Hospice Care Week Oct 7-13
During Hospice Care Week, Northern Ireland Hospice is raising awareness on ‘what it takes’ to provide its specialist palliative care for over 4,000 infants, children and adults with life limiting conditions in Northern Ireland.
The charity, which includes the only children’s hospice in Northern Ireland, will share stories across its website and social media channels from the people providing these world class care services as well as the challenges that Hospice faces, not least of which is the ever-growing cost of this service. Government funds approximately 30% of service costs so the majority of Northern Ireland Hospice’s income relies on the goodwill and generosity of voluntary donations and other fundraising activities.
Northern Ireland Hospice provides a wide range of services on behalf of the NHS, both in the Adult and Children’s Hospices and in family homes. Its expert multi-disciplinary team delivers complex specialist palliative care including palliative rehabilitation and end of life care focused on improving quality of life and making every moment matter, putting the child or adult at the heart of all it does. Through the Children’s Hospice, specialist palliative perinatal and neonatal care is delivered to families for as long as may be required, with essential short breaks available to children and families from across Northern Ireland.
In addition, Northern Ireland Hospice supports individuals through its family and carers bereavement services and complementary therapies, as well as enhancing the knowledge and skills of those who deliver palliative care through the Palliative Care Learning Academy, which focuses on delivering education which enhances the quality of palliative care across Northern Ireland and beyond.
Heather Weir, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Hospice said: “We are extremely proud of the high-quality services Northern Ireland Hospice provides for the people of Northern Ireland. This week, we want to take the opportunity to share our stories with the public and ask for their support as we continue to deliver these much needed caring services.”
Northern Ireland Hospice is asking the public to support the charity by taking time to donate, to volunteer or to share their stories about Hospice care on social media, using the hashtag #ThisIsWhatItTakes
Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to highlight the vital work being done by everyone at the NI Hospice. I continue to be impressed with their drive and determination to deliver hugely important, high quality services”
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and end of life care charity Hospice UK, said: “We hope that in Hospice Care Week people will be inspired to support their local hospice in different ways; whether by donating, volunteering or helping to spread the word about hospice care on social media.
“This year is proving to be really tough for the hospice sector on several fronts, whether related to fundraising or recruitment challenges, so it has never been more important for people to support their local hospice.”
To view stories of Hospice employees and volunteers or to make a donation please visit www.nihospice.org