Prospect Hospice has been part of the Swindon community for over 40 years, caring for local people at the end of their lives. As a charity, we rely on the generous donations of the public to help us raise the vital funds we need to ensure everyone is offered our outstanding care free of charge.
Find out about the range of end-of-life care services that we offer to patients and their families. These delivered free of charge and are designed to provide compassionate, personalised support during every stage of a life-limiting illness in every kind of care setting, to anyone who needs it.
We couldn’t do what we do without considerable support from our local community. Find out all the different ways in which you can support Prospect Hospice, including fundraising, volunteering and purchasing from our shops. All contributions are greatly appreciated and enables us to deliver care that is free of charge to our patients and their families.
Whether shopping with us in person or online, or donating your pre-loved goods, we thank you for supporting us through our shops where you help to raise around £2million a year for Prospect Hospice.
We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and we're always looking for outstanding people to join our team at the hospice across all areas of the charity.
Prospect Hospice is the leading provider of education and training for end-of-life care in Swindon and north Wiltshire. Working closely with you, our colleagues within partner organisations, we want to ensure that the very best care is available to everyone facing the end of life. This is why we provide education and development opportunities, all of which aim to encourage learning and build confidence in end of life care and support.
I must admit, when it was suggested that dad should go into the hospice, I felt sick. I had visions of it being an awful place, but I soon realised it’s not like that at all. He went in mid-December, so tired he was unable to walk, and I was dreading it. But there was a lovely Christmas tree up andhe was given a beautiful room overlooking the lovely gardens. After the wonderful staff arranged a specialist treatment to help manage his symptoms he was transformed, full of beans with colour in his cheeks at last.
There was the most beautiful atmosphere – I was overwhelmed. Carols were being sung down the corridor, the food there was absolutely amazing, just like a five-star hotel. Patients were even offered a glass of wine with their meals. That first night I stayed with him until midnight. It was so good and such a relief to see him joking with the nurses and getting on really well. It was fantastic that the staff allowed me to stay with dad every night. It was so precious and important to have that time with him.
But as Christmas approached, I was dreading not having dad at home for Christmas dinner. We’ve got an Irish background, and Christmas is a big family thing for us, but dad needed the expert support he was getting at the hospice. I told my family I couldn’t be with them this year, and asked the nurses if I could bring him and me in a meal to have together on Christmas Day. They did much, much better than that! They laid on a full Christmas dinner specially for our whole family in their dining area on Christmas Day – all the grandchildren were there, the chef came out with fantastic food and was so jolly. There was no hurry at all and because the hospice staff were on hand, they were able to help dad feel well enough to enjoy it with us. It meant the whole world.
Prospect Hospice isn’t just there for patients, it’s there for their families too. I’ve never seen people try so hard and have so much compassion and gentleness. It felt like being normal again. I had been petrified for dad to go in, but in fact it was all so peaceful and beautiful.
How they do it, I don’t quite know, but nothing is too much for them, and everything is given for free. Our family are so, so lucky that dad could spend that time at the hospice. The incredible team was able to stabilise dad’s symptoms enough that he could go home by February, and he had a few months at home, with the hospice’s ongoing invaluable support, before he died. But I’ll never forget that last magical Christmas together.
Because of you, we were there for Philomena and her family. Without you, we won’t be there for others like them. Find out more about how you can support the work of the hospice with a donation by clicking below.
Prospect Hospice is a working name of Prospect Hospice Limited. Registered Office: Moormead Road, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9BY. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (1494909) and a charity registered in England and Wales (280093)Website designed & built by Boson Web