We’re celebrating Team Hospice this Hospice Care Week
It’s Hospice Care Week and we’d love you to get involved! Each year we join Hospice UK and other local hospices for a week of celebration and action. It’s a chance for us to reflect on the difference hospice care makes to people’s lives and to thank everyone involved in making it possible.
Running from 9-15 October, the theme this year is ‘We are hospice care’ and we will be using the week to shine a spotlight on the amazing individuals helping us to provide expert, compassionate and free care to people with terminal or life-shortening illnesses.
From our medical and social care staff to volunteers, chefs to chaplains, corporate partners to carers, we couldn’t provide the vital, compassionate care we do without their expertise and dedication – and your support .
Read some of their inspiring stories below:
Occupational Therapist – Kerry
“As a specialist palliative care Occupational Therapist my role is to provide a holistic service that incorporates the person’s wellbeing and psychological needs. Educating patients in self management techniques, encouraging independence for as long as possible and use of activities such as gardening and knitting for relaxation, social inclusion or to maintain roles.
I am also a specialist Lymphoedema clinician and through managing oedema this can help with improving patients function and comfort. I will always include carers in my interventions providing them with the support they need.I really enjoy my role as I really feel it makes a big difference at such a difficult time in someone’s life, it may be something very small but to know I have helped that patient at that moment is fulfilling.
Within palliative care I am able to provide interventions that other Occupational Therapists would see as “proper OT” through the use of activities and this makes the job much more rewarding”
Volunteer – Brian
“I’ve been a volunteer gardener at the hospice for the last 4 years. Along with the other volunteer gardeners I like to ensure the gardens are a place for both patients and relatives to enjoy.
I became a volunteer at CMH when I retired after a full working career (35 years in the Royal Navy followed by 16 years as a engineer surveyor). Its a way of giving back to society and saying ‘thank you’ for a good life. Its also a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
Volunteering at CMH is a life enhancing experience – being able to bring a little sunshine into other peoples lives. I would definately recommend it!”
Shop Manager – Adele
“I run CMH’s Charity Boutique in Weeke, Winchester. We sell quality clothes, accessories, toys etc that have been donated to the charity. Money raised from the selling of these items goes towards the running of Countess Mountbatten House.
I’ve worked in the retail industry for many years but the time working at CMHC has been the most rewarding. I enjoy meeting new people and chatting to our many regulars who pop in to say ‘hello’ and to check out our latest stock. The added bonus in working in charity retail is knowing that I play a part in making a difference to peoples lives’.
Chaplain – Revd Canon Karen MacKinnon
“I have the privilege of heading up the Spiritual Care Service at Countess Mountbatten House. I have worked here for 17 years and my specialist area is palliative care.
Spiritual care is an often misunderstood term. It includes religious care, if that is important to the patient/family, but is much broader than that. At CMH, holistic care is particularly important. When people are terminally ill, it is far more than the physical body which is affected. My role is to sit alongside patients and their families, when invited to do so, sharing in conversations which often involve trying to make sense of what is happening, what life is all about and what is most important to people. For some, it may involve reconciling with people they are estranged from or planning a funeral service. It has also been my honour to arrange and perform weddings with the local registry office. For many, it is simply holding a hand, offering a shoulder, just being there as people deal with what is happening to them. Being alongside people for some of this journey is humbling and a privilege.
CMH, to me, is a very special place. It’s a place where people are genuine and some very real and powerful conversations take place. I have met many inspiring patients and families over the years, as well as staff and volunteers. It’s a place where life is celebrated as well as providing good palliative care. Long may this continue!”
Corporate Supporter – Rachel Denham, Chilworth Manor Hotel
“We are delighted to support the work of Countess Mountbatten Hospice by raising funds through holding events, taking part in fundraising challenges and supporting fundraising initiatives.
Countess Mountbatten Hospice is a special place that has been caring for the local community for forty years and has touched the lives of many people. Its a privilege to support such a worthy cause and help towards the £1 Million they need to raise every year. I would recommend any business to get involved with this amazing place”
Palliative Care Consultant – Dr Sarah De Vos
“I love working at a hospice because I get to work in a fantastic team of different professionals and volunteers all committed to helping and supporting
individuals and families going through a difficult time in their lives.
As a doctor I spend time talking with patients, assessing their symptoms, finding out what’s important to them, and establishing with them the best holistic management plan going forward. It’s great to be able to help people to avoid going into hospital because we can provide many of the treatments our patients need (such as blood transfusions, IV antibiotics) in a much calmer environment than hospital, so their symptoms can improve and they can return home. When improvement isn’t possible, it’s a real privilege to support patients through their final hours and days, ensuring it’s as comfortable and peaceful as possible and that they and their loved ones feel supported and safe. The hospice can understandably be a sad place to work at times, but it is also a very special place of laughter, love, hope, friendship and family”
Senior Sister & Ward Manager – Jennie
“I run the in-patient unit of CMH. Caring for patients, supporting relatives as well as managing the nursing teams. Its a busy job but I feel privileged to work alongside such a passionate and committed team. We know that we cannot change a patients journey, but we can make a difference – making them comfortable, and helping to create memories for family and friends too”
Please support Hospice Care Week by:
- Visiting our Charity Boutique in Weeke Winchester and grabbing yourself a bargain
- Getting in touch about volunteering with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Making a donation. We need to raise £2,740 every day so every pound really helps https://cmhcharity.org.uk/donate-2/
- Getting involved on social media by sharing our posts and using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare