Martin House celebrates Hospice Care Week

A team of 100 – including doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, music therapists and a psychologist – is just some of what it takes for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People to support families.

Martin House is highlighting what it takes to provide its services during Hospice Care Week, which takes place from October 7th to 13th. This year its focus is ‘this is what it takes’, a chance to show what is needed to provide – and pay for – hospice care.

Clair Holdsworth, director of care at Martin House, said: “It takes a huge variety of people and skills to provide the specialist and holistic care we give, from our doctors who are on hand 24/7 to give advice and support, to our chefs who prepare thousands of meals every year for families staying at Martin House.

“But there is so much more support needed behind the scenes, from our team of housekeepers who keep the hospice clean and tidy, to our garden volunteers who maintain our extensive grounds looking beautiful for families to enjoy.

“That also doesn’t include the millions of pounds our fundraisers have to make so we can keep on providing vital care for families who really need us.”

Martin House cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, as well as supporting their families. It offers planned respite care, emergency stays, symptom control and end of life care, as well as bereavement support to families.

Among some of the things it takes to provide Martin House’s care each year are:

·         Over 3,500 hours of art and music therapy.

·         Over 30,000 meals prepared by Martin House chefs and volunteers for families to enjoy.

·         Over 2,500 nights of care for children and young people at Martin House.

·         Over 3,000 overnight stays for parents, brothers and sisters at Martin House.

·         Over 420 families receiving care and support each year.

·         Nearly 2,800 hours of support in people’s homes and in the community.

Clair added: “Hospice care is specialist and expensive, but we only receive a small amount of statutory funding – nearly 90 per cent of our costs we have to raise ourselves, and it costs more than £8 million to run Martin House.”

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Every year Martin House provides over 3,500 hours of art and music therapy to children with life-limiting conditions.

Every year Martin House provides over 3,500 hours of art and music therapy to children with life-limiting conditions.