Hospice eductor meets the Prime Minister

31 October 2014

A MEMBER of the Wigan and Leigh Hospice education team met David Cameron when she was invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street.

Hospice eductor meets the Prime Minister

Monica McCahery and David Cameron. Credited to 'crown copyright'.

Monica McCahery, Associate Palliative Care Educator at the Hindley-based hospice, spoke to the Prime Minister about hospice care at the prestigious event which was attended by around 100 guests.

The event, which also welcomed Baroness Cumberlege and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, was organised to acknowledge and give thanks for the work of nurses, health care professionals and carers.

Monica said: "I wanted to speak to Mr Cameron about Hospice funding so I stood in his way and we got talking. He looked at my hospice badge and said that hospices do wonderful work. I agreed and informed him that we currently have to raise £7,400 per day to run the services at Wigan and Leigh Hospice and the fact that we do is down to the goodwill of the community who keep on holding events and donating.
"This is one of the most famous addresses in the world and it was a magical experience to be invited. Although we were in very opulent surroundings, 10 Downing Street was very homely and not intimidating at all."

The Hospice education team develop and deliver training courses to health care professionals including nurses, GPs and care home staff from across the borough and further afield. By delivering training courses the team aim to share the Hospice's specialist knowledge of palliative care in order to improve care for people throughout the community with a life-limiting illness.


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