ROTARIANS in Warwick have been hearing all about Shipston Home Nursing.
Head of fundraising Kate Bamford visited Warwick Rotary Club to talk about the work of the Shipston-based charity.
SHN was established in 1997 to meet the needs of patients in Shipston, Wellesbourne, Kineton, and surrounding villages for hospice care at home.
During 2022 its team of nurses and healthcare assistants looked after 180 patients and spent nearly 7,600 hours providing care for them.
Working with local GP’s their vision is to ensure free quality end-of-life care within the community and to liaise with the local district nurse team to ensure provision of equipment and medications.
The service costs around £550,000 a year and fundraising is critical for them. Local charitable trusts and foundations make grants, and fun runs, golf days, and other events are needed to make up the difference.
By providing care at home, a hospital bed is freed up with savings to the NHS and benefits to the patient and family. Bereavement care can also be provided to families and carers.
SHN came to the rotary club’s attention following the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to rotarian Graham Suggett earlier in the year. The club had asked him to nominate a charity for a £1,000 donation, and SHN had supported his elderly parents last illness at home.