Giving people freedom: the work of an occupational therapist

“We help people remain true to themselves.” Iona Kerriss is a specialist palliative care occupational therapist here at Saint Michael’s Hospice.  An occupational therapist’s primary aim is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life, such as getting out of bed in the morning, getting washed, preparing meals, going to work or …

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Volunteers – you are our everyday heroes!

To mark Volunteers’ Week – which runs from June 1 -7 - and to acknowledge the skills and dedication of  the 100s of volunteers who support local hospice care,  chief executive of Saint Michael’s Hospice, Tony Collins, sent this letter to the Harrogate Advertiser series of papers. It’s Volunteers’ Week June 1-7, and I would like to …

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The importance of being open – Dying Matters Week 2019

THIS week is Dying Matters week – an annual awareness week which aims to encourage people to talk about death, dying and bereavement. Here we speak to Saint Michael’s Hospice chaplain Kathy Couchman with her perspective on why these sometimes difficult conversations are both useful and necessary. “Many years ago, before I became a church …

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Sharon’s marathon effort for Harrogate Hospice charity

A well-known Harrogate face will be swapping the streets of our Spa town for the streets of London next week, when she tackles the challenge of a lifetime, in support of Saint Michael’s. Sharon Canavar, chief executive of Harrogate International Festivals, has been training hard for the London marathon for months – in between working …

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Last chance to Make a Will this April and support your hometown hospice

APPOINTMENTS are filling up fast in our popular Make a Will Month scheme, which returns this April. Saint Michael’s, the hospice care charity caring for people affected by terminal illness and bereavement across the Harrogate district, is once again inviting the community to take part in its annual Make a Will Month initiative. Make a …

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