International Day of Charity - St. Michael's Hospice

In honour of the International Day of Charity, we would like to tell you about the local charity and hospice, St. Michael’s Hospice (North Hampshire).

Established 25 years ago by a committee led by former Mayor, Margaret Weston, St. Michael’s now manages to care for over 500 patients a year. The purpose of the hospice is, as said by themselves, to “offer a choice and understanding of complex conditions in the dying”. In fact, their mission statement is:

“St. Michael’s Hospice (North Hampshire) enables anyone faced with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers, to attain the highest possible quality of life by providing a choice of specialist care and support.”

For 25 years, St Michael’s has dedicated their spirit and drive to caring for their patients in their final days and supporting their families as well. Last year, after completing the St. Michael’s 80s-themed Moonlight Walk, we were invited to the hospice to be presented with a cheque for the amount we had raised. Their wonderfully welcoming team kindly showed us around the building and the grounds, and told us a bit about the day-to-day work they do. There was absolutely no doubt that the staff go above and beyond for their patients, often going the extra mile to make those final days as good as they can possibly be. We were told that once, for a patient whose room opened up to a garden area, the team organised for her horse to be brought to the hospice, right outside her window. The hospice even has a hairdresser and a beautician, as well as a family room and family bathroom, so patients and loved ones can feel as at home as possible.

Read more about St. Michaels Hospice on their website.

So, how can you support them? There are many ways! You can donate directly on their website, run a fundraiser, join the volunteer team, or take part in one of their upcoming events. The Right on the Line team recently abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower, facing our fears all for the good of this brilliant local charity – and we hope you do too! For us now though, we will be deciding what to do next…