Hospice Care Week is a national campaign that aims to raise awareness of hospice care and also gives you the chance to take part in a variety of fundraising events throughout the week.
This year the campaign runs from Monday 6 October to Sunday 12 October 2014. St Barnabas House hospice will be working together with other hospices across the country to raise awareness of hospice care and address the misconceptions that many people may have about our work.
During Hospice Care Week, St Barnabas House, along with other hospices across the UK, will be sharing the innovative and surprising ways that they give invaluable care to those facing end of life, and their families, in particular in settings beyond hospice buildings.
People who don’t know a lot about hospice care may be surprised that so much of it takes place in patients’ homes, or that many people are discharged from hospices after short stays so that they can live at home with support from hospice teams.
Among our many services for patients and families, St Barnabas House operate a Hospice at Home service. The Hospice at Home Team can help to support people who are dying to stay in their own home, if this is their preferred place of care.
Our volunteer Community Companions also enable many patients to stay in their own home for longer, or avoid going into hospital or a nursing home, by providing a helping hand to carry out everyday tasks or even to just pop in for a chat.
They also support those caring for their loved ones at home.
Community Companion Jean Tully, 66, from Worthing, is a Community Companion for a local carer. Here’s what she said: “Carers need support too. She’s a lovely lady. When I arrive her face lights up and she puts the kettle on. It’s so rewarding to be able to offer her some relaxing me time. It’s really wonderful to make a difference to someone’s life, no matter how small.”
Here’s what one of our patients said about the Community Companions service: “I feel so supported and contented with the companionship. The visits mean so much to me.”
For more information about Hospice Care Week or volunteering, please visit the St Barnabas House fundraising web pages at www.stbh.org.uk
Get involved by taking part in Hats for Hospices for St Barnabas House on Friday 10 October!
We are encouraging schools, colleges, groups, individuals or workplaces to take part and spread some fun, whilst also helping to raise much-needed funds for St Barnabas House. All you need to do is pay a pound to wear your coolest cap, silliest sun hat or trendiest trilby for the day!
Wear a hat and join in the celebrations on Friday 10 October 2014. Or feel free to choose an alternative day during Hospice Care Week if you wish.
For more information and resources please visit www.stbh.org.uk and search “Hats for Hospices.”
You can even organise your own event to raise awareness and funds during Hospice Care Week.
Please get in touch with our Fundraising Team on 01903 254777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and support.
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