Joining forces for national Hospice Care Week

As one of ten independent hospices in the North East we are working together this Hospice Care Week (8-14 October) to raise awareness of the vital work we do in the heart of the communities we serve.

We are joining forces for Hospice Care Week 2018 with: St Oswald’s Hospice, Alice House Hospice, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Teesside Hospice, Willow Burn Hospice, Butterwick Hospice, St Clare’s Hospice, Hospice Care North Northumberland, and Tynedale Hospice at Home.

Along with hospices throughout the UK, the group will use the national campaign to inspire action and tell the stories of people who have benefitted from the thousands of hours of care and support provided collectively every year.

Each year across the UK 200,000 people with incurable conditions, and their families, will benefit from hospice care. The charities support adults, young people, children and babies living with life-limiting illness to live life as fully as possible and enjoy quality of life with loved ones. The wide-ranging support provided by local hospices includes medical care, wellbeing therapies such as massage, emotional support to patients and families, bereavement and family support, and much more.

James Ellam, Chair of Hospices North East, said: “Hospices across the North East provide life-changing care and support to thousands of patients and their families every year. Working together during Hospice Care Week gives us an opportunity to increase awareness and change perceptions of hospices and hospice care with a unified voice.

“Hospice Care Week gives us a platform to shout about what we do, breaking down barriers and highlighting some of the more surprising elements of hospice care. For example much hospice care takes place at home and in other community settings, and we provide a wide variety of services and therapies for our patients. It’s also an opportunity to remind people that the care and support our independent hospices across the North East provide is free of charge for those that need it.

“Hospices in the North East rely on the support of our local communities to continue providing care to families at a time when they need it most. This Hospice Care Week you can make a difference by fundraising, organising events, volunteering, or simply telling someone you know about your local hospice.”

Hospice UK, the organisers of the eighth annual awareness week for the hospice movement, promise that this will be the most engaging ever, and the hospices of the North East are set to deliver on this promise with a packed week of activities.

Supporters from across the region are encouraged to get involved in the campaign, using the theme #HeartMyHospice to share experiences of the care and support they and their family and friends have received from their local hospice.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said: “Hospices have a special place in people’s hearts, especially for those who have seen first-hand the incredible care they provide to loved ones.

“Like other charities, hospices are operating in a difficult economic environment and many are also facing additional challenges, such as those related to staff recruitment. So, it has never been more important for people to support their local hospice.

“We hope that during Hospice Care Week the public will take up the opportunity to show their affection for hospices whole-heartedly and demonstrate their support in practical ways whether donating, volunteering or spreading the word about hospice care on social media.”

To learn more about Hospice Care Week visit www.hospicecareweek.org and keep an eye out for the local hospice stories on social media during the week by following #HeartMyHospice