Could you give a hand for the Hospice?
That is what St Nicholas Hospice Care is asking as it prepares for an annual awareness-raising week.
This Hospice Care Week, from October 5-11, the Hospice is asking people to place their handprints on a giant mural to show they care for their Hospice.
The Hospice team will be out in Bury St Edmunds, Thetford and Haverhill throughout the week, collecting handprints from members of the public.
On Thursday (September 24) Jo Churchill, MP for Bury and Stowmarket, visited the Hospice to paint her palm and place the first handprint on the mural.
She said: “Anything that supports better palliative care gets my support. The more we can do and the more hands we can hold, the better our society will be.”
On Monday (Oct 5), the handprint mural will be at the Burton Centre, in Camps Road, Haverhill, at 2pm.
On Tuesday ‘Give a Hand for the Hospice’ will be at Thetford market throughout the day, while on Wednesday it will be at the Arc shopping centre, in Bury.
Barbara Gale, St Nicholas Hospice Care Chief Executive, said: “Hospice Care Week is an opportunity to challenge the myths surrounding hospice care.
“Many people think hospices only provide end of life care and are often surprised when they find out we also care for people of varying age ranges in their own homes, in day care and through counselling and family support. At St Nicholas Hospice Care we also actively educate care home and care agency staff, which is a good example of how we can connect care right across the community.”
During Hospice Care Week, St Nicholas Hospice Care is also screening a new film – Seven Songs for a Long Life – at the Hospice, in Bury (11am, Friday 9 October), and the Burton Centre, in Haverhill (2pm, Thursday 8 October).
Filmed at Strathcarron Hospice, in Scotland, Seven Songs for a Long Life shows the lives of six hospice patients, a nurse and a fundraiser.
The biopic shows the vulnerable, tender and funny moments of everyday life in a hospice.
Free tickets include popcorn and ice cream. Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or pick up a ticket – numbers limited – from reception at the Hospice or Burton Centre.