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Our key clinical services are still running, which means that patients are still being cared for in the hospice and at home.
However, in line with Government guidance and with safety paramount, we have taken the decision to reduce some face-to-face services and restrict visitors on site.
Every decision being made is in the best interests of our patients, families, volunteers and staff.
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Hospice Care Week 2019

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Hospice Care Week 2019

October 3rd 2019

Saint Catherine’s is celebrating Hospice Care Week 2019, which takes place from Monday October 7 to Sunday October 13.

Every year, Hospice UK – the national charity for hospice and palliative care – organises the event to help raise awareness of the incredible work carried out by hospice staff and volunteers.

This year the theme is ‘This is What it Takes’, which looks at just how many people are involved in providing hospice care and how much it costs.

On a local level, Saint Catherine’s looks after around 3,000 patients, their families and carers each year over a 1,600 square mile area covering Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Filey, Hunmanby, Bridlington and Driffield.

The care is provided to patients free of charge, but the 16 services provided by Saint Catherine’s cost £5.5 million each year to deliver.

Only 30% of the funding is provided by the Government – the rest of the funds are raised through the generous support of the local community, through fundraising and donations.

As well as nearly 200 staff, there is a team of around 550 volunteers helping to provide the 16 services at Saint Catherine’s. If the volunteers were paid, it would cost around £1 million a year.

Mike Wilkerson, chief executive of Saint Catherine’s, said: “We simply could not do what we do without the dedication of our amazing staff, volunteers and supporters out in the community.

“Hospice Care Week shines a light on the fantastic work being done and how important the support of the public is in making this happen.”

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Hospice UK, said: “Hospice care is free, but it’s not cheap. It’s important and demanding. And most of all, it’s very special. Join us this October and play your part in showing what it takes to give people and their families the care they need and deserve.”

To find out more about the work of Saint Catherine’s, go to or call (01723) 351421.

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