This week, people across the UK have been celebrating Hospice Care Week – changing the perceptions of hospices and highlighting their amazing work. To mark the occasion, we’re applauding the Jersey community who’ve been adding 25p donations to their purchases when visiting Voisins department stores in support of charities including Jersey Hospice Care.
In 2016, Voisins became the second business in Jersey to partner with Pennies – taking digital micro-donations into high-end department stores. Each year since then, the local community have voted for the four Jersey-based charities they want to support when shopping with Voisins. For five years running, Jersey Hospice Care has been chosen by customers, alongside a number of other amazing charities. *
Jersey Hospice Care exists to ensure that patients live the remainder of their lives to the fullest – focusing on well-being and quality of life. The charity provides many services to people of all ages, from those who need specialist palliative care to those living with life limiting conditions, and their families.
A message from Jersey Hospice Care
The support that we receive from the community means that we can deliver specialist care to everyone who needs our support – patients and their loved ones. Palliative care is holistic – caring for the whole person to meet their physical, social, psychological, and spiritual need. Done well, it can transform the experience of those we care for in their last months, weeks, and days. At the end of life we only have one chance to get it right so that those we care for can have a “good death”. Every donation we receive from the community makes this holistic care possible – we couldn’t do it without you. But don’t just take our word for it. Here is what the family of a patient we recently cared for said:
“We were so amazed at the care, compassion and dignity of everyone we met, taking the time to look after and talk to dad, but also making sure we were ok too. He was so happy to be in your care. Our tears that flowed weren’t just for the inevitable journey he would take, but the overwhelming sense of gratitude that he was in your care.”
Making micro-donations matter
Each 25p micro-donation made in Voisins stores adds up to make a huge difference to the benefitting charities and their beneficiaries. Two Months of donations made at Voisins department store, granted to Jersey Hospice Care, could pay for a course of bereavement and emotional support, helping families after a loved one has passed away.
In total, Voisins customers have raised over £53,000 though the partnership, with more than £12,000 supporting Jersey Hospice Care’s remarkable work.
This Hospice Care Week, and every other week, we are hugely grateful for every digital donation made at the till helping charities deliver vital services and helping Pennies drive the digital micro-donation movement.
* As of June 2020, the three other charities receiving an equal share of donations are Beresford Street Kitchen, JSPCA Animal Shelter and Jersey Women’s Refuge – all winners of the customer vote earlier this year.