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When people think of St Catherine’s Hospice, I imagine the first thing which comes to mind is the inpatient unit, and the care provided to people with life-shortening illnesses such as cancer. Whilst this is certainly a very important part of the charity’s work, there is a much wider range of care and support offered […]

When people think of St Catherine’s Hospice, I imagine the first thing which comes to mind is the inpatient unit, and the care provided to people with life-shortening illnesses such as cancer.

Whilst this is certainly a very important part of the charity’s work, there is a much wider range of care and support offered by the wonderful staff here – from practical and physical treatments and therapies, to emotional support and useful advice.

This extends to families and carers as well as patients, through a range of dedicated services such as bereavement support facilities, carers’ social sessions, and legal guidance drop-ins.

As well as caring for people in their final days, the hospice equally specialises in palliative care, which involves pain management and the treatment of symptoms associated with terminal illnesses, to help promote a better quality of life for the individual.

The hospice’s Day Therapy is a lifeline which sees people who are diagnosed with a progressive disease attend weekly sessions to access medical, nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy treatments. Picture by Chris Bull for St Catherine's Hospice 31/3/16

Day Therapy patients also enjoy a variety of social activities such as crafts and gardening, and complementary therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy massages.

It’s important that people attending St Catherine’s feel valued as individuals, and one thing that I hear from patients and families over and again, is how the care provided here is very personalised.

But it’s not just about treatments; people appreciate that they are encouraged to maintain their identity and independence, and a real asset to the charity is the hospice’s onsite hairdresser Lesley, who has a small salon room in the building, and also visits Day Therapy and the inpatient unit, which really boosts people’s self-esteem.

Many people may also be unaware of the onsite clinic offering a specialist lymphoedema service, called the Woodside Clinic. The award-winning team treats cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema – a condition which affects the process by which people filter and drain waste fluid from the body. It offers treatments to ease discomfort. The service treats children as well as adults, providing the only paediatric lymphoedema service in the North West.

I hope this column has helped to raise more awareness about the wide range of care provided by St Catherine’s, and why it’s so valuable for the Leyland community to have such a significant place on their doorstep in Lostock Hall. Nobody likes the idea of being admitted to a hospice, but if that time comes for you or your loved ones, I hope you will feel reassured that St Catherine’s is here for people every step of the way, from diagnosis to remembrance and reflection.

Lastly, I’d just like to highlight a few fundraising events which are coming up in the next couple of months, which help to fund the specialist care I’ve just spoken about.
The Morecambe Bay Walk is taking place on September 10, and Bark in the Park at Preston’s Avenham Park is on October 1. There’s also a sponsored skydive in Lancaster on September 10 for any thrill-seekers! Visit www.stcatherines.co.uk for more details.

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We’ve come to the end of a busy summer events season at St Catherine’s Hospice – which was blessed with sunshine on occasion, and blighted by rain on others. As usual, the weather has been a mixed bag for Lancashire these last couple of months, but one thing that has been dependable as always, is […]

We’ve come to the end of a busy summer events season at St Catherine’s Hospice – which was blessed with sunshine on occasion, and blighted by rain on others.

As usual, the weather has been a mixed bag for Lancashire these last couple of months, but one thing that has been dependable as always, is the dedication and commitment of our supporters, volunteers and staff.

DSC_0276People pulled out all the stops to make our varied events calendar a success – from the women who waded through giant puddles in their posh frocks and heels the night the heavens opened during our ‘summer’ ball, to the wonderful volunteers and supporters who stayed up until the early hours to join in the 10th anniversary of our special Moonlight and Memories Walk.

Thankfully, it stayed dry that night, and most of our other events weren’t deterred by the rain as they were held in our large garden marquee, which kept out the cold and windy weather for occasions such as Bollywood Night and Ascot Ladies’ Day.

Sadly though, our flagship fundraiser, Symphony at the Tower, took the biggest blow. Two of the three concerts planned for Hoghton Tower had to be cancelled after the downpours made the site unsafe for visitors. As much as we were so looking forward to welcoming the community to enjoy the talents of Pop Idol Will Young and Lancashire’s own Symphony Idols – not to mention the vital funds which the event would have generated for the charity – cancellation was unavoidable.

But it’s challenging times like this which, whilst regrettable, show the real spirit of a community. We were really humbled by people’s words of encouragement that weekend; our community were still behind us and understood what a blow it was for everyone who had worked so hard to plan for the weekend.

DSC_0897And it was the dedication of those who care so deeply for the hospice which made it possible to relocate Joe Bonamassa’s Saturday night show to the Guild Hall in Preston; an amazing achievement at such short notice and all thanks to the hard work and sheer determination of hundreds of people, from event promoters Cuffe & Taylor and Joe Bonamassa’s team, to the staff at the Guild Hall and our army of valued staff and volunteers.

In an email sent to St Catherine’s staff from chief executive Stephen Greenhalgh the following Monday, he acknowledged that it was ‘desperately disappointing’ that we’d had to cancel two shows, because “the benefit of around 10,000 people going away having had a great time at St Catherine’s concerts is so important to us for profile, reputation and income”.

But he added:  “Under the circumstances, we have done brilliantly well.  Communication and team spirit have been outstanding with everyone pulling together, including the massive challenge of relocating the Joe Bonamassa gig successfully into the Guild Hall.

“Thank you so much to everybody for being terrific examples of what St Catherine’s is all about – dedicated, committed and passionate about those whom we serve.”

  • Kay Taylor works in the communications team at St Catherine’s Hospice.

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