Hospice Care Week (5th – 11th October) is an annual awareness-raising week to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. This year the theme is ‘Connecting Care’ to highlight the special role that hospices play in connecting individuals and families, connecting with local communities and connecting people with each other.
According to the National Survey of Bereaved People (VOICES) for England, around 50% of people die in hospital despite just 3% wanting to die there. The majority of people want to die at home, yet this is not happening for so many.
East Coast Hospice, a local charity, began life when a group of passionate local people came together as the founding trustees, determined to provide inpatient and day-care specialist palliative care facilities for terminally ill people in the Yarmouth and Waveney area where there has never been a hospice, and where there were no other plans to provide one.
With the help of a small team of staff and volunteers ECH currently own 7.54 acres of land in a rural and peaceful location between Gorleston and Hopton. They have full planning permission for a ten bed specialist palliative care hospice, with day-care and complementary therapies. The innovative building has been designed by Henry Kelf, an award-winning local architect and will provide a haven of peace for patients and their loved ones, in a tranquil rural location. Groundworks are set to begin soon but additional funds are needed to ‘Raise the Roof’ of Margaret Chadd House as soon as possible.
This will begin with the Mayor of Great Yarmouth planting the first new tree on the site on the 18th of October, followed by a tree and hedgerow planting day on the 15th of November; where lots of green fingered volunteers are needed to plant hundreds of plants.
If you are inspired by the work of East Coast Hospice and feel that you can help with fundraising activities please contact ECH on 01493 718707. You might even like to find out more about becoming a trustee and taking on some of the fascinating work of developing the charity and moving it forward.
• Hospices provide high quality, personalised care for adults and children living with life-limiting illness, supporting them to live life as fully as possible.
• Hospices support dying people and their families, so that they can spend their final moments in dignity and peace.
• Hospice care brings together a diverse range of professionals and volunteers to work side-by-side to support dying people and their families when they need it most.
• Hospices reach out to people in their local communities in a variety of ways including: community outreach programmes, befriending schemes to reduce loneliness, school projects to raise awareness about hospice care and bereavement support.
• Hospice care creates links between a wide cross-section of people in their local communities – from nurses to gardeners – helping connect people from very different fields and backgrounds.
• Hospice care connects hospice staff with a range of professionals in other organisations including hospitals and care homes, many of which have partnerships with hospices to improve end of life care.
• Every year hospices support around 360,000 people – 120,000 patients and 240,000 family members.