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Put the kettle on to support your local hospice

Hold a Coffee Morning this April to support end-of-life care in the heart of Devon

Your local hospice charity for Exeter, Mid and East Devon is reaching out to everyone, from budding Bake Off stars to cake-eating enthusiasts, to hold a Coffee Morning this spring.

Throughout the month of April, Hospiscare is asking you to hold a Coffee Morning your way, whether that’s in your garden, in the office or socially distanced at home. You could delight friends and neighbours with doorstep deliveries or even hold a virtual Coffee Morning and invite friends and family for a cuppa, a slice and a natter over Zoom.

We know the difference a cuppa can make. Our charity cares for over 2,000 patients and their families every year with thousands of cups of tea and coffee providing comfort in our hospice.

Ruth Penberthy from Hatherleigh was inspired to hold a Coffee Morning last March in memory of her mum, Joan.

Joan was referred to Hospiscare after the discovery of a large tumour in her bowel. The whole family was shocked and devastated by the news. Hospiscare Clinical Nurse Specialist Clare came to visit the family and Ruth says, “We were all so impressed by Clare’s wonderful, caring nature. She offered to call in regularly to see mum and help us if we needed anything.

“Mum went back into hospital for an operation and was there for almost a month. During that time, Clare phoned us every so often to check how we were doing.

“Three days after returning home from the hospital, mum sadly passed away just two months after receiving her diagnosis. To say we were devastated is an understatement. The whole family was reeling after this huge loss.”

An elderly lady feeding a baby its bottle

Ruth’s mum, Joan, holding her granddaughter Scarlett

Ruth was inspired by the kindness and support offered by Clare and the Hospiscare team and wanted to give something back to the people who were there when her family needed it.

Our charity receives just 18% of its funding from the NHS and the support from families like Ruth’s is vital for Hospiscare to continue providing specialist end-of-life care at no cost to the patient.

Signing up to the Hospiscare Coffee Morning is just as quick and easy as making a brew. Simply register here and we will send you everything you need.

Hospiscare is grateful to Western Power Distribution for sponsoring this year’s Coffee Morning campaign. Their priority service is free to vulnerable people in the community, ensuring they get connected in the event of a power cut. For full details of their priority service, please visit their website.

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