Strathcarron Hospice patients are set to benefit from a generous £3254.50 donation from Stirling’s National Farmers Union (NFU) Mutual.


Staff at the NFU office at United Auction Mart nominated the Hospice for a grant as part of the NFU Mutual’s Agency Giving Fund.


The much needed cash will go towards the Hospice at Home service which provides personal, practical and emotional support at a crucial time in people's lives to enable them to stay at home right to the end. 


The service which marks its’ 10th anniversary this year was the first of its kind in Scotland.


David Lyle, an Agent with NFU Mutual, Stirling Agricultural Centre, says: “We are delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause as Strathcarron Hospice and the great work that do. It is heartening to hear how these funds will help patients and their families and the services that the Hospice provides are something that the NFU Mutual staff are proud to support.”


Hospice Lead Nurse and coordinator for Hospice at Home Denise Charity, says: "This grant will make a really valuable contribution to our Hospice at Home service which allows people to remain at home in their last days and weeks of life, surrounded by everyone and everything that they love. 


“The service runs on the generosity of our supporters, as Hospice at Home receives minimal funding from NHS. These funds will allow us to purchase a repose mattress, cushion and glide sheets which allows the team to help with moving and handling patients assisting the person with movement. This can make it more comfortable and safe for the patient themselves and the nursing team who are moving the person."

Strathcarron Hospice at Home Team work closely with District Nursing teams, Social Services and the wider Hospice team such as Clinical Nurse Specialists and Allied Health Professionals to provide care and support for people at home as a free service.