We’re delighted to have been awarded grants by three separate charitable foundations over the past year.

The grants will be used to fund three exciting projects which are designed to expand upon the hospice’s existing services and provide support to even more people in our community.

Keep reading for an overview of each project.

Male Carers Project

Research - and our personal experience - tells us that male carers tend not to access support in the same way that women do; do they need less support - or are the services we offer less suited to their needs?

This 14-month project, funded by the St James’s Place Foundation, uses an innovative service improvement methodology, called experienced-based co-design.

In a nutshell, this will involve the ten male carers who are taking part in the project working alongside hospice staff to identify the stumbling blocks to accessing care before ‘co-designing’ their improvements together.

This is the first time the methodology has been used in a hospice, so we’re excited to be at the forefront of innovation in working to improve services for patients and carers alike.

Building on Closer to You

Closer to You, our campaign to provide more of our services closer to where people live, is set to be rolled out even further thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The project aims to improve awareness of the hospice’s work among harder-to-reach groups, train volunteers who will work alongside patients on rehabilitative goals - such as practising breathing techniques and outdoor mobility practice.

Finally, the hospice's existing Community Support Volunteer programme will be extended. Community Support Volunteers (CSVs) are volunteers who visit patients in their own home to provide companionship, emotional support and help with everyday tasks like making cups of tea or even playing a game of Scrabble! 

The Seahorse Project

1 in 29 children in the UK are bereaved every day, and many are not offered the support they need.

The Seahorse Project, funded through a grant from Children in Need, aims to reach more children aged 6 to 18 in the East Sussex area who are bereaved in any circumstance - including road traffic accidents, sudden deaths and suicide.

The grant will enable the hospice to recruit a bereavement counsellor and work more closely with local schools to spread awareness about childhood bereavement - and that talking about it is okay.