Hospice needs public’s help

THE town’s hospice needs the public’s help to win £50,000 in a national contest.

St Michael’s Hospice, in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards is a finalist in this year’s People’s Millions competition and will be going head to head with a Kent-based charity.

The hospice’s appeal will be screened on Meridian Tonight on Wednesday (November 27) and whichever charity registers the most votes on the day wins the £50,000.

Lucy Hogg, the hospice’s marketing manager, said: “St Michael’s Hospice is dear to most people’s hearts in Hastings and Rother and next week we need the public’s support to help us transform our day therapy service. The £50,000 we hope to win from the national TV show, People’s Millions, will not only enable us to offer the service to more people who are in desperate need of it, but expand the services available.

“The money would enable us to equip an internet café where we can teach people how to use the internet and Skype. With so many patients with families living overseas it will be amazing to see people having that regular contact with family which means so much.

“And it doesn’t stop there; we would be able to offer an art therapy studio and photographic suite and run activities where the whole family can get involved. The People’s Millions funding will enable us to buy all of the equipment needed, including new digital cameras, computers, printers and other materials required to provide the service.”

Chris McCarthy, who found the day therapy service invaluable, said: “I just couldn’t do without my weekly trip to the hospice’s day therapy centre. When I heard about the wonderful things this grant could do, I’ve not stopped telling people about it. Please vote for the hospice on November 27.”

To find out how you can vote and support St Michael’s visit www.stmichaelshospice.com/news-and-views or www.facebook.com/stmichaelshospice.

The hospice provides in-patient and out-reach palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses across Hastings and Rother.

Its specialist care and clinical teams deliver respite care, symptom control and support to patients and families through its 30-bed hospice, day therapy centre, Hospice at Home service, bereavement support and Hospice Neighbours.

It runs 10 shops across 1066 Country, stocking items from second hand clothes and baby wear to furniture and hospice merchandise.