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Remembering Dr Kate Granger #hellomynameis campaign co-founder

Author: Sarah Russell
24 November 2016

Sarah Russell, Head of Research and Clinical Innovation @learnhospice encourages people to promote the #hellomyname is campaign on 30 November.

Last week Chris Pointon, husband of the remarkable Dr Kate Granger and co-founder of the #hellomynameis campaign - came to address delegates at Hospice UK’s annual conference.

Kate was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2011 and had worked tirelessly to improve the patient experience in hospital before her death at St Gemma’s Hospice in July at the age of 34.   

The hugely successful  campaign began on Twitter after Kate, during her many visits to hospitals for treatment and tests grew frustrated by the fact that often medical staff attending to her would not introduce themselves or look her in the eye.

It has since been adopted by many NHS trusts and other care providers and organisations across the UK and globally.

You can listen to Chris’s quietly eloquent plenary given at our conference  here.

It is powerful, dignified and honest. The #hellomynameis  legacy is in calm, loving hands.

One of the things that Chris mentioned last week was how he would  soon be scattering some of Kate’s  ashes whilst on a boat in their favourite city of San Francisco.

This caught the attention of Philip Ball, Director of Patient Care at St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood, and me. A few days later on Twitter, Chris mentioned again his journey to San Francisco and asked for suggestions as to how to mark the occasion.

To cut a long story short, we came up with the idea of encouraging lots of people to  tweet #hellomynameis at 7.30pm GMT on Wednesday 30 November to support Chris and in remembrance of Kate and her inspirational legacy to patient care.

So, please join us in supporting Chris and remembering Kate by either joining and sharing the Thunderclap  

Or you can simply  tweet #hellomynameis on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 7.30pm.

You can find out more about the campaign on the #hellomynameis website

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