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[p]When you hear the word 'hospice', you probably think of a building. But did you know that the majority of hospice care is delivered at home (*83% in UK), whilst your traditional hospice building is there for those who have the most complex cases and cannot be cared for at home. It makes sense, if you think about it - home is where the heart is. *80% of the UK population when asked would like to die in the place they call home (which could be a care home), in familiar surroundings with the loving support of family and friends.[/p][p]I am passionate about hospice care and am running the London Marathon in aid of two incredible charities, [b]St Luke's Hospice Plymouth[/b] and [b]Hospice UK[/b].[/p][p]In my role as Head of Communications and Marketing at St Luke's Hospice Plymouth, I see day in and day out the positive difference hospices make to patients and their families facing a terminal illness. [/p][p]Whilst the clinical teams provide compassionate care to ensure patients are pain free and die with dignity, the charity as a whole unites to ensure no matter how short time is, families can make positive memories together. In fact, hospice care is as much about 'hands on care', as it is creating memories and training other healthcare providers with the skills to make a difference to a person at end of life. [/p][p]Doctors and nurses to social care and bereavement support; the 1,000 volunteers and the fundraising and retail teams who have to raise £3million of the £10million it costs to run St Luke's each year - everybody plays their part to make a difference.[/p][p]At the backbone of St Luke's, is Hospice UK. They are the voice of over 200 hospices across the UK. With so many other worthy healthcare causes, they keep hospice care at the top of the agenda with government and ensure hospices can remain sustainable, especially when it comes to attracting the specialist staff who are so key to the delivery of this care. They offer grants to hospices like St Luke's to ensure innovative projects get off the ground, forums to share best practice and provide all the training, research and resource material to ensure hospice care continues to be pioneering and responding to the changing needs of an ageing population.[/p][p]By the time my feet hit the streets of London for my epic marathon challenge, I will have notched up training miles to the equivalent distance of running from Plymouth to my home city of York - a distance over over 300 miles since I started training on 2 January.[/p][p]I have set myself a target of £1,000. This amount is what on average it costs for St Luke's to [b]provide a full package of care at home for a patient and their family[/b]. It really would mean the world to me, if I could just make a difference to one family.[/p][p]Every penny and pound really does count. [b][i]At St Luke's[/i][/b][/p][p][b]£22[/b] would fund an hour of a home nurse.[/p][p][b]£10 [/b]would provide medical consumables for one patient, for one day (dressings, bandages, syringes)[/p][p][b][i]At Hospice UK[/i][/b][/p][p][b]£5[/b] could help provide information packs about caring, dying, hospice care or bereavement to those who need them.[/p][p][b]£10[/b] could respond to a family in their time of need through a dedicated Information Service, helping the family get the support, guidance and care they need.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read my little blog and thank you for supporting St Luke's Hospice Plymouth and Hospice UK.[/p][p][i]*Source Hospice UK and Dying Matters[/i][/p]