We are proud to support Isabel Hospice which was founded in 1982 by a number of dedicated people inspired by Isabel Last who herself had cancer. It was registered as a charity in 1983 and works throughout the eastern Herts area covered by Broxbourne Borough Council, East Herts District Council and Welwyn Hatfield Council. The philosophy of the Hospice has always been to affirm the uniqueness of the individual and to focus on the highest possible quality of life for each patient in our care. Isabel Hospice is an independent body and is supported mainly by donations from the public. All care given by the Hospice is free to our patients. The Hospice has its own team of Community based Nurse Specialists, an In-Patient Hospice, a Day Hospice, 2 satellite Day Hospices and a Family Support Team for adults and children facing loss. All Areas are supported by trained, caring and dedicated volunteers. Isabel Hospice works closely with the Local Health Authority, NHS Trusts, Primary Health Care Teams and District Councils.
We first hosted the ‘Lights of Love’ ceremony with the Isabel Hospice in 2000 and we are delighted to have continued hosting this important ceremony, usually around November, every year since. The Isabel Hospice provides services to enhance the quality of life of patients living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in eastern Hertfordshire.
The galleria would like to help the MS Society to raise vital awareness of multiple sclerosis before their 60th anniversary in 2013. 100,000 people have been diagnosed with MS in the UK and it affects around 600,000 people including family, friends and carers. The MS Society helps people with MS to better understand and manage their condition and assists them through the difficult times. There are 300 branches of the MS Society across the UK that people can turn to for advice and our fundraising will go toward providing local support as well as vital research into MS.
There is real hope that a cure for MS will be found in our lifetime and potential new MS treatments will be developed in the next 10-15 years – the galleria will be a part of making this happen.
For more information, please visit the MS Society website.