DONATION TO ST CATHERINE’S HOSPICE IN PRESTON

Barratt Homes Manchester has donated £1,750 to St. Catherine’s Hospice in Preston to help with running costs and new equipment.

St Catherine’s Hospice cares for adults across multiple areas in Lancashire with a total population of around 380,000 people. The hospice itself cares for around 2,000 patients and families each year.

Hospice care differs to hospital care in that it aims to avoid the stressful conditions of the latter, instead focusing on making their patients as comfortable and content as they can be. The donation from Barratt Homes will help employees at the hospice continue to do exactly that.

Emma Jacovelli, Head of Community Engagement at St. Catherine’s Hospice, said: “St Catherine’s provides specialist palliative and end-of-life care to local people at the hospice and in the community, including in people’s own homes.

“Our aim is to help everyone have quality of life to the end of life. This isn’t simply about managing the physical symptoms of conditions like cancer, heart failure and motor neurone disease – though that plays an important part. It’s about meeting the individual needs of our patients and their loved ones in ways which are meaningful to them.”

This is particularly relevant in the present landscape; with people suffering with both their physical health and their mental wellbeing, making it more important than ever that those suffering have access to hospice care.

Physical and emotional care go hand in hand in ensuring the patients at the hospice and their families are as cared for as possible, which would not be possible without the support of both donors and the local community.

Emma continued: “We simply wouldn’t be able to provide this personalised and compassionate care without the continued support of our communities, as we have to raise £4m of our annual £5.8m running costs every year. With many of our fundraising and income streams affected throughout the pandemic, we are still feeling the impact and are incredibly grateful for this support.

“We’d like to thank Barratt Homes for its generous donation, which will go towards our round-the-clock care for local people and families affected by life-shortening illnesses.”

St Catherine’s Hospice is active across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble in its support for those affected by life-shortening conditions and offers specialised care to all who may need it.

Neil Goodwin, Managing Director of Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “As a leading developer it is really important that we support the community in the areas in which we build.

“St. Catherine’s Hospice is doing vital work in supporting patients across Lancashire, and we are happy to support the continuation of its excellent services. We wish the hospice the best of luck and, in difficult times like these, we’re encouraging more people to support their local community.”

For more information about St Catherine’s Hospice, visit https://www.stcatherines.co.uk/.