Woodlands Hospice has been supporting Hospice Care Week 2017 this year, by helping to raise awareness of the importance of Hospice Care and the valuable work we do for our patients and families.
The initiative, organised by Hospice UK is a national campaign, and this year’s theme is to celebrate all those involved in providing and supporting Hospice Care, from the Doctors and Nurses on the wards, to volunteers who give their time freely, to fundraisers and supporters who help raise the vital funds needed to provide quality care.
As part of this initiative, Woodlands encouraged Hospice staff and volunteers to ‘Go Yellow’ for Hospice Care Week on Wednesday 11th October to show their support. Our Patient Services Manager, Carole Slocombe and our Wellbeing and Support Centre Manager, Dawn Porter, helped to raise awareness of the campaign by hosting a stand in Aintree University Hospital, sticking with the ‘Go Yellow’ theme and offering a selection of yellow snacks and treats to those they spoke to, including Quavers and Lemon Cakes!
Carole commented, “We spoke to lots of people throughout the afternoon, including hospital staff, patients and visitors about what Hospice Care means, so I think it was a great success.”
As part of the initiative, we also asked our patients and service users, to share what Hospice Care means to them. We received some wonderful feedback, which may be surprising to those who are not aware of what Hospice Care and Services can involve.
Some of the responses included:
- “Friendship and Support”
- “Hope, Laughter and Support”
- “Understanding of others”
- “A lifeline”
Comments from some of the children who use our Family Support Services also include:
- “Somewhere you can be yourself”
- “Happy times”
- “You can make things in memory of your loved one”