Helping The Hospice
by Sara Whatley
Holding a special fundraising event for St Peter & St James Hospice and in memory of Roger Linn, Liz Linn tells Sara Whatley what to expect on 6th December
Think of a light, bright, positive place. A special place full of caring and compassionate people, a healing place to come and receive treatment and a safe and supportive place to come and rest in peace. This is St Peter & St James Hospice.
Set in the beautiful Sussex countryside and surrounded by gardens, forests, walks and donkeys, St Peter & St James is a place many hold dear in their hearts. Inside their welcoming walls countless people have received the greatest of care in all sorts of capacities; from counselling services, pain and symptom control, a Day Centre offering homemade lunch and tea, companionship, massage and entertainment such as musical recitals and craft activities, to the more long- term respite and end of life care.
The main hospice rooms are all en suite and have a pull-down bed for relatives to stay, making for a homely and relaxed atmosphere where patients feel safe and happy. Along with the six community nurses and two physiotherapists who all do home visits, there are numerous and invaluable volunteers working at the hospice doing everything from tea and coffee to gardening, maintenance and making sure the bird tables are well stocked.
The cost of running such a place is understandably vast, costing £7,200
a day, and the majority of this comes from individuals and families in the community, local businesses and Trusts and fundraising support groups.
One such fundraiser is Liz Linn. Many of you will remember Liz’s husband, Roger Linn, who wrote for Sussex Living for many years. His hilarious column ‘View from the Downs’ was eagerly anticipated each month and he was a dear friend to the team here. Like so many before and after him, Roger and his family received exceptional care from St Peter & St James, and now Liz is putting her all into fundraising for the hospice, and remembering Roger.
“I have very enthusiastic friends helping me to put on this event, to name but a few Penney, Paula and Carol,” Liz tells me. “And we are hoping to beat our total last year, which was over £1,300.” If you cannot attend but wish to make a donation please email Liz. This year the event will be on Thursday 6th December at Liz’s home in Hurstpierpoint. Doors open from 11am and homemade cake and coffee will be on offer until 2pm. Then from 6-9pm there will be prosecco and nibbles. During the day they will be holding a tombola with some fantastic prizes all donated by local businesses, such as meals, hair and beauty treatments, family farm visits, children’s adventure camp prizes, animal goodies, clothes, wine, deli treats and alternative health treatments. If anyone wants to donate prizes please get in touch. There will also be a pop-up fashion shop, second hand books and endless friendly company.
Liz and her team welcome their suggested donation of £5 on the door and are very much looking forward to a full house again this year, so do join them in support of this wonderful hospice.
St Peter & St James Fundraising Event
Thursday 6th December 11am-2pm, 6-9pm Mandarin House, 33 High Street, Hurstpierpoint