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Vital end-of-life equipment for the home setting

by Paul Sartori Hospice at Home in Haverfordwest, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th July 2021 we successfully raised £1,234 ( + est. £194.75 Gift Aid ) with 39 supporters in 28 days

To purchase pressure relieving mattresses and cushions offering a greater level of comfort for end-of-life patients to be cared for at home.

by Paul Sartori Hospice at Home in Haverfordwest, Wales, United Kingdom

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Equipment Loan Service want to purchase more vital equipment for end-of-life patients in the home setting.  They would like to purchase more pressure relieving mattresses and cushions to offer a greater level of support and comfort for end-of-life patients who are cared for at home.

Who are we?

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home is based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.  We provide free specialised, supportive care and advice for those in the later stages of any life-limiting illness.  We are a registered charity and provide a wide range of services in the home setting; aiming to support patients, carers and families.  The hospice at home nursing care service is available 365 days of the year and operates a 24/7 on-call service.

The charity offers the following services:

  • Home Nursing Care
  • Equipment Loan
  • Physiotherapy
  • Complementary Therapy
  • Adult Bereavement and Counselling Services
  • Under 18s Anticipatory and Bereavement Counselling Services
  • Advance & Future Care Planning
  • Training & Education


The Paul Sartori Equipment Loan Service

The Paul Sartori Equipment Loan Service provide a rapid, short-term loan service to support end-of-life patients, their carers and families in Pembrokeshire.  

The Paul Sartori Equipment Team are very knowledgeable on all items supplied via the service and the team consist of 2 experienced Nursing Assistants.  They not only able to deliver the equipment, but they are also able to transfer patients as required.  Full instructions and demonstrations are given to patients, family members and/or carers on each piece of equipment which is issued.  

  • They make a difference – 1,160 items of equipment were delivered to patients during 2020/2021
  • The service is free-of-charge
  • Items are funded by specific donations and grants given to the charity
  • Requests are often urgent, and equipment is delivered the same day either to prevent admission or to accelerate discharge from hospital
  • Equipment is cleaned, checked, maintained and delivered by the Equipment Loan Team
  • The Service supplements the statutory provision, but is the only supplier of some items
  • Have a good stock of larger (profiling beds, pressure relieving mattresses, wheelchairs, etc) and smaller items of equipment (commodes, pressure relieving cushions, etc)



What Is This Project?

This project will enhance the care provided in the community and enable the charity to purchase more “Vital end-of-life equipment for the home setting”.

Your support will allow us to purchase pressure relieving mattresses and new pressure relieving cushions to reduce pain and increase comfort offering a greater level of wellbeing for end-of-life patients who are cared for at home.

This campaign, and your donation, will enable us to replace some of our older mattresses with new hybrid power mattresses.  We will also be able to purchase new pressure relieving cushions.

Our target for this campaign is £6,112.  The aim is to be able to purchase: 10 x Hybrid Power mattresses, 7 x Permaflex Pressure Relieving Cushions and 3 x Serenade Gel Cushions.  The items purchased through your donations will further enhance the range of equipment available to end-of-life patients in Pembrokeshire.

These items will offer enhanced comfort; redistribute pressure and increase seating stability for end-of-life patients.  All of which are essential for pain relief and the wellbeing of the patient.




How You Can Help

Tell all your friends and family.  Like, share, donate what you can.  The more donations we get, the greater the chance we have of reaching our target.  

Give as little, or as much as you can.  If you cannot give, you can still help by liking and sharing our project page.  You will need to sign sign up and log in for the liking and sharing to count.

  • You can donate via this page (don't forget to like and share)
  • You can donate by person (by visiting our offices or our shops – please mention that it is in support of this campaign)
  • You can donate over the phone (please mention that it is in support of this campaign)


We support patients, over 18, who have been diagnosed with any life-limiting illness in Pembrokeshire.   

The multi-disciplined team enable patients in the final stages of life to be cared for at home and to die at home if that is their choice - the Paul Sartori Equipment Loan Service supports this choice.

A Case Study - Mrs J & Testimonials

Mrs J has chronic lung problems.  She was referred to Paul Sartori Team by her Chronic Conditions Nurse Practitioner and then assessed by the Paul Sartori Clinical Team.   Her main problem was that she was struggling to use the bath and felt she needed help with personal care.

A social services referral had been made by her son as he did not feel comfortable attending to her mother’s personal needs himself.  Paul Sartori agreed to do personal care visits pending an assessment for a care package.

A Paul Sartori Senior Nursing Assistant visited and discovered that Mrs J’s biggest problem was accessing the bath.  She asked the equipment team for a bath hoist, which was delivered that afternoon.   The next morning the SNA assisted Mrs J to use the bath hoist and Mrs J was amazed at the difference this made.

The SNA went again the next morning to observe Mrs J using the hoist unassisted and found her very competent and felt she was safe to use this alone.  Mrs J was more than happy to bathe independently and felt she no longer needed help.  


“I cannot praise Paul Sartori Foundation enough. They cared for my husband with care and professionalism. They were always only a phone call away, with help or to supply any aids required. Cancer can and does affect so many people and their families, and for all your help and support I can only say from the me and my family a massive “thank you”.”

“My wife was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer last year which had spread to the bones in her back. The team from Paul Sartori very quickly became involved with her care. I thought at first that I could cope with looking after her but soon found out that I needed help. Her wish was to be able to stay at home and with the help of the Paul Sartori nurses and the loan of various pieces of equipment she was able to do this. Everyone was so helpful and caring after she had passed away and I was contacted by the bereavement counsellors who are helping me cope with her passing. I cannot thank everyone at Paul Sartori enough for all their help and support.”

“The loan of equipment was quick and very helpful. The two nurses who came and sat with my wife through several nights were excellent and a great help to me and reassurance for my wife. Office staff were practical and efficient too. Thank you!”

Why We Do What We Do

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home was established in Pembrokeshire for those with a life limiting illness and founded in memory of its namesake Father Paul Sartori.


Father Paul Sartori, a Haverfordwest-based Parish Priest, saw a need for hospice care in Pembrokeshire.  Shortly after recognising the need he unfortunately became ill himself and died from cancer at the age of 39, in 1980.  His inspiration moved a small group of his local parishioners and in his memory, friends strived to bring his ideas to fruition and so the Paul Sartori Foundation (now Paul Sartori Hospice at Home) came about.

In 1982, the Foundation became a registered charity; shortly afterwards funding was granted for a nurse, Carmel Gould, who was also one of the Foundation’s founding members.

The registered charity has gone from strength to strength.  During 2020/2021 they supported 968 people in the county, provided 17,751 hours of hands-on care; 59 clients accessed the complementary therapy services and 261 adults accessed the counselling and bereavement service.

The Hospice at Home Service now proudly provides a range of services to people living in the final stages of any life limiting illness, dispelling the belief that it is a ‘cancer charity’ and operates an open referral system.

Our Community

Reaching out to our community is what we love.  

We have around 300 volunteers that support the charity and contribute towards the delivery of its services in the county; supporting income generation (by volunteering in our many charity shops, in our warehouse and helping us to raise much-needed funds at events throughout the county); assisting our clinical services and providing much needed administrative support.  


We carry out a range of outreach work; we give talks to local groups; we host training events and are advocates of enhancing the quality of end-of-life care locally.

Why We Need Your Help

We need your help now, more than ever.  Many of our events have been cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it difficult to raise much needed funds this way and social distancing means that we have to limit the number of people in our charity shops.  Items of equipment are funded by specific donations and grants given to the charity.  Due to the pandemic, these are harder to secure as all charities face the same situation.

We hope that you can support us.

We do appreciate that you may already support us, either with monetary donations; you shop in our charity shops; you donate your much-loved items; you volunteer for us or even fundraise for us.  We thank you all very much for your continued support and hope that you can continue to help us.

The Project Team

There are many people who have helped bring this project to fruition.  There has been a huge range of jobs to be prepared for this including photography, making the video, writing the content and choosing the right pictures.   It would not have been possible to do this without the help of so many.

Credit to:

Pat Coombes (Clinical Coordinator), Leanne Ryder (Equipment Assistant) and Amanda Elmes (Equipment Assistant), Sue Blackadder (E-Commerce and Social Media Coordinator), Sandra Dade (Charity Manager), Toni Dorkings (Community Fundraiser) and Judith Williams (Grant Development Officer).  And special thanks to the Mojo Marketing Team for your invaluable help and support on this campaign.

Thank you to you all.   We appreciate every one of our supporters.  


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