Higos supports St. Margaret’s HospiceMonday 17th September 2018
Higos Insurance Services is delighted to support St. Margaret’s Hospice, a Somerset charity who deliver high quality responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.
The hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients and their loved ones utilising medical expertise, nursing and specialist support services through two hospice sites in Yeovil and Taunton. There are also five community based teams who care for patients in their own homes. It costs in excess of £12 million per year to run the service which is not a part of the NHS.
St. Margaret’s Hospice was brought to the attention of the Higos Community Fund by Emily Wright, who works in the Higos Somerton office.
Emily commented “My Nan was looked after by the Taunton hospice as she had cancer and she passed away in their care. My Grandad volunteered for them every Sunday after this, until one Sunday he sat down for a nap and passed away less than five metres from where we had lost my Nan eight years before. I have always felt a special connection to them.”
The Higos Community Fund has donated £1,500 to St. Margaret’s Hospice. The donation will be used to purchase a suction machine for the Yeovil hospice. As the body begins to shut down it might be difficult for a hospice patient to swallow their normal saliva, this vital machine helps to remove the saliva to prevent choking or breathing it into their lungs.
Clare Gallie, director of fundraising, marketing and communications at St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Higos Insurance Services for this generous donation, which will make a real difference to the quality of life of patients at our Yeovil hospice. As a Somerset charity, the support of local businesses is very important in helping us to care for over 3,800 people every year. We’re touched that Emily chose to nominate us for this wonderful grant from the Higos Community Fund.”
Emily continued “I really want to thank St Margaret’s Hospice for the fantastic support and services they provide. I’m really happy that Higos have chosen to support them once again with this generous donation.”
Matthew Jones of the Higos Community Fund added “It’s great that we have been able to support a charity which means so much to the community and to a member of Higos staff. We hope this donation and the new suction machine can make a big difference to the patients of the hospice.”
If you would like further information about St Margaret's Somerset Hospice please visit www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk
If you would like further information about the Higos Community Fund please visit https://www.higos.co.uk/corporate-social-responsibility
Matthew Jones (left) from the Higos Community Fund presents a cheque to Clare Gallie (right) from St. Margaret's Hospice.