ST CLARE Hospice, Harlow, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and is calling on the community to help raise £30,000 for the charity.
Each year the hospice supports and cares for local people who are facing death or suffering from loss and since forming in 1990 has helped more than 15,000 people.
To celebrate three decades, the hospice is appealing to 30 companies across West Essex to each raise £1,000 through fundraising activities with its staff to reach the overall goal.
Chief executive, Sarah Thomson said: “We know that 2,900 people die each year in West Essex, and that of these, it is estimated that 75 per cent of these deaths would have been predictable. We also know that the number of people who die in hospital in our local area is higher than the national average – and yet the vast majority of people would prefer to die in their own home or a hospice.
“We will therefore need to step up to the mark, and support even more people in the coming years, to ensure no one in our community faces death and loss on their own.”
The charity is also celebrating the development of the Hospice – 20 years ago there was only one doctor and 50 staff in total. Today there are five doctors, over 170 staff and 550 volunteers who give up their time to help others in need.
Medical Director, Dr Qamar Abbas said: “We wouldn’t have been able to grow our services and support this many people without the ongoing support of our local community.
“On behalf of everyone at St Clare Hospice we want to say thank you to the people of West Essex and East Herts for supporting your local Hospice over the past three decades, and enabling us to care for people and families in your local community.”