A Hertfordshire care home has donated vital funds to support a hospice’s work providing expert nursing support in people’s own homes.
Signature at Bentley House, in Hertford, has donated £1,162 to Isabel Hospice, a Welwyn Garden City charity providing specialist palliative and end-of-life care to hundreds of people across eastern Hertfordshire each year.
The money donated by the care home is enough to cover the cost of a week’s worth of two-hour visits from Isabel Hospice’s Hospice at Home team, which offers advice on symptom control and specialist practical nursing care to people in their own homes, or usual place of residence.
The donation adds to an ongoing collaboration between Bentley House and Isabel Hospice, who provide specialist nursing care to Bentley House residents. The hospice is also embarking on lasting support to team members at the care home through delivering expert training sessions covering end-of-life nursing care.
Whilst the hospice’s services are free of charge to those who need them, guaranteeing its future care provision means the hospice must raise £7 million every year through donations, fundraising events and income generated from its 16 shops across the county.
Cassie Hinton, Client Liaison Manager at Signature at Bentley House, said: “We regard Isabel Hospice as a close community partner and are delighted to support them in any way we can.
“Whilst we have previously provided donations to the hospice’s golf days and lights of love service, we were keen to provide this additional support as part of their fundraising objectives.
“Their Nursing team have supported our residents in need of hospice care, and we are hopeful we can further extend our work together by assisting the hospice should they need to move people they support into a care home setting.”
Donna Barton, Isabel’s Community, Corporate & Events Fundraising Manager, said: “At Isabel Hospice, we passionately believe that every person nearing the end of their life deserves the skilled, compassionate care and support that the hospice is able to provide.
“We are therefore incredibly grateful to our friends at Bentley House for this generous donation, which will ensure those who rely on us can access our free services whenever and wherever they need them, whether that’s at our Inpatient Unit, in people’s own homes, or in a care home setting.”