MP thanks hospice carers
Fiona Bruce, MP for Congleton, has spoken of the importance of the work done by East Cheshire Hospice at a fundraising event.
During the event at Boden Hall in Rode Heath, Mrs Bruce, who is vice-president of the hospice, thanked the staff for the vital work they do.
East Cheshire Hospice has been caring for people with life-limiting illnesses since 1988. Its carers serve residents across East Cheshire, providing services free of charge to those who need them.
At the event, Mrs Bruce said: “It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to thank all those involved in East Cheshire Hospice’s work carried out under the banner of Hospice@Home.
“People are living longer — in some areas of Cheshire East average life expectancy is now over 90. But longer lives don’t necessarily equate with quality of life without help and while most people want to die at home, currently less than half do so.
“So the Hospice@Home project is filling a real need, supporting district nurses and working with organisations such as Macmillan and Marie Curie to provide home-based, end-of-life care for many more people than can be helped in East Cheshire Hospice itself.”
She added: “It is so encouraging to hear that since Hospice@Home started two years ago, more than 350 people and their families have been supported by enabling them to stay in their own home with appropriate specialist care for the final weeks of their lives.
“It was extremely kind of Bill and Victoria Wrather to open the beautiful grounds of Boden Hall as a special way of saying thank you to volunteers, fundraisers, donors and, importantly, carers from East Cheshire Hospice.”
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