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You don't go to a hospice just to die


6:45am 13th October 2011
(Updated 8:56am 13th October 2011)

York’s St Leonard’s Hospice is joining forces with hospices across the UK to launch the first Hospice Care Week.

From 8 to 14 October 2011 St Leonard’s hopes to raise awareness of hospice care and address the misconceptions that people may have about the care provided.

Theresa Barrett, Community Relations Manager at St Leonard’s, says:

‘Hospice Care Week is an important opportunity to challenge the myths surrounding hospice care and show people that it is about living, not dying.

‘Many people think that St Leonard’s provides only end-of-life care, and are often surprised to find out we also care for many more people in their own homes, in Daycare and through family support.

‘From being there through the hard times to helping to celebrate the good times, St Leonard’s helps people in York and the surrounding area who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses to live well until they die, and supports their families, too’.

How to get Get involved            

To mark Hospice Care Week, hospices across the UK, including St Leonard’s, are asking their local communities what hospice care means to them – in one word.

Theresa says:

‘Hospice care has different associations for different people – positive, challenging and sometimes very surprising.  By asking thousands of people to choose just one word to represent what hospice care means to them, we are aiming to create a picture of what our work really means to our local community, and across the UK.’

‘Choice’, ‘life’, ‘laughter’, ‘friends’ and ‘home’ are among the thought-provoking words that people have already sent in.  A collage of the words and photos will be displayed in the Hospice reception.

‘We would love you to send in photos holding up the word that sums up hospice care to you,’ .

‘Please email them to enquiries@stleonardshospice.org.uk or post them to the Hospice at 185 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1GL.

About Hospice Care Week

Help the Hospices, the charity for hospice care, is joining forces with local hospices across the UK to launch the sector’s first ever annual awareness week from 8 to 14 October 2011.  The week coincides with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on 8 October.

The theme for this year’s Hospice Care Week is ‘hospice care, be surprised’.  During the week local hospices will be campaigning to dispel myths about hospice care and get people talking about what hospice care means to them.

Up to 100 hospices all over the UK are holding open days, information sessions and fundraising events during the week, with the aim to challenge people’s misconceptions about hospice care.

For more information about Hospice Care Week click here

About hospices

Most hospices are small, local charities.  But together they change the lives of more than 360,000 people every year, including adults and children with terminal and life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families.  Collectively, hospices are the biggest fundraising cause in the country, having to raise £1.5 million every single day.

About Help the Hospices

Help the Hospices is the national charity for hospice care, representing and supporting more than 200 member hospices in the UK.


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