It was heart-warming today to receive a telephone call from our Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra, to mark National Carers Week. The Princess spoke with Heather Richardson, our Joint Chief Executive, to find out more about how we support carers at St Christopher’s.
We are proud to support the pledge to Make Caring Visible; recognising the vital contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and calling for carers to get the support they need.
HRH Princess Alexandra visited the hospice in early February, where she spoke with Leon Silver. Leon was a carer for his wife, Maria, who was an outpatient at the hospice for two years before she died.
St Christopher’s Pledge for Carers Week
This Carers Week we are supporting unpaid carers in our community, having positive conversations with them and offering information and support.
At St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London, we are humbled by the dedication of the hundreds of carers that we see every day, supporting family, friends and loved ones. It is vital that we all recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need. We want to add our voice to the call to Make Caring Visible. In practical terms, our new Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life will offer training to carers and invite their involvement in the education of professionals. Carers have much to teach those working with them and we will raise their profile in this way.
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