Dying Matters Awareness Week is a national campaign to break the stigma, challenge preconceptions and normalise public openness about death, dying and bereavement. The focus of the 2021 campaign is the importance of being ‘in a good place to die.’ We would like to share a story from Natalie Elliot who joined our Home Nursing team in December 2020. Natalie was drawn to hospice care after supporting a close family friend through her end of life journey, and has shared this story to help us highlight the importance of talking to people about our final plans and wishes.
Gary McKee from Cleator Moor is running 110 Marathons in 110 Days to raise vital funds for Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Macmillan Cancer Support. Gary has now completed a marathon every day for 92 days, and is set to finish this epic challenge on Friday 21st May. The total raised by Gary and others who are supporting him has reached an incredible amount of over £75,000! This week we caught up with Michael Watson from Whitehaven, who has been running with Gary throughout and has so far ran 34 marathons and will run 3 to 4 marathons a week for the remainder of the challenge.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Bethany Bennett and Kelly Brown from Workington who set themselves a challenge of running 100 miles in March and have raised just over £1,370 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria!
On behalf of all at Hospice at Home West Cumbria, we would like to express our deep sadness at the announcement of the passing of our Vice President Lord Judd of Portsea. Lord Judd was a great supporter of our charity and always had kind and encouraging words for our staff and volunteers. He once said “We are one terrific team: what a joy it is for me to be part of it”.
Gary McKee from Cleator Moor has taken on the monumental challenge of completing 110 marathons in 110 days to support Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Macmillan Cancer Support. Other members of the family are also involved including all three of Gary's children, Alfie, Beau and Minnie completing their own daily running and cycling challenges, and Gary's nephew Stuart and 16-year-old Alfie, are following in Gary's footsteps and completing a marathon every day! We would like to spread the word and pay tribute to the “Marvellous McKee’s”!
A huge thank you to St Bees Junior Football Club who raised £2,100 for Hospice at Home West Cumbria through the Cumberland FA Race to Wembley challenge.
The National Autistic Society explains that there is limited research, information or guidance about what bereavement and grief is like for autistic people or about the effects it might have on them. However, they do say that when going through bereavement there may be some significant changes in behaviour and people may behave differently to how you would expect them to.
This week marks World Autism Awareness Week and we would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of peoples understanding of Autism, and also highlight that we as an organisation provide end of life care and bereavement support to people with Autism and their families.