St Clare mark Hospice Care Week

Charity / Thu 18th Oct 2018 at 01:03pm

THROUGHOUT the course of Hospice Care Week (8-14 October) Hastingwood-based charity, St Clare Hospice, campaigned to raise awareness of hospice care in a bid to support more local people, who are facing a life-limiting illness, than ever before.

Hospice Care Week is an annual, national campaign led by the charity Hospice UK, aiming to challenge perceptions of hospices and educate people about palliative care. With up to 200 hospices across the UK participating, this year’s theme, ‘I heart my hospice,’ celebrated the life-changing impact hospice care has on thousands of people and their families.

Running a ‘I heart my hospice’ campaign which included; launching a new film about the hospice’s work, marketing materials which were shared across the Hospice’s catchment area, and a community art project – the week saw groups across West Essex and East Herts show their support for their local hospice.

On Wednesday 10th October the community engagement team held an Open Hospice event at the Hospice for local community groups. The event enabled attendees to learn more about the diversity of hospice care, and to find out how they can get involved and support their local hospice charity. The event included the launch of the Heart your Hospice community art project where supporters are invited to decorate their own heart-shaped art piece to be incorporated into a joint heart-themed art piece to be displayed at the Hospice.

St Clare Hospice’s nine charity shops, which are amongst 2,000 hospice charity shops nationwide, also joined the campaign celebrations with themed window displays. The campaign featured giant heart gift-tags displayed throughout the shops, labelling the genuine price of care services in relation to the price of items on sale in the shop and highlighting the difference that shopping in the charity’s stores makes to real, local people in need.

St Clare Hospice’s Community Engagement Manager, Sally Muylders, said: “For St Clare, Hospice Care Week is every week. It’s our aim to make sure that all those experiencing death, dying and loss across West Essex and East Herts are supported. Challenging perceptions of hospice care, and death and dying, is integral to us engaging with and improving the lives of more people in our local communities. That’s our message all year round, it’s not a message ‘just’ for Hospice Care Week!”

There is still plenty of time to get involved in St Clare’s Heart your Hospice community art project, which is running until 14th February 2019. Find out more on their website: stclarehospice.org.uk/heart-your-hospice

Watch St Clare’s Hospice Care Week video here: youtube.com/user/stclarehospice

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