Dorothy’s Dream helps nearly 100 people since launch

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IN ITS first 16 weeks almost 100 people have been referred to a pilot scheme giving people the option of dying in the comfort of their own home.

Dorothy’s Dream was launched last September and gives terminally-ill people the choice of staying at home with loved ones in their final hours.

The service is being run by The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook, which needs £1m for the project to run.

So far there have been 97 referrals for the service – a figure the hospice says is rising daily.

The hospice at home service supports patients suffering from cancer and other life-limiting illnesses who wish to remain at home until they die.

By offering this support, carers of people who are ill are able to call on the service when it is needed.

Team leader Jacquie Upton said: ‘We try to react and respond to each patient and each situation on an individual basis.

‘Our aim is to dovetail with the community nursing teams and bridge the gap.

‘Some families are happy to care and look after their loved ones and like the reassurance that we are on the end of the phone.

‘In some instances we can be there around the clock.

‘Of the 97 referrals no two cases have been the same.’

The service aims to reduce out-of-hours calls to GPs and inappropriate hospital admissions, but also give dignity to patients.

The Dorothy’s Dream appeal stands at £763,103.

A further £236,897 needs to be raised to maintain the service to the end of the 18-month pilot.

The fundraising Ruby Slipper Day takes place on Friday, February 10 and encourages schools, businesses and organisations to wear red and raise money for the appeal. People in businesses pay £2 to register, while schoolchildren donate £1.

For more details call (023) 9223 8531 or visit rowanshospice.co.uk.