Many things have needed to be changed and adapted since March 2020 and everyone has had individual challenges to face.

One of the most upsetting aspect of change at the Hospice has been the fact we have not been able to welcome Daycare patients in for nearly a year. As you can imagine, these people are at a high risk due to their life limiting illness or condition so it has not been possible to run the usual Daycare services.

In normal times we would welcome up to 100 people for one day a week. The same people visit on the same days to enable them to build relationships with others in similar situations. We have a whole unit dedicated to this and there was always much laughter and chat to hear.

In an effort to continue in our support for people who need us we have moved on to virtual support. We are still able to offer support but just not in person. Art Therapy, amongst other things, was a key activity for patients and many new skills came to light. Everything from memory boxes to tie dye scarves to landscape paintings were created with such love and care. Many of the pieces were gifted to families or remain on display around the Hospice. 

Laura and Wendy, our Art Therapists continue their creativity with patients and are supplying lots of crafty things for people to complete and either keep or send back. The joy on their faces when they proudly display the work of the people they support is wonderful to experience.

We all can't wait until the time comes when we can open our doors and arms to the very special people supported by Daycare.