WILLOW WOOD HOSPICE Dine out in style
WHY not start the festive season off in style with the Willow Wood Winter Wonderland ladies’ lunch?
Treat yourself to a bit of ‘me time’ with an early Christmas present to yourself, or if you can’t think what to buy for your favourite girlfriend – problem solved!
Join us at noon on Wednesday, December 12, for a glass of Prosecco in the lovely surroundings of Oaklands Hall, Hyde, before a leisurely (and delicious!) three-course lunch.
There’ll be entertainment, a raffle and you’ll also have the opportunity to browse and buy from a gorgeous selection of clothes, handbags and accessories plus Body Shop toiletries.
You could finalise all your Christmas shopping while indulging in a sophisticated and fun afternoon with your girlfriends. What could be nicer? Elaine McConnell, event organiser, said: “Let’s face it, we all deserve some relaxation, especially at such a hectic time of the year.
“Taking a day out of the pre-Christmas whirl of shopping, cleaning, decorating and organising will really help get you ready for a wonderful festive season. And at just £32 per head it’s a very affordable treat!”
Full menu details are available on the Willow Wood website, where you can also book easily, quickly and securely.
Alternatively, contact Elaine on 0160 330 7788 or at [email protected] willowwood. info. l OUR magical Garden of 1,000 Lights is a wonderful spectacle, as twinkling lights twine around trees, glowing stars hang from branches and spotlights illuminate the landscaping.
You are invited to view this winter wonderland from WORLD COPD Day fell on Wednesday, November 21, and Willow Wood used this day to raise awareness both of the condition, and awareness of the fact that we can help those who have the condition.
Many of you may not know what COPD is: it is in fact an umbrella term, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which describes a number of lung conditions. These include bronchitis, emphysema and refractory (non-reversible) asthma, all of which make breathing more difficult as they progress.
Symptoms can vary, but include breathlessness, frequent coughing, tightness in the chest and wheezing.
It can be a very debilitating condition, and as it progresses leads to a lower quality of life. Many can end up needing oxygen to help them breathe.
However, Willow Wood can help people self-manage and take some control back.
A first step in this direction could be by joining our O2 cafés, which meet on Mondays or Wednesdays.
We can provide both physiotherapy and complementary therapies; physiotherapy can help both with exercise and with breathing techniques, while our complementary therapies aid relaxation and thus a better quality of sleep.
Emotional support can be l 5pm-8pm every Tuesday and Thursday until December 20.
Event organiser Chris Hayden said: “We had hundreds of people through our doors last year to view the lights, and are expecting even more this year. Entry is free.
“It’s also an ideal opportunity to view the a huge benefit; making friendships and talking to others with COPD can open up new horizons and make you feel so much more positive.
Our highly-trained staff and volunteers are always on hand should you need further support, and they will also help you understand and manage the condition.
The more you understand your symptoms and treatments, the better able you are to cope with any flare-ups, possibly reducing the need for a hospital visit.
Some members of the O2 café have been coming for Light Up A Life Book of Memories; and if you’d like a loved one’s name inscribed prior to your visit, you can do this online by going to our website, www. willowwood.info - although please remember it will take a week or so before you are able to view your dedication.” many months now, like Janet who said: “I’ve been coming since October 2017 and I love it.
“It’s my day out in the week and the support I get is fantastic.”
Lorraine agrees, saying: “Everyone says how much happier I am now.
“Initially, I didn’t want to come, I was shaking, but it’s helped me so much I couldn’t do without it now. I even cancel other appointments if they clash with the O2 café.”
If you feel that you may benefit, please ring 0161 330 1100 and ask for the START Clinic.
Winter Wonderland event organiser Elaine McConnell
Lorraine and Janet at the Willow Wood O2 Café