Serbia Hospice Appeal

BELGRADE NEEDS A HOSPICE!

Serbia has a population of 7.5 million. Cancer is the second highest cause of death in the country with more than 30,000 new cancer diagnoses per year and over 20,000 cancer related deaths per year. One third of cancer patients are dying in hospitals, often alone. The remainder are dying at home, putting a huge strain on families that are most often financially deprived and not prepared to deal with huge challenges that the disease brings to them. With a population of 2 million in Belgrade, there is a need for around 200 in-patient hospice beds* in the city. (* according to World Health Organization guidelines).

Serbia does not currently have one single specialist hospice for terminally ill patients. There are several palliative care units within State hospitals around Serbia but they are unable to provide multi-disciplinary holistic care. With this project we hope to change that and become a future Centre of Excellence for the whole country. 

The new Hospice will provide:

  • 1,200 square meters total floor space
  • 500 admissions to in-patient unit per year
  • 2,500 home care visits per year
  • 12 beds in the in-patient unit
  • 1,000 patients to be cared for per year
  • 600 out-patient consultations

Take a look at the building property:

Progress so far! 

We have an Honorary Patrons Committee to oversee the project and ensure proper governance and transparency.  Patrons and Honorary Members are:

Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and Serbia

His Excellency Dr Ognjen Pribicevic
Sir Paul Judge
Milos Stefanovic
Jadranka Dervesivic
Zoka Milan
Rev Goran Spaic
Simon Lawson
Natasha Kocsis
Dr Oliveria Potparic
Avram Balabanovic

Hospices of Hope

Graham Perolls, Executive Director
Alex Padureanu, Deputy CEO and Fundraising Director
Vanessa Davis, Corporate Relationships Manager

 

Following an extensive search we have found a site of approximately 2,500 sqm that would be ideal for the inpatient hospice. The site includes a building of approximately 800 sqm that could replace the current offices and education centre as well as additional services such as a day care centre and out-patient clinic. A purpose-built wing with 12 beds will be added behind the building and the site provides space for a patient garden and parking. The house has a central heating system, its own generator as well as connections for solar panels. The whole project was proposed and led by leading worldwide agents CBRE.

A leading architect has been appointed and we have now begun the designing process, considering the best options for our future beneficiaries.

Phase 1 of the work will be completed this autumn. It will be the base for existing services (home care and education) and provide a venue for a day care centre and out-patient clinic which are new services.

Serbian hospice

How you can support the project

We have launched a fundraising campaign to secure the estimated 1,275,000 Euros needed to deliver this important project which will help so many cancer sufferers and their families.  So far we have raised over 625,000 Euros.

Help us raise the balance of 650,000 Euros so that we can help terminally ill patients and their families in the most difficult moments of their lives.

Any contribution is highly appreciated and needed. If you would like to help us fulfill  the vision of changing the painful reality for those who need support with their incurable illness by opening our doors to in-patients, then please donate now by clicking the donate button.

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Building the hospice – brick by brick

We have launched a Buy a Brick campaign.  A Wall of Hope has been built in the new hospice garden and this Wall will be a lasting monument to the love and generosity of the people who helped build the first Serbian Hospice.

Each donation of £40 will “buy a brick” and will be recorded on the Wall of Hope. If you would like to have your name or the name of a loved one on the Wall of Hope please contact events@hospicesofhope.co.uk

 

Photo of Graham with Wall of Hope