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St Clare Hospice will celebrate Hospice Care Week

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Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive of St Clare Hospice
Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive of St Clare Hospice

This week, a hospice that is generously supported by the Bishop's Stortford community will celebrate the hard work carried out by everyone who is involved in palliative care.

St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood will celebrate Hospice Care Week, which begins today (Monday, October 9).

It will join forces with 200 other hospices all around the country. From nurses to volunteers, chefs to chaplains and corporate partners to carers, the week will raise awareness of the diverse range of people involved in providing and supporting hospice care.

St Clare Hospice chief executive, Sarah Thompson, commented: “St Clare has been providing high quality, compassionate care, free of charge, to the community of West Essex and the borders of East Herts across three decades.

“Last year we cared for more than 1,850 patients, as well as their families and loved ones, both at our centre in Hastingwood and in patients’ own homes. It costs over £4 million to run our services each year, and with limited NHS funding, we need to fundraise the majority of this to run the services that local people need.”

Ms Thompson explained that the demand for care is ever increasing, so it is paramount that local people continue to support the hospice in the coming years. “St Clare is preparing for a sharp increase in people needing our care over the next decade,” she said. “With evidence of a growing number of young people living with life-limiting conditions, as well an ageing population, we will be needed more than ever.

“The St Clare team is ready to respond to this need, but we also require the ongoing and dedicated support of our local businesses and communities to ensure we can be there for every person who needs us, at one of life’s hardest moments.

“This Hospice Care Week, please take the time to find out more about St Clare and how you can help us. Please support your local hospice – by donating, fundraising or volunteering – so that we can be there for you, and your family, if you ever need us.”

During Hospice Care Week, St Clare Hospice will highlight stories about their staff and volunteers. They also encourage local people to share their own stories using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare.

If you are taking part in a fundraising challenge for St Clare Hospice, please let the team at the Bishop’s Stortford Independent know by emailing cat.barkley@stortfordindie.co.uk

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