Have a chat about new hospice
CHARITIES are always, quite rightly, calling on the public for donations and for help so, once in a while, it’s nice to be able to give something back to you.
As a result, South Bucks Hospice has organised an Open Garden Tea Party – and the entire community of South Buckinghamshire has been invited.
We are opening the doors to the public on Sunday, July 12 from noon until 4pm. The principle aim is to show you what we do, how we spend the money you so generously donate and to view the plans for our new community hospice .
The other aim is to relax and enjoy our lovely gardens over a nice cup of tea. There will be tea, cakes, live entertainment, a guided talk and gardening tips.
We have good reason to celebrate as our charity is shortly stepping into a new era as building works begin later this year on a new £4.7m hospice. It will be based in High Wycombe and will serve all of the south of the county, including the readership of the Bucks Examiner and Bucks Advertiser.
Some of you may ask why a new hospice is needed in the first place. It’s a valid question and one which I can answer with emphatic detail – but it would be so much better to do it first hand while having a cup of tea with you.
But for those who cannot wait for this answer, the new hospice will provide many more services, facilities and therapies to patients suffering with life limiting illnesses and to their families and carers.
We aim to be able to care for more than 220 people per week and hope that with the provision of two new specific psychotherapeutic rooms we can not only make a huge difference to the lives of our patients, but also their support networks who need emotional and practical care when looking after a loved one.
Alongside upgrading and progressing our current available services, we will also be filling a gap for our community for younger patients leaving paediatric hospice care. We will be providing an amazing youth suite and youth programme for 18 to 28 year-olds.
If you do manage to make it to the garden party, you will hear the human side of the story. The patients, their families and staff will be able to tell you just what this Hospice means to them.
Just last week, this newspaper told how the hospice had given hope where there was none to a suicidal cancer patient.
That was not just a oneoff anecdote, those stories are typical.
So why not join us to see for yourself on July 12 at 9 Amersham Road, High Wycombe?
People who cannot attend the garden party but want to join in the fun can organise their own event in support of the hospice.
For more information, call 01494 464 045 and speak to Mary Ann or Rose, or visit www.sbh.org. uk/events.