Can you give the Gift of Care?

Please support our Gift of Care Appeal and help us to continue caring 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 💜

Hi, my name is Louise and I’m an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at John Taylor Hospice. I’d like to share my story with you, and ask for your kind support.

I’ve been a nurse for 20 years, 17 of those at John Taylor Hospice, and can say hand on heart the last year has been the hardest due to COVID-19. We all know that it has been a difficult time for everyone and I have found it difficult too. Balancing providing care for people in the hospice and the community, while also caring for my three little boys at home, has been really tough.

I want to say a massive thank you from everyone at the hospice for the support you have shown us over the last twelve months. I care passionately about my job and I believe it’s a huge privilege to nurse someone at the end of their life.

Spending time getting to know the person you’re caring for, and their loved ones, means you almost become part of their family for the time you’re with them – and this is truly an honour.

Along with your important donations, the letters and cards we receive containing messages of hope, love and encouragement really help lift our spirits and keep us motivated while working under challenging circumstances.

How your donation will make a difference

Twelve months on from the first national lockdown we’re still working incredibly hard under difficult circumstances. We have lost out on much of the vital fundraising and retail income we rely on, so I am writing to ask if you will make a donation today and send a message of support to my colleagues. Your message will be displayed as a beautiful flower in our virtual bouquet which you can see on our website.

By giving a Gift of Care you’ll be helping to fund vital John Taylor Hospice services, so we can continue to care for patients and their families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Your kind donation will help nurses like me to continue to care for people in the local community. It will support staff in our Inpatient Unit to provide expert round-the-clock care, and will help ensure the future of important wellbeing services such as bereavement counselling and family support.

Care from John Taylor Hospice teams is completely free for everyone, but as a local independent charity we do rely heavily on fundraising and donations to be able to provide this support. Expert end of life care is critical, and that’s why I’m appealing to you directly for your help.

For me, our role isn’t just about medical interventions and clinical support. Seeing the person, and understanding their individual needs, helps to ensure their quality of life is as good as it can be. Often, just being there to listen and offer comfort is enough to help people to feel less scared and alone. During such difficult times many people just don’t know where to turn. When we step in to help you can often see the relief and it’s like a weight has been lifted. For people who have no family support we can be a lifeline, and we’ve been there for many people when they’ve had nobody else.

If you are able to give a gift today, your support will mean so much to the hospice. Our services have never been more needed, so however much you are able to give will mean the world to people who depend on us during the most difficult of times.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Stay safe, and sending best wishes to you and your loved ones.

Louise Buckland
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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“At such a heartbreaking and difficult time, the nurses and care assistants knew exactly what to do and to say – we’d have been lost without them. The care they provided for my beautiful wife was second to none and I’ll be forever grateful.”

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