Derian House Children’s Hospice is celebrating Hospice Care Week 2019 (Oct 7-13) by shining a light on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into providing world-class end-of-life care.
Every year, Hospice UK – the national charity for hospice and palliative care – organises the event to help raise awareness of the incredible work carried out by hospice staff and volunteers across the UK.
This year’s theme – This is What it Takes – takes a look at the statistics behind providing hospice care, from the number of cups of tea made in one year to the money our volunteers save us on wages.
Did you know that every year…
- Our gardener Gareth mows the equivalent of 43 football pitches to keep our gardens looking great.
- Jeff the chef makes 12,035 meals to feed children, families and volunteers.
- We wash 736 windows.
- Our children enjoy 420 hours of hydrotherapy pool fun.
- Families come for 840 hours-worth of play visits.
- 92 families are given a free week’s holiday at our holiday lodge at Ribby Hall to make happy memories.
- Our Derian at Home team make 1,180 visits out in the community.
- Rachel our music teacher delivers 34 hours of music sessions.
- We go through 456 bathtubs of tea to fuel our families (that’s nearly 200,000 cups!).
- We enjoy 90 ‘pawsome’ visits from our Pets as Therapy dogs Shuna, Charlie and Paddy. (See below for more stats)
Fun activities for families are being held throughout the week, with everyone dressing in yellow on Wednesday to mark the occasion.
Derian House Children’s Hospice looks after more than 400 children, young people and their families from across the North West offering respite and end-of-life-care.
The charity’s aim is to help children whose lives are too short to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and high quality care.
The care provided to families is free, but it costs £4.3 million every year. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding, with the charity reliant on the generosity of donations for the remainder.
As well as 140 staff, there is a team of around 100 active volunteers helping to provide services at Derian House. If volunteers were paid, it would cost more than £75,000 a year.
David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice said: “Hospice Care Week is all about celebrating the work we do at Derian House. For this year’s theme we are taking a look at the less obvious things we do that makes hospice care so very special – everything from keeping our gardens lovely to the time we spend making our siblings feel valued.
“This week is also a chance for us to say a big thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.
“But as wonderful as the care we offer at Derian House is, it’s important that people realise it comes at a price. The services we provide for our families is completely free, but it costs £4.3million every year. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding and for the rest we rely on donations. We don’t think it’s right that our care is reliant on bucket collections and bake sales.”
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said: “Hospice care is free, but it’s not cheap. It’s important and demanding.
“And most of all, it’s very special. Join us this October and play your part in showing what it takes to give people and their families the care they need and deserve.”
To find out more about the work of Derian House or to volunteer please go to www.derianhouse.co.uk or call 01257 233 300.
Check out what we’re up to for Hospice Care Week on social media using #WhatItTakes hashtag.