In the community
At Greystone we are committed to the community in which we work and live. We are immensely proud in taking an active role in supporting local charities, giving something back through fundraising or volunteering efforts. Our employees are given the opportunity to use working hours to help raise awareness and money for local charities and in doing so make a positive difference to the local community.
Our official charity partners are St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Wessex Cancer Trust. Both partners are locally based on the South Coast and are both close to the hearts of Greystones founding directors.
We hope that our support and partnership in the years to come will help both organisations to achieve their goals. This is what they have to say...
Dementia is a global concern but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age. The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million. Rates of diagnosis are improving but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.
There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Some people may have a combination of types of dementia. Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.
Dementia affects people in different ways, depending on the type of dementia. The impact can be physical, emotional and psychological, and can also profoundly change the practicalities of everyday life. You can learn more here - https://www.dementiauk.org/understanding-dementia/
St Wilfrid’s Hospice
St Wilfrid’s Hospice is an independent local charity that has been caring for and supporting those in our community who are in the last phase of their lives for over 25 years. Our specialist team of highly trained and experienced staff deliver a wide range of individually tailored care. At any one time we are caring for at least 230 patients at the Hospice, as well as within care homes and our local hospital; however the majority of our care takes place in peoples’ own homes.
Our care is compassionate and all-encompassing and includes emotional, physical, practical and clinical and it extends to family, friends and carers.
We take time to listen and understand the individual needs and wishes of our patients, to make sure they each receive the care they deserve to help them achieve the best quality of life for as long as possible.
All our vital services are provided free of charge, thanks to the generous support of fundraisers and donors. Only 13% of our running costs are currently met by the NHS and we rely on our community to fund the remainder, which equates to around £6.7 million each year.
Wessex Cancer Trust
A diagnosis of cancer can be a shock, can be frightening, and have a profound effect on life. Established in 1981, Wessex Cancer Trust exists to provide local support for people living with or affected by cancer regardless of age, sex or type of cancer they have, at diagnosis, treatment, recovery, remission or end of life.
Wessex Cancer Trust covers Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Channel Islands and provides a wide range of free services to people living with and affected by cancer. These services currently include seven support centres offering advice and a range of complementary therapies, holiday homes where families can spend time with each other in a stress free environment, patient grants and mobile buses which are fully equipped with leaflets and massage tables to bring cancer support to rural areas for those unable to access all of our services.