These are some questions we are frequently asked about our Hospice:
Who qualifies for your help?
Any local person with a life-limiting illness for which palliative care is the only available treatment is welcome at our Hospice. We also support the families and carers of our patients. Most of our patients live in Weston-super-Mare, Burnham on Sea, Highbridge, Mark, Wedmore, Cheddar, Blagdon, Wrington, Yatton and the areas inbetween.
Will I have to pay?
No, we provide all our services and support free of charge.
How do I register as a patient?
Your GP or consultant at the Hospital can refer you, or you can contact us directly on (01934) 423900.
How are you funded?
Over 80% of the £3m annual running costs of Weston Hospicecare is raised through the generosity of our local community. Find out more here.
Which is the best way to support Weston Hospicecare?
We are grateful for absolutely everything our community does for us, whether you volunteer your time and skills, organise a fundraising event, or make a donation. You can find out more about all of these options by exploring our website. If you would like to support us financially, one of the simplest and most effective ways to help is to set up a regular monthly gift to the Hospice by direct debit – regular amounts, large or small, help us to plan ahead and ensure we can always care for our patients. You can set up a regular gift here.
Why do you have so many shops in the local area?
We have a total of 18 shops in the local area. Every single shop helps to raise much needed funds for the Hospice, and altogether the shops raise more than £400,000 that goes direct to patient care. Our volunteers and customers tell us that they love working and shopping in our shops, and are delighted to know that whilst they enjoy themselves they are helping local people.
I would really like to help you more, how can I get involved with Fundraising?
That’s brilliant, thank you! There are lots of ways to help. Why not take a look at our Fundraising pages or give us a ring on (01934) 423960.
I would really like to do something practical to help, can I volunteer?
We always need volunteers with a wide range of skills. So whether you want to help occasionally or regularly and have a little or a lot of time to spare, we may well have a role for you! To find out more, and for an application form the please visit our Volunteer pages.
Statement on assisted dying (July 2015)
Assisted Dying is illegal in the United Kingdom and is therefore not something that we do.
Our central concern is that everyone facing the end of their life is entitled to the very best of care. We believe that as a Hospice our role is to enable patients to live and die well. This involves valuing our patients as individuals and respecting them for who they are. We strive for excellence in symptom control as well as working with patients and their families to come to terms with both living and dying. We believe that family and carers are a core part of our patients’ lives and our support continues through the course of an illness and into bereavement.