2017 Dorothy House Christmas Appeal

Bring families together for Christmas


Head and shoulders portrait of Hospice at Home Carer ElaineChristmas is a time for celebration, laughter, reminiscing and sharing precious moments with family and friends. But if a loved one is nearing the end of their life, the pressure of the festive season can be difficult.

As Christmas approaches, my colleagues in Hospice at Home will be working even harder to provide dedicated night-time care and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions. Our service means that patients can be at home for Christmas, supported by hands-on care, so they and their loved ones can rest comfortably through the twilight hours.

As fully trained carers, we work through the night to administer medication, assist with toilet breaks, help patients change position and even lend an ear for a late night chat.

Over Christmas the Hospice at Home carers will travel more than 6,000 miles and carry out in excess of 200 home visits. This home service provides nearly 2,000 hours of care to our community, giving patients and their families the precious memory of one last Christmas together – at home.

Along with the Hospice at Home team of 50 carers, I will work in the home of patients, discreetly caring for them over Christmas so that the festivities can continue, and memories made.

I may be away from my own family but being able to care for a patient in their own home is a real privilege, and none more so than at Christmas. If I can help to provide reassurance, respite for families and compassion at the most difficult of times, then I have done my job. We cannot continue to offer this work without the continuing support of people like you. Today you could help one more person receive our care, in their own home. Please can you help us give the special gift of a last Christmas at home?

On behalf of us all here at the Hospice may I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Hospice at Home Carer