Charity’s work with terminally ill recognised

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A DERBYSHIRE charity has been selected as one of 15 nationally whose work with the NHS has been rated as ‘exemplary’.

Helen’s Trust, which is based in Bakewell, works with NHS Derbyshire, NHS Sheffield, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, hospices and local authorities.

It provides care for people with terminal illnesses, allowing them to die in their own homes.

The aim is to free up hospital beds and prevent unnecessary admissions.

Helen Carr, communications manager, said: “We are delighted to be acknowledged nationally for our work with the NHS in enabling people with terminal illness to die a dignified death in the familiar surroundings of home.

“We’re proud to have a reputation for being able to offer flexible and creative solutions to the gaps that sometimes occur in the care provided by statutory services.”

The trust was mentioned in a publication put together by national charity Anthony Nolan.

The launch was held at the House of Commons in Westminster, London.