Your hospice needs your support, now more than ever
Oakhaven helps thousands of us in the Lymington, New Forest, Waterside, and Totton communities.
You'll doubtless have noticed a great deal of charity advertising everywhere lately. Largely it's because COVID has depleted the ability of charities to host their usual live events which are often a mainstay of their fundraising.
In our own town, we have a vitally important charity that serves the New Forest, Totton, and the Waterside area: Oakhaven Hospice, whose end-of-life nursing and bereavement care and support services touch countless local lives.
Only 14% of Oakhaven's annual running costs of £5 million is from statutory sources
It will come as a surprise to many, that only 14% of Oakhaven's annual running costs of £5 million comes from statutory sources. For the rest, Oakhaven relies largely on legacies and fundraising. Oakhaven has suffered similarly to other charities through Covid-19 and is now looking to make up a deficit of £500,000.
There are various ways in which we all can help.
Twenty20 online art auction
In a "normal" year Oakhaven holds an exhibition and live auction at St Barbe Art Gallery in Lymington. Named after the 20x20cm canvases, the Twenty20 Art Auction attracts pieces from local artists, both accomplished amateurs and professionals, and typically raises around £10,000 for the charity.
This is not at all a normal year and, of course, is also 2020! And there are some big changes.
First, the exhibition and auction have been moved online - which in fact gives more people the chance to acquire anything from a potential masterpiece by a professional to simply something lovely by a local amateur! Download the Art Catalogue here!
Second, this year a number of the 100 plus works of art for auction are not 20x20cm, but lots of different shapes and sizes. Including very large ones...
Third, there will be a "Pop Up" Exhibition of the works of art at the Oakhaven Hospice shop in Lymington High Street on Sunday 13th, Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th September.
Find out more on the Oakhaven Hospice website, and, place your bids online now in the Oakhaven Hospice Twenty20 art auction: all proceeds go to Oakhaven Hospice whose end of life nursing, care and bereavement services are so vital to our community and whose coffers are badly depleted by Covid and the cancellation of live fundraising events this summer!
Oakhaven Giving: it's the small things that make the difference!
This week sees the launch of Oakhaven Giving, which provides us all with the opportunity to give a regular monthly donation to Oakhaven Hospice. Giving just £3 a month - the equivalent of a cup of coffee - can make a huge difference. Joining together as a community to have a 'virtual coffee' in aid of Oakhaven will help to secure the future for our hospice and the valuable services it provides to so many.
And if you can give more on a regular basis, here's how you can help:
- £6 a month helps transport patients to and from our Day Hospice where they can enjoy a social day, shared laughter, a hearty lunch and relax for a while.
- £12 a month helps those coping with a diagnosis or following the death of loved one the opportunity to work through their emotions with one of our counsellors.
- £36 a month helps to bring the hospice to your home, where our community teams can support you, allowing you to remain at home and independent for as long as possible.
Your regular donations will enable Oakhaven to help more people in the New Forest, Waterside, and Totton area living with a life-limiting illness, as well as their families. You can change someone's life today.
All about Oakhaven Hospice
This weekend there is a 16-page feature supplement in the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times which describes the breadth and depth of the services provided for the community by the teams at Oakhaven Hospice.
So pick up a copy of this week's A&T - plus for your convenience, you can open the pages of the flipbook below, or click directly to the flipbook itself, here.