Easter message from St Wilfrid's Hospice

“This Easter will be for many, very different from all others. For us at the Hospice it is a time of reflection and renewal as we continue to commit ourselves fully to the delivery of compassionate care to terminally ill people in our community.

We are doing everything to ensure our services continue throughout the complex and ever changing Covid-19 situation, without compromising the safety of our patients and their loved ones. By adapting the way we deliver our care, we’re currently providing support to more than 300 patients in West Sussex, playing a key part in the healthcare system.

We have made available 4 new beds in the inpatient ward, bringing the total to 18, in order to better support the NHS and general healthcare system as much as possible. We are working closely with our partners in the NHS, fellow hospices and many more organisations and businesses to ensure the integrity of all vital services throughout this crisis.

The majority of St Wilfrid’s patients continue to be served by the dedicated Community Nursing team, following the government guidance and using technology to contact patients where possible. They are continuing to provide symptom control, nursing care and emotional support to terminally ill people at this most testing of times.

We very much welcome the Government’s latest announcement of Hospice specific support at a time when St Wilfrid’s is playing a vital role in the healthcare system’s response to the coronavirus crisis. We look forward to working with Hospice UK to put this much needed funding to good use in the local community.

With the recent closure of all our shops and the postponement of our current fundraising events however, our long term income has been adversely affected. We currently rely on the public for 85% of our funding, and remind the public we still very much rely on the ongoing support of the public.

The best way to keep up to date with what St Wilfrid’s Hospice is doing is by visiting stwh.co.uk, and please consider sending us a ‘Wilfcard’ on our Facebook page @stwilfridschichester.

We also want to take the time to thank all those who have been sending us messages and pictures of kindness, it has meant the world to our staff to know how much the local community cares.

Stay home and keep safe.”

- Alison Moorey, Chief Executive for St Wilfrid’s Hospice