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

The donation followed a visit by Sgt Slater and CSgt Smith to the hospice after they had been given recommendations to support the Poole-based hospice by various colleagues and family members. Forest Holme, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year, provides end-of-life care and support to more than 1,000 people each year with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses to local people across Poole, Wimborne and the Isle of Purbeck.

They both met with fundraising and nursing staff to discuss to find out what items would benefit the patients and their families during their stay at the hospice. Within a couple of weeks they returned 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 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. Sgt Slater and CSgt 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.” 

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