Collection vote winner for West Brom game named

Hospice Care charity, Phyllis Tuckwell, has won the second of the Chelsea Foundation’s online charity polls, and will be holding bucket collections at Stamford Bridge before the game against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 11 December.

There are four matchdays available for bucket collections, so the charities have been broken down into different categories: children’s, medical, armed forces and community charities.

Thousands of you took part in the second poll, the medical category, via this website, with Phyllis Tuckwell, who support and care for people living with a terminal illness in Surrey and Hampshire the eventual winners.

Phyllis Tuckwell is the only Hospice Care service for adult patients and their families across the whole of west Surrey and part of north-east Hampshire, in the Hospice, at the Beacon Centre, in patients’ own homes and in the community.

For many patients, when a cure is not possible, Hospice Care helps manage pain and improves the quality of life for both the patient and their family. Seeking care through Phyllis Tuckwell isn’t about giving up hope or hastening death, but rather a way to get the most appropriate care in the last phase of life.

Sarah Brocklebank, chief executive of the charity, said: ‘Thank you so much to Chelsea for giving us this opportunity, not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness of Hospice Care.

‘Many people believe a hospice is just a building with beds where people die, but Hospice Care is so much more, providing respite care, therapies, counselling and bereavement support... as one of our patients said recently, ‘it is really more about life, not death’.

‘Only 20 per cent of our costs are covered by the Government/NHS, which is why collections like this are so important. We rely on the generosity of the general public to enable us to provide this important care as we have to raise over £20,000 every single day.

‘The money collected at Stamford Bridge will go towards our drive to offer a full 24/7 service. With current resources, our In-patient unit can’t always accept new patients at the weekend or Bank Holidays, and our Hospice Care at Home service has limited nurses available for overnight care. So with additional funds we can recruit the necessary staff to provide this important service.’

There are over 200 hospices in the UK, all delivering this invaluable care in their communities, so, wherever you live, in addition to your generous support, please consider ongoing support for your local hospice.

For more information on Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, go to www.pth.org.uk