On Sunday, members of Winchester Churches Together took part in the Winchester Half Marathon in support of Winchester Hospice.
The runners are contributing in an effort to raise over £2.5 million to renovate Burrell House in the grounds of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and turn it into a hospice. Winchester Hospice will be the home of the palliative care team, providing compassionate and specialist care for up to 10 inpatients as well as patients in hospital and in their own homes. Currently there is no hospice provision in the area, and patients requiring hospice care and services travel to Andover, West End or Basingstoke.
The runners were spurred on their way by the Bishop of Winchester, who prayed with them at the start line of the half Marathon. Speaking about their efforts he said:
“I’m very proud of our runners who have joined together to help make Winchester Hospice a reality. The energetic commitment of the volunteers and supporters to the new hospice is a fantastic example to us all. We pray for all those who will provide the special care that patients need in the most vulnerable time of their lives. It’s inspiring to witness the way in which Church communities in Winchester are coming together to help others in Christian charity.”
Funds raised for Winchester Hospice will provide 10 inpatient beds offering local specialist palliative and end of life care for patients with life limiting illnesses, and their families. It will also offer therapy, day services and outpatient facilities. The service will incorporate the existing Hampshire Hospitals Home Care Support Team, who currently provide care at home for patients at the end of their life, and will enable a new Hospice and Home service to provide overnight care and support for those most in need in the Winchester area.
Donations can be made online through: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/churchesinwinchester