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Community nurse thanks shoppers who raised £47,000 for hospice

PUBLISHED: 13:25 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:25 20 April 2017

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. Lyn Williams and Peter Sedge at The Broadway Shopping Centre kerphotography.com

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. Lyn Williams and Peter Sedge at The Broadway Shopping Centre kerphotography.com

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Nurse Lyn Williams, 61, says now the hospice can fund a specialist nurse for a whole year

The Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice have received a donation big enough to fund a specialist nurse for a whole year.

The money, totalling £47,000, was raised by the Broadway Shopping Centre’s Christmas grotto, and means the hospice can fund a specialist nurse to work with people with life-limiting illnesses who have chosen to remain living at home.

Now a nurse at the hospice has said it means terminally ill patients will get the “vital support and quality care they need.”

Nurse Lyn Williams, 61, from Eltham, realised how important supporting the patient’s parents was as well, when her own father was treated at the hospice where she works.

She said: “My dad died at the hospice in March and that helped me see things from both sides. I can now understand and empathise with people in a way you can’t really do until you have seen it through their eyes.”

Ms Williams says the donation will make a “huge difference” to the care the hospice is able to provide, as it means they can support people who choose to spend their last days at home.

“Some people aren’t aware of the hospice and the work we do. Raising such an incredible amount of money really will make a massive difference to the community, It’s always a fight to raise the funds we need to keep going, but it is vital that we do,” she said.

Broadway Shopping Centre general manager Peter Sedge said: “We have to be grateful to our kind-hearted shoppers as it is them that has raised this fantastic sum.

“The work the staff, nurses and volunteers who keep the hospice going do is absolutely amazing and vital for the community. I couldn’t think of a better cause to support and I really couldn’t be more delighted.”

The hospice and its staff rely on nearly £5 million of fundraised money each year.

For more information about Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice please visit communityhospice.org.uk

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