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Springhill Hospice Christmas Appeal

The last year has been so tough with the pandemic, but we’ve kept going, kept providing expert care and
will do so all the way through Christmas too. We’re there 24/7 if patients need us for literally anything, at the
moment the In-Patient Unit is almost full most days too. On top of that, we’re looking after more patients than
ever who need urgent, specialist care. It’s another fallout from the pandemic; people diagnosed late and
being told they don’t have long to live. For many people living with a serious condition, this Christmas could
be their last.

I’m Nathan, a specialist nurse here at Springhill Hospice. I’ve been part of Team Springhill for five years and, honestly, coming here was one of the best decisions I’ve made. After two years on a hospital ward, I finally have the time to sit with patients, have a brew and talk. I mean really get to know them, find out what they need and what’s important to them – it’s one of the best parts of my job. It’s nice just having that time to care; that’s why I’m a nurse.

For many of our patients, their goal is to be here on Christmas Day, spending that precious time with their family and loved ones. We must be there to offer our expert care so that they can achieve this important goal. If they’re in the Hospice and want to be at home, we do everything we can to make it happen, even if it’s just for a few hours.

Please, make a donation today - As Christmas approaches I need to ask for your help again, to help us make it a truly wonderful time for everyone that we provide care for. It costs £61 for a nurse like me to visit someone for an hour at home on Christmas morning; that’s enough time to help with any pain and get them dressed ready for their family Christmas. £21 could make sure a patient who is too poorly to leave the In-Patient Unit is able to enjoy Christmas dinner with their loved ones. £219 could help pay for a Hospice @ Home nurse to spend the day with a patient very close to the end of their life, helping them be part of their family Christmas and create priceless, special memories in their final days.

Thank you for being a friend to Springhill. The truth is, me and my colleagues simply couldn’t do what we do for local families without the help of people like you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and safe Christmas from all of us at Springhill

Nathan

P.S. If you can, also read the words of Jackie here, who has written about the care she is receiving. This shows what we can still achieve for local people when we have your support. Thank you.