A small act of kindness can have the biggest impact.
Tuesday 5th September 2023, welcomes #InternationalDayOfCharity. A day where the world unites to celebrate the power of giving, the strength of kindness and the beauty of selflessness.
Established in honour of the remarkable Mother Teresa, this day serves as a tribute to helping those who need it most. Mother Teresa's legacy is a testament to the incredible transformations that can occur when people dedicate themselves to acts of selflessness and compassion.
The essence of this day lies in its ability to inspire. It encourages us to look beyond our own lives and consider the well-being of others. Small gestures, like donating to a local charity, volunteering, or simply extending a helping hand to a neighbour in need, can make a difference.
The year 2023 has been rife with challenges that have tested everyone’s resilience. Yet, even on the darkest days, stories of compassion shine through. From individuals mobilising to provide aid in the aftermath of natural disasters, to people donating their own goods to those fleeing their homes, these acts of kindness remind us that there are good people in the world. Willing to give back in any way they can.
You don’t always have to do something big to make a difference. It’s the little things that can often have the most impact.
Here at Your Hospice Lottery, we work hard to help raise vital funds for our hospice partners. Giving them not only an income, but a stable and regular income that they can rely on. £1 a week may seem like a drop in the ocean. But you will be surprised what can be achieved with this little amount when combined with the generosity of others.
With the current economic challenges Hospices face, the need for a reliable income they can plan with has become critical. This helps them continue to run their essential services. Ensuring that they will still be here in the future for those who need them the most.
Your Hospice Lottery work with 17 different hospices across the UK. Working together to spread the word about their fantastic work. Helping more people to play the lottery to support the and providing the income that they can rely on.
See below our different hospice partners and how they make a difference within their local community.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting conditions and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Their aim being able to provide the highest quality care, helping people to make every moment count.
Bedford Daycare Hospice aims to provide individualised holistic care to patients suffering with a life-limiting condition from the point of diagnosis, through treatment, to remission or palliative care. They are an independent charity working with other organisations providing care and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses in North and Mid Bedfordshire. Most of the funding is raised through the kindness and generosity of their donors. Even a small contribution helps to provide the best care for patients.
Birmingham Hospice care for more people than ever before. Their patients are at the heart of everything they do and have been throughout their history. From caring for those in their Inpatient Units, to providing vital day services in their Living Well Centres, and supporting families with personalised bereavement counselling, they take care of the community when they need them most.
Cransley Hospice Trust is passionate about high quality hospice and end of life care being available to all. They are committed to raising funds that will support and develop the delivery of these services for their local community in North Northamptonshire.
The specialist end of life care provided both at ‘Cransley Hospice,’ and to patients in their own home through the ‘Hospice at Home’ service meets the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of the patient, their family and loved ones.
Cynthia Spencer Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people diagnosed with life-limiting and terminal illnesses and their families at the Hospice in Northampton and across West Northamptonshire through our Clinical Nurse Specialist and Hospice at Home Community Care Teams.
The hospice is also home to a county-wide Lymphoedema service and a day-care Wellbeing Service. Care at the Hospice focuses on helping patients to enjoy the best quality of life possible - controlling their pain and other symptoms; offering emotional and practical support; providing suitable treatments and therapies and, when the time comes providing the best care to ensure a comfortable and dignified death.
All their hospice services are offered free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and although part-funded by the NHS they rely on their local community to raise one third of every £1 they spend on care.
The charity was established in 2008 as Yare Hospice Care, becoming East Coast Hospice in 2009, with the aim of improving end of life care in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area; with a vision and goal to build an independent hospice.
Halton Haven Hospice aims to provide the highest standard of palliative and end of life care for its patients from Runcorn, Widnes, and the surrounding areas. The patient is always at the very heart of care provided.
Dedicated and professional staff ensure a warm, caring environment at Halton Haven Hospice, and help patients to attain the best possible quality of life. Their team understand maintaining comfort, independence and dignity is vital, and are on hand to ensure symptoms of life-limiting illness are managed carefully. As well as excellent medical care, Halton Haven Hospice provide welcome psychological, social, spiritual support and practical advice for individuals and their families, on both the Inpatient Unit and in the Day Care Suite.
KEMP has been providing valuable care and support to people across the Wyre Forest, affected by a life-limiting illness, for over 50 years. They provide end-of-life care, counselling and emotional support to adults facing a life limiting illness, their families, and carers for as long they need it.
KEMP’s specialist support and person-centred care is for everyone, no matter their life-limiting condition. Their team of caring professionals specialise in palliative nursing care, rehab/exercise and occupational therapy, wellbeing therapies and psychological support. From diagnosis to end of life, they help people live as well as possible at every stage of their journey.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice help babies, children and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and their families, make the most of every day. And they support those who die young to do so in as much comfort as possible, surrounded by family.
They are here to enable those they support to enjoy life as children, rather than as patients, as families, not just as carers. Partnering with London NHS trusts, they have built a home, a community, and an expert team to make that difference. They are one of the UK’s leading children’s hospices, providing care for over 350 children and their families every year.
Nottinghamshire Hospice is a community-based palliative care service which provides high quality care services to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers.
The help and care their services provide to patients, and their loved ones, is holistic. They offer compassionate nursing care to help meet physical needs, social support to help tackle loneliness or isolation and counselling and chaplaincy to support spiritual needs. Their services are completely free to patients.
Salisbury Hospice Charity provides free of charge end of life care services for patients with advanced, progressive, life-limiting conditions, and support for their loved ones and carers.
End of life care is about relieving the distressing symptoms and pain of a disease that can no longer be cured.
Hospice care is focused on the whole person: physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients.
St Helena Hospice help local people face incurable illness, supporting them and their families, friends, and carers.
They also help adults and children in north east Essex who have been bereaved, regardless of how or where their loved one died.
They support members of their community, helping them make their own choices and live with dignity. By focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, they aim to bring comfort and relief to all those who need it, offering the people of north east Essex individual care and total support, regardless of their diagnosis or personal circumstances.
The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice is a charity dedicated to supporting the work of the Wisdom Hospice, providing specialised end of life care and support to local people, their families, friends, and carers, whether at home, in the hospice or in hospital. It’s all about the patients and helping the hospice team to care for them and their families.
With your help, The Friends will be able to continue supporting the Wisdom Hospice and ensure that those facing life-limiting illnesses get the help they so desperately need. They need to raise more than £2,500 a day, £17,500 a week, towards the Wisdom Hospice’s running costs. Whilst they are funded partly by the NHS, with every new day they are facing increasing pressure to achieve these targets.
Weldmar Hospicecare is an independent charity that provide vital end of life care to those who need it most. They provide care in the comfort of patients’ own homes with Weldmar Community Nurses, via their Day Services held across the county and as inpatients at their Inpatient Unit in Dorchester.
All Weldmar’s care is provided completely free of charge but as a charity they need to raise over £18,000 every single day to keep these services available for those who need them in the future.
Weldmar believes in putting their patients at the centre of everything they do ensuring that their care is tailored and individual to them. They ensure patients are as comfortable as possible and that their loved ones receive the support that they require, at what is a difficult time.
Zoë’s Place provides palliative, respite, and end of life care to babies and infants from 0-5 years of age with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. Zoë’s Place is unique because they are the only baby specific hospices in the United Kingdom.
Their team of specialist nurses offer a safe, caring, and fun place to be, where parents know that their child will receive the very best possible care 24/7. They offer respite care, therapies, family support and bereavement support to local families.
This International Day of Charity, let us take a moment to reflect on our ability to make a difference.
You can join the lottery family by playing Your Hospice Lottery every week. Not only will you be giving back to your chosen hospice, but you will also be doing something amazing. Helping those facing incurable illness and bereavement to make the most of every moment.