Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care is a local charity which provides free end-of-life care and support for some 2,000 people across North West Surrey each year, and their families and carers.
Our wonderful 20 bedroom hospice in Woking’s Goldsworth Park provides high-quality in-patient care and day care services. More than 70% much of our vital care is given in patient’s own homes by our highly-skilled community nursing teams.
All our staff and volunteers are dedicated to putting our patients at the heart of our care to ensure that all their needs are met, their questions answered and they feel as supported as possible through the most difficult of times.
We are also there for their families, offering reassurance, guidance and support throughout their loved ones’ illness and beyond.
We could not do this without the amazing support of local fundraisers, who help us raise the £9 million it costs each year to deliver our services.
When you are doing your Downlink cycle training you could be pedalling past homes where care is being given at that very moment, so thank you for helping us to help our patients.
In the last 20 years, care of babies born very early, or with unexpected problems, has improved immensely, with great improvements in survival and outlook. This work is increasingly specialised and requires dedicated teams of highly trained nurses and doctors, available at all times. In Surrey the only hospital with the appropriate staff, equipment, skills and experience to provide this highest level of intensive care for the smallest and sickest newborn babies is St. Peter’s Hospital.
In 2005 a new nursery with eight intensive care cots was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex. The costs of the building work and extra staff were met by the NHS, but to provide the specialised equipment we needed charitable funds.
The Little Roo Neonatal Fund was set up by a team of doctors, nurses, parents and support staff and is part of the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Trust (Reg Charity 1058567) with the specific aim of supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Each Neonatal Intensive care cot costs in the region of £80,000 to fully equip, and they have also have been able to purchase an ultrasound machine (£60k), equipment to help babies breathe (£4k to £20k each), a breast milk pasteurizer (£19k) and devices for treating and monitoring potential brain injury (£20k).
There is always an ongoing need for additional and replacement specialist equipment, and also to send staff for specialist training that the NHS cannot provide funding for.
The Little Roo Neonatal Fund therefore raises money to provide the support that the St. Peter’s Neonatal Unit continues to require to offer the highest standards of intensive care for babies born in Surrey and further afield.