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A new kind of care

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Members of the Tester & Jones Bereavement Support Group heard an interesting talk recently from two members of the team from Hospice in the Weald, who came to explain more about the charity’s new Cottage Hospice.

With a strapline of ‘celebrating life, dignifying death’ Hospice in the Weald provides care completely free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers in West Kent and Northern East Sussex.

Holly Cowen, Head of Cottage Hospice and Dr Helen McGee, Medical Director, explained that, as the first of its kind in the UK, Cottage Hospice, in Five Ashes near Mayfield, will provide local patients, families and carers with more choice about the care they receive at the end of life.

This is Hospice in the Weald’s fifth service and it will enable families to care for their loved ones in the last weeks or days of life. As with all Hospice in the Weald services, anyone who needs to access the service will be able to do so free of charge.

Cottage Hospice is set to open this Autumn and its ten bedrooms will offer a home-from-home environment in which family caregivers will care for their loved ones with the support of volunteers.

“Volunteers will be crucial to Cottage Hospice, supporting family caregivers," explained Holly Cowen, Head of Cottage Hospice. Cottage Hospice is set to open this Autumn.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities, call Holly on: 01892 820504 or email:

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