Monday, 04 July 2016

On Friday 24th June, Peace Hospice Care celebrated its 25th Anniversary!

To mark the event the Hospice held a small event to thank the staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the Hospice. The anniversary tea party took place at the Hospice on Peace Drive and was attended by the Hospice's Trustees and its loyal Patron, Mayor Dorothy Thornhill.

Elizabeth Timmons, from Watford, has been volunteering at Peace Hospice Care since it first opened 25 years ago and has been fundraising for the Hospice since 1995. Elizabeth said: "Volunteering at Peace Hospice Care has been the most satisfying thing I have done in my life; it's very rewarding. The work the Hospice does for the local community is invaluable and I love being able to give back to them.

"I had a great time on Friday and saw so many people that I haven't seen in years; some that helped fundraise 25 years ago. I don't want to be thanked for the work I do at the Hospice, I do it because I want to, but I deeply appreciate the effort that was put into the celebrations."

Abbi Langan, Interim Communications Manager, said: "The Board of Trustees and executive team didn't want to let this historic day pass without marking it. It is down to the drive, energy and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers that we are able to deliver the consistently high standards of care that Peace Hospice Care is renowned for.

"Peace Hospice Care is a person centred organisation, not just for the patients and families we look after, but also for the staff and volunteers who are the beating heart of our charity. Despite the rain it was a lovely way to mark the occasion."

The Hertfordshire community come together to support Peace Hospice Care in its 25thAnniversary celebration. Corporate sponsor of the charity, HW Fisher, sent 10 volunteers to help at the event. Leenie's Cakes, a family run business, donated an incredible show stopping cake and Hope Winter, a young St. Albans singer/songwriter, entertained our guests with her beautiful voice.

To commemorate the anniversary Christine Harrison, a Hertfordshire based artist, also helped create a mosaic which will be unveiled in the following months and featured in the Hospice's court yard to mark the milestone.

There are lots of events happening during this anniversary year for the community to support, as well as a Heritage exhibition at the Watford Museum in September. There are lots of things for the community to look forward to and join to help us mark our Silver Anniversary! See how you can get involved here.

Peace Hospice Care relies on over 600 volunteers and 155 staff members to deliver their services across Hertfordshire. If you would like to volunteer with the Hospice or to have a look at their current vacancies please visit www.peacehospicecare.org.uk or call 01923 330 330.