Open Up Hospice Care gets underway

Categories: Care, Community Engagement, and Featured.

Hospice UK’s Open Up Hospice Care campaign launched last week with various events including the charity’s very first Pancake Race.

On the launch day members of staff braved the cold to man a stand at King’s Cross St Pancras station, where they offered information to passers-by and raised over £600 from the public. Among them was Head of Media and PR Suzanne Stevenson, who said:

“It was great to be out in force with Team Hospice UK again at King’s Cross. I got some generous donations from commuters speeding through the station who wanted to show their support for the amazing work that hospices do.”

The following day it was Pancake Day, and to mark the occasion Hospice UK held its inaugural Pancake Race, an event that saw staff members racing across nearby Joseph Grimaldi Park and simultaneously flipping pancakes with varying degrees of success. Watch the footage of the race here.

Meanwhile web editor Jamie Hill caught up with Hospice UK’s Chair and ITV political commentator Robert Peston, who gave a brief interview where he called the need to open up hospice care “the most important national debate.”

From the smell of cloves to burnt Yorkshire puddings, staff and supporters have been sharing their favourite food memories for Taste of Home, where supporters of hospice care are being encouraged to host a dinner party in their home and ask guests to donate whatever they can afford.

Together with local hospices, Hospice UK is raising awareness of how end of life care is available beyond hospice in-patient units including in people’s homes, addressing that one in four people are missing out on the care they need.

The campaign runs till the end of March. For more information visit Open Up Hospice Care