Next week (9th-15th October) we are joining forces with six other hospices in the North East to celebrate the many and varied services providing hospice care, as part of Hospice Care Week.
The theme for this year’s Hospice Care Week is “we are hospice care”, which is an opportunity to show the breadth of hospice care services and dispel myths and common misconceptions about hospices.
During the week we will be highlighting hospice care through stories about out services, using #NEHospiceCare.
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.
The hospices we are working with next week include: Alice House Hospice, St Benedict’s Hospice, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Teesside Hospice, St Teresa’s Hospice and Willow Burn Hospice.
James Ellam, our Chief Executive, said:
Hospices across the North East provide life-changing care and support to thousands of patients and their families every year.
The awareness week is an opportunity to make our breadth of hospice services known to our North East communities, giving everyone in our region the opportunity to access hospice care. Many people don’t realise that hospices provide much more than just end of life care. In fact 59% of patients accessing these Hospice inpatient services went home last year, and many more patients use hospice outpatient and day services.
Hospices in the North East rely on the support of our local communities to continue providing hospice care to North East families at a time when they need it most. Local people make a huge contribution to hospice services, whether that be by fundraising, organising events or volunteering. Half a million volunteer hours are provided by dedicated volunteers for these seven hospices alone, demonstrating the impact of local people, and we couldn’t do it without you! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing and dedicated support.