The chances are we all know someone who has been cared for by a hospice. It could be someone in our family, a friend or a colleague.
Hospice care transforms lives.
Hospice UK champions and supports over 200 local hospices across the UK, who care for over 200,000 adults, children and babies every year, and support their families too.
Hospices care for the most vulnerable people at the most difficult time of their life. And though many people assume that hospice care is about dying, more often than not it is about living, and helping people to be themselves and not an illness.
They look after and pamper the young mum who still wants to look her best despite her illness. They are there for the parents who are juggling family life, work, and caring for their child who is living with a life-limiting condition. They support the grandma who wants to stay as strong as she can for as long as she can, to watch her grandchildren grow and get to know them.
Like Sadie, Julia’s daughter, who was cared for by St Christopher’s Hospice in South-East London and died of ovarian cancer, aged 24 in March 2015.
"At one point we were told that Sadie had three weeks to live. Her boyfriend, Jason, who she had met at university, proposed. Sadie walked down the aisle thanking everyone for coming and by the time she got to the registrar Sadie said she couldn’t start yet as her face was hurting from smiling so much! Sadie said she never knew that level of happiness was possible. Phillipa, a nurse from St Christopher’s, was amazing and devoted the whole day to Sadie."
But sadly, one in four families who need hospice care, can’t get it. That’s more than 100,000 people every year who are missing out. Watch this video to hear a little more about why we need your help to ‘Open Up Hospice Care’.
Hospice UK is your national charity for hospice care and our mission is to ensure that everyone who needs hospice care, gets it.
We have a clear focus on extending the reach of hospice care and tackling inequalities in who is receiving hospice care.
We do everything we can to help hospices. We support hospice professionals and champion hospice care nationally, placing it firmly on the government agenda. We promote clinical excellence and share best practice, and we help hospice care providers to deliver the highest quality of care to people with life-limiting or terminal conditions and their families.
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A partnership with Hospice UK means you will hear regular stories about incredible hospice care happening up and down the country as well as updates on our projects to Open Up Hospice Care, from improving end of life care for homeless people, Gypsies and Travellers, and people from the LGBTQ community, to helping connect young people to the support they need. A partnership with us means you will be able to see the positive difference you’re making in your very own communities.