Heather Richardson, National Clinical Lead at Help the Hospices, writes about the important role of hospices in both shaping and delivering future services to meet the challenges faced by an ageing UK population.
The number of people living in the UK aged 100 increased by 73% in the decade to 2012, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Taxpayers could foot the bill for a rise in funeral costs, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland has warned. Stewart Wilson, chief executive of, said the increase in charges for adult burials is a “major concern”.
The first phase of work to make Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice fit for the future has been completed
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Staff nurse Tina Boyd was singled out for the award by colleagues who have observed her work as lead nurse at the Hospice’s John Cheverton Centre (JCC).
His illness is lonely at times, he says, but regular visits to Saint Francis Hospice’s day therapy unit, has given the 84-year-old many reasons to be cheerful.
Bereaved families in Cumbria have been planting snowdrops at Sizergh Castle near Kendal in memory of their loved ones as part of Child Bereavement UK’s snowdrop walk.
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Kingston Hospital will get £100,000 to expand its maternity services with a bereavement room and a merger of women’s and children’s wellbeing services.
The boss of the Small Charities Coalition, Alex Swallow, explains why the sector needs to widen its horizons by establishing global links.