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Prospect Hospice news release   Uodated 15th May 2020

End of life specialists launch appeal for support during Covid-19 pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the nation in different ways but one area that has been hit harder than most is the charity sector.
For local charity Prospect Hospice, demand for services is increasing while, at the same time, vital funding dried up overnight. The charity continues to deliver essential specialist end of life care to local people, but is now struggling to find the funds to do this.
To combat this, the charity is launching an appeal to raise £2million to ensure its crucial services continue during this time and in the months and years to come.
Irene Watkins, chief executive of Prospect Hospice, said:  “The hospice is still supporting this community, but to respond to the current needs for Covid-19 we have had to dramatically change and increase the size and scope of our services.
“This means we are supporting people in their homes on a scale of operation we have never attempted before, we’ve re-deployed staff to ensure that our skills are used in the best possible way and we’ve invested heavily in PPE to protect our key workers, our patients and their families.”
As a local independent charity, Prospect Hospice depends on nearly three quarters of its income to come from local people but since the end of March, many fundraising events have needed to be cancelled and all hospice shops  have closed meaning the traditional ways people used to support the hospice are no longer available.
Talking about funding of the hospice at this time, Ms Watkins said: “As you’d expect, we have cut costs wherever we can, and the Government recently committed £200 million to support hospices across the country. From this Prospect Hospice has received an allocation of £341,000, which we welcome, however, in the current climate, we calculate that over the coming six months the shortfall from lost income will mean that we will still need to raise a further £2 million to deliver the hospice service. This I know is a big number but we simply must raise it.”
Care from the hospice is delivered free of charge to patients in the Swindon and north east Wiltshire area but the hospice incurs large costs in order to do this and, during the Covid-19 period, it is costing the hospice £17,197 a day to run all of its services.
Broken down, it costs around £26 per day to fuel a nurses car so they can visit patients in their own homes, around £177 will pay for all of the specialist medical supplies and equipment that we need to care for a patient, and the average cost of a single person cared for at this time is around £601.
Prospect Hospice has been part of the local community for 40 years but it now needs your help to be here for the next 40.

To donate and support Prospect Hospice, visit www.prospect-hospice.net/donate.


Starlight Walk
Location: Swindon Town Football Club, County Road, Swindon, UK
Start: Saturday 20th June 2020 @ 7:00pm
End: Sunday 21st June 2020 @ 2:00am
Prospect Hospice are going back to the 80’s with this year’s annual Starlight Walk to celebrate how the hospice has been caring for local people since 1980!
Now in its 13th year, Starlight Walk is a 10km or 15km circular walk around Swindon and is one of the hospice’s biggest fundraisers, with hundreds of people coming together to raise vital funds to support end of life care in the local community.
Tickets for this year’s event are £15 per person and the suggested sponsorship for the event is £100 with all money raised going directly to patient care.
For more information and to register, please visit https://www.prospect-hospice.net/product/starlight-walk-back-to-the-80s/

It’s a Prospect Hospice Knockout
Location: Swindon Cricket Club, County Road, Swindon, UK
Start: Sunday 19th July 2020 @ 12:00pm
This year Prospect Hospice are holding a brand new event – It’s a Prospect Knockout!
For those old enough to remember It’s a Knockout was originally a BBC TV game show that was very popular with family audiences during the 70s and 80s. The show saw a variety of games played by the whole team which involved maximum fun, crazy tactics and usually a lot of dressing-up and crazy mishaps along with a good dollop of very slippery foam.
This year’s event will be held at Swindon Cricket Club can be described as a ‘school sports day for adults’ and is ideal for a group of friends or a team building exercise. You can register in tea of ten people, with one nominated captain. All participants must be over 18.
This is fantastic way to support Prospect Hospice and all money raised will go towards providing specialist end of life care to local people and it’s certainly a day you’ll never forget!
Entry to the event is £300 per team and the minimum suggested sponsorship is £50 per person.
For more information and to register your team, please visit https://www.prospect-hospice.net/product/its-a-knockout/

Run the Rainbow fun day!
Location: Lydiard Park, Swindon, UK
Start: Saturday 5th September 2020 @ 10:00am
The annual Prospect Hospice Run the Rainbow event is back for 2020, but with a few changes to celebrate the hospice’s 40th anniversary.
Run the Rainbow is a family friendly 5km run, jog, walk or dance around Lydiard Park. The route passes through a number of vibrant paint stations so the white t-shirt that is provided as part of your entry fee, will be a rainbow of colour!
This year, there will be a change at the finish line as the Prospect Garden Fete, which is traditionally held at the hospice in Wroughton, will be live at Lydiard Park on the day! There will be a range of stalls including home made crafts, cards, gifts, games, raffles, tombolas, food, a Prospect Hospice retail stand and a range of live music!
Registration for the run is £20 for adults and £15 for children. Minimum suggested sponsorship is £100.
For more information and to register, please visit https://www.prospect-hospice.net/product/run-the-rainbow/

Could you become one of our box collectors?

We are currently looking for volunteers to become box collectors in the Brinkworth & Greenmedow areas. Our collectors are an important part of our volunteering team, collecting household boxes within their neighbourhoods. Household boxes are an easy way for people in our community to donate to the hospice, and box collectors enable us to continue to raise funds in this way. If you are able to help, or would like some more information on this role, please contact TraceyRumble@prospect-hospice.net  



Remember those who hold a special place in your heart this Valentines. 
The Prospect Hospice Memory Tree, situated within their private Remembrance Garden in Wroughton, provides individuals with an opportunity to create a memorial tribute for a loved one.  Each copper or stainless steel leaf hanging on the Memory Tree is engraved with a name, making it a poignant and lasting way to remember.
The Memory Tree leaves are available to anyone who would like to create that special tribute to their loved one, even if you have not previously been directly involved with Prospect Hospice.
The contribution you make for your leaf will help Prospect Hospice to support and care for people affected by a life limiting illness, across our community. Order by January 18th so that your leaf will feature on the tree for this very special date.
To find out more about the Memory Tree and how you can order a leaf please visit Prospect Hospice Remembrance Garden, contact 01793 816111 or email dataadmin@prospect-hospice.net.   

Bake a cake and put the kettle on!
Invite your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours or the general public for a cuppa and a slice of cake in return for a donation, and help support the care and services we provide. Something as simple as a brew and a slice of cake could raise enough to pay for 24 hours of care for a patient on our In-Patient Unit. So, go on, make a brew, make a difference! www.prospect-hospice.net/makeabrew or call 01793 816161.

Start the New Year with a fresh challenge to make you feel good!!
If you’re thinking of trying something new, want to give something up or just want to spend some quality time with friends and family; Prospect Hospice wants to hear from you. Our Feel Good-a-thon is our annual fundraiser to encourage people to do something that makes them feel good, and raise some money to help our patients feel as good as they can.

There are so many different ways you can get involved, if you wish to take on a Feel Good-a-thon challenge or would like more information then please contact us on fundraisingandevents@prospect-hospice.net or call us on 01793 816161.