St Catherine’s Hospice is calling on the local community in East Surrey and West Sussex to help mark its 40th anniversary by sharing their memories of the charity for a time capsule which will be buried at its new hospice site at Pease Pottage in July.
2023 is a big year for the charity which will be celebrating the opening of its new hospice in late Autumn and 40 years since it first opened its hospice doors on Malthouse Road, Crawley, providing vital palliative and end of life support to the local community.
St Catherine’s would love to hear what the charity has meant to the community it supports throughout East Surrey and West Sussex. All the contributions will be included in a ‘Book of Memories’ that will be placed in the time capsule. To submit your memories, St Catherine’s has created a page on its website where members of the public can:
- Send a photo of a loved one the hospice has cared for, with a short caption about that special person
- Send a short video message explaining why St Catherine’s is important to you
- Get creative! Write a short poem, paint a picture or compose a song. St Catherine’s would love to receive anything inspired by its work.
St Catherine’s Chief Executive Giles Tomsett says: “To mark our significant past and our exciting future, we will be burying a time capsule in our new hospice grounds at the start of July. The time capsule will be a wonderful legacy of our first 40 years. We would love to include as many contributions as possible for future staff, volunteers and supporters to uncover on our 80th anniversary in 2063!
“We really hope the local community gets involved with this exciting project and helps us remember this historic year for the charity.”
St Catherine’s cares for around 2,000 people every year living with a terminal illness, in its hospice in Crawley, in their own homes or in care homes. Eight in ten people cared for by St Catherine’s are supported in the comfort of their own home.
To send your time capsule contributions visit stch.org.uk/time-capsule. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31 May.
About St Catherine’s Hospice:
St Catherine’s Hospice provides expert end of life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across West Sussex and East Surrey.
Every year, the hospice cares for around 2,000 people living with a terminal illness at its hospice in Crawley, in their own homes or in care homes. Eight in ten people cared for by St Catherine’s are supported in the comfort of their own home.
As well as expert medical care, St Catherine’s also provides emotional and practical support through its dedicated Wellbeing Team, which provides a range of services including counselling, welfare advice, bereavement support and spiritual care.
It costs around £10 million to run the hospice each year but less than a third of this comes from the NHS. The rest is raised through the support and generosity of the local community.
St Catherine’s is currently building a new, larger hospice in Pease Pottage which is due to open in Autumn 2023. It will have 24 individual rooms, providing more care to more people, as well as increased community and bereavement support for future generations to benefit from in the local community.
For more information or to make a donation please visit www.stch.org.uk.
St. Catherine’s Hospice, Malthouse Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6BH
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