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Hospice Care Week 2017 round-up

Author: Leila Hawkins
09 October 2017

Today begins Hospice Care Week, a week devoted to raising the profile of hospice care across the UK. This year the theme is “We are hospice care”, with the aim of highlighting the many different faces of those who provide care and support the running of a hospice, whether volunteers, executives, nurses, gardeners, therapists, cooks or doctors.

To mark the week hospices around the country are sharing stories of patients and everyone involved in hospice care on social media using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare, and encouraging members of the public to come forward with their experiences.

A mass Thunderclap message with the words: “#WeAreHospiceCare. Show your support for #hospices across the UK and get behind #HospiceCareWeek from Hospice UK” will go out on Thursday 12 at 1pm. Social media users are encouraged to sign up for the message to be shared as widely as possible on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Wednesday 11 is “Go Yellow” day, with staff encouraged to wear the bright hue to raise awareness of the week, whether dressing from top to bottom in yellow, or just donning one item of clothing. Other yellow-themed ideas include a custard challenge and a lemon-based bake sale. For more information visit Go Yellow!

Meanwhile hospice shops are breaking out the bunting and competing for the best themed shop window in the Hospice Shop Challenge

Additionally hospices are hosting a variety of fundraisers and other events, including:

St Barnabas are promoting Hospice Care Week across Lincolnshire with special events including a school photo exhibition, a quiz night and a coffee morning.

Cornwall Hospice Care are running a campaign called #ChallengingPerceptions aimed at dispelling some of the myths around hospice care, as well as  running a Facebook campaign with local website Cornwall Live, which is launching a series looking at every aspect of the hospice’s services.

St Clare Hospice in Essex are hosting two breakfast events, one with Patron Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE, and another business-focused breakfast designed to help organisations learn more about the hospice and network with others.

Hospice Care Week runs till Sunday October 15. For more information visit Hospice Care Week

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