When time is short, most people would prefer to be cared for at home, in the place they love, surrounded by the people and things they hold dear.

Princess Alice Hospice at Home supports people with this wish, providing care that lets them stay in their home when it matters most. This is just one of the ways that we provide care.

Our Hospice at Home service – a team of 59 full and part-time staff consisting of specialist palliative care community doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and a welfare benefits adviser – bring their skills and expertise straight into the home to support people with this wish.

The majority of our work happens out in the community

The Hospice building – the beating heart of our services – is based in Esher, Surrey but our care area is vast; at more than 600 square miles (or 1,600 square km) covering a large part of Surrey, south west London and Middlesex including the boroughs of: Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Kingston, Mole Valley, Reigate, Banstead, Richmond, Runnymede and Spelthorne.

Last year our staff made 15,200 visits caring for 2,200 people, travelling nearly 180,000 miles which are equivalent to circumnavigating the Earth seven times. They work on a daily basis with our four main Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), nine local authorities – more at the boundaries of our care area – and hundreds of health and social care professionals in hospitals, medical centres, care homes etc.

Your ongoing support is vital to the work that we do

The care and expertise the team provide is supported by our army of volunteers in the community such as Hospice Neighbours, Carers Companions, Discharge Buddies and volunteers in our bereavement support and chaplaincy services, all of whom play an important role in helping us to support people through caring, dying, grief and loss.

We want to do more to ensure that our communities will have the best care and support before, during and after death because we know that as a nation with an ageing population, we are on the brink of a significant rise in the number of people dying each year. In the next five years alone, we expect the number of people receiving direct care and support to nearly double, and in total, some 18,000 people to die under our care.

We are a charity and rely on donations to keep our services going. To achieve our goal to reach out to more people we must grow our net income so please help us if you can to continue to care for the people who need us.  It costs £206.39 to provide a community nurse for one day.  Please help us continue to provide that much needed care in your community by donating today.