Campaign to raise £30,000 for a St Luke's nurse
A CAMPAIGN to raise £30,000 to fund a St Luke’s Hospice nurse for a year is launched today.
The Herald’s Fund A Nurse campaign hopes to raise enough cash to pay for Julie Davies, a St Luke’s Specialist Nurse, for another year.
St Luke’s Hospice in Plymstock has been caring for thousands of terminally-ill patients from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall for 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the past 30 years.
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And now The Herald and the local hospice, one of the city’s oldest charity’s, are joining forces and urging the public to raise the money needed to support even more people within our community.
With your help we aim to raise enough money to pay for Julie to continue her crucial care in our community.
Julie said to be able to raise enough funds to cover the cost would be a “fantastic” achievement.
Last year the St Luke’s Community Team made over 4,000 visits to patients in their homes – not bad for a team of just 12 people.
St Luke’s looks after people with serious illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease, heart failure, multiple sclerosis and chronic lung disease.
Herald editor Ian Wood said: “The work these nurses do within our local community is second to none, providing first class care to people in their final weeks, days or hours.
“But to allow them to continue their amazing work we need the support of the city – the people these nurses reach out to on a daily basis.”
The St Luke’s Specialist Nurses provide the highest quality of care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms for people with life threatening illnesses.
The team offer support and advice to patients nearing the end of their lives and their families, advising on pain management, as well as giving emotional support.
Robert Parsons, director of income generation and communications for St Luke’s, said: “This campaign will help us to ensure that we can continue to offer this care free of charge to our patients by helping to fund the cost of a community nurse, and so help to make sure we can keep offering high quality care to members of the local community when they need us most.”
The nurses try to care for patients in their preferred place of care whether that is the Hospice, hospital or home.
It costs £6million a year to provide the services at St Luke’s Hospice – £4.5million of which needs to be sourced through fundraising activities.
Mr Parsons said: “We’re a local hospice and the support of the local community is important to us now more than ever, I’d urge anyone to give as much as they can to support this campaign and help us to raise these much needed funds.”