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Local hospice celebrates Hospice Care Week

Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice is one of more than 200 charitable hospices across the UK taking part in Hospice Care Week (5 to 11 October), led by the national hospice and end of life care charity, Hospice UK.

This year, many charitable hospices, like Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are facing financial challenges, with the support they receive from the public being more important than ever before.

One family supported by Eden Valley Hospice in recent months explained, “Dad soon settled in [at the hospice] and to our joy and disbelief they soon had him eating again and for once in a long time he seemed to have his spark back. We were able to visit as and when we liked, although due to Covid-19 restrictions in place we were confined to his room.

“A few nurses apologised for this and apologised that ‘Dad was unable to see the full benefits of the hospice.’ I remember thinking if this is what it’s like on a restricted version, I can’t imagine what it would be like normally day to day.

“Nothing was too much. Dad was met with a three-course menu choice each day and he joked to me ‘this is like an all-inclusive spa break’ and he meant it. His stay did him the world of good an enabled him to come home following an operation where he was given a 13-15% survival rate.”

Hospice UK estimates that since the COVID crisis begin in March, collectively hospices have lost in the region of £70 million in fundraised income. Many hospices in England rely on 70% of their funding from public donations through charity shops and fundraisers, which has not been possible during the pandemic.

To mark Hospice Care Week, Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw will be taking to social media to share stories about the vital care they provide within the local community. The charity will also be sharing ideas as to how the local community can support the hospice during these challenge times, including a new mouth-watering fundraising event.

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said: “Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity, celebration and action, to raise the profile of, and help to change people’s perceptions of, hospice care across the UK.

“There are more than 200 hospices across the UK that work to support individuals and families with end of life care. Roughly 83% of hospice care is delivered in the community, and that requires a network of staff that people do not necessarily see or know about. With the world dealing with the effects of COVID-19, expert end of life care is more important than ever – and hospices need our support.

“So whether you’re a hospice, a volunteer, an individual or a family, join us from 5-11 October 2020 and play your part in showing what it takes to give people and their families the care they need and deserve at the end of life.”

At a time when fundraising activities at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw have stopped and their charity shops are beginning to re-open the hospice is in the unfortunate situation whereby the need for specialist, compassionate care is increasing but charitable income has taken a drastic downturn. The support of the local community will help the charity’s vital care today, tomorrow and for many years to come.

To find out more Hospice Care Week please click here.