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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

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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.

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