Hospice aims to provide care for more patients and families

Hospice aims to provide care for more patients and families

KIRKWOOD Hospice is preparing to mark 30 years of serving the community – with fundraisers in North Kirklees leading the way.

The hospice, set up in 1987, helps care for people with terminal illness and is marking the milestone with a new drive to help people understand the services they provide.

Chief executive Michael Crowther said: “In our 30th year, we want to celebrate the impact Kirkwood has had on people’s lives and ensure access to our services is not considered to be limited by condition, age, location, ethnic group, orientation or any other issue.

“Kirkwood’s aim is to care for people who are affected by a life-limiting illness and those close to them.

“This can mean anything from providing care in a person’s final days to offering advice and support over months or even years.

“This support can take many forms, from accessing emotional or spiritual care through counselling, to advice on medicines and symptom control.

“The hospice provides services committed to enabling people to live the best quality of life possible.

“We will use our anniversary to dispel some of the misconceptions that surround hospice care and to make sure that more people benefit from the care and support we provide in the future.

“We hear first hand from families and patients who have accessed our support that their idea of hospice care completely changed once they experienced it.”

The hospice believes more people could benefit from the services it provides.

Mr Crowther added: “Our job is to reach out to the people who haven’t previously experienced our care to tell them about the different services we offer.

“We are asking the public and our colleagues in the healthcare community to help us spread the word so that we can reach people who may need our support but aren’t sure what we can offer to support them.”

A number of events have been planned around the district to support the celebration.

The Batley and Birstall support group will be kicking off with a spring coffee morning at Batley Town Hall on Saturday, March 18 (10am-noon).

There will be a special birthday cake-cutting ceremony attended by the Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Jim Dodds, stalls and a raffle.

Entry is £2.50 which includes coffee and cake.

The hospice has also created a new party pack for people who want to hold their own events.

Details can be found by calling 01484 557911 or by emailing fundraising@kirkwoodhospice. co.uk.

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