ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: Being told you have a life-limiting illness can bring great anxiety and a sense of loss of control. Through the provision of palliative care services, St Michael’s Hospice helps to relieve the pain and discomfort of patients and aims to promote flexibility and choice for individuals and their families at a worrying time. The Hospice’s range of services means they can offer a package of support that can vary according to the changing needs of the individual.

The Hospice provides services in Hastings and Rother which include an inpatient unit, community services, wellbeing support, respite care and bereavement services. For more information visit the Hospice website:

“Living with a terminal illness is an emotional time and difficult conversations may arise, but the Hospice can help identify what is important to the patient and can provide the right support at the right time,” says Debbie, Community Nurse. 

Charlie and Fliss

St Michael’s Hospice is heavily dependent on the generosity of local individuals, companies, groups and trusts. With around 32% of their total funding coming from the Government in the form of various grants, they still need to raise well over £5.3 million each year to maintain their current levels of service: that’s £14,400 every day. There are many ways you can support the Hospice and their work: these include attending Hospice events, playing the Hospice Lottery, visiting their shops, volunteering, following their social media channels or making a donation. 

There are many volunteering opportunities at the Hospice, and it is currently encouraging people to join their team of dedicated shop and eCommerce volunteers. The varied volunteering role includes creating stylish window displays, sorting pre-loved stock, replenishing stock in the shop and serving the public.

Tracy Duffy, Trading Manager at the Hospice says: “Be part of something special and help recycle pre-loved clothes, books, furniture and other household items – the sustainable and ethical recycling option – while supporting your local Hospice.” 

Twins Charley and Fliss tell us why they enjoy volunteering in the St Michael’s Hospice shops: “I love volunteering with the Hospice because they helped my nans,” says Charley, and her sister adds: “It helps me build confidence and gain valuable experience. I really enjoy it.” 

The St Michael’s Hospice shops in Hastings, Bexhill, Rye and Battle are currently open and their St Leonards and Sidley shops will be opening soon!

If you’re interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer, visit

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