St Michael & All Angels

Sharing God's Love

Charity of the Month

Each month we support a different charity. Information about the chosen charity is published in the Parish magazine, and a presentation is made at the 10.30 service on the first Sunday of the month.

The Charities for the month of December are Heart of Kent Hospice and Hospice in the Weald

HEART OF KENT HOSPICE

The Heart of Kent Hospice, established in 1991, provides exceptional care for people facing the challenge of living with a terminal illness in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge, Malling and surrounding areas. The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for their quality of care which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who gave the Hospice an overall rating of Outstanding following an inspection in February 2017. Many people tell of the difference they have made by making every day precious at the most difficult of times. Their care is local, free and offered to anyone who needs it. They care for over 1,300 patients and their families each year, costing nearly £4million each year to run, with over £3million raised through the generosity of our local community.

They currently run 15 charity shops selling items donated by our local community including clothing, furniture, books, DVDs, electrical items and home accessories. They also run the “Heart of Flavour” café in King Street open 8.30 – 4 p.m. Mon – Sat.  For more information: www.hokh.org or 01622 792200.

HOSPICE IN THE WEALD

Hospice in the Weald provides care free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers in West Kent and Northern East Sussex. The Hospice delivers specialist care through teams of nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, counsellors, chaplains and other professionals including therapists (such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, creative arts, music therapy and complementary therapies) and carer support workers.  They care for people at home through their Hospice in the Home service, Hospice Day Service or at the Hospice in Pembury In-patient Unit, which was also rated as outstanding by the CQC in July 2016.

Hospice in the Weald are building the UK’s first Cottage Hospice on a site in Five Ashes in East Sussex. So far they have raised £50,000 towards the cost and have recently put the project out to tender. When completed it will include a new Chapel to be used by the Parish. 

They also have a range of 22 Charity Shops and 5 furniture stores across their area which contribute significantly to the £7 million running costs of the Hospice.

For more information: www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk or 01892 820500.