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About the charity

Last year, 247 people received care from Weldmar Hospicecare in Bridport, West Bay, Lyme Regis, and the surrounding area, and more than 1,500 in total across Dorset.

This includes those adults who have a life limiting illness, and their loved ones. Weldmar Community Nurses are experienced in the complexities that such illnesses bring, and visit patients at home to offer specialist advice and care and discuss the best way forward.

In the last few weeks and days of life, Weldmar’s hospice at home service will help fulfill the wishes of those who want to stay in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their own home. Their Inpatient Unit in Dorchester is also there for patients who need more sustained care around the clock.

It’s not just about clinical care from doctors, nurses, and carers. Weldmar’s compassionate approach treats every person as an individual, and their team includes therapists, counsellors, social workers and more, who are there every step of the way.

Did you know?

All of Weldmar’s care is provided for free.

Only 22% of funding comes from the NHS. Weldmar needs to raise £26,000 every single day to keep their services going, through the support of the local community.

Stampede by the Sea offers an opportunity for Weldmar Hospicecare to highlight the ways that they support people facing a life limiting illness, as well as raising vital funds through the partnership and sponsorship opportunities, and the sales of the sculptures at the auction to close the trail.


how much Weldmar needs to raise every single day to keep their vital services going


this is how much of our care takes place outside the Inpatient Unit in Dorchester


the number of patients and family members supported by Weldmar in 2023 in the Bridport, West Bay, and Lyme Regis area


the number of years Weldmar has been providing specialist care in Dorset for local adults with a life limiting illness

There’s more to Weldmar Hospicecare than you think

There are a number of myths and misconceptions about the care provided by Weldmar. For instance, although the hospice itself (our Inpatient Unit) plays an absolutely vital role, most of the care that we provide takes place in communities across Dorset, in the comfort of people’s own homes.

It’s also not just cancer, but adults with a wide range of life limiting illnesses will fall under Weldmar’s care. This includes conditions such as heart disease or neurological illnesses including Motor Neurone Disease.

As well as doctors and nurses, Weldmar’s team includes counsellors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, wellbeing support workers, social workers, complementary therapists, and more – all on hand to guide the people in their care through life’s most difficult journey.

More about Weldmar’s services

More ways you can support our charity

Leave a gift in your Will

One in three people that Weldmar cares for is thanks to gifts left in Wills. It’s more affordable than you think, will cost you nothing in your lifetime, and Weldmar can support you to write a free Will.

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Supporting the charity doesn’t have to be financial. Giving your time is just as precious, and there are a number of ways that you can help out.

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Play Your Hospice Lottery

It’s a fun, affordable, and easy way to support Weldmar, with tickets just £1. It provides the charity with a sustainable income, and you can be a winner with prizes up to £25,000!

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Shop with us

Find quality treasures at affordable prices in our charity shops across Dorset, including local to our trail in Bridport, Beaminster, and Lyme Regis.

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How Weldmar’s care really makes a difference

From patients currently in our care, to the recollections of care of loved ones, and those people who raise money in memory of a family member or friend, if you want to know the impact that Weldmar Hospicecare makes on the lives of people in their care, you can read the stories of people directly affected by a life imiting illness and supported by the charity.

For example, Angie, who was being cared for at the end of life by Weldmar at Home, told us, “I want to shout about this care and how good it is. I just can’t praise them enough, and they brighten up my day.”

Read personal stories

There are so many benefits to associating your brand with this exciting, unique local project.

• Play a part in driving an increase in the local economy
• Be seen as a positive local employer that supports the community
• Be involved with promoting health and wellbeing, and local education
• Offer ‘rewards’ on the trail app to attract new business or increase loyalty
• Opportunties for PR and increased social media engagement
• Help fund vital end of life care in Dorset, when and where it is needed most

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