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.

Make Double the Difference

This 3rd and 4th of July over 220 Hospice Heroes joined in with our new online fundraiser ‘Make Double the Difference’. For just 35 hours (between Sunday 10.00am and Monday 9.00pm), every pound you donated was doubled. Together over 2000 individual donations were received generating over £305,000 in total!

£305,000 could fund expert care for patients in their own homes from three of our Clinical Nurse Specialists for a year, PLUS fund the cost of caring for all the patients staying on our 14 room inpatient unit for over two weeks.

You are truly amazing!
Thank you.

Moonlight Walk Week 2022

Stride out under the stars in September and celebrate the 35th Anniversary of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Moonlight Walk Week is an incredible way to show your support for the hospice. Take on the 5 or 10 mile challenge, create a team or walk solo, all in aid of raising vital funds that provides vital end of life care to patient and their loved ones.

The official Moonlight Walk Week will be 3rd – 10th September 2022 and there are three special ways you can be part of it:

  1. Walk your own Moonlight Walk! Choose your own 5 or 10-mile route and be part of our special Moonlight Walk Week between 3rd – 10th September. Walk a route of your choice at a time that suits you and your family and friends and connect with us on socials!
  2. Join in the Moonlight Walk evening event! Join us on Saturday 10th September for the return of our familiar 5 or 10-mile routes through Chichester, including the specially lit Bishops Palace Gardens. You will be able to choose your registration and your starting time.
  3. Volunteer to support the evening event on 10th September to make this year really special for all those walking in memory of loved ones.

Sharing stories and memories

Share your stories about St Wilfrid’s by emailing editor@stwh.co.uk

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!

Jodie Sehili, patient's Daughter

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

Susan Simpson, patient's Wife

Our memory as a family about St Wilfrid’s is the love, peace, and care of us all. 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.

Mrs Patricia Wells, patient's Wife

As good a last 10 days as could be hoped for in this world for my dear wife Joyce Burns. Thank you!

Alexander Burns, patient's Husband

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.

Carole Kell, Mary Blake and Robert Blake, patient's Daughter

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!

Bernard Brannigan, patient's Friend

In June 2010 my lovely dad Tony Foyle was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He first came to the hospice in November 2010 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

Karen Jones, patient's Daughter

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.

Sarah Clements, patient's Daughter

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

John Masters, patient's Friend

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

Mrs Maureen Brooks, patient's Wife

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.

Carol Manners, patient's Sister

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.

Ken and Dee Buckley, patient's Friend

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”.

Jan & David Hall, patient's Mother

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!

Barbara Chainey, patient's Friend

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.

Marian Fowler, patient's Wife

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

Rebecca Fryer, patient's Daughter

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

Margaret Phillips, patient's Friend

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.

Nicholas Besant, patient's Son

You guys and girls aren’t just stars, you are an entire universe.  Thank you. God bless. Love Dave and Prince the dog

Dale Osborne, patient's Friend

My father was admitted to St Wilfrid's 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.

Mrs Patricia Brown, patient's Daughter

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.

Mrs Sheila Lawes, patient's Friend

Get Involved

Your support matters more than ever. Do something amazing today and get involved in 2022! 

If you’re considering supporting the Hospice this year, firstly a big THANK YOU! We have lots of ways to get involved. We have some suggestions listed here:

Donate

Why not set up monthly giving, or make a one-off donation? £35 could sponsor a Healthcare Assistant caring for our patients during the day on our ward for two hours.

Do something special

Get Together with your friends and family and hold a bake sale or coffee morning to raise £35

Do something active

Get Active and do 35k Your Way! Whether you walk, run, jog, cycle, paddleboard or rollerblade, simply complete 35K and get sponsorship, with support from our friendly Fundraising team.

Play and support

Our Grand Anniversary Raffle is a great way to support the Hospice and some fabulous prizes are on offer too.

Remember my loved one

Make an online dedication to your loved one, by sharing your story and a photo on our online Tribute Page.

Lasting dedication

You can choose to have a special leaf inscribed with the name of your loved one on our beautiful sculpture here at the Hospice, the Memory Tree. This is also…

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: corporatepartners@stwh.co.uk

What your money can do…

  • £20

    Could pay for a bereavement support session for a loved one.

  • £68

    Could pay for one hour of care from our Hospice Community Team, supporting patients at home at the end of their life.

  • £115

    Could pay for an hour’s expert care at home from our Clinical Nurse Specialists for patients with a life limiting illness

  • £600

    Could pay for the costs of caring for a patient on our ward for a day.

  • £1100

    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.