PAUL Beaman knows all about how caring the team are at the Shakespeare Hospice as they looked after his wife’s relative in the last eight months of their life.
Now as a way of paying them back Paul, who heads Studley parish council, has chosen them as his chairman’s charity for 2016/17.
“They were absolutely superb and I’ve always been impressed by the work they do and it just seemed fitting to choose the Shakespeare Hospice,” said Councillor Beaman.
And at Tuesday night’s parish council meeting the hospice’s community fund raiser Jenny Cowin explained the services the caring organisation offers and how these have been driven by patients, including the decision to have no overnight beds.
“A few years ago we ran a survey of patients and this found that 80 per cent preferred to be cared for at home, as a result we have a 24/7 palliative care team that goes out to people’s homes to care for them,” she said.
The hospice covers Warwickshire from Studley to Leamington and Shipston with a day hospital in Church Lane, Stratford, offering respite care, counselling, bereavement support, a youth service, survivorship groups and transitional care for patients aged from 16 to 24.
“We pride ourselves on not being your average hospice,” said Jenny, “and we are very keen on promoting volunteering and work experience with us.”
For more information on Shakespeare Hospice visit www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk .