Continuing care in the community

Strathmore Hospice Committy member Elma Walker and Chairperson Moira Nicoll in the refurbished lounge.
Strathmore Hospice Committy member Elma Walker and Chairperson Moira Nicoll in the refurbished lounge.

The continued community support for the work of Lippen Care at the Strathmore Hospice in Forfar has been praised by the charity’s chairman.

Speaking at its annual general meeting on Wednesday, Moira Nicoll (pictured) thanked members, colleagues, volunteers, befrienders, supporters and friends for their “continued support, friendship, understanding and help”.

Two open days were held the previous month which coincided with the unit’s tenth year in the Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre.

Visitors were able to view the redecorated lounge, conservatory and bedrooms.

Moira said: “Alongside this we continue to follow our remit on your behalf, providing equipment for the district nurses to use with palliative patients who wish to remain at home and also provide transport for Macmillan patients attending palliative therapy at Forfar in the hospice lounge.

“In the year ahead, we intend to sponsor a Marie Curie nurse for this area and provide nursing care so the sensory/therapy room can be 
used regularly by patients from all wards.

“There are many changes ahead for the NHS, but we will continue to uphold the hospice unit to the same high standard we have attained.

“I am privileged to have been involved with ten years of initial fundraising - then seeing the unit built and now being operational for ten years, a tribute to the local people.”

Manager Marion Hood outlined the various volunteering roles at the hospice - with some 5773 hours clocked up during the last 12 months.

These ranged from those who manned the tea trolley and shop kiosk to those who carried out reception duties, the complementary therapists, gardeners and befrienders.

She said: “When it comes to volunteering, compassion, caring and positivity are the only requirements - our team of volunteers more than fulfil the requirements.”

For the year ended April 5, 2016, Lippen Care reported a surplus of £53,168, down from £58,108 the previous year.

Donations increased from £20,624 to £31,582 although legacies were down from £60,827 in 2015 to £50,823, Fundraising rose from £8489 in 2015 to £11,003 and the purchase and replacement of equipment rose from £9833 in 2015 to £12,974.