Today marks the centenary of the birth of Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:
“Dame Cicely Saunders was a truly remarkable woman whose visionary approach transformed care for dying people in the UK and around the world and defined the modern hospice movement.
“She led and championed a radically different way of supporting people at the end of life which went far beyond treating someone’s physical pain to provide holistic support for all of their needs.
“Her influence continues to live on in hospices across the UK through the compassionate, person-centred care they provide to more than 200,000 people every year.
“As the hospice movement faces new challenges, such as supporting the growing care needs of the UK’s ageing population, Dame Cicely’s legacy of compassion and innovation in developing new ways of working to support people at the end of life is ever more important.”
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