Hospice chief exec to serve up Christmas dinner
20 December 2011
The chief executive of Barnsley Hospice will help serve up Christmas dinner to patients and their visitors.
Ian Carey will be joining staff and volunteers trying to make Christmas Day as special as possible.
“The hospice is open 24/7, 365 days of the year and Christmas Day is no exception,” said Ian.
“We try and help as many patients as possible go home for the festive period to be with their families, but that is not always possible. So for those who are here we want to make it the best we possibly can.
“We have Christmas trees and lights, we buy a present for the patients and I’ll be mucking in with the serving and washing up.”
As well as Christmas dinner, the hospice will lay on a buffet on Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve for patients, their carers and families.
Barnsley Hospice provides inpatient and day care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-threatening condition. The hospice also runs support groups and can provide support to people in their own homes.
The hospice has about 100 staff, but relies on nearly 400 volunteers who are involved with everything from staffing reception, helping serve meals, fundraising and working in the nine charity shops. Barnsley Hospice receives £1.6m from the NHS each year, but has to raise an additional £1.9m to stay open.
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 bereavement.
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. 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.