Today, I’m asking you to help us secure the future of this care for our community by remembering your local hospice service in your Will.
I am Heather Weir, Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Hospice. I firstly want to sincerely thank you for the kind, generous support you’ve shown to our hospice service. It is only through the incredible generosity of people like you in our community that we are able to care for thousands of local infants, children and adults each year.
It is an honour to lead the passionate care teams and volunteers who make our hospice so exceptional. Our Children’s Hospice looks after young people, from infants to teenagers, throughout their illness and sometimes, sadly, as they reach the end of their life. But we also enable parents, siblings and friends to spend quality time together, safe in the knowledge that their little one is in professional, loving hands.
In people’s homes and here at Northern Ireland Hospice, our specialist care teams provide relief from the symptoms of complex illnesses, as well as emotional and spiritual support to cope with the difficult times.
In our Hospice Hub, we help people gather the emotional and practical tools to enable them to live well, for every day they have left.
Every moment of care and support we offer is provided free of charge; it is our privilege to offer peace and comfort for the most vulnerable people in Northern Ireland.
During my time here, I’ve seen just how important this compassionate care is for local families; enabling people to spend their remaining days with dignity, free of pain and in the company of those they love is at the very heart of what we do. Over the years, our service has grown immensely to make this possible for more local people. In 1998, we met and cared for 114 patients. Today, thanks to people like you, we are able to be part of the lives of over 3,500 infants, children, adults and their loved ones across Northern Ireland.
As a charity, we receive only a small portion of what it takes to run our Hospices from the government. Most people I meet in our community are shocked by this fact; the truth is, we are completely reliant on the generosity of donations from people like you, to help us continue to be here, each day.
One of the most valuable ways people support us each year is through Gifts in Wills. In fact, for every seven days we are here, supporting children and adults who need us, the full care costs of one day are fully paid for by these crucial gifts. People choose to support us in this way because they have comfort in knowing that they can make a real contribution to their community – and also leave a legacy of hospice care provision for their own friends and family.
Many people ask us for more information about this vital way of supporting their local hospice. In response to this, we have recently produced a brand-new guide on leaving a Gift in a Will, which explains in full how these gifts help our care service – and answers all the questions we are commonly asked.
If you prefer, you can request a personal and confidential conversation with one of my colleagues. We will be delighted to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for your ongoing friendship and support of local hospice care.
Northern Ireland Hospice
To request a Gifts in Wills brochure or to request a personal and confidential conversation with one of our colleagues, please get in touch via the online contact form below.