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St Catherine’s joins campaign to Open Up Hospice Care to more families

This March St Catherine’s Hospice is joining with hospices around the country, and the national hospice charity Hospice UK, to put the spotlight on the work we do and the difference it makes as part of the Open Up campaign.

The theme of this year’s campaign is hospice care at home, and aims to raise awareness of the support St Catherine’s provides outside of the hospice building in Lostock Hall, and celebrate the home-from-home atmosphere we pride ourselves on at the hospice.

Sadly we know that not everyone who could benefit from our specialised care accesses it – for various reasons. It could be because they believe that a hospice ‘isn’t for them’, maybe because of their age, ethnicity or the disease they are living with.

As an independent local charity – which receives only a quarter of our funding from the NHS – pressures on our resources also limit the number of patients and families we are able to care for at any one time.

But our vision is that everyone in Central Lancashire – regardless of age, gender, sexuality or ethnicity – who is facing a life-shortening illness receives the support they need to be able to have a good quality of life, to the end of life.

That’s why, during March, we’re asking you to get on board and help us ‘open up’ hospice care – making a contribution, however small, towards helping more people in Central Lancashire who need hospice care, get hospice care.

How can I show my support?

St Catherine’s is calling on the Central Lancashire community to join with them and the wider hospice movement in March and beyond in whatever way works for them.

Some ideas of how you, your community group or workplace could show your support include:

• Organise a bake sale or coffee morning

• Set yourself a goal by signing up to one of the hospice’s sponsored events – choose from the daring Firewalk on June 23rd; Moonlight and Memories Walk on July 6th; or Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on July 7th

• Collect spare change at home – every penny really does make a difference

• Open Up your wardrobe and donate any quality pre-loved goods to the hospice for sale in our charity shops across the area

• Make a donation

• Connect with us on social media @StCatherinesPre and help our messages reach further 

• Donate an unwanted gift as a raffle or tombola prize for the hospice

• Cook up a storm by taking part in the #TasteOfHome initiative which encourages people to cook a dish which reminds them of home and then invite family, friends, neighbours or colleagues round to dinner in return for a donation. From grandma’s Lancashire hotpot to dad’s signature spaghetti, whatever you serve up you’ll be showing your support for St Catherine’s with every mouthful! 

For more information contact the hospice’s community engagement team on 01772 629171 / email fundraising@stcatherines.co.uk

What difference will it make?

Your support of the Open Up campaign will help us care for people in their own homes through our community Clinical Nurse Specialist team, and provide a home-from-home environment for those staying on our in-patient unit.

People like Margaret Hunt, who husband Gordon was able to fulfil his wishes of being at home at the end of his life thanks to the support the family received.

Margaret said she was happy to support the Open Up campaign highlighting the variety of services St Catherine’s provides, adding: “I thought St Catherine’s was just for people with cancer -I never knew it was there for people with all kinds of life-shortening illnesses. And I didn’t realise there were nurses who came out to the house.

“All the way through his illnesses Gordon would tell me ‘I just want to be at home, with my family, with you’. Right up until the end he’d look me straight in the eye and tell me ‘I really love you’.

“It was important to me he was at home when he died, where he knew he was loved. The support we got from St Catherine’s allowed that to happen.”

This video from Hospice UK also gives a flavour of how your support can make a difference.