October 7th to 13th marks Hospice Care Week, an annual week of activity designed to raise awareness of the more than 200 hospices across the UK. 

This year’s theme is ‘This is what it takes,’ which shines a light on the 40,000 staff and more than 125,000 volunteers needed nationally to support the hospice sector’s more visible clinical work.

Hospice care does not fall under the NHS; although it does receive some of its funding from the state. For England, NHS funding represents, on average, 33 per cent of hospice income, with the rest coming from local communities through fundraising, hospice charity shops, gifts left in wills and hospice lotteries.

Over the past year, St Wilfrid's supported more than 1,600 people and their families and carers, too. All care is provided free of charge at the point of access, but it costs more than £5 million each year to run the hospice and all of its services; the hospice's incredibly generous local community provides around 70% of this funding. 

There's plenty of ways you can get involved in Hospice Care Week, but here's just a few: 

  • Pop into the hospice during the week, where we will be inviting people to share what St Wilfrid's means to them on a Post-it note. This will take place in The Street Café, which is open from 8.30am to 5pm seven days a week
  • Visit us at one oof our pop-up stalls at The Beacon, Eastbourne (8th) or Langney Shopping Centre (9th), where you can find out more about St Wilfrid's and the work we do 
  • Wear yellow! Show your support for St Wilfrid's and the hospice movement by wearing something yellow during the week
  • Use the hashtags #WhatItTakes and #HospiceCareWeek to join in the conversation on social media
  • Take part in one of our events
  • Visit one of our shops
  • Join our lottery 
  • Volunteer with us