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Midlands hospices join forces for Pride

11th April 2019

Hospices from across the Midlands are joining forces for this year’s Birmingham Pride to promote the message “hospice care is for all”.

Teams from seven hospices will come together to host a float in the parade on Saturday, 25th May – aiming to raise awareness of hospice services among the LGBT community.

Taking part is: St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester, Marie Curie, West Midlands, St Giles Hospice, Lichfield, Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Compton Care, Wolverhampton, and John Taylor Hospice, Birmingham.

Alice Spearing, a spokesperson for the group, said: “Research shows people who identify as LGBT are more likely to have poorer health outcomes and are less likely to engage in healthcare in fear of discrimination, stigma and isolation.

“Each of the hospices involved is committed to widening the reach and access of their support for the LGBT community with different projects taking place at the different hospices.

“Love Out Loud is the theme for Birmingham Pride this year – ‘a celebration of our right to love, not only other people, but ourselves too, and to do it loud’.

“As hospices, we want to support this theme as we provide compassion, warmth and person-centered care to meet individual needs.”

Each hospice is a member of the Community Engagement Network which works to share best practice on community outreach and development to widen access to hospice care.

The seven charities were inspired by the London Hospices LGBT network and identified Birmingham Pride as an opportunity to engage with members of the LGBT community.

Dozens of hospice staff and volunteers will be onboard and walking alongside the decorated float to promote individual hospices and hand out collective resources to the public. The parade begins at Victoria Square at 12pm.

The hospice group will be tweeting using the hashtag #HospicePride. Follow the hospices on Twitter for updates along the way including photos of the decorated float.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.