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Focus on: Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice Support

Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice Support was set up in 1988, to provide a service that was lacking, to support terminally ill patients in the community.
From small beginnings, just 3 volunteers, it has grown to a group of 20 volunteers managed on a day to day basis by a co-ordinator, Debbie Harfield, a deputy co-ordinator, and a part-time Secretary.
We annually support approx. 80 - 90 patients, suffering from life threatening illnesses, covering Ashill, Castle Acre, Hillborough, Litcham, Marham, Narborough, Northwold, Shouldham, Swaffham, Weasenham, Wendling, West Acre, West Dereham and Whissonsett. We are a non-medical organisation giving practical and emotional support in a variety of ways.
Volunteer carers visit patients at home and will help with shopping; fetching prescriptions, sitting with the patient so the family can have time out. Volunteers get full training and are carefully chosen to match the patients' needs.

The group also provides on loan specialist equipment to enable patients to be more comfortable at home.
We provide Day Care at the Swaffham Community Hospital.
When funding allows we provide transport for patients for hospital visits.
We offer support in bereavement and run a fortnightly Bereavement Group.
We offer advice and support to ladies who have hair loss as a result of cancer treatments.
A grant from the Health Authority and donations from the local community fund us. We rely on a separate fundraising committee to provide additional financial support.
Contact details:
The Co-ordinator
Home Hospice Support
25 Market Place
Swaffham
PE37 7LA
Tel/Fax: 01760 722 937
Registered charity No: 1035414

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