We can learn from other parts of the world;this one from Oxford, England
In 1976, Sir Michael Sobell and the friends of Sobell House (now the Sobell House Hospice Charity) donated the funds to help build the original hospice. The charity has since raised £3.7 million to build a new twenty bed hospice which was opened in 2003.
For thirty years Sobell House has been providing care and support to thousands, of residents throughout Oxfordshire, affected by life limiting illness. The focus is on the needs of the individual and on those that love them. Multi-disciplinary teams strive to offer dignity, peace, support and freedom from pain. The care is dedicated to the whole person, aiming to meet all their needs - physical, emotional, social and spiritual. The service is free to those who need it regardless of their beliefs, race or age.
The work of Sir Michael Sobell House is recognised as a World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborating Centre for Palliative Care, and this unique establishment contributes to education and research relating to palliative care on an international level.
The work of the hospice currently costs in the region of £3 million a year to run and continues in large part thanks to the work of the Sobell House Hospice Charity and the support shown by individuals and organisations throughout the county.