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Day Hospice patients Stormont June 2015

NI Hospice Summer Appeal asking for support to fund services of Day Hospice

NI Hospice is calling on the people of Belfast and beyond to lend their support to its latest appeal, which this summer focuses on the services provided by its Day Hospice.

Funds raised will support the care of those patients across the country who attend Day Hospice centres in Whiteabbey and in Ballymoney. These centres provide care for those patients with life-limiting illnesses who are looked after at home, but are well enough to leave the house.

Day Hospice offers patients the opportunity to get their symptoms and medication checked but importantly it also allows them to spend quality time with others, who like them are living with a terminal illness.

By supporting this appeal, you could help patients make the most of a range of creative therapies such as arts and crafts or music therapy as well as helping to facilitate excursions to various attractions for example. Vitally, you also help to support families and give carers a break, with the comfort of knowing their loved ones are being looked after by experts and professionals.

Day Hospice Staff Nurse, Debbie McAllister says:

“Families often tell us that when they hear the news that their loved one has a terminal illness, their world is turned upside down. Often though, they don’t have the time or support to come to terms with things properly, whilst juggling the care of their loved one with other commitments like work and childcare.

“Day Hospice helps to provide this support and time. Just knowing that their loved one will be cared for by the specialist nursing staff and doctors at Hospice is such a relief for family members.”

This appeal comes at a critical time for NI Hospice as they move towards the completion of the new £13 million state-of-the-art Hospice on Somerton Road Belfast. The race is on to raise the £1.6 million needed to complete the project, which will also house a new Day Hospice centre.

This purpose built centre will provide the space and comfort to allow us to care for even more patients. There are plans to open the centre four times as well as extending the service to patients with non-malignant illnesses such as Dementia and Motor Neurone Disease.

To find out how you can support the appeal, call 028 9077 7123 or go to www.nihospice.org.

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