This year it takes place over the week of 9-15 October. There are various ways you can get involved and support your local hospice, St Barnabas House.
St Barnabas House provides specialist palliative care to people across the Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield areas with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses, both within the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ own homes.
Hospice Care Week is held every year and is organised by Hospice UK, the national hospice and palliative care charity.
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said: “Hospice care is so diverse and involves many people with different skills and talents from all walks of life coming together to deliver incredible care. They are all united by their passionate commitment to the special ethos of hospice care and ensuring that everyone they support is treated with kindness, dignity and respect.
“Hospice Care Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich and varied contribution of everyone who contributes to hospices across the UK and we hope the public will join in the celebrations and help share more widely the many personal stories that make up hospice care.”
There are many ways to support St Barnabas House during Hospice Care Week.
Hold a fundraising event
Could you hold a fundraising event during Hospice Care Week, or register to hold a Big Get Together with your family and friends?
The current annual cost of providing all of St Barnabas House’s care is £6.1 million and only 21p in every pound comes via statutory funding, so the hospice relies heavily on the generosity and support of fundraisers.
Find out more about fundraising at www.stbh.org.uk/fundraising
Pledge to volunteer
Supporting the hospice could be as simple as pledging to volunteer at a fundraising event, such as the South Downs Trek, which takes place two days before the start of Hospice Care Week on Saturday 7 October.
You could even volunteer at the hospice itself. Hospice volunteers give thousands of hours every year. In 2015/16 they saved St Barnabas a total of £505,645!
Find out more about volunteering at www.stbh.org.uk/volunteering
Visit a charity shop
St Barnabas House has 11 charity shops which are located across Worthing and the surrounding areas. Why not enjoy some retail therapy or make a donation to one of the shops during Hospice Care Week?
Find your nearest St Barnabas House shop at www.stbh.org.uk/shops
Make a donation
You could make a one-off or regular donation which will contribute towards the £6.1 million annual cost of providing all of the hospice’s services.
Make a donation to St Barnabas House at www.stbh.org.uk/donate
Get involved on social media
The simplest way to get involved in Hospice Care Week and help raise awareness of hospice care is by joining in with the conversation on social media.
St Barnabas House will be posting videos throughout Hospice Care Week, aiming to raise awareness and change perceptions of the hospice and its services.
This year’s Hospice Care Week theme is ‘We are hospice care’ so the hospice will use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show the many faces of hospice care and share some of the inspiring stories of the variety of people involved.
Join in by tweeting @StBarnabasHouse using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare, or by visiting St Barnabas House’s Facebook or Instagram pages.
Sam Skilton, St Barnabas House Marketing Co-ordinator, said: “Hospice Care Week is all about raising awareness of the different aspects of hospice care and dispelling some of the common misconceptions people have about it.
“The wonder of social media is that everyone can make a genuine difference, and it’s really easy to do! Every like, comment, share or retweet will help us to reach out to more people and help raise awareness of hospice care.”
You can find out more about Hospice Care Week and all of the different ways to get involved at www.stbh.org.uk/hospicecareweek