Hospice Care Week

Week of celebration planned to highlight the work of North Derbyshire’s local hospice

Ashgate Hospicecare along with other hospices across the country, will be taking part in Hospice Care Week, which takes place between the 3rd and 9th of October, highlighting how the work of hospices is vital and increasingly relevant to our local communities with the aim to help illustrate what hospice care is all about and to also challenge common misconceptions about hospice care.

The theme for this year, which is ‘Hospice care is…’ will be highlighting the many and varied aspects of hospice care and what it can mean to people, their families and communities as well as removing the common myths about hospice care. Throughout Hospice Care Week, Ashgate Hospicecare will be partaking in a series of small events ranging from a bake off, an awareness stand in the Chesterfield centre and our very first tweetathon!

The tweetathon, which will be a feature throughout the week on Twitter with the hashtag #AshgateLive, aims to provide an insight into the many different services the hospice provides, from care provided at the hospice, to care provided in patient’s own homes and at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Lucy Nickson, CEO of Ashgate Hospicecare said, “We’re celebrating Hospice Care Week and would encourage you to find out more. Hospice Care Week is all about raising awareness; a week of celebration and action, helping to change perceptions and understanding of what hospice care is really all about.

We know that many people in North Derbyshire still simply don’t realise the full extent of the services and care provided by Ashgate Hospicecare and we want to change that. Hopefully Hospice Care Week will provide an opportunity for us to ensure more people learn something new about us.”

The annual campaign aims to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK by encouraging businesses, schools and local communities to undertake a fun activity throughout the week. Across its full range of services, Ashgate runs a 21-bed Inpatient Unit, a 16-place Day Hospice, and a range of therapy and support services on site. Services are funded mainly through donations and are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The majority of services delivered are in the community, enabling people to stay at home.

If you would like to get involved in Hospice Care Week, visit

www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/get-involved/hospice-care-week or follow our twitter page @Ashgate_Hospice for constant updates throughout the week.

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