Strathcarron Hospice needs your vote to win Lottery prize

Strathcarron staff are hoping the public votes for its Hospice@Home service. Pictured in the striped top is Helen Kidd, whose daughter received treatment from the service. Picture: Michael Gillen
Strathcarron staff are hoping the public votes for its Hospice@Home service. Pictured in the striped top is Helen Kidd, whose daughter received treatment from the service. Picture: Michael Gillen

Falkirk Herald readers are being urged to vote for Strathcarron Hospice to help it win a national award for innovative healthcare.

The facility in Fankerton, near Denny, has been shortlisted for a National Lottery prize in recognition of its Hospice@Home service, which allows patients to be treated without having to travel.

Without the Hospice@Home service Natalie could not have stayed at home in the final three weeks of her life

Helen Kidd

The programme was started last year and has since allowed more than 200 patients the dignity of being able to die at home.

Helen Kidd (48), from Stirling, is one of those who has seen the benefit Hospice@Home’s work first hand.

Her daughter, Natalie Gray, was able to spend her final days at home before she passed away from a brain tumour last year aged just 20.

“Without the Hospice@Home service she could not have stayed at home in the final three weeks of her life,” she said.

“She was disabled right down her right side, her speech was failing, and she needed specialist round-the-clock care.

”She trusted the team, and formed a real bond with them. They were so professional, and had a gentle manner with her.”

Strathcarron is one of seven health providers from across the UK to make the shortlist and the only one from Scotland.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony broadcast live on BBC1 in September.

Irene McKie, Strathcarron chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have reached the finals. Lottery money has helped us set up a new service which supports patients and their families at a very difficult and distressing time, and gives real choice to enable people to die at home if that is their wish”

She added, “It’s easy to vote, so we’re hoping lots of people support support us, as it would be a fantastic reward for everyone involved in the project to receive national recognition for their hard work.”

To vote for Strathcarron in the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded health project category, call 08448 369703 or online at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards.

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