Tuesday, 10 March 2015

With more than 650 members taking part in educational activities that range from art to angling and singing to sailing, the Bushey and District University of the Third Age (U3A) still found time to fundraise for the Hospice!

Proceeds from their annual Christmas raffle resulted in their gift of £1,273.00 being donated to the Hospice.

Since 2004 the members have raised more than £9,000 for Peace Hospice Care and will  continue to support their local charity.

'Some of our members or their families have personally needed the services of the Hospice,' explained U3A Chair, Ian Douglas. 'This local fundraising focus is important to us.'

A recent talk to U3A members from the Peace Hospice Care Events Manager, Pete Watson extended members' knowledge of the Hospice services. Many members were unaware that the Hospice supported patients at an earlier stage of their illness through the Starlight Centre.  They also shared the story of a christening in the Hospice Inpatient Unit. 

'We knew a lot more about Peace Hospice Care and all its services after the talk.' said Ian Douglas.  'The University of the Third Age is all about learning,laughing and living .  We never stop learning in life.'

The University of the Third Age provides life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities.  Retired and semi-retired people come together not for qualifications but for its own reward, the sheer job of discovery. Members share their skills and life experiences, the learners teach and the teacher's learn. There is no distinction between them.

For further information on the University of the Third age visit: www.u3a.org.uk  and u3asites.org.uk/code/u3asite.php?site=670