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HOW A RAINBOW OF COLOUR CAN HELP THE HOSPICE PROVIDE CARE AT HOME

 
North Devon Hospice has been named as charity of the year for the Devon & Somerset Law Society, as nominated by new President Mark Roome.
One of the biggest challenges faced by the hospice is explaining to the public the scale of the care provided, and how much support is available to patients and their loved ones.
 
 
One of the hospice’s newest services is called Hospice to Home, which offers care in someone’s own home right around the clock. This can be in place for when symptoms become more severe and the person’s main carer may be struggling to cope.
 
 
Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice, said it was care like this that goes on unseen, and is therefore difficult to communicate to the public. “So much of our care takes place in people’s own homes and that is quite rightly because that’s where most people want to be. Therefore, our aim over the last few years has been to take even more of our support out in to the community. It is so important to our patients and their families because we cover the largest geographical area of any hospice in the country.”
 
 
He added, “Hospice to Home is a great example of us doing this, and it has more benefits than people might initially think. As well as being cared for by a professional and experienced hospice nurse in your own home, this service also avoids unnecessary admissions to hospital, usually via A&E. Not only does this cost the NHS a fortune, but it is distressing for the patient and their family, while the discharge process can also take a long time. But thanks to the intervention of the Hospice to Home team, we are able to make sure the person is cared for in their own home without that unnecessary rigmarole.”
 
 
Services like Hospice to Home are only made possible thanks to the generosity of the local public, and Stephen Roberts encouraged all members of DASLS to show their support by taking part in their upcoming fundraising event called Colour Me Happy on Sunday 4thSeptember. “We rely on the support of the community and events like this are a great way to get involved. Colour Me Happy is an amazing experience, which involves a 3km route round Barnstaple’s Rock Park were you will be showered in a kaleidoscope of coloured powder. It truly is an event for all the family to take part in together, so come along and join us for this amazing celebration of colour, all in aid of North Devon Hospice. The funds raised will help us care for local people with our services such as Hospice to Home. So not only will you enjoy a truly unique day out, you will be making a real difference to people who really need us.”
 
 
To sign up to Colour Me Happy on 4th September, visitwww.northdevonhospice.org.uk.
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