TLC from St Mary's Hospice Ulverston
Wed 7th March 2018 at 18.30 - 20.00
At our meeting on the 7 March 2018 we had guests Helen Carlson and Charlotte Windle from the Fundraising Team St Mary’s Hospice Ulverston. Helen began by explaining the role of the Hospice in our community.
When a hospice may be required by a family, St Mary’s steps into the breach to help take away the fear of not knowing what the future may hold for both the recipient of help and the family. To demonstrate this Helen read out an extract from a letter the Hospice had received from a daughter whose father had received treatment at St. Mary's.
The letter explained the feelings the family experienced whilst her father was being looked after. The loving and caring environment he was in was very comforting, and her father also said that his experience was one of laughter and joy generated by the staff even though the outcome wouldn’t be good.
Helen explained that even in this most distressing situation for the patient and the family, St Mary’s staff will foster a feeling of normality even to the extent of being light hearted at times.
St Mary’s also delivers a Hospice at Home service and this is a choice some people take, preferring to stay in the familiar surroundings of their home, but St Mary’s staff still deliver the same professional care giving the person treated a feeling of empowerment over their choices in the final stages of life.
St Mary’s is also delivering Living Well sessions where people can experience a caring service in an environment which gives them the feeling of security and confidence in their final days.
Bereavement courses are also running and are delivered in group sessions or on a one to one basis.
Helen finished by saying that the Hospice's running costs are £3.2m a year, and to continue with the Living Well sessions a further £400k would be required.
Members put many questions to Helen and Charlotte before Helen ended the presentation by thanking the Club for its continued support.