Lincolnshire hospice adds its voice to Hospice Care Week

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice backs national campaign to raise awareness of hospice services

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice will be adding its voice to hundreds of other hospices across the UK to explore the theme of Connecting Care for Hospice Care Week 2015 (5-11 October).

Hospice Care Week is an annual event to raise awareness about the work of the Hospice sector within the UK. The campaign encourages member hospices to make a noise to raise awareness about the difference hospice care makes to the end of life.

During Hospice Care Week, hospice across the UK will be sharing the innovative and surprising ways that hospices support dying people and their families, so that they can spend their final moments in dignity and peace.

Hospice Care Week provides the perfect opportunity to do this with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day taking place on Saturday 10 October.

People who don’t know a lot about hospice care may be surprised that 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.

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice cares for more than 9,000 people a year who are living with a life-limiting illness and are supported by more than 1,000 volunteers who give up their free time to volunteer each year.

Even fewer people may know about hospice staff and volunteers going the extra mile to add life to days, the range of therapies that enrich the lives of people receiving end of life care, or the important role that hospices play in supporting and educating staff and volunteers.

The range of therapies at St Barnabas continues to evolve and most recently the charity has introduced Canine Carers. This is an initiative that sees dogs used for therapeutic purposes, they will meet and greet and offer unconditional love as a way of improving patients wellbeing.

Canine Carers is a first for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice who are rolling out the program across the county.

Between 5 and 11 October hundreds of hospices, their staff and supporters will be taking to Twitter and Facebook to spread the message about Connecting Care. To learn more about Hospice Care Week visit www.hospicecareweek.org and don’t forget to keep an eye out for #HospiceCareWeek.

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