Hospice Care Week – This Is What It Takes
Our 17 shops play a vital role in raising much-needed funds for patient care at North London Hospice and this week, during national Hospice Care Week, they’re producing special window displays to mark the week.
Many are themed yellow – the central colour of the week – and have been created by our talented volunteers, to be judged against other hospice shop window displays across the UK in a national Hospice Shop Challenge competition.
This year the Hospice Care Week theme is ‘This Is What It Takes’ and is highlighting the many aspects that go into providing the world class end of life and palliative care provided by the UK’s 200+ hospices.
At North London Hospice over 250 staff, almost 1000 volunteers and £13 million a year are needed to support over 2600 people in Barnet, Enfield & Haringey facing terminal or life-limiting illness and their families each year.
At the launch of Hospice Care Week today, Mike Freer, MP for Finchley & Golders Green, said: “North London Hospice is a very special service that helps over 2,600 patients in our community to achieve a peaceful and dignified end to their lives each year. Having been a volunteer at a hospice and having visited the Finchley hospice and heard about the positive experiences of patients and their families, you start to appreciate the impact a hospice can have on a patient and family facing terminal illness.”
While fellow MP Bambos Charalambous, MP for Enfield Southgate, has been a valued campaigner for hospice are during the last two years. He added: “End of life care is something many of us will need. When that time comes, decent and dignified care should be available. Two-thirds of the current cost of this essential public service is funded by donations, legacies, shops, lotteries and fundraising events. As a supporter of our hospice care providers such as North London Hospice, I have highlighted the need for more public funding during debates in the House of Commons. NLH cares for over 2600 patients each year and gives families and carers the support they need too. We only get one chance to help someone have a good death and it is our duty to support our hospices that make this happen.”
Here’s a snapshot of some of our fantastic shop windows in North London this week: