Hospice scoops an Innovation Award

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St Michael’s Hospice has been announced as the winner of the Sussex NHS, Innovation Award, sponsored by Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group.

Irene Dibben, Chairman St Michael’s Hospice, accepted the Innovation Award on behalf of the Hospice, for their outstanding Hospice Neighbour scheme.

The ‘Hospice Neighbours’ project (a community volunteer programme that helps those who have life shortening illnesses and who want to remain at home) was selected for providing emotional/befriending support and practical help.

The Patient Panel said: “Sometimes it is help with those practical problems like ‘Who will walk my dog?’ or ‘How will I manage to maintain the garden?’ which makes the difference between someone being able to manage in their own home or not. The scheme also shows the support given by Hospices in the community.”

Jane Cave, Head of Voluntary Services at St Michael’s Hospice says the charity is delighted that the scheme has been acknowledged. “When you are living with a life-limiting illness, the world doesn’t stop and there are many everyday tasks that still need to be done,” she said. “That’s where our Hospice Neighbour programme comes into play.”

Hospice Neighbour volunteers provide practical help, such as light housework, shopping, ironing, going out on trips, or dropping in a chat. This allows the person they are supporting to spend quality time with friends and family. Hospice Neighbours are fully trained and vetted by the Hospice.

To find out more about the Hospice Neighbour scheme, or to volunteer, email Jane at: jcave@stmichaelshospice.com or call 07973 703494.