Farleigh Hospice - Our Charity Partner

Farleigh Hospice - Our Charity Partner

TERRAM Salutes Farleigh Hospice

At TERRAM, we are committed to being a responsible business, and one of the good causes we help is Farleigh Hospice in nearby Chelmsford. Our Maldon team has been supporting Farleigh since 2003. Sponsored events, personal donations and individual challenges have all formed part of our fundraising; a recent mud run obstacle course in Brighton and pub quiz raised nearly £2,000 alone.

And while TERRAM employees have been doing their bit for their chosen charity, we thought it would also be useful to explain a little more about Farleigh and the good work that it does.

Farleigh Hospice, based in North Court Road, cares for people with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, neurological diseases and chronic heart, lung and renal illnesses. 

It also offers bereavement services for children and adults, a rehabilitation suite, an outreach programme, and operates 13 charity shops. Thanks to the support of the mid-Essex community and companies like TERRAM, Farleigh’s high quality services are provided for free.

in 2015 Farleigh supported 10,757 people, at a cost of more than £10 million. The NHS funds 44% of Farleigh, so donations and fundraising are vitally important to meet the daily running costs of £15,595.

As well as raising funds, the charity says its biggest challenges include an increase in referrals – for example there was a 17% rise between 2014 and 2015. Longer life expectancies also increase the amount of people cared for at any given time, putting pressure on Farleigh’s small staffing team. 

Raising just £20 means a craft therapy session for five patients can be paid for. Doubling that means Farleigh can provide a stressed-out carer with a much-needed massage. A tidy £110 would fund a visit by one of its clinical nurse specialists, while just over £500 could run Farleigh’s whole bereavement service for a day.

At Christmas-time, patients receive a little something from Santa as well as a traditional Christmas dinner. But according to the hospice, the best present is the continued support of businesses like TERRAM and the Essex community, so it can provide doctors, nurses, counsellors and therapists for people at a time of their greatest need.

TERRAM Senior Director Nick Hurt said: “Farleigh Hospice is a great organisation. It provides services that make a massive difference to families across our region. We are proud to support Farleigh, and are committed to continuing to do so throughout the coming years.”

Farleigh’s chief executive Alison Stevens said: “As demand for all our services continues to grow we would really appreciate your generosity as this will make a real difference to those who need our care and support.”

For more information about the charity and events you can get involved in, visit: 

www.farleighhospice.org

About Farleigh Hospice

Farleigh Hospice was founded in 1982 when it was first known as the Chelmsford Hospice Service. It started with volunteers who provided support and care for those with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. It then appointed its first two specialist care nurses. 

Two years later it bought Farleigh House in New London Road to accommodate inpatient and day services, which opened in 1988. As the demand for hospice services grew, a new location was on the cards and by 2006 Farleigh ran from North Court Road.

Farleigh, part of the Essex Hospices Group, currently has 228 staff and more than 800 volunteers – the longest-serving being the charity’s president Alan Sayles OBE, who has been giving up his time for 35 years.

A baking event was held recently at Terram to raise more money for Farleigh Hospice:

Terram recent ran a baking competition to raise money for Farleigh Hospice