It always amazes me that everyone I speak to can tell me a story about how Jersey Hospice Care made a difference to them or to someone they know. Dying can be a scary thing and Hospice provides a safe place for patients, and their loved ones, where each person is cared for as an individual and receives the physical, emotional, or spiritual care they need.
I’ve been working in the Hospice fundraising shops for over 10 years now and I love my job! I’m usually based at Beau Pre in St Ouen and I support our team of staff and volunteers who are the heart and soul of our shops. We all agree that it is an incredible privilege to meet the members of our island community who are so generous – whether they’re dropping in to donate something or popping in for a browse. We hear so many stories about what Hospice means to them, often talking to those who have lost loved ones and been grateful for the care Hospice has given them and their wider family.
For me, working for Hospice is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I know that the work we do is having a direct impact on the support that Hospice can provide for those who need our care. Every item donated means another item to sell; and every item sold means funds raised to pay for our specialist care. Last year, it cost £6.8m to run Hospice and provide all of our services, that’s £18,600 a day. Your support – whether through a donation or a purchase from our shops, or attending an event, buying a lottery ticket or making a donation – means that everyone we care for can live life to the full. Thank you – we couldn’t do what we do without you.