Today (11th December) Ian Jenks, Paul Hutchinson and Julie who lives in Harrogate visited Saint Michael’s Hospice to drop off our charitable donation of the day.
On arrival our team met with Jessica Taylor, a representative from the hospice who received the money with thanks and was kind enough to show Ian, Paul and Julie around the facility. She said that the money will be put towards their costs involved with providing Palliative care for their patients, which is amongst the most important of the services they offer.
After leaving Saint Michael’s Julie said “it was a really visual place and it was really nice being able to share the Christmas spirit with somebody else, especially people that really need it”.
Saint Michael’s Hospice in Harrogate has been open for the last 20 years and serves a population of 160,000 people across the district.
Their belief is that “personalised support should be available regardless of the illness a person is living with or the place from which they are receiving care.” They exist to ensure people affected by terminal illnesses get the high quality end of life care they want, need and deserve.
Although they receive some funding from the NHS they still need to raise £3 million every year through fund raising events and from charitable donations. With a clear vision for the future the hospice wishes to keep expanding its services. It currently serves around 2,400 people per year, with illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone disease and end stage Heart and Lung disease. This is important and essential work and can only continue with public support.