Have a chat about new hospice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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