Strathcarron Hospice waltzes off with National Lottery award

Strictly star Anton Du Beke paid a surprise visit to Strathcarron Hospice today. Picture: Michael Gillen
Strictly star Anton Du Beke paid a surprise visit to Strathcarron Hospice today. Picture: Michael Gillen

Staff and volunteers at Strathcarron have quickstepped their way to a National Lottery award.

The hospice in Fankerton was named the UK’s Best Health Project for its innovative Hospice@Home service which allows patients to die in the comfort of their own home.

Meeting the nurses and the families here today has been an honour

Strictly star Anton Du Beke

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke visited Strathcarron today to reveal it had claimed first prize after winning a public vote.

Anton said: “They are thoroughly deserving winners. The care the Hospice@Home service offers is so important.

“They support patients and their families at a very difficult and distressing time and give real choice to enable people to die at home if that is their swish.

“Meeting the nurses and families here today has been an honour.”

Strathcarron received more than 7500 votes to win the prize. Staff will now attend a star-studded ceremony in London on September 21 which will be broadcast on BBC One.

The hospice was one of seven health providers from across the UK to make the shortlist and the only one from Scotland.

Hospice@Home is run by experienced palliative care nurses and provides people - many of whom have only weeks left to live - with practical advice and nursing support.

Strathcarron Hospice fundraising manager Angela Gillies said: “I would like to thank all Falkirk Herald readers that took the time to vote for us.

“We are so thrilled that Hospice@Home has been recognised in this way.”