Hospice launches care in Castleford

Thursday, 25 May 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. But this month the Hospice extended its care out into the community – with a brand new weekly Outreach group in Airedale.

A new weekly Hospice Outreach group will be held each Wednesday in Airedale. Holy Cross Church 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.
 
Our first Outreach group launched in Badsworth in 2016 and is extremely popular. We have been painting gifts for family members, making Forget Me Nots for a special sculpture, a volunteer has given complementary therapies and we’ve enjoyed a visit from a school choir. Every week we have a quiz, buns and a cuppa or two , and most importantly – a chat.
 
Christine Baker is a former Day Therapy patient, who has now moved to the Airedale Outreach Group.  At the launch of the group she said; 
 
“It’s amazing that after my time at Day Therapy there is somewhere I can go in the local community and still receive support from the Hospice.  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. Holy Cross Church has a great atmosphere and is very relaxing, 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.”
 
The new group launched on 24 May at Holy Cross Church, where local people were invited to find out a bit more about what Outreach is all about – have a look at some of the crafts and creative activities, and hear first hand from some of the Badsworth group about why they love Outreach.
 
Do you have a life-limiting illness, or do you care for someone who does? Drop-in to the new Hospice Outreach group, between 11am and 2pm every Wednesday at Holy Cross Church in Airedale. The Badsworth Hospice Outreach takes place each Friday. For more information on either Outreach group, call Day Therapy 01977 708868.
 
 
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