Under Veldboer, the Ambulance Wish Foundation grew into an organization with a few permanent employees, about 270 medically trained volunteers, departments throughout the country and several of its own wish ambulances.
“In order to be able to go somewhere, patients need oxygen, morphine pumps and specialized staff. This cannot be arranged within regular care,” says De Hosson. “Thanks to the wish ambulances, people who are very ill can still do what they want so much. It is impossible to express in words what that means for someone. That way you can close things.”
Patients do not have to pay anything. The costs are covered by gifts and donations that the foundation receives.
In 2016, Veldboer from Rotterdam was named the most inspiring person by the BBC. His initiative has been adopted in Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Israel and Japan.
Wishes were also fulfilled in corona time. Madurodam, for example, opened especially for a cancer patient who wanted to go there one last time with his son. But most rides from the Ambulance Wish Foundation go home. Because people who have been in a hospice or hospital for a long time would like to see their own home again.
So is the mother of Laurie Wiechmann. Less than two weeks ago volunteers from Ambulance Wish brought the 95-year-old woman from her hometown of Ruurlo to her native region in South Limburg. “Unfortunately, my mother has lost a lot of her memories, but she does remember that she was born and raised in Hoensbroek. The place is of great significance to her and our family.”
It was exciting whether this would continue, because the Valkenburg region was experiencing a lot of flooding due to the floods. “But it was a beautiful day for my mother and us.” Wiechmann calls it “incredibly beautiful” that the foundation has made this day possible. “It is a wonderful foundation and Mr Veldboer will be greatly missed.”
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