My name is Sue and I am a Nurse Consultant at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House. In June we opened The Dr Hugh Ford Inpatient Unit. This means that instead of being in a hospital bed at Christmas patients will be able to be at the Hospice surrounded by their families and loved ones. My team and I have one aim – to bring dignity, comfort, and peace to every patient we see. 

We are acutely aware that we will be caring for patients for what may be their last Christmas and we would like your help to make it as special as possible. The prospect of losing someone is always difficult and emotional but to be facing it at this special time is particularly so. Our plan is to create a festive and comforting home-from-home. Family members, children and friends will all be welcome to visit their loved ones and share in the joy of Christmas. There will be festive food, drinks and festive music for all to enjoy. As palliative care nurses our role is to provide medical care to patients and also to support the whole family. We will be there to help people create happy memories although the sad reality, of course, is that people sometimes die on Christmas Day itself and we will be here ready to offer support to their loved ones should that happen.

I know that hospice care is extraordinary and makes a considerable difference to the lives of those whom we are able to help, but that does mean we need to turn to the community to support us with voluntary donations. It costs £5,500 per day to run all of our Hospice services, the NHS funds only 35% of the care we provide.

This Christmas it would be wonderful if you could help us by contributing towards the cost of providing the exceptional care that our patients will need. Whatever gift you are able to give will be most gratefully received. It will mean the world to everyone that will be here, while so many are at home celebrating Christmas.

Thank you so much for your continued support and for whatever you feel able to give this Christmas. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy new year, from me and everyone at The Norfolk Hospice.