2020 Vision: Saint Michael’s Shares New Strategy

 Members of Saint Michael’s Hospice Outreach Team: occupational therapist Iona Kerriss, social worker Julie Hallatt, neurological specialist nurse Kate Adams, social worker Heather Hart and bank nurse Sue Morton

As local hospice care charity Saint Michael’s marks 30 years supporting families across the Harrogate district, the organisation has unveiled a ground-breaking new strategy to increase the breadth and scope of the unique care it provides.

Since Saint Michael’s became the area’s first adult hospice more than three decades ago, the charity has improved the lives of thousands of families affected by terminal illness and bereavement.

Its high-quality hospice services have grown and evolved, from inpatient care and day therapy services provided from the Hornbeam Park-based hospice building, to a dedicated Outreach Team, visiting patients wherever they call home.

As an organisation created by the community for the community, Saint Michael’s has chosen to mark its anniversary year in a very special way, by redoubling its commitment to the Harrogate district.

Chief executive of Saint Michael’s, Tony Collins, explained why this milestone is a pivotal moment for local hospice care: “Today we find ourselves in a time where there has never been a greater need for hospice care.

“As we reflect on how far Saint Michael’s has come since 1987, it is the perfect time to acknowledge the extraordinary role of our local community, who are at the very heart of the hospice and all that it does.

“We have done a lot of listening. We have listened to people living with terminal illness and their families, as well as adults, children and young people who have been bereaved, asking them what life is like for them and what care and support they want from their local hospice; we have listened to our supporters, staff and healthcare colleagues, and scoured key research in and around hospice care.

“We were humbled to hear how much difference our care had made to so many people at some of the most difficult times in their lives, and inspired by how many have been alongside us on this meaningful journey.

“But what we heard loud and clear was that there are more people in our community who need high quality care at the end of their lives, and there are many who still face significant obstacles to accessing the care they need at the right time and in the right place.

“2020 Vision is our pledge, in this very special year, to a very special community. Saint Michael’s aims to open up hospice care to more people, ensuring everyone gets the support they need, want and deserve.

“Making this vision a reality is only possible with the continued of support of our community, who fund more than 80 per cent of our work.

“Local people can, and do, continue to power their local hospice by holding fundraising events, volunteering and letting Saint Michael’s know we can keep in touch to share opportunities and the difference we have made together, and we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you, for all that you do.”

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