Kind-hearted Loughton resident helps local hospice expand services with £900K gift in will

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St Clare Hospice Head of Patient and Family Support Services, Sushma, is pictured smiling at the camera in the Hospice gardens whilst holding a sign that reads "Thank you".
Published on: Friday 31 May 2024 at 13:49

St Clare Hospice expand hospice services thanks to a selfless gift of £900,000 in a Loughton resident’s will

A kind-hearted supporter who lived in Loughton has left St Clare Hospice an incredibly generous gift in their will totalling £900,000. This one large gift means the hospice can cover the cost of caring for many more local people without dipping in to funds set aside for the day-to-day hospice running costs.  
 
The hospice’s Head of Patient and Family Support Service, Sushma Dhami said, ‘This one person’s generosity has enabled us to expand a wide range of St Clare Hospice care services to the people of Loughton and beyond, including our bereavement support and GriefLine telephone service.’ 

The donor, who wished to remain anonymous, had arranged in their will for St Clare Hospice to clear their house before its sale but had given the charity no indication of the support that was to come.

‘Imagine our delight and surprise’, said Sushma, ‘when we were informed that the local Loughton supporter had also left us an extra incredible donation of £900,000. St Clare Hospice needs to raise over £7.3 million each year to be able to provide our specialist, compassionate services to local people in West Essex and across the borders of East Hertfordshire.

‘Everyone grieves individually, and no two people are the same. This money has helped us expand the compassionate care offered by our counsellors, social worker, and family support worker, so we can help support local people living with the loss of a loved one, as well as those who are soon facing the prospect of the death of someone they love.’ 

Last year, the St Clare Patient and Family Support Service supported over 500 people and the St Clare Bereavement Cafés held across West Essex had over 1,100 attendances at the 550 café events.

If you or someone you know needs support following the death of a loved one, call our free telephone support service, GriefLine (01279 945089) or visit griefline.co.uk where you can find lots of information you may find useful.

If you are living with a condition that isn’t curable, we also offer a First Contact Service telephone line (01279 773774), where you can self-refer for any other hospice services, including our Living Well programmes, our outpatient clinics and end-of-life care.

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