Strathcarron Hospice cares for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, respiratory and heart conditions and neurological diseases. They are a charity providing specialist palliative care free of charge to people in NHS Forth Valley, and to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth in NHS Lanarkshire.
Their care is provided wherever it is needed. This may be within the hospice in Denny, but also in patients’ homes, in the local hospital Forth Valley Royal Hospital, care homes and community hospital settings. Care is also extended to families and carers.
Most of Strathcarron Hospice’s patients choose to remain at home and they offer a full range of community services and Day Hospice activities, not just care for inpatients.
Over 40% of patients go home from the Hospice having had help with their symptoms and they don’t just care for patients with cancer – about 20% of patients have other life limiting conditions.
Hospice is not a place, it is a philosophy of care that values each individual and helps them put life into their days rather than days onto their lives. Strathcarron cares for families, not just patients, and their care does not end when the patient has died – bereavement support is available for families. Strathcarron Hospice enhances the quality of life and dignity in death.
How playing the Local Hospice Lottery helps Strathcarron Hospice
To keep delivering care to those that need it the most, Strathcarron has to raise around £3.5 million each year. Profits from the Local Hospice Lottery help towards their running costs and provides a regular stream of income which Strathcarron Hospice can rely on receiving, each and every month. Not only does this help to provide essential care and support to local families right now, it also enables the Hospice to plan and develop their services for the future.
Strathcarron Hospice is one of a number of hospices throughout Great Britain supported by Local Hospice Lottery and Local Hospice Lottery will give between 50% and 80% of profits from individuals playing in support of Strathcarron Hospice to Strathcarron Hospice. This is expected to be at least £2,000,000 over five years from April 2016. For each £1 entry in the weekly draw Local Hospice Lottery gives an average of 60p to hospice care.
For more information about the services provided by Strathcarron Hospice and the other ways you can help:
Strathcarron is a Scottish Registered Charity, registration number SCO06704.