St Elizabeth Hospice supported Toni when she needed it most. Their aim is to help people to live well until they die and support those affected by the loss of a loved one.
When supporting adults St Elizabeth is highly experienced and effective, however they recognise that there is a gap in the current offering for young people. They believe that young adults with progressive illnesses should be given the chance to enjoy life the same way that their peers do, and have big ambitions for enhancing their young adult services in future.
As a paediatric nurse, this was an issue close to Toni’s heart, and one that we’ve chosen to fundraise for in her memory.
St Elizabeth Hospice currently offers an alternative day service called X-Change, created specifically for young adults. It allows patients access to a gym, music, art and beauty therapies and fun recreational activities, including trips to the beach, the zoo or even the pub! This enables them to form friendships and build independence, while also offering support for their siblings and parents. The Hospice also want to offer longer breaks for young adults, but they do not have funding for this at present.
The monthly X-Change group costs £35,477 to run each year. The estimated cost of offering a single weekend respite break for two young adults is £4,930, which means that a short-break respite program could cost over £240,000 to run each year. St Elizabeth Hospice relies on charitable funding, so every donation you make in
Toni’s memory will enable the hospice continue providing and growing its services.