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Universal Care in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 30th anniversary by supporting 30 local and national charities over 30 weeks from April 4 to October 28. Each charity will receive a cash donation and free use of Universal Care’s conference room to use as
JUNE 23 promises to be a truly momentous day in Beaconsfield this year and a day some of you may never forget.
However, for those about to turn the page believing we are talking about the European Referendum, please think again.
For Thursday June 23 is the day that the South Bucks Hospice ‘roadshow’ comes to town.
The charity, which provides vital services and care for patients with life-limiting illnesses, is in Beaconsfield from 10am to 4.30pm to show just what it offers – as well as an update on construction of its new multi-million pound community hospice.
Nurses, counsellors and psychotherapists will be on standby to talk to the public about subjects including palliative care, mental health and emotional well-being.
The free sessions – courtesy of South Bucks Hospice – will be in confidence and give people the chance to meet experts on a one-to-one basis and ask crucial questions, such as how to cope with life-threatening illnesses.
There will also be mini-complementary therapy sessions.
Chief Executive of South Bucks Hospice Jo Woolf explained: “Death and serious illness are intensely difficult subjects to think about, let alone discuss, and yet we all have to face up to them at some point.
“Our wonderful staff are well-versed in dealing with these deeply personal issues and helping people to find some kind of path through their crisis, even if it seems impossible at first.”
She added: “Our aim on June 23 is simply to be there to support anyone who needs us, raising awareness of the services we offer. You could be a patient, a carer or a relative who wants someone to chat to as a starting point. If so, we’d be delighted to help.
“This is a day when we want to give something back to the community of Beaconsfield who have supported us so well in the past.”
The hospice has a popular shop at 7-8 The Parade, Maxwell Road, in the town which helps fund patient care.
The charity also treats many patients from Beaconsfield at its day hospice in Wycombe.
Construction on the new £4.8m hospice began earlier this year and the new state-of- the-art centre will be open in 2017.
The 15,000 square foot new building in Totteridge will put all of the charity’s services under one roof and allow it room to expand.
Jo Woolf said: “It must also be noted that hospices are not all about end-of- life care. We also allow seriously ill people to rebuild their lives and come to terms to life-changing conditions.
“We are the only day hospice in a catchment area of 320,000 people in this area.
“All too often, patients and their families leave too much to chance, but our services are proven to help people plan ahead and come to terms with their illnesses.
“Our thanks go to Universal Care for donating their venue to us allowing us to raise an awareness of the services we deliver to the Beaconsfield community.”
For those who want to meet the South Bucks Hospice team on Thursday, the address is Chester House, 9 Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JJ.
For more information, go to www. sbh.org.uk.