Published On: 29th November 2023

Giving support at the most difficult of times

One of the Foundation’s pillars is to support the charities that mean the most to our people. At the end of life, hospices offer emotional and practical support for families at the most difficult of times.

This year the Foundation has awarded a £10,000 grant to Nottinghamshire Hospice and a £7830 grant to St Giles Hospice in the West Midlands.

At the Nottinghamshire Hospice, the charitable purpose is to promote care and treatment of the terminally ill, especially those in the palliative stage of their illness, as well as support and care for families or carers of the bereaved.

The Access Foundation’s grant will help fund the Bereavement Support Service at Nottinghamshire Hospice, which provides holistic, emotional, and spiritual support to patients and their significant others both pre and post bereavement.

The mission is to offer comfort, hope, and healing to those who are grieving, and to help them navigate the challenging and often isolating journey of loss. The bereavement support service is the only one of its kind in the region and the funds will enable one bereavement support counsellor, to give support to 14 people having the full allocation of 12 counselling hours equating to 168 hours of expert support and counselling.

Debbie Hastings, Bereavement Support Services Manager said:

“Bereavement services are nationally and locally overwhelmed from factors of the pandemic and the stressors of everyday life, and increasingly individuals are presenting with complicated grief. Without bereavement services many individuals will suffer, their grief may manifest into both mental and physical health conditions.

Organisations providing financial support to the Bereavement Service at Nottinghamshire Hospice, enables us to support more individuals who are facing death and beyond as well as reducing waiting times and provide timely access to vulnerable individuals. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to be there for the people who need us the most throughout Nottinghamshire.”

Similarly, St Giles Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care, free of charge, for people living with terminal illnesses, as well as providing support for their families and carers. Services include inpatient care, a community team of clinical nurse specialists, Hospice at Home, 24/7 advice line, lymphoedema clinic, bereavement support and supportive care.

The Access Foundation’s grant award will be used to purchase a bladder scanner for the Hospice at Home service. Being able to scan a patient’s bladder in their own home avoids the necessity to go to hospital, which can be a distressing experience for patients and their families and can delay symptom control and pain relief.

The purchase of a bladder scanner will reduce pressure on local hospitals and ensure that patients accessing our Hospice at Home service can have their medications prescribed and reviewed in a timely manner.