Today we went to Wigan and Leigh hospice to present our cheque and whilst there Edwin the communications and PR officer discussed what was provided by the hospice, providing a whole range of services - not just in the hospice building but across the Wigan borough.
He went on to say that sadly, there are still many misconceptions about hospices - many people think that they are lonely, frightening, old-fashioned places where people go in the last few days of their lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. The hospice building is welcoming, light, modern and airy. They provide a highly reassuring environment, a place of care and comfort, of support and sanctuary during a difficult time. Some people are admitted to the hospice for a short period of time to help their symptoms, for transitional care or end of life care. Many more will access the Day Hospice or outpatient services, attending for one-off or regular sessions to improve their well-being and quality of life.
Edwin gave us a guided tour and within the day hospice activities such as card making was taking place; they also provide alternative therapy for patients and carers such as aromatherapy, reiki and Indian head massage.
Shockingly we learnt that the hospice requires £4,000 a day through donations which is why they were so thankful for ours.