Earlier this week I was privileged to attend Rotherham Hospice’s Open Day, which was held as part of Hospice Care Week (6-12 October).
Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to help raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. Every year a week of celebration and action is held to help change people's perceptions of hospice care. This year’s theme is ‘Hospice care, everywhere’; raising public awareness about the many ways in which hospice care is delivered beyond hospice buildings: in people’s own homes, local communities, care homes and hospitals.
I met staff and volunteers, as well as the individuals, businesses and organisations that support the Hospice. The Open Day provided an opportunity for people to see the difference support for the Hospice makes and how the Hospice makes a difference in the lives of those affected by a terminal illness. Everyone should be extremely proud of the work they carry out in the community and at the Hospice itself.
Rotherham Hospice is an independent charity and the only adult hospice in Rotherham for the people of Rotherham and surrounding villages. The Hospice has grown over the years to now provide a 14 bed Inpatient Unit, with 75 Day Hospice places every week, and a Hospice Community Team who provide care in the community. The Hospice needs over £4 million annually to deliver these services and relies heavily upon local people and organisations for their support.
For more information about how to raise funds for the Hospice please visit www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk/How-Can-You-Help/Fundraising/