Welwyn Garden City hospice celebrates its new-look unit

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 October 2017

Mayor of Hertford, councillor Susan Dunkley, In-Patient Unit team leader Kirsty Hill,  and the mayor�s husband Robert Dunkley.
Picture: Isabel Hospice

Mayor of Hertford, councillor Susan Dunkley, In-Patient Unit team leader Kirsty Hill, and the mayor�s husband Robert Dunkley. Picture: Isabel Hospice

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Isabel Hospice held an open house event to show off its new-look In-Patient Unit at its base in Howlands, Wewlyn Garden City.

Isabel Hospice chief executive Robin Webb receives a �2,000 cheque from  Marion and Nick Darter who own the Chequers Pub at Woolmer Green, following a bike ride they organised. 
They chose to donate to the hospice after a friend was looked after there and died at the In-Patient Unit.
Far right of photo is Cheryl Cusack, Isabel Hospice Community Fundraiser.
Picture: Isabel HospiceIsabel Hospice chief executive Robin Webb receives a �2,000 cheque from Marion and Nick Darter who own the Chequers Pub at Woolmer Green, following a bike ride they organised. They chose to donate to the hospice after a friend was looked after there and died at the In-Patient Unit. Far right of photo is Cheryl Cusack, Isabel Hospice Community Fundraiser. Picture: Isabel Hospice

Hospice staff welcomed members of the local community on Saturday, October 14, following their return to Howalands after a temporary 10-month relocation to Hatfield Nursing Home in Tamblin Way.

The move had been necessary as the unit would have been unable to function with the old hospital being demolished around the hospice.

Robin Webb, Isabel Hospice chief executive, said: “We are very proud of the care we are able to give at the unit and were keen to show off our new, refreshed look, including 10 new specialist beds, costing almost £50,000 which we were able to purchase thanks to some very generous donors.

“We have to raise over £3.5 million each year to provide all of our services for free and we rely on the generous support of thousands of local people who make this possible so thank you!

“Opening our doors on Saturday helped us dispel the myth that hospice’s are sad, frightening places where only one thing happens. “Yes many people come here in the last weeks of their lives, but we also provide respite care and short stays to help people get their symptoms under control and last year 30 per cent of people who stayed with us went back home.

“During the open day, our visitors saw that the unit is full of light and love, a real home from home with specialist care from staff and volunteers.

“We would also like to thank Hatfield Nursing Home for their support over the last 10 months.”

Last year Isabel Hospice supported 1,400 people.

If you would like to find out more about the work the hospice does at its In Patient Unit, its Living Well centres and supporting people at home go to www.isabelhospice.org.uk.

If you would consider volunteering for this local charity, and join their 600+ strong team of volunteers you can find out more at www.isabelhospice.org.uk/volunteer

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