Gary Morgan

Mid 2018, I met with two very inspiring people (Anna and John) who explained the very fascinating work that Hospices of Hope carries out which is fundamental in facilitating education and change.

Hospices of Hope is a UK registered charity that believes that everyone facing terminal illness or living with a serious life- limiting condition should receive the best possible care available. Adults and children suffering in this way should have access to free care to help them manage their illness, pain and symptoms and to live out their lives with dignity.

Sadly, this level of care is not readily available in South Eastern Europe. In Romania, Serbia and Moldova many are simply left to suffer without receiving any suitable medical or social care. Hospices of Hope is dedicated to making a difference to these people. The organisation started in Romania in 1992 and now has two purpose built in-patient hospices, two training centres and two clinics based in very poor areas of Romania. They also work with BELhospice in Serbia which has a home care service in Belgrade and with small hospice organisations in Moldova. To date they have treated over 40,000 patients.

To ensure that hospice care reaches as many people as possible Hospices of Hope have always placed major emphasis on educating and training medical professionals. Trained professionals – doctors, nurses, psychologists etc- return to their practices and introduce the new techniques learnt. They have trained over 20,000 professionals from more than 20 countries.

To support the work of Hospices of Hope, I will be taking part in three events to raise funds for the great work they do. This year I will take on the Knole Park Fun Run in September and the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. Next year I will participate in the London Landmarks Half Marathon. Any donations that you can make to support me as I take on these challenges would be greatly appreciated!

Gary Morgan