Edwina Currie takes Hospice Care Week pledge

Categories: Community Engagement.

The author and broadcaster signed the ‘Count me in!’ pledge to tell people about why hospice care counts – a campaign to mark national Hospice Care Week.

Mrs Currie was attending a fundraising lunch for Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield when she signed the pledge and said: “The hospice movement makes a big difference to the lives of many thousands of people and I am absolutely delighted to support it.

“It’s not just the people that have the terminal illness themselves knowing that they’re going to be well looked after and free of pain. It’s not just them, it’s their families as well; to be relieved of that fear and worry, especially for the last few weeks, is a big help.”

Ashgate Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care to local people and their families across North Derbyshire and the High Peak and Dales.

The hospice at Old Brampton has 21 inpatient beds and a 16-place day unit as well as providing a range of community based support and therapy services. To ensure these vital services continue to be provided, Ashgate needs to raise £3.5 million each year.

Mrs Currie added: “If you’ve actually had the opportunity to see what hospices do and how much they help, both for inpatients and for outpatients then I think it’s your duty to spread the word because I’m sure there are many other people out there who think when they get a diagnosis of something awful like cancer that there are relatively few people around to help.

“It’s just not true and we are very lucky, we are very blessed to have hospices like Ashgate.”

If you would like to sign the ‘Count me in!’ pledge go to www.hospicecareweek.org.uk

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