Can you grant people wishes?

Alice Berrill for Ambulance Wish Foundation UK

A paramedic is looking for volunteers to help grant terminally ill people their dying wishes.

Alice Berrill, based in Bury St Edmunds, started the Ambulance Wish Foundation UK charity in 2016 and spent two years raising money to buy and build a palliative care transfer vehicle, as well as a smaller vehicle which is based in York.

 A total of 40 volunteers from around the country work with the charity, but more are always needed to make sure everyone gets their wish.

 Alice said: “The charity provides transport for those people at the end of their life who would like to visit a place of personal significance but cannot due to being bedbound.

 “This includes those with a terminal diagnosis or the elderly. It is based on the original Dutch charity Stichting Ambulance Wens that was set up more than ten years ago. 

 “Wishes vary from simply going home to see family, their pet, garden etc. up to visiting family events, sporting events or visiting lakes and beaches.

 “In a year of operation, we have helped 30 people and wish requests are starting to build.”

 All kinds of volunteers are needed – from intermediate ambulance practitioners (IAPs), to paramedics for medical support, C1 category drivers, fundraisers, charity ambassadors and administrators.

 There is no minimum requirement for the number of hours volunteers must complete per month and not everyone has to be medically trained.

 Full details can be found by visiting ambulancewishfoundation.org.uk where volunteers can also access an application form.

Published 25th August, 2019

 

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