LOCAL NEWS: Marines bring joy to patients and their families at Poole Hospice


Patients and their families at Forest Holme Hospice in Poole have benefited from the generosity of the Marines at the Hamworthy Barracks who recently delivered a huge range of items for the ward.

Paul Tucker, Fundraising Manager at Forest Holme, said, “We were utterly overwhelmed with their generosity and on behalf of everyone at the hospice, I want to say how grateful we are for these donations.”

The donation followed a visit by Sergeant Slater and Colour Sergeant Smith to the hospice, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

The Marines met with fundraising and nursing staff before returning with two new reclining sofas for the relative’s lounge, privacy screens for the rooms, a games console for the children, along with Kindles and headphones for all the patients to use.

They also bought Pulse Oximeters for the Community Nurses.

Paul went on to say, “Sergeant Slater and Colour Sergeant Smith specifically wanted to focus on acquiring items that weren’t necessarily clinical but would provide comfort for patients and their families during the most difficult time of their lives.”

Forest Holme Hospice provides specialist end-of-life care to patients living with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Every year, the Forest Holme Hospice Charity needs to raise at least £850,000 to help enhance the NHS provision at the Hospice and ensure that they are there for patients and their family and friends in their time of need.

Photo: Sergeant Slater (centre) from Hamworthy Barracks with staff at Forest Holme Hospice.


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