East Midlands hospice celebrates 40 years of caring in the community

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Leading adult hospice, Treetops, is celebrating 40 years of caring for people in the local community. The team at Treetops Hospice, based in Risley, is thanking everyone who’s played a part in the charity achieving this significant milestone, from supporters and donors to volunteers and staff.

Julie Heath, Treetops Chief Executive said:

“This is an amazing milestone for Treetops Hospice. We’re really proud to have cared for thousands of patients and their loved ones at the most challenging time of their lives since the charity began.”

The hospice grew out of a campaign started by a local woman, Cally Cheetham, in 1983, following her own experiences of caring for relatives with cancer.

In the very early days, the hospice began by offering a volunteer home sitting service and bringing patients to the hospice once a week.

Julie explained how the hospice services have developed over time in response to local need:

“Our care has changed such a lot over the last 40 years. Now, more than ever, patients are choosing to receive our care in the comfort of their own home. We’re also taking our support and information out into the local community to make it even more accessible.

“We support more than 2,000 people and their loved ones every year. This is thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, our volunteers who help across the whole hospice and out in our charity shops, and our wonderful supporters.

“Without them all, we just wouldn’t be the charity we are today.”

The charity has several birthday celebrations planned throughout the rest of the year. This includes a car raffle and distributing birthday cake through Treetops charity shops plus several surprises throughout the year to say thank you to supporters.

Treetops has recently launched a 360-degree virtual tour to allow people to explore inside its buildings and grounds.

For further information about Treetops and their 40th birthday, visit www.treetops.org.uk/40years


Photo Caption: East Midlands hospice celebrates 40 years of caring Featured: staff from the Risley-based hospice

About Treetops Hospice

Treetops Hospice, the leading end-of-life care charity in Derby, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting conditions, and their families.

The charity provides support from diagnosis onwards for patients with conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease and heart and respiratory conditions.

This year, we are very proud to be celebrating 40 years of caring for people and their families in our local community. During this time, we have supported thousands of patients with end-of-life nursing care and bereavement counselling.

We have achieved this amazing milestone thanks to our dedicated volunteers who help across the whole hospice and in our charity shops, our hard-working staff team, and our supporters, past and present.

Last year, our team of Hospice at Home nurses provided over 20,000 hours of care to terminally-ill patients, working day and night to give much-needed support.

Our team of bereavement counsellors provided over 4,500 counselling sessions – more than 900 of them to children and young people. Wellbeing team members provide valuable information and support to those who need it.

Treetops is doing all it can to continue to support those in most need and welcomes donations to ensure the future of the hospice and its services: www.treetopshospice.org.uk/donate

A counselling session for a bereaved child costs £34.50. An overnight Hospice at Home nursing shift for a patient at the end of life costs £108.

Treetops Hospice, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SS

0115 949 1264 | www.treetopshospice.org.uk

Registered Charity Number 519540


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