Joy is at the heart of this wonderful hospice we are linked to

It took many years for three Co-Founders to raise the funds required to build Lakelands Day Care Hospice. Lakelands opened in 2001 in Corby, Northamptonshire providing vital care and support to patients living with a life limiting condition in the community. Since then, the hospice has gone on to achieve excellence award for service. We are proud to become friends to help support the patients and carers that use this amazing, charitable, community facility.

Laughter fills the hospice

Everyone in the community who might need their services is welcomed with their ‘open door’ policy and ‘no appointment is needed’ philosophy. That service may be just for some support or advice, hospice day care, bereavement support or their heart failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) education programme. These are just some of the excellent services on offer.

Tracy Glen, Nurse Manager at Lakelands Day Care Hospice welcomed us to her working world last week. She loves her job. She says it is because the hospice is filled with happiness and laughter and creating special memories.

Our eyes and ears

Tracy Glen was keen to know all about Kingham Cottage and how After Umbrage works. We talked about how we help cover our running costs from paying guests who book our cottage via Classic Cottages. Tara told her story of After Umbrage to explain her passion for offering free breaks to hard working carers across England. Like Charmain Felts at St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, Tracy is our eyes and ears. She knows the carers to refer to us. She is also familiar with our straight forward referral form.

75 carers supported every week

Tracy’s team supports up to 75 patients every week. She says, ‘the patients truly support each other as well as having the clinical, emotional and medical support of the staff.’

Like us, Lakelands Hospice is always developing and seeking to improve. Our connection will help us achieve our ambition to reach more cares. Likewise, we helped Tracy. She is establishing a new carer support group. We were able to share some of our experience uncovered at St John’s Hospice and the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Peterborough. We are joining the Carers’ Thursday event in Moggerhanger on 13th June and look forward to supporting Tracy Glen at Lakelands with her new group in the future.

Our connections with others make us stronger.