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We care for local people approaching the end of their lives – every day of the year. Your regular gift can help us to be there for everyone in Dorset who needs us.
Every day, our dedicated doctors, nurses, support staff and volunteers work tirelessly to provide expert palliative care, which in turn enables patients to achieve important moments and make memories with their families.
You can help us help people like Edwin and his family
Edwin and his wife Anne retired to Bridport to be near their family, with Edwin in partial remission from cancer. Sadly, it returned in 2016 and that’s when Weldmar Hospicecare came into their lives.
“They are a fantastic service”, says Ann, “Everyone should know about Weldmar”.
Which is why Ann, along with daughter Paula, and son-in-law Spike have decided to share Edwin’s story with us.
“We were advised that it was terminal and Dad only had months, not years to live,” Paula told us. “Weldmar came to visit us very soon after he came out of hospital to discuss what was on offer and what support would be there down the line”.
And the support was not only for Edwin. Right from the start, it was for the family too. For instance, there was a carer’s allowance arranged for Ann, and a blue badge for their car.
“I didn’t know about any of this”, explains Ann, who says Weldmar was the gel that held together all the different aspects of care. “All I needed to do was sign my name on the forms, and it was all done. We wouldn’t have had any of it if Weldmar hadn’t explained what we were entitled to”.
Edwin was a private and independent man, and Ann says they helped him to help himself during his illness. “It amazed me how he responded to them”, adds Ann, “he understood that they were there to help. The Occupational Therapist was brilliant, she would sit and chat with Edwin, and was very reassuring. When we needed help, it was there. They sorted the equipment that was needed. They were quick, and thorough”.
You can help to make a difference
Through generous local support we help to bring peace, comfort and dignity to around 2,200 patients, their families, loved ones and carers every year.
We need to raise over £18,000 a day to keep Weldmar running. Less than a quarter of our running costs comes from the NHS; the truth is that most of the care we provide is paid for by the kindness of people like you, people who understand how crucial our work is.
If you would prefer to make a one-off donation – please use our online donation form