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Hospice signs up to Dying to Work Charter

14 February 2018

Treetops Hospice Care has signed up to the TUC’s Dying to Work Voluntary Charter.

The hospice, based in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, has become the latest employer to sign the charter. Part of the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign, it seeks greater security for workers with life-limiting conditions, so they cannot be dismissed as a result.

It was launched in 2016 following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer.

George Cameron, Treetops Chief Executive said:

“Working within an organisation that deals with terminal illness every day, I am delighted to sign this charter and as part of our Compassionate Communities work would encourage all employers to do so.”

“It is vital that we value our employees all of the time and not just while they are at work. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is devastating not only to the affected individual but also the wider family and friends. It is at times like this that they need the support of their employer more than ever. We will be there for our staff.”

TUC Midlands, Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, added:

“Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.”

“I’m delighted that Treetops Hospice Care have shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.”

“600,000 workers are now covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”

The TUC is asking employers to sign up to the charter which now protects over half a million employees at companies including Rolls Royce and Royal Mail, along with public sector bodies such as NHS trusts and local authorities. Hospice UK signed up in February last year. 

The Dying to Work Charter is part of a project Treetops Hospice is leading locally called Compassionate Communities. Funded by Derby County Council, it aims to normalise death and dying, and help people make more informed choices at the end of life.

For more information visit Treetops Hospice Care
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