Hospices join forces for national awareness week

The theme for Hospice Care Week 2017 is "We are Hospice care"

On Monday 9th October, Mary Stevens 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.

Mary Stevens 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. Dan Malin, Digital Media & PR Specialist from Mary Stevens Hospice said:

“This awareness week is so important both on a national and local level, in order to help more and more people learn about the work of Hospices and what to expect if you or a loved one should ever rely on our care.

"Our team are there for our community in their hour of greatest need, and it is thanks to our community that that remains the case. 

"We can never shout too loudly about the work of this charity and the tireless efforts of our staff, our volunteers and our supporters, and we’re grateful for Hospice Care Week in giving us a national platform on which to tell the World how proud we are of the work we do, and the people who do it!”

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.”

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