Blythe House Hospicecare
Blythe House Hospicecare was founded in 1989 by Reverend Betty Packham after she took care of local parishioner, Stan Blythe in her own home during the final weeks of his life. Stan left Betty a £1,000 legacy and she created Blythe House in his honour. Betty’s vision was to support people in the local community who have life-limiting illness.
Blythe House provides care to people affected by illnesses including cancer, COPD, heart failure and neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease – this might be the patient themselves, family member, carer or friend. The hospice supports people across the High Peak and Hope Valley, as well as in some surrounding towns and villages.
Patients can access care and activities including complementary therapies, counselling, creative arts and physiotherapy, amongst lots of other support.
The Hospice at Home service allows people to die in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by their loved ones. Since it started in 2016, the service has provided over 40,000 hours of 24/7 care.
Counselling is available for adults who are experiencing emotional distress as a result of their illness or that of someone close of them. Bereavement support is here for both adults and children who are finding it difficult to cope after a loved one has died.
Blythe House provides a base for a number of out-patient clinics, making it easier for local people to get the treatment they need. The hospice is also home to a number of support groups for patients and carers.
There are many ways that local people can get involved with supporting Blythe House, including by fundraising or volunteering.
To find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, via the email address above, or on social media: