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6 Feb 2017 Community

Kirkwood Hospice kick off 30th Anniversary Celebrations

As Kirkwood enters a landmark year, the Hospice is determined to reach out to the community and take opportunities to strengthen its connections with people in Kirklees.

Kirkwood Hospice’s services are available to all people affected by a life-limiting condition, but misconceptions and a lack of awareness about our mission means that many people in Kirklees are not accessing our wide range of services on offer. 

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of Kirkwood Hospice. To celebrate, our team is organising a range of special events and projects which are intended to capture the imagination of the general public. This milestone year also offers an opportunity for us to engage with the local community to change the way people understand hospices.

As a charity, Kirkwood Hospice is here to support people at what is often the most difficult time of their lives; not just those with a life-limiting illness, but family members, carers and those important to them.

However, due to misconceptions about hospices and the support they can offer to anyone with a life-limiting illness, many people who could access care and support are not seeking out our services. Kirkwood Chief Executive, Michael Crowther, is determined to change that.

Sister Noreen Williams (left) and Staff Nurse Helen Turner help Chief Executive Michael Crowther to launch Kirkwood’s 30th Anniversary logo.

 

He says: “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.”

“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." Michael Crowther, Chief Executive

In order to achieve this goal, the Hospice team know we will need the support of people across Kirklees, who we hope will get involved to help challenge some of these misconceptions.

Michael said: “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.

“Our job us to reach out to the people who haven’t previously experienced our care to tell them about the different services we offer locally. We are asking the public and our colleagues in the healthcare community to help us to 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.”

As part of the celebrations, the Kirkwood team is also working hard to launch a number of exciting new initiatives in the next 12 months.

“Events will play a big part in Kirkwood’s 30th Anniversary.” said Michael. “There are lots of events and activities planned throughout 2017 that will help us to celebrate this landmark year, with all our fundraising activities taking on a 30th Anniversary theme. There are some exciting announcements to look out for in the coming months too, so watch this space!”

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