By Bejay Browne
AN urgent appeal is being made for volunteers to aid nursing staff at the only operational hospice in Paphos.
The Friends Hospice in Paphos was recently forced to scale down its operation due to the deepening economic crisis.
Colm Connolly, the hospice press officer said: “We need volunteers to work alongside our doctors and staff nurses to share some of the workload. An hour here or there would greatly help us in caring for patients.”
The hospice is currently the only operational one in Paphos and the scaled down two-bed facility is situated in the Evangelismos Hospital. Since opening in 2006, the facility has cared for more than seven hundred and fifty patients with life-limiting illnesses.
The facility is solely run by donations, money raised by the shops and fundraising events.
Connolly said: “A couple of months ago, we were forced to downsize from seven beds to two because of a lack of funds. Since then, we have received support from all parts of the community, helping us continue to offer treatment for those in need of palliative care.”
Many members of the Paphos community are organising fund raising events to help the beleaguered facility.
Last night at midnight young people were due to take part in the Paphos Warriors sponsored walk to raise funds for the hospice. The warriors are a local football club catering for both girls and boys. Youngsters over the age of 12 were to take part in the torch-lit walk – tied together for safety- from the Olympico grounds along the coast route to the castle in the harbour in Kato Paphos.
The Warriors end of season ‘Funday’ tomorrow will also be in aid of the hospice.
The hospice spokesman said: “It’s important that young people understand what we do and we are very grateful of their support. We hope that with continuing goodwill and public generosity we will be able to gradually increase patient accommodation.”
Connolly noted that people with experience in nursing or caring, are needed to help the nurses at the hospice and hours or days will be flexible to suit the individual.
He said: “We would be grateful for any time which people can give, even if it’s only an hour a week. Training will also be given. Please help us to help others.”
If you would like to help the Friends hospice Paphos, contact Ann Hill on 26643066 / 99162109 or email [email protected]