We Are Hospice Care
Published to Your Stories on Oct 09, 2017
This week (9th – 15th October) is Hospice Care Week, an annual campaign to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. Bolton 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.
This year’s theme is ‘We are hospice care’ and is an opportunity to show the many faces of hospice care, from nurses to volunteers, chefs to chaplains, corporate partners to carers, ‘We are hospice care’ is about celebrating everyone involved in providing and supporting hospice care.
This year we'd like to raise awareness about the range of services we can offer people from the moment of diagnosis.
- cares for around 750 people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as heart disease or neurological disorders every year
- provides care and support to the whole family throughout a patients illness & can help from the moment an illness is diagnosed
- provides a range of services such as outpatient clinics, a hospice at home service, lymphoedema clinic, physiotherapy, creative therapy and education & training for healthcare professionals
- is not part of the NHS, a private hospital or care home - we’re an independent charity providing highly specialised care and all our services are always provided free of charge
Patients and families never have to pay for care and support provided by the hospice, but an aging population means there is an ever-increasing demand for Bolton Hospice’s services. Currently the hospice’s annual running costs are around £4.2 million and due to a shortfall in government funding, £3.4 million of this must be generated in local fundraising and donations – this equates to a staggering £9,300 every day.
Everything that Bolton Hospice does is only possible because of the support of the local community and the dedication of hundreds of skilled staff and volunteers.
Please join us in sharing your thoughts and experiences of your hospice experience and show your support on social media during Hospice Care Week, tweeting @boltonhospice with the #WeAreHospiceCare hashtag.
Look out for Bolton Hospice displays at your GP practice and if you're in town on Wednesday, stop by our knowsley street charity shop for a very special window display!