Mercy Palliative Care Nurse Jackie Hosking has witnessed the rawest emotions of patients battling life-limiting illnesses in Melbourne's west. She has also seen the emotional and financial impact the patient's condition has had on families who often have to leave work to care for their sick loved one.
As a result, the mother of three has taken part in her own revised version of Dry July, drinking no alcohol between Sunday 13 July and Tuesday 12 August in a bid to raise money for Mercy Palliative Care's Urgent Need Appeal. The fund, which aims to raise more than $2 million, provides financial support to Mercy Palliative Care patients and their families who are struggling to make ends meet.
And while her sacrifice pales into insignificance when compared to the hardships of the people she is caring for, Ms Hosking has already raised, $2,181.95, toppling her initial goal of $1,500.
"I realised that if I was able to do this, I might be able to make a real difference to a number of lives,'' Ms Hosking said. "I do like red wine, so the fact that I stopped is a pretty big deal and I was very interested to see how I'd go.
"I'm really proud of the amount raised and I want to thank everyone who donated."
Ms Hosking has worked with Mercy Palliative Care for the past 13 years. She said she chose to focus on palliative care because she wanted to be involved in the care at the end of the patient's life, hoping to make it as peaceful as possible.
"I want things to be calm and peaceful and gentle, to support someone at the end of their life,'' she said.
To help Ms Hosking's reach her target, go to urgentneedappeal.everydayhero.com/au/mercy-pall-care-urgent-need-fund.
To learn more about the Urgent Need Appeal everydayhero.com.au/event/Urgentneedappeal