This week Prescot based Willowbrook Hospice will join forces with up to 200 other hospices across the UK to celebrate the diverse range of people involved in providing and supporting hospice care.
The theme for Hospice Care Week (9-15 October) – led by national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK – is “We are hospice care.”
From nurses to volunteers, chefs to chaplains and corporate partners to carers, the awareness- raising week will celebrate the contribution of everyone involved in hospice care.
Willowbrook Hospice will be highlighting stories about their staff, volunteers, donors and supporters with members of the public and encouraging members of the public to share these using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare
Hospice care supports adults and children living with life-limiting illness to live life as fully as possible. The wide-ranging support provided by local hospices includes medical care, wellbeing therapies such as massage, emotional support such as counselling and volunteer-led support, including befriending. Each year across the UK 200,000 terminally ill people receive hospice care.
Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook said: “Hospice Care Week is not only a wonderful way to celebrate the work of hospices across the UK but also a chance to raise awareness of the fantastic work that Willowbrook has done in caring and supporting people across St Helens and Knowsley over the past 20 years. It currently costs almost £4.5 million each year to maintain the services we provide at the hospice and it’s thanks to the generosity and support of our local communities that this year we have been able to commemorate such a memorable milestone.”
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said: “Hospice care is so diverse and involves many people with different skills and talents from all walks of life coming together to deliver incredible care. They are all united by their passionate commitment to the special ethos of hospice care and ensuring that everyone they support is treated with kindness, dignity and respect.
“Hospice Care Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich and varied contribution of everyone who contributes to hospices across the UK and we hope the public will join in the celebrations and help share more widely the many personal stories that make up hospice care.”