A quick update from Alex Padureanu, Hospices of Hope Executive Director

It has been a very busy time for us recently.

After many years of fundraising and dealing with challenges surrounding large capital projects, we celebrated the official opening of both our children’s respite and therapy centre in Copaceni and Phase 1 of the hospice centre in Belgrade.

The main focus of this update is to show you how these two centres will make a difference to patients with terminal and life-limiting illness. There is still a huge amount to do to ensure that hospice care is available to all. But these two facilities are major steps along the road. So thank you for your support with these unique projects – we could not have done it without you.

We are running an Insight Trip to Serbia this year, giving you the chance to see the new hospice centre and to meet the dedicated team at BELhospice. For more details about the trip please get in touch via email: alex@hospicesofhope.co.uk.

I am also pleased to report that the financial situation in Romania is more secure. As you know Hospice Casa Sperantei faces serious financial challenges at present because of unforeseen changes in legislation. Towards the end of last year, we launched a campaign asking supporters to imagine Romania without Hospice. As a result of that excellent campaign and the incredible people who rallied behind it, the budget deficit has been covered. We are now looking to secure funding for 2019 and we are hoping to re-instate the home care service in Bucharest, which was the main casualty of the deficit. There are still many challenges ahead but we are starting this year on a far more stable basis than we thought possible.

About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.

Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond.  Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.

One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.

At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.

Find out more about our work.

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