Severn Hospice is not part of the NHS. They are an independent charity with two-thirds of their revenue coming from public fundraising.
They care for people who are living with complex and progressive illness, with an aim to sustain the quality of their life and to provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms. And because incurable illnesses affect whole families, they offer the same loving support, help and counselling to their families, friends and carers.
They first opened in 1989 after a decade of fundraising in Shropshire and Mid Wales led by Shelia Laws, founder Chairman of the Hospice. Since opening they have cared for over 16,000 patients (more than the entire population of Oswestry) and approximately 2500 patients each year.
- Their mission is to Care for patients and their families as individuals and strive to meet their unique needs.
- Provide appropriate choice to people in where they receive their treatment and care, whether this is in the home, as outpatients, in our day hospices or in our wards.
- Provide high quality and timely information about conditions, treatment and the range of services available. Provide high quality, evidence-based clinical services.
- Create care environments which are welcoming, attractive and homely.
- Provide care which neither hastens nor postpones death but which enables people to end their lives in peace and with dignity.
- Support families through bereavement following loss of a loved one.
- Nurture and support the skills, contribution and well being of our staff and volunteers as our most valuable resource.
- Provide all our services free of charge by raising sufficient income from charitable and non-charitable sources.
- Share knowledge and skills with other health care professionals at home and abroad.
To find out more about the Severn Hospice and how you can help visit www.severnhospice.org.uk