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St Barnabas House has been encouraging local people to talk about death, dying and bereavement during Dying Matters Awareness Week, 13-19 May 2019.
Led by national charity, Hospice UK, the theme for this year’s nationwide Dying Matters campaign is “Are We Ready”.
Hospice UK expand on the theme by saying: “Are We Ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of those we care about? This is a practical question – wills, funeral planning and more – but of course it’s also emotional, even spiritual for some of us.”
On Wednesday 15 May, the Mayor of Littlehampton, Councillor Billy Blanchard-Cooper, visited the Hospice Outreach Project; a mobile vehicle unit which parks up at different locations in the local community each week, providing information about the hospice’s services and end-of-life care.
Throughout the month of May, the Hospice Outreach Project’s theme is Dying Matters and there will be a ‘Before I Die’ board on display at various locations throughout the month.
Littlehampton Mayor, Councillor Billy Blanchard-Cooper, wrote on the board that before he dies and he “would like to go skydiving”.
Billy said: “I’ve got my plans underway for when I do die and I think it’s important that people choose what they want, rather than leaving it for other people to decide.”
The friendly Hospice Outreach Project is staffed by a senior nurse who will also be available to provide advice to those who need it about death, dying and bereavement – including emotional, spiritual and psychological support.
Leaving a gift in your Will
During the month of May, St Barnabas House will also be educating people about the importance of writing a Will and how you can leave the hospice a gift in your Will.
Rosie Last, Development Fundraiser, said: “Gifts in Wills are hugely important to St Barnabas House. The first gift in a Will we received was in 1969 and helped to build our original hospice which opened in 1973.
“Since then, gifts in Wills have been instrumental in helping us create a new hospice building and providing care for even more local people.
“Did you know, the care of one in four of our patients is provided for by gifts left to us in Wills? We couldn’t be more grateful for this support.”
If you would like to find out more about leaving the hospice a gift in your Will, please visit www.stbh.org.uk/wills, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rosie Last on 01903 706351 if you have any questions.