HammondCare Christmas Appeal 2020

Gifts to your family this Christmas could be a gift to other families wishing for just one last Christmas at Home, together.

Sadly for many HammondCare patients, this Christmas will be their last.

A challenging shortfall in funding has meant equipment for palliative care patients across northern Sydney, from Brooklyn to the Harbour Bridge, is no longer available.

Over 12 months to June this year across the District, 361 beds were hired for an average period of six weeks at a cost of $596 for each bed. Without subsidy, equipment hire costs put an excessive burden on families already dealing with the challenges that a life-limiting illness creates, especially when compounded by the dramatic changes in household incomes we’ve seen this year. 

Your donation today will help us create a discretionary fund to ensure families can share one last Christmas at home making memorable moments.

This year the COVID-19 pandemic has put many families under a great deal of stress and, for those caring for loved ones facing end-of-life, it’s been exceptionally tough. With restricted access to loved ones in hospital, separation has been unbearable.

No one wants to spend their last Christmas in hospital and this year, more than ever, having the choice to be at home is so important.

Making that choice relies on having access to appropriate equipment to help keep loved ones, their carers and family safe and comfortable.

Having access to special equipment made it possible for Andrew to share one last Christmas with his family. 

Having access to special equipment made it possible for Andrew to share one last Christmas with his family

Having access to special equipment made it possible for Andrew to share one last Christmas with his family

“Being able to be cared for at home was really important to Andrew.

"If it hadn’t been for the adjustable bed with its special air mattress and the hoist, I know our experience and Andrew’s comfort would have been very different.”


- Judy (Andrew’s wife)

Donate now

When you and your family discuss Secret Santa or Kris Kringle options this Christmas, please consider a gift to HammondCare’s Christmas Appeal. 

Thank you. Your donations will ensure other families like Judy’s can be supported to hire a palliative care bed or hoist so that a loved one can spend valuable time at home.

It really could be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Left to right: Andrew in a palliative care bed with cat Bella keeping him comparny | Andrew's wife Judy with HammondCare care worker Nives