A "lovely day" for EACH young people at Arthur Rank Hospice

A "lovely day" for EACH young people at Arthur Rank Hospice

Sep 04, 2019
On 28th August, EACH, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice hosted a special afternoon for young people, at Arthur Rank Hospice in Shelford Bottom, Cambridge. 

The collaborative event was the second in a series of three, designed to introduce young people approaching the age of 18, and their families, to the care and services available to them. 

Nine families, who either currently or have previously accessed the care and services of EACH, visited the Hospice. They were welcomed by familiar faces from EACH and were introduced to staff and volunteers from Arthur Rank Hospice and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, as they made their way around the afternoon’s activities. 


Highlights of the afternoon included accessible sports such as sitting volley ball, boccia and new age kurling organised by Power2Inspire in the garden, virtual reality headsets provided by Lifelites in The Sanctuary and Qigong sessions led by Diego from Cloudhands in the gym. There was also a duck money-box painting station, complementary therapies in the form of head, foot and hand massage, and a sensory space in one of the Day Therapy rooms with space blankets, soothing music and light therapy. 


The Hospice’s Bistro laid on one of its famous barbeques, which was enjoyed by the visitors, staff and guests alike.  

"The event was a great testament to what can be achieved when we all work together. These families really need our support as they navigate the transition from children to adult hospice services. By teaming up, our three hospices gave these young people - as well as their parents, siblings and carers - the best possible introduction to what is available for them."
- Lucy Brumpton, Young Persons’ and Transition Lead. 

Feedback from the families attending was overwhelmingly positive with comments that it had been “so inclusive”, “lots of fun”, “very relaxing”, “well-organised” and that it was wonderful for families to be able to participate in activities all together. One family member added:

"We weren’t really all that sure about what to expect from the day, but the activities have been brilliant. It’s been lovely: really, really nice. We’ve had a tour round, so we’ve seen quite a bit more of the facilities and met lots of the staff and they’re all fantastic."

Sara Robins, Director of Clinical Services at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity feels the day really summed up what hospices are trying to achieve:

"What stood out to me, was the atmosphere. There was such a buzz and the whole day was very inclusive. We would like to say a special thank you to Lifelites for hosting our virtual reality experience and Power2Inspire who put on some brilliant and truly accessible games. 

The barbeque put on by our brilliant Bistro team at lunchtime was enjoyed not only the families visiting and supporting the day, but also by volunteers, our patients and their visitors, and guests from the local community: people shared tables and chatted to each other about their reasons for being there. Some of the people being cared for on our Inpatient Unit even came around to socialise and enjoy the activities, giving the young people visiting us – and their relatives – a chance to chat to hear about the hospice, in more general terms. The afternoon was a great example of what can be achieved to benefit those we care for, when we work together."

Following this event and the one held in May at EACH Milton, there will be third open day for young people in transition, taking place at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough during the October half term on 23 October, again hosted collaboratively by the three hospices - more info and invitations to follow. 

Watch our short film about our partnership working with Arthur Rank and Thorpe Hall... 

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  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad

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