Last week, our Therapeutic & Wellbeing team held a Summer garden party for patients, their families and carers on our lawns overlooking Willen Lake.

We’re so lucky, here at the Hospice, to have the facilities, services, gardens and tranquil location to boost not only our patients’ wellbeing but that of their loved ones too. Ensuring our carers are well means they are better placed to carry out their caring role. Events like the Garden Party and the groups we offer, such as Afternoon Tea for carers, Creative time for patients and carers, and our walking group, mean we are able to connect carers. 

Those in caring roles may find that caring for someone leaves them with little time for themselves. It’s really important for carers to know that we’re here for them too and our Therapeutic & Wellbeing team are full of ideas to support family and friends. They know it’s tough caring for a loved one who has a life-limiting illness and how important it is to acknowledge carers and give all the support we can.  



Carers are a vital part of our care team. It would be impossible to provide our specialist palliative care without our patients’ families and friends giving round-the-clock care to their loved ones and the garden party was our way of saying thank you. Although the day was a little windier than we had hoped, the sun came out to welcome our guests last Friday (7 June) and crucially our gazebos stayed in place!



Teams from around the Hospice came together to create a hamper for the afternoon’s raffle, plants were for sale courtesy of our patient gardening group, and there was a chance to play giant Connect Four and Jenga. Guests were treated to a range of homemade cakes, tea and summer drinks whilst listening to the sounds of supportive local band Rolling Home, who had previously played for one of patient groups.

Rolling Home put on a brilliant performance and even enticed our colleagues and volunteers to perform a ‘sea shanty dance’, which was so much fun!