Celebrating life at the Watford Peace Hospice

PUBLISHED: 08:37 20 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 20 February 2013

A hospice nurse is ready with a smile

A hospice nurse is ready with a smile

The Peace Hospice in Watford has a lively events programme to help it raise its running costs. We take a look at what makes it such a special place

THE aptly named Peace Hospice, based in Watford, provides specialist palliative care for people and their families from across South West Hertfordshire who have a life limiting or terminal illness.
Most of their patients have cancer but an increasing number have conditions such as end stage heart disease, respiratory and neurological disease. Their care is holistic, looking after the whole person, their family and carers, also helping with emotional and spiritual issues as well as physical symptoms.
The Peace Hospice focuses on enabling patients to live their lives to the full and on providing the best quality of life when a cure is not possible.

Comfort and support
The hospice runs a Day Care service, offering medical advice and care, spiritual and emotional support and a chance to socialise and enjoy activities with others in a similar situation.
Celebrity presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli dropped in on Day Care patients recently for a Radio 4 programme called Tea and Biscuits. Hardeep interviewed patients and volunteers on the importance of tea and biscuits during their day, but used the subject as an introduction to talk about their lives and the importance of the Peace Hospice to them.
Speaking of his visit to the hospice, Hardeep says, I found it a very emotional experience and laughed a lot with patients, which I wasnt expecting. Its an incredible reassurance to know that places like The Peace Hospice exist.
The Peace Hospice at Home team care for patients across South West Hertfordshire who prefer to receive help in the comfort of their own home. The hospice also has a 12-bedded inpatient unit where all patients have ensuite facilities and access to a peaceful garden area. The Hospice also provides family and bereavement support to anyone from South West Hertfordshire.

You can help
Most surprisingly, all the care provided to patients and their families is free. The Peace Hospice relies heavily on donations as it receives less than a quarter of its income from the NHS. Despite the hospice needing to raise more than 3million of charitable income alone this year, it is currently suffering a 500,000 shortfall.
Hospice Chair of Trustees, Stuart Nagler, says, Like many charities, were experiencing difficult times and I would like to appeal to individuals and businesses to help us in any way they can. On behalf of our patients and their families, I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last few years you have made such a difference.
One of the ways the hospice has developed to help reach its target is its recently launched Membership Scheme. The hospice is looking to attract supporters who can make a regular monthly donation of either 4, 8 or 10.
Hospice Director of Fundraising and Communications Paul Gauntlett says, I am excited by the launch of our new scheme and hope that our supporters will feel an extra special connection with both the hospice and other scheme members as a result of joining up.
The hospice is facing difficult times and one of the best ways for supporters to get behind us is by a regular monthly donation. I really hope that this scheme will capture the imagination of Hertfordshire Life readers and be the start, or indeed continuation, of some very special relationships.
Of course there is sometimes sadness at The Peace Hospice, but it is more often a place of genuine joy. Although it deals with death, the Peace Hospice also celebrates life wholeheartedly.

You can find out more about The Peace Hospice including forthcoming events at www.peacehospice.org.uk

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