Wokingham District Cancer Care Trust (WDCCT) has provided grants and support to people in Wokingham Borough who are suffering from cancer or other life-threatening illnesses for over 25 years. In that time it has also helped to fund building improvements at Wokingham Day Hospice and has provided specially adapted vehicles to allow the transport of patients to the day Hospice. The Trust has agreed to transfer their funds, some £200,000+, to the local Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice to continue their work to provide palliative care and support for the Wokingham community.
WDCCT arose from the steering committee that organised the fund-raising appeal for the building of Wokingham Day Hospice in 1991. It was recognised that continuing financial support for not only services provided in the day hospice but also to individuals and their families and carers in the Wokingham community would be necessary and so WDCCT was born. Trustees have represented the local community and professionals with experience of working in palliative care in the Woking-ham District. The charity has been generously supported by numerous volunteers and fundraisers in the local community.
The President of the trust is The Hon Mrs Mary Bayliss and the trust is supervised by a board of ten trustees elected annually at a public general meeting. The trustees have worked closely with the Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice team over many years and have now entrusted the charity to continue to fulfil their aim to support those in need by providing them with additional financial support.
WDCCT Trustees consulted widely to determine the Trust’s future direction and concluded that in the current economic and highly competitive charitable sector Sue Ryder was better equipped to continue its work more effectively particularly as both charities aims are closely aligned.
The Trust has assisted the community by paying for extra nursing care, hardship support, the pur-chase of special equipment and also aiding patients indirectly by supporting the continuing educa-tion of the professionals who look after them.
In addition it has supported the activities at Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice including physio-therapy, psychology, extra nursing, aromatherapy, assistance for occupational therapy work and providing a specially adapted minibus.
The transfer was celebrated at the Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice on the 29th September, with representatives from WDCCT and Sue Ryder.
The Hon Mrs Mary Bayliss comments: “WDCCT has provided support to people suffering with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses and the Day Hospice for more than 25 years. This has only been possible by the dedicated support of very many volunteers and trustees over the years for which we are very grateful. We’re delighted this essential work for the community will continue through the excellent work of Sue Ryder”.
Stewart Marks, Hospice Director for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent and Nettlebed Hospices, com-ments: “Our team of health care professionals and trained volunteers are able to provide a number of specialist services in the day hospice and in your own home. They aim to support you and your family if you have a life-limiting condition, giving every patient the care and support they need to spend the time they have left in the way they choose.”
“We cannot thank Wokingham District Cancer Care Trust enough for their fundraising and support throughout the years. Their astonishing generosity will help us continue to provide incredible care for people in our local community and we are extremely grateful.”
To find out more about Wokingham Day Hospice and the services Sue Ryder provides in West Berkshire, please call: 0118 949 5030.
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