New appeal aims to find out what hospice means to people in town

St Catherines Hospice Midnight Walk.Enjoying the nightwalk.Picture Richard Ponter 123653j
St Catherines Hospice Midnight Walk.Enjoying the nightwalk.Picture Richard Ponter 123653j
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People in Scarborough will get the chance to say how much St Catherine’s Hospice means to them with the launch of a new campaign.

It is part of next month’s national Hospice Care week, organised by Help the Hospices, which aims to raise awareness and the profile of such organisations.

Organisers in Scarborough have chosen the theme I Am Hospice Care for this year’s milestone week which will run from October 8 until October 14.

David Marshall, the hospice’s director of funding development, said the idea was to spread the theme of how hospice care touches the lives of different people in different ways in the local community.

He said: “I Am Hospice Care is all about highlighting what Saint Catherine’s Hospice means to each and every one of us. We want to show that the hospice means different things to different people.

“To some it is a place for care, to others a place where they work and others a place where they help and volunteer.”

He added that the “thought-provoking campaign was being launched to encourage people to think about the impact hospices such as Saint Catherine’s had on their lives.

Hospice Care Week will also look to highlight how Saint Catherine’s reached out and supported the local community – to support the week the organisation would like to gather local people’s own interpretations of what it means to them.

Mr Marshall said that the I Am Hospice Care idea fitted in with the Help the Hospices theme of Be Surprised which aimed to demonstrate that there was a lot more to hospice care than many people realised.

The hospice is looking to gather local people’s own experiences with the hospice to create a collection of quotations based around the I am Hospice Care theme and these will be shared via the hospice’s website, local media and Facebook.

Mr Marshall said people could either contact the hospice directly with their I Am Hospice Care quotation, or post it on the hospice’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/saintcatherineshospice or alternatively contact 01723 356023.

He added: “Hopefully at the end of this we will have a collection of quotations that tell a story about what Saint Catherine’s means to the people in the communities that we serve.”