North East Hospices joined forces for national Hospice Care Week

Ten independent hospices worked together during Hospice Care Week (8-14 October) to raise awareness of the vital work they do in the heart of the North East.

Joining forces for Hospice Care Week 2018 were: St Oswald’s Hospice, Alice House Hospice, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Teesside Hospice, St Teresa’s Hospice, Willow Burn Hospice, Butterwick Hospice, St Clare’s Hospice, Hospice Care North Northumberland, and Tynedale Hospice at Home.

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 illnesses 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 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.

“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.”

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of the 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.

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