Bishop of Winchester's Hospice Appeal
The Right Reverend Tim Dakin, Bishop of Winchester is asking people to contribute to his Christmas Appeal and help raise the sums needed to build a new hospice in Winchester. Today, the Bishop visited the site to see work on the new hospice underway.
Over £3 million is needed to renovate Burrell House in the grounds of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and turn it into a hospice. During his visit to the site, Bishop Tim met Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals, and heard how the new hospice will be the home of the palliative care team, providing compassionate and specialist care for inpatients as well as for patients in their own homes. Currently there is no hospice provision in the area, and patients requiring hospice care and services travel to Andover, West End or Basingstoke.
Speaking about the appeal Bishop Tim said:
“At this time of year many of us will be coming together with our families and loved ones to celebrate Christmas. We might also remember those who are at their most vulnerable and in most need of our support. The specialist care that this hospice will provide is desperately needed in this area, and I would encourage everyone to give what they can to make the new hospice a reality.”
Alex Whitfield, Chief Executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are delighted that Bishop Tim has nominated the Winchester Hospice as his chosen Christmas charity for his Christmas appeal. We have had a vision of opening a hospice in Winchester for some time, and thanks to the generosity and support of the people of Winchester, that vision is becoming a reality. Thank you.”
Funds raised for Winchester Hospice will provide 10 inpatient beds offering local specialist palliative and end of life care for patients with life limiting illnesses, and their families. It will also offer therapy, day services and outpatient facilities. The service will incorporate the existing Hampshire Hospitals Home Care Support Team, who currently provide care at home for patients at the end of their life, and will enable a new Hospice and Home service to provide overnight care and support for those most in need in the Winchester area.
The easiest way to donate is via the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/winchesterchristmasappeal
Any money donated via this page will go directly to support Winchester Hospice and can have Gift Aid added. Whilst we can collect cheques centrally through the Diocesan office, please note that we will not be able to facilitate Gift Aid if you decide to donate in this way, and it is more administratively straightforward for Winchester Hospice if donations are made directly through the JustGiving page. If your parish would prefer to donate by cheque, send a cheque, made out to Winchester DBF, and post to: The Finance Department, Diocesan Office, Old Alresford Place, Alresford, SO24 9DH. Alternatively you can make a BACS payment directly to the WDBF, sort code: 55-81-26; account number 00342564. Please use the reference ChristmasAppeal and send an e-mail to inform the finance team this has been done via the dedicated e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.