Longfield Community Hospice, near Stroud, has enlisted the support of actor Richard E. Grant to raise funds for critical hospice care. The well-known actor shared a video on Twitter in support of the hospice’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, which is the UK’s largest matched funding drive.
Longfield is thanked by Richard for caring for his wife, Joan Washington, at their family home, according to the tribute.
“Longfield Hospice in Gloucestershire gave absolutely amazing palliative care in the final two weeks of my wife’s life. I’m asking you if you’re willing to join me to donate to the Big Give Christmas Challenge to help other people at Christmas.”
Olivia Grant, the couple’s daughter, has also spoken out in support of the hospice. She says in an emotional video:
“My beautiful, beautiful mum, Joan Washington, passed away prematurely from lung cancer earlier this year and I would just like to say a huge thank you to Longfield Hospice who made her final weeks at home as comfortable and comforting as they possibly could have been.”
Richard and Olivia have both donated significantly to the hospice’s Big Give Christmas Challenge, which runs from noon on Tuesday, November 30 to noon on Tuesday, December 7 for one week only.
The hospice is now appealing to others to join in the challenge. Longfield can provide home care for adults with terminal illnesses with every pound donated, allowing more families to spend one last precious Christmas together.
Susan Parris is Director of Care at Longfield Community Hospice. She says: “I’d like to say thank you to Richard and Olivia for supporting our work. Our Hospice at Home team, who cared for Joan, were touched by their messages and proud to have made a difference.
“Now we’re asking you to donate to the Big Give Christmas Challenge. We want to be there for more families who need our help, this Christmas and beyond.”