Providing excellent care thanks to the community
THE face of The Herald's Fund A Nurse campaign is hoping people dig deep to help raise the vital funds needed to ensure those dying receive the best possible care.
Julie Davies, who has been a St Luke's Specialist Nurse for over four years, said she is "really excited" about the launch of the campaign – to raise £30,000 to pay for a St Luke's Hospice nurse for a year.
She said: "St Luke's Community Team and I are really excited about this campaign and the opportunity to raise awareness about the wide range of care we offer to patients and families in the community.
"As a Community Team we provide a wide range of care which includes management of physical symptoms, psychological care and advice to patients and their families.
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"Our team consists of specially trained nurses, social workers, and occupational therapists, working in the community and between us we drive 40,000 miles a year delivering our care."
It costs over £6million to run St Luke's every year, of which the fundraising team has to raise £4.5million each and every year.
"To be able to raise enough funds to cover the cost of a nurse to work in our Community Team would be a fantastic achievement, and would help us support more people in their own home," said Julie.
"This campaign not only provides us with the opportunity to raise awareness for the care that we give, but also to help raise vital funds for the work that we do at St Luke's."
The Hospice is a well known local charity, providing care for over 3,200 patients a year from across the local area.
Julie said: "I feel passionately that everyone has the right to excellent care when they are dying, and feel that it is a real privilege to provide care, comfort and support at this most vulnerable time.
"I've seen first hand the difference that the specialist care St Luke's provides can make to people – providing them with quality care and support for their families and carers .
"I would like to encourage as many people as possible to get behind this campaign and help to support us to continue to provide quality end of life care to people in the local community. One in five people in the local area will develop a terminal illness, so the care that St Luke's provides is important now more than ever. We can only continue to provide that care with the support of the local community."