A number of guest speakers took part in an event at Bolton Hospice last week to celebrate Bolton Pride.
The founder of Bolton Pride James Edgington, visited the hospice to give a talk about the history and purpose of the celebration, one of Bolton Hospice’s educators delivered a presentation about LGBTQ+ end of life care, and a family member came in to speak to staff and volunteers about her experience of her wife’s care at the end of life.
The hospice has been a big supporter of Bolton Pride since it began three years ago, and in past years the hospice has had stalls at the festival with staff and volunteers taking part in the parade.
Alice Atkinson, Director of Income Generation and Communications at Bolton Hospice, said:
“We are involved in Pride to celebrate diversity and to demonstrate to our local community that as a hospice we are here for everybody in Bolton who needs us.
“The report from Marie Curie, “Hiding who I am – the reality of end of life care for LGBT people” highlighted a number of issues that LGBT people experience at the end of life, so we want to be as proactive as possible to ensure we are doing everything we can to champion inclusivity at our hospice.
“All of the staff at the hospice have equality and diversity training and we have recently developed an equality and diversity inclusion charter. We also have a new education course, “Caring for people in the LGBTQ+ community at the end of life” that is open to other healthcare professionals to share our expertise and knowledge to help ensure people get better end of life care. We want to do as much as we can to help remove some of the barriers that could be there.”
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