I few weeks ago I went to visit the Garden House Hospice based in Letchworth. I had met Tina at a function at Access Self Storage in Stevenage the week before and we got chatting about how they are struggling to raise funds to keep the hospice running as so many people are strapped for cash.
I know from personal experience of the good things that hospices do. My mum died of lung cancer 7 years ago and was in St. John's hospice in Moggerhanger. They were fantastic there, so caring and really supportive of us as a family. I haven't been into a hospice since so i was abit unsure as to how i was going to feel.
When I met Tina and was shown around the hospice, my first instinct was one of happiness, which is a strange thing to say given the circumstances of why people are there. The staff were really friendly and Tina explained that there is also restbite care and day centre where people can come in a take some time out for a few hours to do activities or meet other people. Your immediate thoughts when you mention a hospice is that it is somewhere for people to go to die. This may be the case but some people prefer to go at home and there is certainly a lot of other things that go on in the hospice.
The Garden House Hospice are running their first Starlight Walk on 12th September to raise much needed funds. They are looking for ladies to walk 10 miles and lots of male and female volunteers to help out on the night. They are also looking for local companies to help out, either in the form of donations or with help in staging, marketing, printing etc. So if you fall into any of the above categories and would like to help them please contact them. The link to the Starlight Walk website is here. Or give Tina Fletcher a call on 01462 679540