As the YEP launches its bid to top £3m for Leeds’s two hospices through the ‘Half and Half Appeal Project £3m’, today Joanna Wardill looks at those who have experienced the incredible work of St Gemma’s and Wheatfields.
St Gemma’s Hospice and Wheatfields Hospice support more than 5,000 people living with incurable illnesses each year.
The sad fact is most people will be affected by this personally at some point in their lives.
Hospices exist because nobody should be left unsupported during their last few years, months and days of life.
The services offered at hospices support people and their families during what is an extremely emotionally-challenging and heartbreaking time.
At both hospices, care is offered through the in-patient units, at homes through the specialist community teams and through their day services.
Care is provided by a range of specially trained staff, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, spiritual care team, dietitians, pharmacists, complementary therapists and others who work together to make sure the needs of patients are met.
Families and carers are also supported by the hospices’ services as well as their bereavement workers who provide support to all, including children and young people.
In today’s feature, the YEP speaks to those who have lost loves ones at both hospices and have experienced the incredible care they offer.
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