Hospice care launches in Altofts

Monday, 25 September 2017
The Prince of Wales Hospice’s first-class care for people with a life-limiting illness has been based at its site on Halfpenny Lane Pontefract for 28 years. Due to high-demand, next month the Hospice will extend its care out into the community at a third venue – with a brand new weekly Outreach group in Altofts, Normanton.
A new weekly Hospice Outreach group will be held each Thursday in Altofts. The launch of the new group is Thursday 12 October, and coincides with Hospice Care Week, a national awareness week which promotes Hospice Care.
St Mary Madalene Church Hall  have kindly donated use of a space for the group, which is open to anyone with a life-limiting illness such as cancer, COPD, chronic heart or lung disease, or Motor Neurone Disease. Carers of people with a life limiting illness are also welcome.
The Hospice’s first Outreach group launched in Badsworth in 2016 following a successful pilot, the service was then extended to Airedale in May. Outreach gives people with a life-limiting illness, who continue to live at home, the opportunity to socialise with others in a similar situation, in a relaxed, informal environment.
Christine Baker is a former Day Therapy patient, who has now moved to the Airedale Outreach Group.  At the launch of the Airedale group in May she said;
“Outreach is a great way to meet new people and gives me the opportunity to talk over my emotions with other people, who understand because they’re in a similar situation.
“I never thought I could be artistic, but thanks to the encouragement from the activities co-ordinator I get involved with all sorts of crafts, which I really enjoy and it makes me proud. I like that it’s not based at the Hospice as it’s a chance to take my mind off my illness. I’m really looking forward to Wednesdays at Airedale Outreach.”
If you have a life-limiting illness, or you care for someone who does drop-in for the opening of the new Hospice Outreach group, between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 12 October at  St Mary Madalene Church Hall, Altofts. The launch is a chance to find out a bit more about what Outreach is all about – have a look at some of the crafts and creative activities that are on offer, and hear first hand from some of the Airedale group about why they love Outreach.
To support the opening of the new group in Altofts, the Hospice is looking for new volunteers, including complementary therapists. For more information on the roles available or if you have any questions about the three Outreach group, call Day Therapy 01977 708868.

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