Katie's Diary

St Gemma's Hospice

13th December 2012

Robin Cornock along with Christian who lives in Leeds took a trip to St Gemma’s Hospice today to pass on our latest Christmas donation. They met with Tracie Harrison who is a key fundraiser for the hospice, who was really pleased, and very thankful for our help.

Whilst there Robin told Tracie about people he has supported in the past at ubu, who have also required the specialist care St Gemma’s provide. He mentioned how impressed he has always been with how well St Gemma’s patients are cared for.

Tracie then spoke about how the hospice is always on the lookout for new volunteers, and that it may be possible for some of the people ubu support to get involved, which is great news!

St Gemma's provides specialist medical and nursing care for people with life threatening illnesses, predominantly cancer, along with support for their families.

They welcome and provide care for people of all faiths and none. The staff focus care around the needs of the individual and are respectful of all beliefs, religions and cultures.

The Hospice was founded by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion and opened in 1978. It is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in England.

The Hospice provides In-Patient care but is not just a building; the majority of patients are supported in the place they want to stay – often their own homes.

Last year they received 2,059 referrals for new patients and each in patient costs the hospital £455 per day. Factoring in all other costs the cost of providing all services per day is £23,500. This huge sum shows how valuable any donations are to St Gemma’s and as such we are proud to support their huge efforts.

St Gemma's Hospice

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