Christmas at home – what does it mean to you?

Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home nurses will be working around the clock this Christmas, helping to make Christmas as special as it can be for local patients and their families. With your support, our patients can make the most of precious moments and spend their last Christmas with the people they love.

Just £15 would enable our Hospice at Home Team to visit a family anywhere in South Devon, bringing a sense of relief and calm so that they can relax for Christmas at home together.

Please give what you can today

Help us care for families in need

Each year across South Devon, Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home team cares for around 440 patients in their last two weeks of life providing specialist nursing care at home and 24/7 support free of charge. But the pandemic, coupled with the needs of an increasingly ageing population, is placing extreme demands on the Hospice at Home service – we’re simply inundated with requests, and we’re sadly unable to help everyone who needs us.

“It’s heartbreaking that we don’t have enough nurses and healthcare assistants to cope with such overwhelming demand,” says Hospice at Home Manager Karenne Weaver. It’s now vital that we recruit more nurses and healthcare assistants to support more local families who need us.

You can make a difference by donating today

How you can help

As a charity, we can’t provide our expert care without the amazing support of our wonderful community. Through your kind donation – big or small – you can help more local patients to be cared for at home at the end of their lives.

£10 could pay for PPE so that our team can see ten patients in their own homes.

£32 could pay for a vital hour of care, keeping a patient comfortable and enabling families to make the most of precious time with loved ones.

£20 per month (£240 per year) could pay for overnight care for a patient, giving family members the chance to get a good night’s sleep.

The best way to support us is by making a regular, monthly donation – as this offers us a reliable income through these challenging times. Your regular donation enables us to plan ahead and to provide long-term care for our patients and families.

How your support makes a difference

Last year, when Martin Drein was alone in hospital with just days to live, his family was unable to visit him due to COVID restrictions.

But with the help of Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home Team, Martin was able to transfer back to his home in Paignton, to be cared for in his final days with his loved ones by his side. It was the expert care provided by the Hospice at Home team and the loving comfort of having the family around that made the world of difference in helping Martin to pass away peacefully. And his loved ones were left with treasured memories to cherish.

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About the Hospice at Home Appeal

81% of people would prefer to die at home, but in South Devon only 24% of people achieve this.

Our Hospice at Home Appeal aims to raise vital funds to care for more local people at the end of their lives, and to help more patients to achieve their wish of being in the loving comfort of home when they die. Click here to read more about the Hospice at Home Appeal.

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Hospice at Home – the journey so far

With your amazing support, an incredible £258,000 has been raised since we launched the Hospice at Home expansion appeal!

Your kindness and generosity have enabled us to welcome new healthcare assistants and nurses to the Hospice at Home team, and we have also purchased essential IT equipment to help our team work more efficiently. Already the Hospice at Home team is seeing around 110 more patients and families every year.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported the appeal so far through so many different ways, including by putting on a fundraising event, donating money, getting your company to join our corporate club, or supporting us through your charitable trust.  And special thanks to NHS Charities Together, The Wolfson Foundation and Interline who have done so much to boost the appeal.


“We are thrilled to be able to support more patients at home in their last two weeks of life,” says Karenne Weaver, Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home Manager. “I’d like to wholeheartedly thank everyone who has contributed to our appeal and made such a massive difference for local families.
“On occasions, however, there are sadly still patients who miss out on our service because we simply don’t have the staff to help everyone who needs our care.  This is devastating.  With your support, we aim to expand our service further so more people can receive our specialist care in the place they want it most – at home.”

Corporate partners

Are you a local business looking to make an outstanding difference to your community? We’re looking for local businesses to support us to expand the Hospice at Home service to care for more families in desperate need across South Devon.

If you’re able to pledge £250, we’d love you to join our Hospice at Home Corporate Supporters’ Club. As a club member, your generosity will enable our Hospice at Home Team to help more families to share precious last moments together, and will support more patients to fulfil their wish of being at home when they die.

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Grand Gestures Club

Would you like to make an outstanding difference to your community by helping us to expand the Hospice at Home service to care for more families in desperate need across South Devon? Your support will help families for generations to come, creating a lasting legacy of love, compassion and care.

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Thank you to our Hospice at Home Appeal sponsors – Interline.

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