Thames Hospice has announced the start of their ‘Raise the Roof’ appeal which aims to raise £3 million needed to help with the completion of a new hospice. On Sunday (8 September), the Henley shop based on Duke Street had a day of celebrations to help towards this total.
Thames Hospice is one of the busiest independent hospices in the UK, but sadly it is not able to keep up with demand. Many people are in desperate need of the charity’s services, especially now that Sue Ryder Care in Nettlebed will be reducing the number of beds they have to offer.
Building started at the beginning of this year on a new £22 million hospice set in eight acres by Bray Lake. This new hospice will include 28 private inpatient rooms all with bathrooms and space for families to stay overnight.
Lisa Parris-Cambridge, a patient currently using the Thames Hospice services, said “Thames Hospice has been there for me and my girls. They provide the care, counselling and support that make my diagnosis better to deal with. I can’t imagine what life would be like for others in the same situation left without Thames Hospice’s support.”
Jonathan Jones, Chair of Trustees for Thames Hospice, did a speech outside the Thames Hospice shop in Henley before the window display was unveiled. He said “Families regard Thames Hospice as a little bubble of care and safety. How can you help? Well helping us today, raising the roof with us, contributing to the campaign and telling your friends, relatives, neighbours about it and what it offers is a great thing. Think about those families who are waiting for a bed at the most difficult time in their life, anything you can do today to help us will help support those families.”
The new hospice is due to open in the summer of 2020, and will be very beneficial for the local area and local people in need. Every day up to ten people are left at home or in a hospital bed when it is not what they want or need. Thames Hospice are aiming to raise these funds in 6 months, relying somewhat on their shops across the area, with another opening in Caversham in two weeks time.
Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett, attended the unveiling of the new window display and said, “I think we should thank all the people here who have given up their time, and Thames Hospice for the things they do. I would imagine when people know they only have a few days to live they would like to go to a Hospice, I’m sure I would anyway. Raise the roof for £3 million, I hope you do it, it’s a big big target but I am sure you have people locally giving good support, and I wish you all the best for raising your £3 million.”
Debbie Raven, Thames Hospice Chief Executive, said, “We are overwhelmed by the support of the Henley community and local dignitaries who will all help us to spread the word about our appeal to raise the final £3 million we need to complete your new hospice.”
For more information about how you can support Thames Hospice Raise the Roof campaign, please visit www.raisetheroof2020.org.uk. You can also donate by text (text RAISE to 70970 to give £5 or text RAISE to 70191 to give £10).