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Hospice Care Week Press Release




Starting Monday 9th and running until the 15th St Mary’s 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.

The theme for Hospice Care Week (9-15 October) - led by national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK - is “We are hospice care.”

From nurses to volunteers, chefs to chaplains and corporate partners to carers, the awareness- raising week will celebrate the contribution of everyone involved in hospice care.

St Mary’s will be highlighting stories about their staff, volunteers, donors and supporters with members of the public and encouraging members of the public to share these using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare

Hospice care supports adults and children living with life-limiting illness to live life as fully as possible. The wide-ranging support provided by local hospices includes medical care, wellbeing therapies such as massage, emotional support such as counselling and volunteer-led support, including befriending. Each year across the UK 200,000 terminally ill people receive hospice care.

Anne Atkinson Volunteer and Community Engagement Lead from St Mary’s Hospice said:

“We are delighted to be part of this awareness raising week. For St Mary’s to be able to offer Hospice care for our community it takes a large team. Everyone from our supporters to volunteers, nurses to gardeners, each role is important and together we care.”

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:

“Hospice care is so diverse and involves many people with different skills and talents from all walks of life coming together to deliver incredible care. They are all united by their passionate commitment to the special ethos of hospice care and ensuring that everyone they support is treated with kindness, dignity and respect.

“Hospice Care Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich and varied contribution of everyone who contributes to hospices across the UK and we hope the public will join in the celebrations and help share more widely the many personal stories that make up hospice care.”

Notes to editors

St Mary’s Hospice provides free comfort and care for people with life –shortening conditions and support for their families, either at the Hospice or at home. We support people from the moment of diagnosis and their families for longer. Though all our care and services are free of charge to our community, they are not free to provide and that’s where we rely on your help. It costs over £3.2m per year to run St Mary’s Hospice and our services. Less than 18% of our funding is provided by the NHS, meaning that we rely on donations and fundraising to cover the rest. This is only possible through the support of our wonderful and generous community.

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Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care which supports and champions the work more than 200 hospices across the country.

For further information about hospice care visit

Media enquiries:

Contact Marketing Co-ordinator at St Mary’s Hospice Stevie Footman

01229 580 305

For more information about Hospice UK contact Suzanne Stevenson at For out of hours media enquiries please call 07881 940 318.


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