Fair Havens Hospice held an Alice in Wonderland themed Open Doors event on Sunday 13th August. The hospice opened to the public between 11am and 3pm; visitors were encouraged to go ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by touring the hospice and Day Care facilities, enjoy a cream tea and find out more about the charity.
Visitors were joined in the gardens by Alice in Wonderland characters, a Disney Princess courtesy of Princess Parties to enjoy entertainment from various acts including singers - Caroline Smith, Charlie Wallis and Ann Barber, Magician Simono and the Byzane Belly Dancers.
The Havens Hospices mascot Betsy the Butterfly also joined the in the fun as did Havens’ Chaplain John Kennet who played guitar for visitors as they enjoyed the sunshine. There were also local trade stalls including Wood Turning for Charities which is run by Dennis Carter and fundraising stalls including the Havens Hospices Helping Hands’ tombola.
Emily Tucker, Community Engagement Officer at Havens Hospices said
“Many people associate hospices with end of life care, but there is so much more to hospice care. Yes, Fair Havens Hospice does provide end of life care and post-bereavement support for our patients’ families and friends, but there is also a lot of fun and laughter that happens here in both the In-Patient Unit and our Day Care centre.
“It is this side of the hospice that we want to show the local community and to give them a better understanding of what we provide here and why it is so important that people continue to support us; because The care we give is as individual as the patient; we focus on what each patient needs for as long as they need it, whether years, months, weeks or even just hours, Fair Havens Hospice makes a real difference to their life and their families.
“We wanted to show the local community what Fair Havens Hospice does for local adults and families on a daily basis and that is ‘Making every day count’ for everyone who come through our doors. We also wanted to open our doors to say thank you to everyone in the local community for their continued support as without that we simply couldn’t be there for the adults who need us
“I would like to say thank you to the Cream Tea Society for donating all the jam and cream for our Cream Teas, Cottage Catering and All the Tea for providing us with the urns and all the crockery for our cream teas. I’d also like to thank Riverside Garden Centre for donating flowers for our table decorations and DJ Superstores for making sure all our entertainment could be heard.
“I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered for the hospice throughout the day – the tour guides, nursing staff and helpers throughout the hospice, everyone who ran stalls, all the entertainers and the Havens Hospices Helping Hands for organising and running the tombola and raffle. And finally I would like to thank all our visitors from the local community for coming to the event, I hope you all enjoyed the day, we certainly did!"
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