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When we met Boris at No. 10

A team from Weldmar Hospicecare were invited to tea.

Representatives from Weldmar Hospicecare were invited to afternoon tea with the Prime Minster, Boris Johnson, at 10 Downing Street.

Fundraiser Alaine Harman, Community Nurse Selina Miles, Director of Nursing Caroline Sweetland, CEO Caroline Hamblett, and Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Lead Clare Bradbury (left to right, pictured above) received the surprise call on Friday.

We were one of eight hospices from across the country to get the invitation.

Mr Johnson and Tracey Crouch MP hosted the reception, with tea in the Terracotta State Drawing Room, to thank hospices for their hard work and dedication.

“We were able to raise concerns about the future of hospice care”, says Caroline Sweetland.  “That included funding, more sustainable working models, and improved partnerships with the NHS.  Also the difficulty in recruiting specialist palliative care staff.  It was also a good opportunity to network with other the hospices and find out what challenges they are facing”.

Caroline Hamblett added, “It was a tremendous privilege and and opportunity for us.  We were very proud to represent Weldmar at 10 Downing Street, and celebrate the great things we have achieved as a hospice”.

Demand is increasing on our services.  In the next five years, we estimate we’ll be caring for 25% more people than we do now, with patients in their own homes, in Day Services, at our in-patient unit in Dorchester, or families and loved ones with our bereavement and counselling services.

You can help us ensure we are here for future generations by making a donation now to our Summer Appeal – find out more, and the cost of care in your part of Dorset, here.


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