Barnsley Hospice backs national awareness week

1 October 2012

Barnsley Hospice is joining a national campaign to raise awareness of the work of hospices.

Hospice Care Week runs from October 8 to 14 and this year the focus is on how hospices reach out to and support the many different communities they serve.

Diana Gibson, patient services manager at Barnsley Hospice, said: “People often don’t realise all the wide range of services we offer to such a wide range of people across Barnsley.

“We have an impatient unit with ten beds, but we also provide day care in our Limes Support and Therapy Centre, and lots of other services, such as complementary therapies, social work, counselling and support groups.

“Hospice care does not just take place in a building; we’re out in the community and at Barnsley Hospital too.  And it’s not just for people with cancer; we support anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting condition and it is all free to the patient and their families.”

Barnsley Hospice has to find £1.9m on top of its NHS grant of £1.6m every year and relies heavily on volunteers, general donations and sales at its nine charity shops. 

Staff at the shops will be promoting Hospice Care Week by asking customers to write down what hospice care means to them in one word, with the words placed on special display boards.

The week will culminate with a global hospice awareness day on 14 October.

NOTE TO EDITORS

Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and into bereavement. 

There is also a service for people who have lymphoedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to: www.barnsleyhospice.org

For more information about Hospice Care Week go to www.besurprised.org.uk

Media contact at the hospice: Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 07787 408257 or email laura.conrad@barnsley-hospice.org

Additional media contact: Kate Betts on 01226 766900 or 07792 764891 or kate@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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