A charity which has helped provide palliative and end of life care and support to more than 20,000 people across Poole, Wimborne and the Isle of Purbeck with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses is celebrating its 25 th Anniversary this year.
1994 was the year the Channel Tunnel officially opened, Forest Gump was a box office hit at the cinema, the sitcom Friends hit out TV screens and Wet Wet Wet had spent 15 consecutive weeks at number one in the UK charts. It was also the year that Friends of Forest Holme, as it was known then, started to fundraise for the life-enhancing work of Forest Holme, part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Since then the Forest Holme Hospice Charity has grown to meet the increasing demand for the hospice services, led by a team of specialist doctors, nurses, counsellors and specialist care teams who provide practical and emotional support for adults of all ages and their families in a variety of settings, such as their own home, nursing home, care home, in Poole Hospital or in the hospice itself.
To coincide with its anniversary, the Charity has also announced details of a number of fundraising events and initiatives taking place throughout the year, which includes becoming a member of its 25 Club through their 25 th anniversary appeal, a ‘25km For 25 Years’ challenge and the chance to win a diamond ring worth over £1,200 in a Grand Prize Draw, while tickets for The Secret Garden Party in June, which will be the biggest ball in the Charity’s history, are already on sale and selling fast.
Forest Holme Hospice Charity needs continued local community support to raise 1.6 million pounds over the next two years. Additional funding is required to support all aspects of the hospice including the in-patient ward, the purchasing of specialist equipment, education, the funding of additional staffing posts, complementary therapies, and the bereavement counselling service. Anne Currie, Charity Manager at Forest Holme, said, “We want to use the 25th anniversary as a time to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last quarter of a century, remember all those whose lives touched by Forest Holme, thank everyone who has been a part of making the hospice what it is today and get ready for whatever the future might bring. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and support during the last 25 years and we hope to be here for the next 25 years helping the local community as and when they need us. From individuals to community groups and from schools to local businesses, our ambition is to encourage more local people to help us with our work and enhance the lives of thousands more people in the local community.”
If you would like to help celebrate the hospice’s 25 th Anniversary and learn more about the work of Forest Holme and its Charity, please visit: www.forestholmehospice.org.uk