Nus Backs Cottage Hospice Appeal

As reported in last week's Kent & Sussex Courier, Nus has joined fellow MPs Greg Clark, Helen Grant and Tom Tugendhat by backing the campaign to raise funds for a ground-breaking new Cottage Hospice.

Hospice in the Weald provides compassionate, individualised, holistic and supportive care for patients with a terminal illness, their families & carers in Kent & East Sussex, and plans for three of the unique new facilities have been unveiled by the organisation. £1 million is needed to staff and kit out the first, which could set a national precedent.

Nus, who is a patron of the hospice, expressed her support for the initiative in a letter sent to the Courier, signed by MPs from the area.

It read: "The breadth of the all-encompassing care, which helps those with a terminal diagnosis to live as well as possible with the effects of their illness, and which extends to their families and carers, continues to touch so many people across west Kent and East Sussex.

"The care provided by Hospice in the Weald is tailored to address each individual's complex needs and is provided absolutely free of charge. It currently costs over £7 million every year to run the hospice, the majority of which is fundraised through the generosity of this community.

"By extending their services with a new Cottage Hospice, a new model of care which will enable families, carers and loved ones to take a more active role in caring for their loved ones in their final days in the supportive environment for which the hospice is known, will mean even more people across the community will be able to access hospice care.

"Most of us would wish to die with dignity, in a supportive environment, surrounded by the people we love.

"Hospice in the Weald continues to innovate their services to make this a possibility for more people."