As part of this year’s The Yorkshire Law Firm Challenge, we are delighted to be featuring one of our key charities that we are raising money for, The Prince of Wales Hospice.
Ison Harrison has a longstanding relationship with The Prince of Wales Hospice and as well as our internal Yorkshire Law Firm Challenge, we are also proud to be named as ‘Hospice Hero’ with their own charity campaign!
Here we interview Jill Kirkham, Fundraising Manager at The Prince of Wales Hospice.
Tell us a bit about your charity…
We care for patients with any life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic heart and lung disease. We care for anyone over the age of 18, either as a visiting out-patient, or on our ward where we offer 24-hour specialist care. Our Hospice helps people live better with their illness, with over half who stay with us eventually returning home. Many choose the safety and dignity of our Hospice for care at the end of their life.
How long have you been established?
We proudly celebrated 30 years in November 2019.
What are your charity aims and objectives?
To operate The Prince of Wales Hospice as a centre for specialist palliative care available and accessible to all from the local community, in particular, Castleford, Featherstone, Knottingley, Normanton, Pontefract (together known as the Five Towns), Hemsworth, South Elmsall and South Kirkby. To provide effective, supportive and professional Hospice-based specialist palliative care: management of pain and other symptoms and the provision of psychological, social and spiritual support. We aim to: affirm life and regard dying as a normal process; provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms; integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care; offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death; and offer a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.
Tell us an interesting fact about The Prince of Wales Hospice…
Our Patron and namesake is HRH The Prince of Wales, we have enjoyed a number of visits from Prince Charles over the years, the last one being in 2017.
How has 2020 affected The Prince of Wales Hospice?
Due to Covid-19 we had to cancel and entire calendar of fundraising events and close our 13 shops which has had a detrimental effect to our ability to raise the vital funds needed to run the Hospice, which equates to £3million each year.
What are your plans for 2021?
We hope to build upon our partnerships with our corporate supporters on a face to face basis as well as bringing back events safely for all to attend
What would you say your biggest success to date has been?
The support we have received throughout the pandemic from both corporate supporters and members of the public is incredible. The entire community has pulled together to ensure we have continued to raise funds to run the Hospice and it has been really heart-warming to see just how much support we have from those in our local area.
What has been the most challenging part of running the charity?
Against rising costs, bringing in the additional income each year that we need to keep the Hospice’s doors open is always a challenge.
How did you get to know of Ison Harrison?
Ison Harrison are part of our Corporate partners networking Club 5 and are an integral part of that group. They have supported us over the last 5 years in a variety of ways including events and running our Make A Will week.
What do you think to The Yorkshire Law Firm Challenge campaign and our plans to raise money for your charity?
A great initiative that will have your employees health & wellbeing at its centre whilst supporting a charity close to local employees hearts.
To find out more about The Prince of Wales Hospice and make a donation, please visit their website: The Prince of Wales Hospice