Who we are

We are a UK based charity which has a sister charity in the United States.

Our aim is to ensure that everybody suffering from terminal or life-limiting illness in South East Europe has access to suitable hospice care so that they can live and die with dignity and without pain. 

Hospice Care

Hospice care seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of adults and children with a life-limiting or terminal illness, helping them live as fully as they can for the precious time they have left. It aspires to be accessible to all who could benefit and reflect personal preferences and needs.

Hospices offer wide-ranging, personalised care which is provided by a versatile team of different professional staff and volunteers. As well as taking care of people's physical needs, they also look after their emotional, spiritual and social needs. They also support carers, family members and close friends, both during a person's illness and during bereavement.

Hospice care is free for everyone, and is provided for however long it is needed.

In the UK thanks to the work of a team led by Dame Cicely Saunders there is a thriving hospice movement which has achieved international recognition.  Whilst the hospice movement is firmly established in the UK this is sadly not the case in many other countries – even seemingly modern European countries. This means that many face a difficult and painful death.

 

We work in some of those European countries – including Romania, Serbia and Moldova to ensure that as many people as possible suffering from a terminal or life limiting illness- receive the hospice care they need. Our ultimate aim is for such care to be available to everyone who needs it.

How we work

We work with our country partners to increase free access to hospice care. Our partner in Romania is Hospice Casa Sperantei and our partner in Serbia is BELhospice. We have our own charity Hospice of Hope in Moldova.  

Our background

Hospices of Hope was set up by founder, Graham Perolls CMG, OBE when he discovered that terminally ill cancer patients in Romania were sent home without any form of pain relief whatsoever. Read more

What we do

Through our country partners we

  • Provide free hospice care to cancer sufferers, terminally ill patients and children and young people with life-limiting illness
  • work with state health authorities to develop national strategies for increasing access to hospice care on a national basis
  • train medical professionals in hospice care techniques so that these techniques can be replicated in their own practices
  • provide medical supplies which would not otherwise be available

Achievements to date

From a small home care service in Brasov with one nurse and part-time doctor we now have:-

  • 2 purpose built in-patient hospices in Romania and we are building the first in-patient hospice in Serbia
  • 2 rural clinics providing home care services
  • 3 education and training centres, two of which are Centres of Excellence
  • cared for more than 40,000 patients and their families
  • trained medical professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers and counsellors in more than 19 countries
  • supplied ???medical supplies
  • successfully lobbied for reform in health legislation such as the legalisation of opiate based pain
  • introduced a support system for small hospice organisations in Moldova