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We deliver special Christmas boxes full of treats to patients at home

It was a surprise Christmas gift, personally delivered by members of the Weldmar team

Team members from Weldmar Hospicecare have been delivering hundreds of boxes of treats to our community patients today.

The small army of helpers included fundraisers, social workers, complementary therapists, bereavement counsellors, People Services, retail staff, and directors, who all took a morning away from their usual workload to travel across Dorset and deliver the boxes personally.

CEO Caroline Hamblett also took part, visiting patients in the Beaminster area.  “It’s been a really tough year for so many people, and we thought that this would give our patients, being cared for at home, a smile just before Christmas.

“We have been working hard to address loneliness and isolation, as many of the people we look after are in rural parts of the county, not to mention the added complications from the pandemic. As an organisation that has Caring as one of its Values, we wanted to step up and the reaction of the people I saw certainly made all the hard work worth it.”

The boxes contained a slice of Christmas cake, handmade by our own catering team based at our Inpatient Unit, an individual Dorset Tea teabag, a mini cracker, and a Tunnocks Teacake snuggled inside a knitted Christmas pudding, which were all very kindly made and donated by Weldmar Hospicecare supporters.

Lynn Goodchild, Head of People Services, says “All of the people that I saw on my deliveries in Weymouth were very appreciative, and really surprised that we were doing this.  They seemed to be pleased that they had been thought of in this way, and for me it felt really quite nice to be able to do something like this.”

Complementary Therapist Jo Pasker delivered boxed to patients in Dorchester and Wimborne, and says, “It was a pleasant surprise for everyone when we knocked on their door, and were very grateful for the gesture.”

Matt Smith, Director of Fundraising and Marketing, said that one patient said this at the door:

“I cannot tell you how much this means to me. I live on my own and to know that someone has thought of me this Christmas, words cannot describe, thank you so very much.”

More of the boxes will be delivered tomorrow, Tuesday 15th December.

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