Claire Watt, Sam England and Leanne (who lives in York) went along to St Leonard’s Hospice in York today to make a donation on behalf of ubu. Claire told us “We presented the cheque and then were shown round the hospice to see what facilities they provide. Leanne was so interested in what they do to help people and their families she took details of how to be a volunteer”.
The Hospice provides care for people with life threatening illnesses – often, though not always cancer. They offer in-patient, palliative care at their purpose built facility which houses 20 beds. They also provide day care at the hospice for people living in their own homes.
Established in 1985 the hospice has a wealth of experience, and staff who work together as a close, integrated team, sharing their skills and knowledge for the benefit of their patients. Their main philosophy is one of personalised care. They “treat all patients as individuals”; this is a wonderful philosophy and one that aligns closely with the values of ubu.
In terms of funding the hospice costs £3.5 million each year to run. This equates to £400 per hour. St Leonard’s say “We never make any charge to patients or relatives. The Hospice is financially supported almost entirely by the generosity of the local community.” It is therefore of the utmost importance that people continue to donate and raise funds to keep this essential organisation running, so that local patients continue to benefit from it in their time of need.