Hospice care seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with a life-shortening condition.
At St Catherine’s Hospice we understand that a one-size-fits-all approach to patient care doesn’t work. Our patients are individuals and we always ensure we work with them to plan their care around their individual medical needs, personal preferences and unique circumstances.
At St Catherine’s Hospice we understand that the challenges which come with the diagnosis of a life-shortening illness can feel daunting and insurmountable, because not only are there medical issues to deal with, there are also social and practical concerns to overcome.
The Family Support Team, made up of three qualified social workers, is here to work together with patients and families so that social adjustments can be made and in turn the best quality of life achieved.
St Catherine’s Hospice is a local charity founded and built by the community, for the community.
We receive only around a third of our annual £5.2m running costs from the NHS, meaning we rely on our wonderful supporters to raise an incredible £3.5m each and every year.
We generate this amazing total in all manner of different ways – from glamorous dinner dances to gruelling marathon runs people organise on our behalf; our own popular events such as the Moonlight and Memories Walk and Yellow Day garden fete; one-off and regular donations; gifts in wills and through generous support from local schools, businesses and organisations. Thank you for your amazing support!
St Catherine’s Hospice runs 18 shops across the three boroughs of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble, including the gift shops on-site at the hospice and The Mill. We also operate a Donation Centre at the hospice where people can drop-off items for distribution across the area.
These generate vital income to help raise the £5.2m we need each year to be able to deliver our specialised care for local people.
Not only that, they also provide a valuable presence for the charity within the communities we serve – raising awareness of St Catherine’s amongst the local people who live there.
Playing the St Catherine’s Hospice Lottery is a way to win, and a way to care.
You could scoop the jackpot of £2,000 just by paying £1 a week to play – along with a host of other cash prizes, including a third prize rollover of £150 which can reach up to £5,100!
The most important thing about our lottery is that it raises vital funds to support the specialised care of St Catherine’s. It’s one of our most important streams of income because it allows us to plan and budget for the future – something which is often very hard in the unpredictable world of fundraising.
St Catherine’s Hospice is a specialist provider of high quality training and education in End of Life and Palliative Care. We provide regular updates for our own staff, other health care professionals, carers, patients and the general public.
We work with a wide range of providers, other Hospices and the education sector to raise the quality and awareness of End of Life Care wherever we can.
We also benefit from three rooms available to hire for events, as well as a further room at The Mill, which raise vital funds and allow organisations to ‘conference with a conscience’.
St Catherine’s Park – home to St Catherine’s Hospice and The Mill – is in Lostock Hall, in the Borough of South Ribble. It is four miles from the centre of Preston; five miles from Chorley; and three miles from Leyland.
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The 10 historical objects aimed at opening up conversations about the future
How can an object from the past help you plan for the future? For this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week (14th-20th May), St Catherine’s Hospice has teamed up with the Harris Museum in Preston to host a special exhibition and event on Friday 18th May.
Ten people from across the charity – from doctors and nurses, to a patient, volunteers, staff and a trustee – have worked with museum curators to select 10 objects aimed at opening up discussion, memories and reflections on death and bereavement, in a positive and meaningful way.
Here, our contributors look at how traditions associated with planning for the end-of-life and coping with grief have evolved over the decades, and tell how some unusual objects – from a death certificate to mourning jewellery – have helped them think more about their own experiences and the importance of sharing their wishes with others.
Susan Eckersley, St Catherine’s Clinical Nurse Specialist patient
Melanie Holmes, St Catherine’s Hospice Community Services Manager
‘I remember as a little girl, going to a funeral, where everyone was wearing only black, even black hats with veils. How different it is today; it’s lovely when people can make choices about their own funeral, and now you regularly see people asking to wear their favourite colour to their funeral, and being able to make their own choices before death. My mum has already told me that she wants people to wear a splash of pink when it comes to her funeral!
However, some people might see wearing black as a way of communicating their grief and a way of being given permissions to grieve, being open about the position they are in.’
‘Mourning jewellery is a subtle way of letting those around you know that you are grieving, acting as a gentle reminder to people to be considerate about your feelings.
Jet mourning jewellery has been around for hundreds of years; it became prominent thanks to Queen Victoria following the death of her husband Prince Albert.
It’s classed as an antique now and probably isn’t worn as a sign of bereavement anymore, but I do think that tokens such as this offer a helpful and sensitive way of making people aware that you are in mourning.’
You can read more about the event and activities being held at the Harris Museum during the exhibition on Friday 18th May here.