Help to celebrate work of hospice

Hartlepool and District Hospice staff in the Hospice garden. Picture by FRANK REID

Hartlepool and District Hospice staff in the Hospice garden. Picture by FRANK REID

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Hartlepool & District Hospice is asking people to join them in celebrating the very first awareness week.

The hospice will be joining forces with fellow facilities throughout the UK to try and raise awareness of hospice care as part of Hospice Care Week.

On Saturday, staff from the Wells Avenue-based hospice will spend the day in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to talk about the care and treatment services they offer.

Colleagues will be available from 9am-5pm and are asking people to come along.

The day will also act as a launch of the first ever Hospice Care Week which takes place from Saturday until next Friday, October 14.

During the week hospice staff throughout the UK will aim to address the misconceptions people may have about their care.

Lucy Smith, lead nurse at the hospice, in Wells Avenue, said: “Hospice care is available to patients early in the course of their illness and does not only provide care to people at the end of their life.

“The clinical team of specialist doctors and nurses throughout the hospice provide symptom management and support to ensure quality to patients’ lives.

“From being there through the hard times to helping celebrate the good times, the hospice helps people in Hartlepool and east Durham with life limiting and terminal illnesses to live well until they die and supports their families too.”

To mark Hospice Care Week, staff are also asking residents in Hartlepool what hospice care means to them in one word.

A gallery of words will be shared on the photo-sharing website Flickr and Twitter uses are urged to tweet their word during the week followed by #hospicecareweek.

For more information visit www.besurprised.org.uk.

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