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A message from our Chief Executive

Giles Tomsett, our Chief Executive, would like to share this personal message with you. For a full written version, please scroll down to read.

A message from Giles

We want to help more people in our community to have the best death possible.

Just over 35 years ago, a group of local people decided care for people dying in their community wasn’t good enough. So they built your local hospice. And we‘ve been building a reputation for excellence ever since. Now, we want to provide even more care, and be there for everyone in the future.

Looking back over the year, I’m very proud of everything that St Catherine’s has achieved. And I hope you feel equally proud to support us. It’s only thanks to you that we’re able to do our work across our community. For that you have my heartfelt gratitude.

Last year we cared for more people than ever before. And with the ongoing support of our Full Circle Appeal, launched in May 2018, we continued to grow our income. This is crucial if we want to help more people who need us and deploy services that make a real difference.

Every year, there are approximately 5,600 deaths in the area. Around 4,000 of these people would benefit from hospice support. But at the moment, we’re only able to help one in three people who need us. Only one in three.

Demand for our services is only going to increase as our local population ages so we’ve been making changes to help us meet this demand. A nd to support more people in our community to have the best death possible.

Pease Pottage – Our new home

Over the last year we’ve also progressed our new hospice plans. Once built, our larger hospice will allow us to do more to meet the growing need for excellent end of life care.

To inform our build and understand local people’s views, earlier this year, we undertook Sussex and Surrey’s biggest end of life care survey. Thank you if you took the time to respond. Reading through many of your honest responses was tough because it struck me how much information and support is still needed for so many.

You can read some of the experiences people shared in this year’s Annual Review. I hope these will motivate you, as much as they motivate us at the hospice, to improve things. Because dying has to be better for local people. It has to be better than some of the experiences shared.

Refreshed strategy

That’s why we’ve spent considerable time and energy developing our six year strategy and setting out our aspirations for the development of our services and wider activities. We’re confident these plans will; help us grow our income, reach more people, improve end of life care, and move towards our vision of a world where everyone can face death informed, supported and pain-free.

Only together can we make end of life care and support better for people in our community. While our strategy to 2025 is ambitious, with your support, it’s possible. I hope you will join us in  making it a reality.

Giles Tomsett

Chief Executive


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