Preston MP Mark Hendrick has joined forces with St Catherine’s Hospice to mark the third annual Hospice Care Week.
The week, which runs until Sunday, raises awareness about the importance of good palliative and end of life care.
Hospices across the country will be asking people to join them in making a pledge to ‘Count Me In!’ – by committing to telling five people why hospice care counts.
The theme aims to highlight that as people are living longer and with more complex needs, the need for specialised palliative care is increasing.
The slogan for this year’s campaign week is ‘Every moment counts. Every action counts. Because you count.’
Hospices help seriously ill people and their families to live well by providing care that is unique and personal, for people with conditions that can be treated but not cured such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer or Motor Neurone Disease.
St Catherine’s serves adults from Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and Longridge.
The charity employs 170 staff alongside a 500-strong team of volunteers.
Mr Hendrick said: “I have visited St Catherine’s Hospice many times over the years and am always amazed at the quality of personalised care they provide and commitment of the dedicated individuals who work hard to provide a pleasant environment for the users of St Catherine’s.
“I was delighted to lend my support to this campaign, as with a growing ageing population, particularly in Preston and the North West region, I think it’s important to support services that will improve the quality of life for not only the elderly, but also for younger people and their families who find themselves in a position needing palliative care.”
St Catherine’s are also appealing for people to make their pledges online at www.hospicecareweek.org.uk/countmein.
A photo and message can be uploaded and then shared with social media to help to reach out to more people to encourage them to find out about hospice care.