City Hospice, Cardiff’s local hospice, has relaunched an innovative fundraising campaign to support the day-to-day work of their 14 Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Originally introduced in 2019, the ‘Donate a Day’ campaign is inspired by a greater need for palliative care in the community. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an even higher number of patients and their families requiring the charity’s support, with nursing staff continuing to provide vital care on the frontline.
City Hospice is Cardiff’s local hospice, looking after people with terminal and life limiting illnesses such as cancer, dementia, motor neurone disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The only provider of home-based specialist palliative care in the capital, City Hospice provides care and compassion to 550 patients at any one time.
The ‘Donate a Day’ campaign encourages supporters to find new, fun ways of raising money individually or as part of a team to fund a day of nursing. £150 pays for a day of nursing care by a Clinical Nurse Specialist, making a big difference to the lives of patients and their families. The campaign is a great way for community groups and local businesses to support City Hospice too.
City Hospice Nurse Kath O’Connell
Supporters can choose a date that’s special to them, such as an anniversary or birthday, to sponsor a City Hospice nurse. The selected day will feature on the charity’s online calendar and social media to celebrate the care provided thanks to the donation. Regular Givers can also pay a minimum of £12.50 per month and at the end of a year use the £150 that they have donated to select a date that they would like to sponsor nursing care.
Keen fundraisers who raise over the £150 target can donate multiple days of nursing care and the same date can be donated several times with each donation representing one of the nurses who make up the team of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Carly Murray is a supporter of City Hospice and has been involved in lots of fundraising following the loss of her Mum. She tells us why she supports Donate A Day:
“Donating a day of nursing care has been a really special way to remember my lovely Mum on a date that’s special to us. It’s an honour to be able to do this in her memory knowing that we are helping other families just like us who need palliative nursing care.”
Allen Bryant has been a nurse at City Hospice for 8 years and tells us what the Donate a Day campaign means to him and the team of Clinical Nurse Specialists:
“My priority, and that of our team at City Hospice, is to do everything we can to care for our patients and enable them to make the most of the time they have, as well as supporting their families. When our kind supporters Donate a Day of nursing care it means a lot to us as a team knowing that we have the support of people in our community to help ensure we can continue to provide essential care at a time when people really need it.”
Liz Andrews, Chief Executive at City Hospice, said:
“Our incredible nursing team provide vital care, ensuring that patients and their families have the chance to create special memories during difficult times.
“As the need for specialist palliative nursing increases, we hope to encourage people to join in with our ‘Donate a Day’ campaign to celebrate the lives and memories of their loved ones while funding a day of our City Hospice nurses’ time so we can continue to provide important care in the community.”
As well as medical support, nursing and end of life care, City Hospice also provides essential counselling and support services for the families of their patients. Their bereavement service has been extended to support anyone in Cardiff, Bridgend and southern parts of Rhondda Cynon Taf as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
For more information on Donate A Day or to pay for a day of nursing care on a date of your choice, visit: https://www.cityhospice.org.uk/get-involved/donate-a-day/