BBC Lifeline

Broadcaster Gethin Jones presented a short film highlighting the incredible work of hospice volunteers, as part of the BBC's Lifeline appeal series in February 2017.

Hospice care transforms lives.

Each year, hospices care for 200,000 people throughout the UK, providing compassionate care that is tailored to their specific needs. From managing someone’s pain, to looking after their emotional, spiritual and social needs, hospice care supports the whole person, as well as their family, helping them to live their life to the full.

But they couldn’t do this without the help of over 125,000 volunteers, who give up their precious time to support hospices in a range of different roles. Amazing volunteers like Phil and Eddie in our appeal film help to make sure that more people receive the care they need in the place of their choice. In doing so, they also free up hospice staff to concentrate on crucial clinical work.

As the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK works hard to make sure everyone facing the end of their life gets the best care possible. We champion and support more than 200 hospices for adults and children, making sure their staff and volunteers have the training, funding and resources they need to care for people living with a life-shortening or terminal condition.

The BBC Lifeline appeal will enable us to support more volunteers providing care in hospices and visiting people at home, which would make a big difference. So please donate what you can and help us give more people the chance to do what really matters while they still can.

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