Our annual appeal to local companies to fund a night of nursing care over the Christmas period has already raised over £40,000 – enough to fund 50 nights of care in patients’ homes.
Nicola Aquila, Senior Corporate Partnerships Executive, said: “We’re extremely grateful to our corporate supporters for backing this campaign once again this year. It costs the charity £811 every night to provide what many of our patients and families call their lifeline. Thanks to companies’ generous donations, our nurses can keep caring for patients in their own homes over the festive period and beyond.”
Our hospice at home nurses visit patients at any time of the day or night, helping to prevent hospital admissions and giving patients the choice to spend their final days at home surrounded by their loved ones. This service – unique in the local community – is more important than ever during the festive season, when other services are limited or unavailable and when spending time with families and friends is particularly precious.
Nicola adds: “During the pandemic our nurses have been busier than ever and in the last year we saw a 23% increase in the number of nursing visits needed during the night with demand for night-time telephone support rising by 32% too.”
In total 23 companies have generously donated towards the appeal. To thank them we have created a custom advent calendar for its website and social channels, showing which company has covered the cost of each night’s nursing care.
The companies funding nights throughout December are: The Churchill Group; Scannell Properties; Kane Haulag; Delta Financial; Taylor Walton; Plowman Craven; The Window Film Company; Bryan and Mercer; Rayner Essex; Gilberts; Bamville Developments; Lumin Wealth; Zund UK; IT Trouble Free; R Benson; Origin; Sopwell House Hotel; MK Ginder; The Magic Touch; and Take One TV.
“It’s important to us that we can recognise and acknowledge the support of local companies” explains Nicola. “We do this through our advent calendar which we share on social media and in person at our annual reception in November where we also thanked local businesses for their continued support throughout 2021.”
The reception, generously hosted by St Michael’s Manor in St Albans, was also where the Corporate Christmas Campaign was launched with a preview of the campaign video. If your company would like to get involved, visit here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.