Stockdorf/Munich. – March 15, 2013 – Once again in 2012, the employees of Webasto have provided donations for a good cause as part of their Christmas party. This year, the donation of € 5000 goes to the Malteser outpatient hospice and palliative care consultation service in Würmtal. Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board Webasto SE, presented the check to Ina Weichel, Coordinator and Head of the Malteser Service, Irene Schuster, a coordinator, and Beate Peters-Dürrschmidt, a coordinator focusing on palliative consultation, on March 14, during a small ceremony at Webasto headquarters in Stockdorf.
“I am very proud of our employees, who each year donate generously to a good cause in the region. By supporting the hospice and palliative care consultation service, we are continuing our tradition of aiding a social institution in the region once a year” said Dr. Engelmann. He stated that this is an expression of a deep rapport of the company and its employees to the locations of Stockdorf and Gilching.
For more than 15 years, the Malteser outpatient hospice and palliative care consultation service in Würmtal has been applying itself to humane living and dying. The service is currently supported by 55 volunteer helpers. “We individually attend to seriously ill and dying people, along with their families, according to their wishes and what is possible for us. The money from the donation will go to the training and continuing education of volunteer hospice workers” explains Ina Weichel. Simply being there, having time, providing happiness, supporting and relieving family members – these are the duties of the hospice workers. This is not always easy and requires good training and continuing education. This is why they are prepared intensively and extensively for their tasks over nine months.
In addition to comprehensive hospice care, the Malteser service offers the “Hospice at School” project for children. The goal is to gently let the primary school children become familiar with the issues of parting, death, mourning and consolation during a project week lasting five days. The volunteer hospice helpers playfully give answers to questions that the third- and fourth-graders have on these topics. In addition, the teachers are encouraged to talk to the children about the impermanence of life, thus open up new ways of dealing with the issue. The educational concept was developed under the auspices of the Düren hospice movement and was awarded the Pulsus Award in 2008.