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Friday-Ad and the Friday Media Group Foundation are delighted to be fundraising for a fantastic local organisation in 2016 – St Peter & St James Hospice and Continuing Care Centre in North Chailey, East Sussex.

We are hoping to work with the Centre in lots of different ways, but we’re kicking off by donating any funds our brilliant Brighton Marathon 2016 and 10k team raises when taking part in the races this April 17th.

“Friday-Ad and our Foundation have long admired the work of St Peter & St James, and so we’re excited to be raising essential funds to support what they do,” says Sam Kidger, Managing Director of Friday Media Group. “Our staff are going to learn about how the Centre helps so many local people and their families coping with incurable illness and needing this very special end of life and respite care. This will undoubtedly help our marathon and 10k runners feel motivated and inspired as they take on their personal challenges.”

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As well as its wonderful Hospice in the South Downs countryside, and countless services provided there and out in the community (as many patients are cared for at home) St Peter & St James runs eight charity shops in Sussex. There are also a host of fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual Star Walk, an open gardens festival, and a local  hospice lottery.

Amazingly all of the Hospice services are free of charge to patients and their loved ones. St Peter & St James receives just 14% of its funding from the Government and has to raise more than £2.6 million every year through fundraising. That’s £7,200 every single day.

Delivering the best hospice and palliative care

St Peter & St James is an outstanding hospice in East Sussex specialising in respite, hospice and palliative care. The ethos of this registered charity is that everyone deserves to live well towards the end of life, and this can be achieved by giving compassion, hope and quality care.

Set in 23 acres of Sussex countryside, St Peter & St James centre affords spectacular views across the South Downs. Patients and their loved ones can make the most of these well-maintained grounds, which include landscaped gardens, a wheelchair friendly Woodland Walk and a lovely summer house.

St Peter St James hospice Friday Media GroupAll of the Hospice’s services are free of charge to patients and their loved ones. “We rely on our local community for 86% of our funds as we receive less than 14% of our funding from the Government and have to raise more than £2.6 million every year through fundraising,” says Colin Burgess.

The organisation owes its large and dedicated network of volunteers and healthcare professionals for its great reputation – together working hard to meet the needs of each patient, their family and friends.

This kind of hospice care is available only to people with cancer, and for those patients in the end stages of other incurable illnesses such as neurological conditions, including Motor Neurone Disease and Multi-System Atrophy, HIV and AIDS, and far-advanced organ failures.

“We aim to encourage and enable all patients to live their lives to their full potential despite their illnesses.”

What this kind of hospice care can provide:

  • Relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement
  • Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling
  • Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of an illness
  • Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications

(Source: World Health Organisation, 2002)

Friday-Ad and the Friday Media Group Foundation together look forward to getting involved in the work of St Peter & St James Hospice in the coming year, and we hope to build a long and fruitful partnership.

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