Rennie Grove Hospice Care is one of more than 200 charitable hospices across the UK taking part in Hospice Care Week from 5 – 11 October. The awareness week is led by the national hospice and end-of-life care charity, Hospice UK, and highlights what it takes to provide care to those who need it most.
During lockdown we've seen the number of adults and children being cared for at home service reach record levels. In the six months from the start of lockdown on 23 March, this is what it took to provide care for 1,630 people in their own homes, keeping them out of hospital and protecting the NHS:
- 7,561 hospice at home visit
- 18,473 hours of clinical care
- 21,715 telephone calls to support and coordinate high quality care
With demand for care increasing and many charitable hospices like Rennie Grove facing financial challenges as their fundraising activities have been hit hard by COVID-19, the support Rennie Grove receives from the public is more important than ever before.
Hospice UK estimates that since the COVID crisis began in March, collectively hospices have lost in the region of £70 million in fundraised income. Rennie Grove relies on raising at least 88% of its annual income from public donations through charity shops and fundraisers – that’s over £20,000 every day - and this has just not been possible during the pandemic.
To mark Hospice Care Week, Rennie Grove is running a social media campaign to raise awareness of its work, celebrate the amazing support hospice care workers have provided throughout the pandemic and encourage the public to continue to support the care it provides for local families.
Shambhavi, Mum to 18 year old Aayushi who has a severe global neuro-disability, received support from Rennie Grove’s Children’s Hospice at Home team when Aayushi became very unwell as lockdown began. She said:
“It was really great to see the Rennie Grove nurses coming together with the consultant and GP to make a plan for how we could look after Aayushi at home. Rennie Grove have been my lifeline during lockdown. All the normal services are not available 24 hours, whereas their nurses are always on hand to help. It’s been an amazing experience.”
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said: “Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity, celebration and action, to raise the profile of, and help to change people’s perceptions of, hospice care across the UK.
“There are more than 200 hospices across the UK that work to support individuals and families with end-of-life care. Roughly 83% of hospice care is delivered in the community, and that requires a network of staff that people do not necessarily see or know about. With the world dealing with the effects of COVID-19, expert end-of-life care is more important than ever – and hospices need our support.
“So whether you’re a hospice, a volunteer, an individual or a family, join us from 5-11 October 2020 and play your part in showing what it takes to give people and their families the care they need and deserve at the end of life.”
Follow Rennie Grove on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out more about what it takes to provide their care and how to offer support, or go to renniegrove.org.