Hospice care is of great importance to those suffering with terminal illnesses as well as for their families. Whilst a hospice can’t claim to extend life, they can certainly make it a lot better for their patients who are in constant pain or discomfort. Axis has supported a number of hospices, with Demelza Children’s Hospice being one of our sponsored charities and to whom we’ve donated a total of £250,000 to since 2009.
Alongside our continued support for Demelza, the Axis Foundation has helped a number of other hospices through our appreciation for their work and we understand how desperately facilities like theirs are needed to help those who are terminally ill. We’ve given £5,000 to St Christopher’s Hospice for them to purchase a therapeutic bath to relieve pain for their patients and Hilary Teare, St Christopher’s Medical Devices Administrator, said our donation “will really help dozens of patients a year with terminal conditions enjoy a relaxing and comforting bath”. Comfort is at the core of hospice care so they can make life more bearable for their patients with life-long illnesses and to ease some of the pain for those who are receiving end-of-life treatment.
St Clare’s Hospice and Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice both received funding from us to purchase Syringe Drivers that will allow patients to administer pain relief in the comfort of their own homes. Greenwich received £6,000 and St Clare’s received £3,405 with their Director of Patient Care, Louise Cameron, thanking us with: “Syringe drivers are crucial for our patient care services and we needed to replace our current stock to bring them in line with those used by other care providers. We are grateful to the Axis Foundation for enabling the Hospice to buy these vital pieces of clinical equipment”.
St Joseph’s Hospice received £4,000 to purchase a Flowtron Hydroven 12 machine used by Lymphoedema patients to relieve pain and swelling in their own homes. Kim Barlow, Specialist Palliative Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Practitioner at St Joseph’s Hospice, said: “Receiving funding from the Axis Foundation is brilliant news and our patients will definitely benefit from this donation”. St Luke’s Hospice and North London hospice both received a donation to purchase equipment that will ease discomfort when sitting and laying down as well as furniture designed to provide comfort through supportive postural and pressure care. North London Hospice received £4,798 and St Luke’s received £3,895 to which Allison Jones, Fundraising Officer for St Luke’s, said: “Without the generosity of organisations like the Axis Foundation, we could not provide care services to the people suffering from these terrible illnesses or support the families who suffer along with them”.
For Axis, it is all about giving back to the communities in which we work and making life for those who use these hospices a little bit better. We thank our people for fundraising to raise money for causes like this and we hope to do even more good in the future.