Harvest celebrations at Penrith Day Hospice


Patients from Penrith Day Hospice have been celebrating harvest festival and supporting National Hospice Care Week.

Sheena Reid, Manager, Penrith Day Hospice at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “To celebrate National Hospice Care Week, Penrith Day Hospice created a vibrant harvest inspired display. The patients crafted a bread wheat sheaf and displayed lots of colour flowers and fresh fruit and vegetables on the harvest table. As a centre piece Hospice at Home lent us their yellow wheelbarrow filled with sunflowers. These sunflowers were available for purchase to raise funds for Hospice at Home. The day hospice has now donated the bread wheat sheaf to St Andrews church in Penrith.”

The display was arranged by volunteers of the Penrith Day Hospice, one volunteer said: “It was a great day and it was brilliant to receive so many donations of flowers and produce from the local community and through donations. Reverend Sandra Ward also delivered a harvest service which was received well by everyone who was there.”

Penrith Day Hospice offers medical and social care for people with life limiting illness. It is situated at Penrith Hospital and is open every Thursday from 10am - 3pm. The Day Hospice team consists of nurses, a doctor, an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist as well as a chaplain. Also available are hand care therapists and other volunteers.

National Hospice Care Week runs from Monday 5th October and finishes on Sunday 11th October. It aims to raise awareness of hospice care by hosting various activities and celebrations and ultimately change people’s perceptions of public care.