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St Catherine’s to provide new carer service in Horsham

St Catherine’s Hospice is thrilled to share that the League of Friends of Horsham Hospital has entered into a joint programme with them by funding the development of a new carers’ support service in and around Horsham.

As part of their ambition to make sure nobody faces death and loss alone, the local hospice is on hand to offer support to family and friends of local terminally ill people. The organisation knows that caring for someone at the end of their life is challenging and they’re there to offer advice to minimise the impact on carers’ own health and wellbeing, so that they’re best able to provide care to their loved ones.

Recognising this, the League of Friends has committed recurring funds to St Catherine’s to develop a multi-year carers’ service. Their investment will draw on the expertise of hospice teams and volunteers, and allow St Catherine’s to complete research with a range of local carers. This will allow them to find out what support local carers most need and work to deliver this. The service will start in 2019 after the local research has been completed.

Dr Judy McMahon, Chairperson of League of Friends said, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with St Catherine’s on this exciting new service. It’s great to know it will help support carers in our local community at a time it’s most needed.”

Giles Tomsett, Chief Executive at St Catherine’s, said, “It’s our ultimate ambition to make sure that nobody in our community has to face death and loss alone. Working with the League of Friends will take us one step closer to this. We’re looking forward to providing more targeted support to carers in and around Horsham and meeting a currently unmet need. We’re also really grateful for the League of Friends generosity in funding the development of this vital, new service.”

If you are a carer who is interested in helping develop this new service, please contact Joanna Tuck, Information and Resources Co-Ordinator at St Catherine’s on 01293 447354 or by emailing joannatuck@stch.org.uk

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