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Treetops call on local community to "Heart My Hospice" during Hospice Care Week

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Friday, 5th October 2018

Treetops call on local community to "Heart My Hospice" during Hospice Care Week

Treetops Hospice Care – along with other charitable hospices across the UK – is encouraging the local community to show their support in whatever way they can, whether by donating, volunteering or showing they care on social media, during Hospice Care Week.

The theme for this year's Hospice Care Week – which takes place from 8-14 October and is led by national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK – is 'Heart my Hospice'.

Treetops provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting conditions with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis, living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Last year, the hospice supported over 1,700 adults, their families and carers.

Treetops has several plans in place to mark the week; on Monday 8th October, from 7am to 10am, Treetops is taking over the Erewash Sound breakfast show on 96.8fm and online.

Treetops patients, staff, volunteers and visitors to the hospice are also being asked to record their reasons why they love Treetops in a video booth based onsite at Risley.

In addition, Ashbourne Radio is also featuring interviews with Treetops Hospice at Home nurse Liz Docker, and June Holden, whose husband Jeff received Hospice at Home care in 2016.

June explained more: 'As a carer, looking after somebody’s who’s very ill, it’s extremely difficult at home - very wearing, extremely stressful and really tiring.

'I reached a point where I really couldn’t manage anymore and really, really struggled. The district nurses recognised this and called in the community team – and Treetops Hospice Care.

'Jeff had always wanted to die at home – it was his extreme wish - and with Treetops help, we managed to achieve this.

'It was lovely to have somebody else there in the house with me, sharing the care of my husband.'

George Cameron, Treetops Chief Executive, said: 'We hope that during Hospice Care Week the public will take up the opportunity to show their affection for Treetops and other hospices whole-heartedly and demonstrate their support in practical ways whether donating, volunteering or spreading the word about hospice care on social media.'

To find out more information, please visit the Treetops website.