Why the People of Coventry Should Support Hospice Care Week

Why the People of Coventry Should Support Hospice Care Week

This two-minute read explains why we should all get behind Hospice Care Week (4 – 8 October).

The nation’s 200 hospices care each year for 225,000 children and adults with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.

And, after an incredibly tough 18 months, they need our support now more than ever.

Where it all started

Dame Cicely Saunders – a nurse, social worker, and doctor – founded the modern hospice movement in 1967, when she opened St Christopher’s Hospice in South London.

Dame Cicely believed that “you matter because you are you, you matter to the last moment of your life”. 

She argued that people should die with dignity and without pain. (This may not sound radical now, but it was back then!)

In the early days, most hospice work was carried out in residential facilities. In recent years, there’s been a push to also provide care in people’s homes (where possible) and outpatient clinics.

Getting through the pandemic

Covid-19 caused serious clinical challenges for hospice staff (imagine comforting a dying person while you’re wearing full PPE).

It also created financial difficulties, as hospices rely heavily on fundraising events and charity shop sales to make ends meet. As these activities were curtailed during lockdown, hospices faced a serious shortfall in income. 

Do your bit

Hospice Care Week (which kicks off on 4 October) gives us all a chance to support the vital – and often overlooked – job that hospices do.

Wear yellow – Encourage your workmates to wear yellow for a day and ask them to make a donation to the cause.

Organise a fundraiser – Hold your own cake sale, quiz night, or raffle to raise funds. If you’re a runner, cyclist, or triathlete, set yourself a challenge and drum up sponsorship.

Shop local – Pick up a bargain at your local hospice shop. After all, the money is going to a good cause.

Have a clear out – Donate good quality second-hand goods to your local hospice shop.

Volunteer – Share your time and skills for free.

Here at Bayzos, we’d love to promote your #HospiceCareWeek fundraiser on our social media channels. Give us a shout, and we’ll put the word about.



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2 thoughts on “Why the People of Coventry Should Support Hospice Care Week

  1. On the 28th May my Beloved Little
    Brother was Diagnosed with Lung Cancer aged 69. He accepted the fact that his Life was coming to an end and wanted to remain at Home. He went into Hospital several times and the last time he went is was the 31st July he knew the end was near but didn’t want to Die in Hospital and eventually he was moved to a Hospice but Sadly he Passed Away the next Morning. I thank God every Day for those wonderful who did everything in there Power so that my Brother got his Last wish and didn’t Die in the Hospital. We lost Him on the 17th August and I miss Him every minute of
    every Day, we Need these Hospices so our Loved ones can have the dignity and respect they deserve.

  2. Wonderful message. The Meriden Tree of Thought has, to date, raised £20,531.50. for The Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull.

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Mark Associate Director Bayzos
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Working within the property industry for over twenty years there is a genuine pleasure in handing the keys and congratulating my clients and customers on their journey. Positivity, good health & exercise, happy families and really appreciating the world we live in certainly keep the smile on my face and energy flowing!