Weldmar Hospicecare Trust is an independent charity working in Dorset. All our services are provided free of charge. 70% of the funds we need is raised locally; the rest is given by the NHS. We are the only agency providing specialist palliative care* in north, south and west Dorset.
Our job is to support people in Dorset affected by cancer and other life-limiting diseases, largely at the end of life. We work both with patients and their families. We also provide respite services for people with complex long-term progressive conditions. As the only specialist agency in the area we also educate our colleagues in primary care and the acute and independent sectors on how to deliver high quality generalist palliative care.
We support patients living at home through our specialist nursing service , social groups and day hospices in Weymouth, Dorchester and Shaftesbury. People needing in-patient services come to Joseph Weld Hospice in Dorchester for symptom control, respite or end of life care.
We use doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, a chaplain,complementary therapists, art and music therapists, social workers, bereavement workers and over 250 patient care volunteers to do our work.
We are governed by a Board of Trustees headed by Chairman Dr Geoffrey Guy and supported by an Advisory Council. The Care Quality Commission regulates our services and the Charity Commission and Companies House regulate our business.
We were originally three charities, CancerCare Dorset (formerly West Dorset Macmillan Service), Joseph Weld Hospice and Trimar Hospice. The services merged between 2003-2004 to form Weldmar Hospicecare Trust
Our funds come from legacies, our Friends of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust fundraising activities, community fundraising, major events, our chain of shops and our investments. The NHS also funds a small proportion of our services
* the care needed to manage symptoms which are very complex.