Thames Hospice is a charity based in Windsor. They provide expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
Thames Hospice care for the physical, social and psychological needs of their patients, not just the condition. Their highly skilled medical team works with the patient, their family and carers, to develop a complete programme of care to suit the individual’s needs. Their services include therapy, nursing and medical care, as well as practical and emotional support both in the hospice and in patients' homes.
It costs £8 million every year to keep the Hospice running and they are reliant on 70% of their income from charitable donations, which enables them to provide their services free of charge, 365 days a year, to the people who need them.
In 2008 ACT were pleased to able to help Thames Hospice with a £20K donation towards the re-location and refurbishment of their reception area. We have kept in touch with them and visited Thames Hospice in November to see their existing services and understand their need to expand to support the growing needs of our community. In January they met with our trustees to discuss their new build plans in more detail and we were delighted to award them £500,000 towards their £6M fundraising appeal as our main charitable support for 2018.
Mike Street, Chairman, said:
“ACT are delighted to have found such a project on our own doorstep. Our grant will fund the build and fit out cost of the Education and Learning Centre, a vital part of the Hospice that will provide palliative and end of life care training opportunities for healthcare professionals across the UK. Both ACT and Thames Hospice have a vision that all people living with a life limiting illness and their loved ones will be treated with dignity and have access to the best palliative end of life care possible. The new ACT Foundation Education Centre will help bring this vision closer to reality”.
The new hospice will have 28 inpatient beds in individual en-suite rooms and a new Day Centre, which will offer a wider range of therapeutic and social activities for outpatients and inpatients – doubling the Hospice’s day service provision.
Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chief Executive, said:
“We are delighted to have the support of the ACT Foundation as Founding Lifetime Patrons of the Capital Appeal. They have been supporting the Hospice for a number of years and we look forward to continuing this strong relationship in the future. The Education Centre will allow us to support others to provide the high quality care people deserve at end of life and ensure everyone within our community experiences quality of life, to the end of life.”
The new hospice project will cost circa £18M and Thames Hospice continue with their fundraising endeavours to raise the remaining £6M they require.