Farleigh Hospice is proud to launch the Hospice Outreach Project (HOP) vehicle, designed to deliver hospice care directly to the community. This new bespoke vehicle will provide accessible information and support to people who are ill, bereaved, or worried about someone who is.

The HOP will serve a community of 377,000, including Chelmsford, Braintree, Maldon, South Woodham Ferrers, Witham and the surrounding villages.

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst attended the launch and said: “I am delighted to be able to join you all for this very special occasion to officially launch the new Farleigh Hospice Outreach Project vehicle, affectionately known as the HOP. The information team of specially trained staff and volunteers will provide much needed information and support for people who have a life-limiting illness, listening to their concerns and worries and sharing information about Farleigh Hospice and other services available to them.

“This service is also offered to support families, carers and people who are bereaved. The team work closely with other national and local charities and Broomfield Hospital to ensure information is up to date, relevant and easily accessible.”

Farleigh’s previous outreach vehicle had to be retired due to mechanical and bodywork failures in 2016. However for over 10 years the HOP was an instrumental part of the community, supporting over 50,000 people. It was therefore vital for the hospice to raise much needed funds to reinstate this essential community service. Over the past three years the hospice has been working tirelessly with foundations and local businesses to raise a staggering £95,600. Farleigh Hospice would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank the following funders:

  • The QBE Foundation
  • Albert Hunt Foundation
  • The ACT Foundation
  • Fowler Smith Jones (FSJ) Trust
  • The Inman Foundation
  • The R U B White Charitable Trust
  • Colchester Catalyst Charity
  • Order of Secret Monitor Freemasons
  • Birketts Race for Business sponsored by Birkett’s solicitors
  • Provide
  • The Christopher Holmes Charitable Trust

The HOP vehicle will be visiting communities across mid Essex.