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Count Me In! Mark pledges support for Hospice Care Week

(October 04, 2013)

Mark Hendrick has joined forces with St Catherine’s Hospice to mark the third annual Hospice Care Week which runs from 7th -13th October 2013 and raises awareness about the importance of good palliative and end of life care.

During the week long campaign, hospices across the country will be asking people to join them in making a pledge to ‘Count Me In!’ – by committing to telling five people why hospice care counts.  The theme of Hospice Care Week this year aims to highlight that as people are living longer and with more and more complex needs, the need for specialised palliative care is increasing.  The slogan for this year’s campaign week is: Every moment counts. Every action counts. Because you count.

Around 120 hospices took part in last year’s campaign to build awareness and understanding about hospice care.  Hospice Care Week is scheduled to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day which takes place on Saturday 12th October.  The UK is joined by 70 other countries who also participate in awareness raising activities.

Hospices help seriously ill people and their families to live well by providing care that is unique and personal, for people with conditions that can be treated but not cured such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer or Motor Neurone Disease.  St Catherine’s is a local hospice which serves adults from Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and Longridge. The charity currently employs 170 staff alongside a 500 strong team of volunteers.

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Mark said: ‘I have visited St Catherine’s Hospice many times over the years and am always amazed at the quality of personalised care they provide and commitment of the dedicated individuals who work hard to provide a pleasant environment for the users of St Catherine’s.  I was delighted to lend my support to this campaign, as with a growing ageing population, particularly in Preston and the North West region, I think it’s important to support services that will improve the quality of life for not only the elderly, but also for younger people and their families who find themselves in a position needing palliative care.’

St Catherine are also appealing for people to make their pledges online at www.hospicecareweek.org.uk/countmein.  A photo and message can be uploaded and then shared with social media to help to reach out to more people to encourage them to find out about Hospice Care.

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