KHH_Issue-50 Spring-2018

Welcome From the Chief Executive Katharine House Hospice | 3 A few months ago I took part in the Wolf Run; running and wading through 10km of mud, water and obstacles with hundreds of others. It was a personal challenge for me. I enjoy running, but I’d never done anything quite as challenging – or muddy! – before. I chose to raise money for Katharine House because, like so many of you, I have a personal connection to the hospice. My dad died a fewyears ago and he was lucky enough to receive great care and support from the nurses here. Every year, more and more people are diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses. Today those illnesses are more complex, andpeople live longerwith their symptoms. This means that there’s more demand for our services than ever before. It costs £4 million to run the hospice every year, and ensure that people facing life- limiting illness can have access to the highest quality of care whenever and wherever they need it.We look after family, friends and carers through the illness and after death too, because we know that an illness doesn’t just affect the person who is ill. No patient or family member has to pay for their care – it’s all provided free of charge. However, with only a quarter of our funding from the government, it means that more than £3 million is donated by people like you; our supporters, local businesses, community groups, trusts and foundations. The money you raise, donate, or spend in our shops pays for vital care for patients and families. Without you we simply wouldn’t be able to continue caring for people and families who need us. There are plenty of ways you can get involved. Our fundraising team has been busy planning events for 2018, and there’s something for everyone in the calendar. Whether you want to join us with friends and family for our new Midnight Walk on 7 July, or hold a Care for a Cuppa afternoon tea or coffee morning to celebrate the royal wedding or the FA Cup final, you’ll be helping us bridge that £3 million gap. You’ll also be helping a local family through the most difficult of times. Perhaps you’re up for a real challenge and want to get together with friends to take on the mud at the Wolf Run in September (I would highly recommend it – just remember to wear old clothes because they’ll get muddy!). However you decide to get involved, you’ll be making a real difference. Thank you for everything you do. Angharad Orchard Chief Executive