Council chairman praises Mapperley hospice for ‘adding life to days’


A council chairman has heaped praise on a Mapperley hospice for “adding life to days”.

Nottinghamshire County Council chairman Cllr John Handley has been chosen Nottinghamshire Hospice as the Chairman’s charity this year, with numerous events being planned to raise vital funds for it.

Coun Handley has personal experience within his family with hospices – his sister-in-law Marian Brown spent the last two weeks of her life in a hospice in Barnsley, passing away in 2004.

He said: “Nottinghamshire Hospice does incredible things. It does a phenomenal amount of work and it really does fulfil its motto of ‘adding life to days’.

“It is vital that they and other hospices raise funds. It is difficult because they are voluntary organisations and they have to find funding through charitable work but money is not a bottomless pit.”

Coun Handley is due to visit Nottinghamshire Hospice tomorrow (Sep 28) to find out more about its work.

The hospice has a Day Therapy Centre based in Woodborough Road, Nottingham, complete with complementary therapy, physiotherapy, counselling and bereavement services.

The charity also has a Hospice at Home service that delivers over 40,000 hours of one-to-one care to patients in the comfort of their own homes. The hospice provides support to families and close friends, both during the illness and in bereavement.

Coun Handley said he had received many requests from organisations to be his chosen charity, but he was inspired after meeting with community fundraiser Elaine Hopkins from Nottinghamshire Hospice, who said that the charity needs to fundraise £7,000 a day.

He said: “I hope that by organising events we will not only raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice but also raise its profile to build more awareness of the vital work it does across the county.”

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A hog roast fundraising event generated £400 for the charity recently and there are two planned community choir events in Brinsley next year, among other Chairman events. And Hospice volunteers have recently enjoyed afternoon tea with the Chairman at County Hall as a thank you for the work they do.

Recalling his personal experiences of hospices, Councillor Handley said: “My sister-in-law had only been diagnosed seven weeks before her death with ovarian cancer and the hospice made her last fortnight a quality experience despite the circumstances.

“The care was unbelievable and there was as much care for my wife Margaret – Marian’s sister, as there was for Marian herself, because they were both so close. I learnt a lot about the work of hospices from this experience so the opportunity to support our local hospice this year seemed a great one to me.”

Founded in 1980, Nottinghamshire Hospice is a community-based palliative care centre providing high quality care services to adults who have terminal and life-limiting illnesses, and their families and carers.

As a registered charity the hospice is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and all services are delivered and based on individual patient needs.

All services are offered free to patients and their loved ones with the aim of taking care of their physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.

Each year, Nottinghamshire Hospice needs to raise £2.7million to be able to deliver their current services to patients, their families and their carers.

This is achieved through the generosity of people in communities across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire who recognise the difference the hospice’s work makes.

If you have an idea for a fundraising event to help the Chairman’s charity this year please contact: Elaine Hopkins on  or 0115 910 1008 ext 251.

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