St Catherine’s is a local hospice which cares for adults in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble who have a life-shortening condition, and their loved ones.
Our catchment area includes around 380,000 people, and our services touch around 2,000 patients and families each year.
We work with patients and families to help them achieve what is important to them. Care is personalised to each individual and their circumstances, and aims to help people live in comfort, and with dignity, independence and choice.
Because we know that time in hospital can be stressful and unnecessary when living with a life-shortening condition, our aim is to provide the support people need to be able to stay at home if that is their wish, or to receive care on our in-patient unit at the hospice.
Although we do care for people in the last days of life, we are here for people from diagnosis and through bereavement. Around 50 per cent of those who are admitted to our in-patient unit have their symptoms better managed so that they can go home again.
The support of St Catherine’s doesn’t stop when someone has died – we are here to help loved ones through bereavement, and are privileged to host various opportunities for our community to remember and reflect together.
Our vision and values
Our vision is to help local people facing conditions like cancer, heart failure, respiratory disease and motor neurone disease to have quality of life, to the end of life.
We support people to achieve what’s important to them in the time they have, promoting comfort and choice in all we do. We have time to commit to the small details, as well as the big issues.
Our values are caring, compassionate and committed.
Myth: St Catherine’s is part of the NHS
Reality: St Catherine’s is an independent local charity and receives around a third of its funding from the NHS; the rest is raised through the amazing efforts and wonderful generosity of our supporters
Myth: You only go to a hospice to die
Reality: St Catherine’s is here to help people to live well until they die. Although we do provide specialist care and support at the end of life, a big focus on our work is to help people manage their pain and symptoms better so that they can then return home again.
Myth: Hospices just care for those with cancer
Reality: We look after people with all kinds of life-shortening conditions, including motor neurone disease, heart failure, MS and respiratory conditions.
Myth: Hospices are just for older people
Reality: At St Catherine’s we care for people of all ages from 18 upwards.
A few words from our Chief Executive, Lynn Kelly
Thank you for your interest in the work of St Catherine’s Hospice.
St Catherine’s is a charity which belongs to the community. We can only care for those who need us in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble because of the generosity and trust we are shown by supporters near and far.
We can support patients and their loved ones for months or even years, or people might only need us in the final days. We’re committed to connecting with people at different stages in their lives, and we make and celebrate memories.
We are here for everyone, and we value every contribution for the difference it makes. Thank you for being part of what we do.