Champion Chorley ice skater Stacey Kemp has given her backing to a national awareness week dedicated to raising the profile of hospice care.
During Hospice Care Week last week, St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall joined with more than 100 hospices around the country to highlight that as people live longer and with more complex conditions, the need for the type of specialised care St Catherine’s provides is increasing.
Stacey, whose father David was cared for at St Catherine’s before his death from bowel cancer in 2004, took the pledge in the middle of a jaw-dropping ice-dance lift.
The Winter Olympic 2014 hopeful, who with partner David has won the British Pair Skating Championships eight times, said: “I wanted to show my support for Hospice Care Week after St Catherine’s cared for my dad at a very difficult time in my life.
“They made every day special for my dad and the people around him.
“It’s important to me to be a part of the week – showing my appreciation after being personally touched by the great work hospices do to make every moment count.”
Other high-profile supporters of the week include the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Dorothy Gardner.
She said: “The care that hospices like St Catherine’s offer is so important for those nearing the end of their life and their families.
“They offer real quality care for those at a time of need.
“I support the great work that hospices do and feel honoured to support St Catherine’s as one of my charities during my time as the Mayor of South Ribble.”
The charity is asking supporters to take the Count Me In! pledge – committing to telling five people why hospice care counts.