end of her life. Molly knew where she was going and St Wilfrid’s sent her on her way of her spiritual journey full of God’s love. My thanks to you all.
Our fondest memories of St Wilfrid’s Hospice were of unhappy times as with most hospices, but your kind and helpful staff and other visitors somehow lessened the heavy burden of heartache. Our friend managed to enjoy his last days with a smile, a good joke and laugh hidden behind his thin and masked face. It was a beautiful smile that said “everything is okay” and left us with a lasting memory knowing his sense of humour and kind demeanour would be forever with him. God bless you David, and all at St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
So sorry but we don’t have any “ground breaking” comments; all we can say is “thank heavens St Wilfrid’s is St Wilfrid’s”.
Taxi driver “Shirley” in Emsworth succumbed to the virus in 2020. She was my driver, then friend and mentor. Nothing was too much trouble for her customers. She always got out of the taxi to assist and tried to bully male drivers to do the same!
My memory is of being pleasantly surprised on my first visit. Such a lovely feeling in the place. Everybody was so friendly and wishing to help. Before my husband died he said “you are all angels”. I have to agree. It was like home from home. With added kindness.
I remember the kindness and compassion that I was shown at the time of my dad’s death. He had been cared for in the hospice for about a week before he died and the care he received was exceptional. I was especially touched by a nurse, Julie, and the chaplain, Julie who supported me through one of the toughest days. The hospice gave us a space to be with dad and support in the early stages of our grief. I will never forget the kindness and support we received, the humanity and understanding that we were shown. Thank you
My best friend was in the hospice for 3 weeks and she was so pleased to be there. It is a wonderful place, and her care was excellent. Thank you all
Looking after mum in law (Joan Besant) and my dad (Johnny Suneps) with such loving care. We really felt at peace with their dying as you were all there every step of the way. We cannot thank you enough.
You guys and girls aren’t just stars, you are an entire universe. Thank you. God bless. Love Dave and Prince the dog
My father was admitted to this will fit in 1989. My mother had nursed him at home for several weeks and needed a rest. She was worried about letting him go into the hospice and felt guilty. But, after a few visits was able to relax knowing he was settled and being well cared for. All the family were able to visit and be with him when he passed away. When my husband became ill I was able to nurse him at home with help from carers. After he passed away I was invited to coffee mornings then lunches at St Wilfrid’s. I felt it a great help. The staff and volunteers were so understanding and gave great advice to help cope with the loss.
I started giving to St Wilfrid’s Hospice in memory of a lovely neighbour called Peggy Rumble who died on Boxing Day, aged 90, in St Wilfrid’s at Chichester. I had only known her 18 months (since I moved to the area in 2003) but we all loved her in Emsbrook Drive, Emsworth.
Coming Soon: St Wilfrid’s Charity Challenge
Stay tuned to our social media channels to see our exciting Charity Challenge coming in the early Summer 2022!
Calling Corporate Partners
Do you know a local business who would like to get involved with supporting St Wilfrid’s? Our friendly Fundraising team are on hand to help, from supplying collection pots for the front desk, advising on payroll giving, even if a business is looking for a Charity of the Year – we’d love to talk to them! Visit our Corporate Partner page and brochure or email: email@example.com
What your money can do…
Could pay for a bereavement support session for a loved one.
Could pay for one hour of care from our Hospice Community Team, supporting patients at home at the end of their life.
Could pay for an hour’s expert care at home from our Clinical Nurse Specialists for patients with a life limiting illness
Could pay for the costs of caring for a patient on our ward for a day.
Could pay for a syringe driver to give continuous, effective pain relief medicine to a patient to manage their symptoms.
Join our team
This year, be part of a team that makes a difference. Did you know we spend one third of our lives at work- do you want to make a difference at your job every day? We’re looking for passionate people for clinical, retail, and support team roles.
Calling all Volunteer superstars!
Could you spare 35 hours this year or 3.5 hours a week? You can make a real difference to people in our local community, and have fun with our friendly Hospice team.