Charity working to help hospices

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After 17 years and nearly a million pounds raised for hospices in East Sussex, a local charity has changed its name and expanded its reach into West Sussex. Now Friends of East Sussex Hospices will become Friends of Sussex Hospices and will support three additional hospices in West Sussex.

Antiques expert Tim Wonnacott, a long-standing patron of the charity, helped launch its new name and logo at Ditchling Beacon on top of the South Downs, in the centre of East and West Sussex.

He said: “The wonderful care hospices provide to people at such difficult times in their lives makes an enormous difference to them and their families. I’m delighted to help such a good cause, and I would like to encourage everyone to help their local hospice.”

Friends of Sussex Hospices raises funds to support the work of the adult and children’s hospices across the county.

Millions of pounds must be raised each year by each hospice to enable their specialist care to continue. As well as raising funds, FSH works to help raise awareness of the valuable role hospices play.

It’s Hospice Care Week on October 8–14 – why not do something special to support your local hospice? Check our website for a list of hospices and the area they serve.

FSH is delighted to welcome Susan Pyper, the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex as a patron of the newly enlarged charity, together with celebrated actor Robert Bathurst.

Friends of Sussex Hospices is a registered charity run by volunteers. It raises funds for and promotes awareness of the invaluable services offered by the hospices that serve the people of Sussex.

Our hospices provide expert specialist care free of charge to patients of all ages with terminal or life-limiting conditions and this medical, practical and pastoral support is offered to people of all faiths and of none.

The following hospices are supported by Friends of Sussex Hospices:

Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice; Demelza Hospice Care for Children; Hospice in the Weald; Leo House at Home; St Barnabas House; St Catherine’s Hospice; St Michael’s Hospice; St Peter and St James Hospice; St Wilfrid’s Hospice (Eastbourne); St Wilfrid’s (Chichester); The Martlets Hospice; The Sussex Snowdrop Trust.

KATHY GORE

Chairman, Friends of Sussex Hospices, Langney Road, Eastbourne