Local MP visits St Peter & St James Hospice and ‘takes the pledge’
Norman Baker, Transport Minister and MP for Lewes, visited St Peter & St James Hospice in North Chailey today (Friday 20th September).
Having a conversation with one of the hospice patients during her physiotherapy session he was told in no uncertain terms, “These people are first class and the care here is second to none!” As well as meeting staff and patients, Norman was pleased to sign the Help the Hospices ‘Count Me In’ pledge which will be a key feature of this year’s Hospice Care Week (7th – 13th October).
Everyone who agrees to ‘count me in’ pledges to tell at least five people why hospice care counts. Signing the pledge in front of some of St Peter & St James’ patients, volunteers and staff, Norman said, “This hospice, together with the others who serve my constituency, provides an invaluable service to those who are reaching the end of their lives. The Hospice Movement is a wonderful example of a service based within the community, supporting the community and supported by the community and I am pleased to add my support to this campaign.” Norman also promised to tweet the news of him signing the pledge, thereby ensuring the message will reach many more than five people!
St Peter & St James Hospice provides specialist palliative care and support to people with life-limiting conditions to help them live their lives as well as possible for as long as possible. We care for patients from East and West Sussex including Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Uckfield and the surrounding villages. Last year we supported more than 540 patients and their families. We receive less than 16% of our funding from the Government which means we have to raise more than £2.2 million every year through fundraising – that’s £6,000 every single day.
This Hospice Care Week we hope to raise greater awareness about the vital role that local hospices play in meeting this increasing demand. We are asking people to help by speaking out about the important role their local hospice plays and making sure that hospices have the support they need to reach more people.