Hospiscare was delighted to hold its 35th year anniversary Compassion in End of Life Care Symposium at Reed Hall, University of Exeter last week. Over 50 people from a variety of backgrounds attended to hear Chris Pointon, lead for the international #hellomynameis campaign, speak of the impact of personal relationships and human to human contacts that make all the difference to people who are living with, and dying from, a terminal illness. Chris also moved the audience with the story of his wife Dr Kate Granger, who started the campaign before she died.
The symposium also featured Hospiscare patient Kirsty List’s mother, Debbie Merrett, who talked about her daughter’s care and legacy alongside Hospiscare’s Dr Becky Baines and nurses Rachel Willmott and Tania Davies, who cared for Kirsty.
Tina Naldrett, Director of Care, said: “The opportunity to pause and think about compassion, which is a part of what we do every day here at Hospiscare, is so important. We want to know that we are getting it right for people in all of their unique circumstances. It matters to us that care is personal and supportive to people and their family and friends. We always want to hear about good practice that we can include in the way we work. This symposium was a chance to hear from people who have lived through it, and I will be using some of their wisdom in my own conversations with staff and patients.
“It is so generous of Chris to make a stop off on his international tour, and we thank Debbie for sharing something so personal to her.”
The symposium included an evening at Searle House with a resounding performance by the Hospiscare Choir celebrating the #hellomynameis campaign. Candles were also lit as a gesture of thanks to all those who are compassionate and make a difference every day to someone’s life.