Hos­pice pa­tients get glam

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

Ro­torua Com­mu­nity Hos­pice pa­tients got their creative caps on and dec­o­rated hats to cel­e­brate the Mel­bourne Cup.

The Hos­pice Day Stay Pro­gramme is held every Wed­nes­day from 10am to 12pm for pa­tients to share morn­ing tea, con­nect, be en­ter­tained and do some creative ac­tiv­i­ties.

Vol­un­teer ser­vices man­ager Sue Gunn says she and Day Stay vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor Des­rae Mur­phy asked the pa­tients if they would like to dec­o­rate hats this week for the Mel­bourne Cup.

“Hats are syn­ony­mous with the Mel­bourne Cup and the pa­tients were happy to make them for the staff to wear at the Hos­pice Mel­bourne Cup gather­ing.

“Pa­tients, vol­un­teers and staff at Hos­pice have won­der­ful re­la­tion­ships and get to know each other very well.”

She says many of the clin­i­cal staff pop in dur­ing the Day Stay ses­sion to chat with pa­tients and catch up on each other’s news.

“The pa­tients like to be creative, help oth­ers and work to­gether on var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Com­ing to Day Stay breaks up their week, is fun and is a time to be with friends.”

Day Stay pa­tient Joan Waitere says she liked dec­o­rat­ing the hats as a group, the lovely com­pany and us­ing her creative mind.

“We love Day Stay. It’s great the vol­un­teers of­fer it to us and it’s nice to look for­ward to var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties each week.”

Joan says the Mel­bourne Cup was the in­cen­tive to make the hats, but she is not a hat per­son her­self.

“I’ve been com­ing to Day Stay at Ro­torua Hos­pice for around two years now and just en­joy the op­por­tu­nity for lovely com­pany.”

■ To see some pho­tos from Mel­bourne Cup fes­tiv­i­ties around town go to page 8.

Photo / Sup­plied

Ro­torua Hos­pice Day Stay pa­tients and vol­un­teers sport­ing the hats they made for Mel­bourne Cup.

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