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Summary of Hospice Care Week at St John's

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Last week, we joined hundreds of other hospices in the UK and celebrated Hospice Care Week to raise awareness of the services we provide. Here is a recap of our week.

The theme for this year was ‘Connecting Care,’ highlighting how hospices connect people with each other. Throughout the week, we took the opportunity to let our staff, patients and supporters tell their story using social media cards. The prompt on the card was: ‘I’m connected to hospice care because…’

Our staff said:

‘I want to help people.’

‘Because I care.’

‘I enjoy sharing my knowledge.’

‘I want to make a difference.’

‘I love doing art therapy with the patients.’

‘…of our culture of compassionate care. It is a rewarding, fulfilling and meaningful job.’

‘I get to work with wonderful people who inspire me everyday.’

Our volunteer said:

‘They are just wonderful.’

Our patients said:

 ‘I have been coming to the Day Centre for 5 weeks and I am completely hooked. I enjoy exercise classes, massage and lunch. Wonderful.’

‘They help and support us. We get fantastic reflexology and acupuncture.’

‘Where would we be without the Day Centre?’

‘Without all the support from this hospice I don’t know where I would be.’

‘I’m grateful for the Day Centre at St John’s  – I enjoy the meal, the treatments are excellent and the staff kind and helpful. Also exercise setup with Diego and of course other patients because of their experiences and stories.’

‘Gets me out of the house. Help me with my artwork, support me day by day. Always helpful with problems.’

‘It puts me in touch with some really helpful and caring people and allows me to get out of the house and meet new people in a friendly atmosphere. Also really good food!’

In addition, some events during the week were a quiz night at local pub, The Salt House, collections and our ‘Funky Headwear for Hospice Care’ day.

Funky Headwear participants included patients and staff at the Hospice, as well as Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, Starcom Mediavest Group and Hyman’s Robertson. A team of runners from Hyman’s Robertson also ran the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon to support us. A big thank you is due to all our corporate supporters!

At the weekend, Westbourne Park Bus Garage was bustling with visitors during an Open Day held in aid of St John’s, kindly donating 100% of the proceeds. We would like to extend a special thanks to Tower Transit, Corgi and Transport for London for all their hard work.

We would also like to thank everyone took part in our events or shared their story on social media. By joining in you play a crucial role in raising awareness about hospice care.

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