forest holme2 In 2015 I have been lucky enough to get a marathon place through my running club; Purbeck Runners. This means that I will run in my club vest but it doesn’t mean that I can’t still try and raise a bit of money along the way!

The charity that I have chosen this year is the amazing Forest Holme Hospice in Poole, Dorset. They looked after lovely friends of ours through a tragic time in their life and couldn’t have done a better job.

My donation page is here and I really would be grateful for every single pound that you can spare x

About Forest Holme

Forest Holme Hospice Charity (Registered Charity No. 1038021) was formed in 1994 to raise funds to support Forest Holme Hospice which would be used to enhance the quality of life for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

The charity support all aspects of the hospice including the 12 bedded in-patient ward, the purchasing of specialist equipment, the funding of additional staffing posts, complementary therapies and counselling and bereavement support to patients and their families.

The charity has to raise £500,000 of voluntary donations each year to ensure that Forest Holme Hospice continues to be a centre of excellence for specialist end of life care in Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks.

Forest Holme was funded as a result of co-operation between the NHS, The Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund, the Macmillan Cancer Trust and a fundraising campaign supported by the Daily Echo newspaper.

The unit takes its name from the Victorian House which originally stood on the site. It forms part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, although it is geographically separate from the main hospital site. Like any other part of the NHS, no charge is made for the services provided at Forest Holme.

Forest Holme was dedicated by the late Roy Castle OBE on 3rd July 1993, and it was officially opened by the The Lady Romsey on 9th January 1995.

 

Their Care

forest holmeWhen facing a life-limiting illness, people need comfort, understanding and a place to feel safe.

At Forest Holme we provide a calm and caring environment for those who need hospice and palliative care.

Our care includes:

Twelve in-patient beds in a relaxed and non-clinical setting, to be used for symptom control

Out-patient consultations, with 5 clinics per week

An office for community based palliative care nurses

A base for palliative care nurses providing direct help to patients in Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

A base for a generalist palliative care team caring for patients in their own home

Counselling and support service for patients and the bereaved

Complementary therapies

Education service

 

Have a look at their website for details of current events