Christmas cheer at Sam Beare Hospice
Celebrations were in full swing on Tuesday 22nd December as we held our annual Christmas party for our Sam Beare Hospice patients. The Christmas parties held every year at both Hospices give patients who use our Day Care services a chance to meet and enjoy each other’s company during the festive season. There was a cheerful atmosphere as a collection of staff, volunteers and patients all joined together to sing carols, play games and eat a delicious buffet lunch. They were even treated to a visit from Santa, who handed out gifts for everyone, before the party came to a close with a performance from local choir, Treble Clef.
Wendi McGuirk (inset, on the right) has been a regular at the Day Care Unit for 2 years after she was initially referred for reflexology. She has taken part in a number of different activities throughout the year including in-house classes such as Arts & Crafts and Thai Chi, as well as trips further afield such as Denbies Wine Estate and Squires Garden Centre. This was Wendi’s first time attending the Christmas party, she said “I’ve been very impressed by the whole event; it was so much more than I imagined it would be”. Gaynor Williamson (inset, on the left), another guest and a regular attendee of Day Care activities said “We’re very grateful to everyone who helped make the party happen, the staff and volunteers give up a lot of their time to make it a fun day for us and it’s a really nice chance for us all to meet and catch up”.
Roger Berrett (featured) has also been attending the Day Care sessions on a regular basis and at the moment is also writing his memoirs with the help of Hospice staff. This year’s party will be the second Christmas event at the Hospice that he has attended, “Today has been fantastic, it was very well organised and the best part was the wonderful buffet spread which the staff and volunteers put together for us, it’s been a very enjoyable day.”
Peter Taylor (inset), a volunteer who has been involved with the Hospices in many different contexts since his wife passed away there 12 years ago, donned the Santa outfit for the third year in a row and, with a very booming laugh, made a highly convincing St Nick as he distributed presents and posed for photos with the party-goers. His enthusiasm for the work of the Hospices was infectious, as he explained how much their support meant to him, he said “I’ve made such a lot of friends here over the years; it’s a very special place”.
Activities at the Day Care Unit are run by staff and volunteers who use their skills to support local people living with a life–limiting illness. Sam Beare Hospice offers a wide range of different therapeutic and social activities from pamper sessions, to outings and talks.
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Click here to view the Sam Beare Hospice Christmas party Facebook album.