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Campaign to correct myths about hospice care

St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Suffolk Hospice is running a campaign to correct some of the myths surrounding hospice care.

Saint Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich currently looks after around 2,000 people each year with progressive and terminal illnesses.

Now they want to raise more awareness about the work they do and the services they provide.

"I was quite poorly when I first came here and I am in a really good place at the moment and I'm here today because of what the hospice has done for me. Sorted all my health problems, my medication and looked after me well."

– Linda Moore, Patient
St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fitness classes in the Hospice's gym are popular among the patients. There is also aromotherapy, massage and social activities as well.

"They're all coming together socially and enjoying being active, they're also getting such a lovely network of friends who they meet through the hospice, so it's actually a really positive environment for them and it actually isn't all about the end of their life. Sometimes we see patients from the very beginning and sometimes they can be with us for a very long time."

– Hanna McDowell, Patient therapy manager
The gym is popular with people at the hospice Credit: ITV News Anglia

Currently the hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year and they expect in the years to come this will double to more than 4,000.

"Hospices are about hope for those with a terminal diagnosis, about helping people face their future and make the most of the time they have. That's really important for them and their families."

– Mark Millar, Hospice Chief Executive

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Helen Keenan.