Mid­night walk­ers raise cash for St Ann’s Hospice

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ST Ann’s Hospice is shar­ing its ex­per­tise with tal­ented health care staff from

Lithua­nia.

Med­i­cal stu­dent Povi­las Danielius, left, and health psy­chol­o­gist Gryte Bal­syte, right, from Kau­nas, spent a week at the Lit­tle Hulton hospice learn­ing more about pal­lia­tive care.

Their place­ments were part of an on­go­ing part­ner­ship be­tween St

Ann’s and the Til­tas Trust, a UK char­ity set up eight years ago to share ex­pe­ri­ence and best prac­tice be­tween the two coun­tries.

Povi­las’ mother Irena, runs a pal­lia­tive care cen­tre back home and vis­ited St Ann’s on a fact-find­ing trip in 2012.

He said: “We’ve been learn­ing about St Ann’s’ meth­ods and why it’s such a highly suc­cess­ful hospice.”

The aim is to share that knowl­edge with pa­tients in Lithua­nia.

Gryte, who is also vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor at the Vita Digna vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion, said: “Pal­lia­tive care is far more ad­vanced and co-or­di­nated at St Ann’s than in Lithua­nia, es­pe­cially in skills such as be­reave­ment and emo­tional care, so there’s a lot of ben­e­fit to com­ing here.”

Clin­i­cal op­er­a­tions manager Sian Burgess and sup­port ser­vices manager Julie Fo­ley from St Ann’s, went to the Baltic State two years ago to share ideas on a trip funded by the Til­tas Trust.

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