Out and about in the Community
There are of course many worthwhile causes to support in the community, but you often end up supporting those that you have a connection with or where you feel you can make the biggest difference.
One of the charities we enjoy supporting is the Friends of The Wisdom Hospice. Our connection began when the Hospice kindly offered the local Women in Business group a space to hold their monthly meetings. Our director and co-founder, Lisa Settle, is a member of the group and immediately saw the constant need for funds that the hospice faces.
More than £2000 a day is needed for the hospice’s running costs. Although they are partly funded by the NHS they rely heavily on the generosity of the local community.
The Friends are extremely active in putting on events and bringing locals together to raise money to provide an annual grant, plus those little extras, to ensure their patients are as comfortable as possible. It was at some of these events that Lisa first volunteered. She was overwhelmed by the personal stories she heard, all relating to the support various people had received from the hospice. It didn’t take long to realise what a truly amazing place the Wisdom Hospice is.
Supporting a charity doesn’t mean that you just donate money, they often have other needs such as looking for volunteers, attendees or sponsors for an event. In fact, the Friends organise so many events they are always looking for help. Telcare have been involved in all sorts of ways and have always thoroughly enjoyed the interaction.
So far this year we have sponsored the very popular quiz nights, one in March and one due in September. We have taken part in the Colour Me Purple fun run, marshalled at the Medway 10k, eaten scones and cream cakes (it’s a tough job) at the very well attended Afternoon Tea. We have wandered around Rochester for a 10k twilight walk, taking in the river, the castle and Cathedral along the way. We have donated prizes for raffles and stock for the charity shop.
Our latest stint was to volunteer at the wonderful historic property, Restoration House and Gardens. Stationed in the pantry and proudly sporting a Wisdom Hospice apron, we have served tea and cake to visitors and fellow volunteers.
The next quiz night is on Saturday 14th September at Hook Meadow Community Centre in Walderslade, ME5 0TZ. Teams will be made up of 6 people to a table. All you need to bring along is the tipple of your choice together with some nibbles and a pen. Arrive at 7pm, the quiz kicks off at 7.30pm.
To book a table contact Emma at The Friends of Wisdom Hospice 01634 831163. Please be warned the tables go very quickly, so get in quick if your keen.
Should you wish to make a donation or would like to get involved in an event please go to www.fowh.org.uk