Party time at Woking Hospice
It was party time for our patients at the Woking Hospice Day Care unit as the annual Christmas Party took place on Wednesday 16th December. Patients were joined by Hospice staff and volunteers who every week support local people living with a life–limiting illness by offering complementary therapies, arts and crafts sessions, as well as medical advice.
Traditional Christmas songs played to get everyone in the festive mood as patients arrived, followed by Irish musician from Music in Hospitals, Hedley Kay (funded by D’oyly Carte Charitable Trust) who entertained everyone with his guitar and singing. Christmas lunch was served complete with crackers and lots of laughter, there were Christmas carols from Sing Gold community choir and Kathryn Cutler who recently retired from her role at Woking Hospice as Day Care Leader, made an appearance at the end with Petros the singing puppet. Father Christmas also paid a visit to the party and handed out gifts for all the patients.
Margaret Beanie, a patient who has been coming to the Day Care Unit for over 3 years described the staff and volunteers who organised the party as angels, “It’s been so wonderful, I’ve never had such an amazing day and there was such a happy atmosphere. My favourite part of coming to the party each year is getting to see everyone as you get so close, we all feel like a family.”
Another patient, Anne Enoch said “I’ve had a fantastic time and have enjoyed everything today. I’ve been coming to Day Care for about 10 months and it builds your confidence so much but the best thing about days like this is the staff, they’re so friendly and helpful, just wonderful.”
Kate Starling, one of the volunteers who helped out on the day said “I’ve been a volunteer for around 9 years now and began after my mum was cared for by nurses from the Hospices, it’s my way of giving something back. I’ve been helping at the Day Care unit for about 3 years and today’s party has been the best yet, it was brilliant.”
Find out more about our Day Care services here.
View photos from the day on our Facebook page.