Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Living with a life-limiting illness, our Outreach patients would find it difficult to get to the coast, so in this scorching weather we brought the coast to them with a fantastic beach themed day.

We regularly invite patients from our three Outreach groups in Airedale, Badsworth and Altofts to the Hospice for theme days. It gives them a chance to get to know each other and it’s also something a bit different and of course, lots of fun.
Today we transformed the Hospice into a beach. In typical British style the weather threatened to ruin the day with heavy rain and thunderstorms this morning, but thankfully it cleared just in time!
We asked patients to dress up in beachwear, the ladies didn’t disappoint in gorgeous summer dresses, and some of the gentleman pulled out all the stops with Hawaiian shirts. Our Outreach staff came as beach babes from Baywatch and looked fabulous! 
We had sun (eventually), sea (in a paddling pool) and sand (in a sand pit). We also had a very special visit from Bert the Donkey, who was kindly brought to the event by Stockdale Stables.
In true seaside tradition, patients enjoyed fish and chips and we also borrowed an ice cream van for an after lunch treat.
The Outreach team were really inventive with props and created a surfboard backdrop for photos and a seaside style peep through photo board. The table decorations we painted shells, and seaside jars created by patients in the run up to the event at all three Outreach sessions.
We caught up with Paul, who attends our Airedale Outreach about the beach day. He said; ‘I’ve absolutely loved it, it’s been so much fun. I’ve even had my photo taken with the Donkey!

Our Outreach sessions are for people with life limiting conditions that live relatively well at home, but could benefit from social support from others in a similar situation. If this is you and you are over 18 years living in the area of Pontefract, Knottingley, Castleford, Featherstone Hemsworth, South Elmsall and South Kirkby, visit one of our Outreach sessions. Find out more here.

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