A big ‘thank you’ from the North Devon Hospice

Joseph Bulmer

Charity thanks all its supporters for a sterling effort during the past year.

AS the annual Light Up a Life Appeal ends having raised more than �30,000 for both the region’s hospices, the chief executive of North Devon Hospice has paid tribute to local people for their support of the charity throughout 2011.

The past 12 months have seen some significant developments for the hospice, and Gordon Lester has praised the generosity of the North Devon community for making it all possible.

“I am humbled on a daily basis by the lengths people will go to in order to support our cause,” he said.

“Whether that is through fund raising feats or volunteering their own time, each contribution adds up to something significant and allows us to provide the highest levels of care.

“I would like to thank the North Devon Gazette for helping us to promote our cause, and the readers who have responded so generously.”

He was speaking on the day hospice patients enjoyed their own Christmas lunch at the hospice and said: “It is occasions like this that make me so thankful for the support we receive. To provide a bit of festive sparkle at such a difficult time is just one of the many ways we care in our community.”

He said Devon Walks, The Three Bridges Fun Run and of course the annual Light Up a Life appeal were just some of the many fund raising events backed by the Gazette this year. Those three alone had contributed more than �45,000 to North Devon Hospice funds.

“As a charity, we have been fortunate enough to enjoy the support of local people, which has enabled us to provided care to thousands of patients and families throughout the area,” said Gordon.

“Our care is provided at the hospice, as well as in people’s own homes and in other places where our expertise is needed, such as community hospitals and care homes. This year we have been able to offer a new service, where care is provided throughout the night in people’s homes when they are extremely poorly, or close to the end of life.

“Support during the night is essential to these people and their loved ones, and complements the many other ways in which we provide care and support. Responding to people’s needs and offering this new service has made a real difference to the lives of our patients and their families.

“Thank you for the support shown in 2011 by the local community, as well as our wonderful staff, volunteers and trustees. I look forward to the challenges of the coming year, and relish facing them together with our fellow North Devonians, whose support we will continue to need.”

To find out about the many different ways of supporting North Devon Hospice, please visit www.northdevonhospice.org.uk.