Open Day a success

More than 40 people attended an open day to learn more about John Taylor Hospice.

Taking place in the Living Well Centre, visitors included students, health professionals, local residents, families being supported by hospice teams in the community, MP for Meriden Caroline Spelman and Erdington councillors Robert Alden and Gareth Moore.

The event, on 14 June, featured a talk from clinicians followed by a question and answer session, lunch, an introduction to the hospice’s well-being service and a well-being activity, information on volunteering opportunities, community engagement and fundraising events plus a feedback session.

This is the second time the hospice has held an open day and this year’s event saw more people attending than during the previous open day in October 2018.

Hospice Head of Brand and Media Diane Parkes said: “It was brilliant that so many people wanted to come and find out more about John Taylor Hospice by joining our open day. Events such as this help us to break down the preconceptions people can have about hospice care – it gives them a chance to discover all the wonderful care our teams are providing.

“We were delighted to have around 40 visitors to the day and the feedback has been really positive with people saying it has really helped them know more about hospice care. We also had a number of the visitors asking about volunteering and fundraising.

“As always we will look at the feedback to ensure our next open day is even bigger and better.”

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What our patients think

“I’d have really struggled without them”

“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

“An angel sent into my life”

“I can’t thank Angie (patient and family support worker) enough for everything she’s done for us. She’s so reliable and professional – a wonderful person. She took away all these worries and was there for me in my time of need.”

Patricia Smith-Evans

“I’ve really enjoyed it”

“The FAB Programme has helped me to get fitter and my walking is better. Everyone is really nice at the hospice, they’re friendly and they’re good company. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation to me.”

Don Bell

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