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Prospect Hospice’s annual remembrance service, Light up a Life, is a time in the calendar that many in our local community look forward to. It is a time for us to collectively reflect on the year and think about those people who are no longer with us. For us to come together as a community and share the joy of their memory – and, importantly, to support each other as we mourn their loss.
On Sunday 6 December, Prospect Hospice will be holding their first ever virtual Light up a Life service, so everyone in our community can watch through smart TVs, tablets, PCs or smart phones. The event is open to everyone as we share a ceremony of favourite readings and Christmas carols at this special time of year. The highlight of the event, as always, will be the switching on of the tree lights – each light shining brightly in memory of someone special.
To find out more about the service this year, sign up and see how your support at this time of year helps Prospect Hospice care for those in our community, visit www.prospect-hospice.net/lightupalife.




Exciting events news for 2021

Dig out those leg warmers and start crimping your hair because Prospect Hospice’s Starlight Walk will be returning to the streets of Swindon on Saturday 26 June 2021 with a ‘back to the eighties’ theme!
The charity’s flagship annual fundraising event raises a phenomenal amount each year from those who take part and all the money raised by entry fees and in sponsorship goes towards supporting the hospice’s care of local people living with a life limiting illness, and their families.
The mini version of this event, Kids Starlight Walk, will be take place on Sunday 7th March 2021. Much like the adults’ event, walkers will gather together and take on a sponsored walk around a carefully selected route within Swindon. Unlike the Starlight Walk which has a later finish, this one has been planned so everyone will be finished early enough to be tucked up in bed for a good night’s sleep before school the next day.
Lastly, for those old enough to remember the TV programme, you’ll be excited to hear that Prospect Hospice will be hosting Swindon’s first ever ‘It’s a Knockout’ event on Sunday 18th July 2021. The event will see teams play a range of games, which usually involve dressing up, or getting wet, or both, throughout the day to win points.
For more information on all of these events visit: www.prospect-hospice.net
For this year though – more precisely, October, November and December – Prospect Hospice is launching a virtual Ironman Triathlon challenge. The challenge will entail a marathon, a bike ride and a swim but don’t fret, you don’t have to do them all! if you don’t fancy all three and an ironman Triathlon medal you can still go for just one medal or maybe even two. Visit the website above to find out more.

Hospice raises over £1million in first two months of appeal

A local charity has been overwhelmed by the support local people have shown it over the last few months while it continues to look after some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Prospect Hospice launched its ‘help us to support you appeal’ on 12 May following the Covid-19 outbreak and the beginning of a nationwide lockdown. In her open letter to supporters chief executive Irene Watkins said: “The hospice you know and love is still supporting your community, but to respond to the current needs for Covid-19 we have had to dramatically change and increase the size and scope of our services. This means we are supporting people in their homes on a scale of operation we have never attempted before, at a time when income is all but drying up now that all community activities and events have been cancelled/postponed and all our shops closed.”
The hospice changed the way it worked almost overnight to ensure their patients got what they needed. Which meant taking more of its specialist care out into the community, following this change in service operation and seeing a sharp decline in donations at the same time, meant the charity identified there would be a gap of £2million in their funds this year due to the pandemic.
Just over two months later, the local charity is delighted to announce that it has already raised £1,019,000 towards the £2,000,000 predicted shortfall. It appealed to local people with a letter for support, made applications to receive emergency government funding and applied to Trusts and Foundations for additional support.
Sheryl Crouch, head of income at Prospect Hospice, said: “We couldn’t have predicted the response we’ve had from our supporters and to know that we’ve raised over half of the funds we so desperately need in the space of just ten weeks is incredible. We know that the hospice has had a great impact on many local people and it’s heart-warming that they’re supporting us at this time so that we can be there for others who need us now and in the future. Support from local authorities and money from national government recognising the importance of hospice care has also been gratefully received.
“We’re not out of the woods yet though. £1million is brilliant but we need to raise the same again in additional income over the next few months to ensure our services continue and adapt to what our patients need in these changing and testing times.
“With our shops re-opening teamed with the thousands of donations of pre-loved goods we’ve received, this is certainly positive news for the hospice but our events remain postponed/cancelled for 2020 so we really need the support of local people to help us raise these funds in any way they can.”
People are choosing to support the hospice in a number of ways including joining the hospice’s own lottery, buying from their shops, creating their own sponsored activity, holding online fundraising events with their friends and family, and even choosing to leave the hospice a gift in their will.
Those wishing to donate directly to the hospice can do so at www.prospect-hospice.net/donate.

Prospect Hospice news release   Uodated 15th May 2020

End of life specialists launch appeal for support during Covid-19 pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has affected the nation in different ways but one area that has been hit harder than most is the charity sector.
For local charity Prospect Hospice, demand for services is increasing while, at the same time, vital funding dried up overnight. The charity continues to deliver essential specialist end of life care to local people, but is now struggling to find the funds to do this.
To combat this, the charity is launching an appeal to raise £2million to ensure its crucial services continue during this time and in the months and years to come.
Irene Watkins, chief executive of Prospect Hospice, said:  “The hospice is still supporting this community, but to respond to the current needs for Covid-19 we have had to dramatically change and increase the size and scope of our services.
“This means we are supporting people in their homes on a scale of operation we have never attempted before, we’ve re-deployed staff to ensure that our skills are used in the best possible way and we’ve invested heavily in PPE to protect our key workers, our patients and their families.”
As a local independent charity, Prospect Hospice depends on nearly three quarters of its income to come from local people but since the end of March, many fundraising events have needed to be cancelled and all hospice shops  have closed meaning the traditional ways people used to support the hospice are no longer available.
Talking about funding of the hospice at this time, Ms Watkins said: “As you’d expect, we have cut costs wherever we can, and the Government recently committed £200 million to support hospices across the country. From this Prospect Hospice has received an allocation of £341,000, which we welcome, however, in the current climate, we calculate that over the coming six months the shortfall from lost income will mean that we will still need to raise a further £2 million to deliver the hospice service. This I know is a big number but we simply must raise it.”
Care from the hospice is delivered free of charge to patients in the Swindon and north east Wiltshire area but the hospice incurs large costs in order to do this and, during the Covid-19 period, it is costing the hospice £17,197 a day to run all of its services.
Broken down, it costs around £26 per day to fuel a nurses car so they can visit patients in their own homes, around £177 will pay for all of the specialist medical supplies and equipment that we need to care for a patient, and the average cost of a single person cared for at this time is around £601.
Prospect Hospice has been part of the local community for 40 years but it now needs your help to be here for the next 40.

To donate and support Prospect Hospice, visit www.prospect-hospice.net/donate.

Could you become one of our box collectors?

We are currently looking for volunteers to become box collectors in the Brinkworth & Greenmedow areas. Our collectors are an important part of our volunteering team, collecting household boxes within their neighbourhoods. Household boxes are an easy way for people in our community to donate to the hospice, and box collectors enable us to continue to raise funds in this way. If you are able to help, or would like some more information on this role, please contact TraceyRumble@prospect-hospice.net  



Remember those who hold a special place in your heart this Valentines. 
The Prospect Hospice Memory Tree, situated within their private Remembrance Garden in Wroughton, provides individuals with an opportunity to create a memorial tribute for a loved one.  Each copper or stainless steel leaf hanging on the Memory Tree is engraved with a name, making it a poignant and lasting way to remember.
The Memory Tree leaves are available to anyone who would like to create that special tribute to their loved one, even if you have not previously been directly involved with Prospect Hospice.
The contribution you make for your leaf will help Prospect Hospice to support and care for people affected by a life limiting illness, across our community. Order by January 18th so that your leaf will feature on the tree for this very special date.
To find out more about the Memory Tree and how you can order a leaf please visit Prospect Hospice Remembrance Garden, contact 01793 816111 or email dataadmin@prospect-hospice.net.   

Bake a cake and put the kettle on!
Invite your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours or the general public for a cuppa and a slice of cake in return for a donation, and help support the care and services we provide. Something as simple as a brew and a slice of cake could raise enough to pay for 24 hours of care for a patient on our In-Patient Unit. So, go on, make a brew, make a difference! www.prospect-hospice.net/makeabrew or call 01793 816161.

Start the New Year with a fresh challenge to make you feel good!!
If you’re thinking of trying something new, want to give something up or just want to spend some quality time with friends and family; Prospect Hospice wants to hear from you. Our Feel Good-a-thon is our annual fundraiser to encourage people to do something that makes them feel good, and raise some money to help our patients feel as good as they can.

There are so many different ways you can get involved, if you wish to take on a Feel Good-a-thon challenge or would like more information then please contact us on fundraisingandevents@prospect-hospice.net or call us on 01793 816161.