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Hospice Care Week 2021 – Statement from Director of Palliative Care Services

“We are delighted to be joining with HospiceUK and our colleagues from a network of over 200 hospices nationwide to celebrate Hospice Care Week.

Hospice Care Week is a campaign organised by HospiceUK aimed at raising awareness of hospice care and its importance both within and beyond our local communities.  It is a week-long celebration of recognising hospice care and support, presenting us with the opportunity to show the value of what really matters to our families when they need it most, especially those impacted by a terminal or life-limiting condition.

Over the past 21 months, we have as an island  faced an incredible challenge as we have coped with the impact of COVID-19 and this has highlighted how specialist end of life care for all is more important than ever.  It has shown us how, with a relatively small community such as Jersey, we all have a part to play in supporting each other.  This is no less true for Jersey Hospice Care where we rely so deeply on our volunteers helping our Inpatient Unit, or Fundraising Shops, or undertaking incredible challenges to raise funds.

We were deeply touched last weekend as we witnessed so many of our supporters raising funds for Jersey Hospice Care through the running of marathons, hosting golf days and other events.  Each and every person who takes steps to help Jersey Hospice Care, no matter how large or small, is contributing to the delivery of the expert care we provide, both at the hospice and within patients’ homes.  Our supporters and volunteers are vital in ensuring the sustainability of future services.

Jersey Hospice Care provides free, high quality palliative care to adults and families across the Island of Jersey.”

Hilary Hopkins, Director of Palliative Care Services, Jersey Hospice Care