Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Come along to our Tours and Tasters Open Day and learn more about our Starlight Centre!

Heritage Open Days is a national scheme giving an opportunity to visit and tour buildings, which are not normally open to the public. As part of the scheme, you are invited to tour Peace Hospice Care's historic building, on Saturday10th September, to learn about its origins as the Peace Memorial Hospital and the early days of the Hospice. Tours will take place hourly, starting at 10.15am, and will last about 30 minutes.

You will also have the chance to sample the various Complementary Therapy, Rehabilitation and Wellbeing services offered by the Hospice's Starlight Centre, as well as receiving information about support services for Carers and the Bereaved. There's no need to book - just pop along on the day.

Day care was the first service to be offered by the fledgling Peace Hospice back in 1993.

A Day Centre was opened by the entertainer Roy Castle in a portable cabin situated in the old Hospital car park. It had a large lounge with an adjoining kitchen, a small reception area and a separate treatment room. At first the Centre operated on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but later extra days were added. The care team was headed by a Sister and two nurses, supported by visiting specialist therapists and a hairdresser. Patients were collected and taken home by a team of volunteer drivers, and other volunteers were on hand in the portable cabin to make cups of tea, talk to the patients and take part in games and other activities.

Lucy Barber, who was the Peace Hospice Voluntary Services Organiser and Housekeeper for the Day Centre remembered the portacabin as a place of happiness: "It was full of laughter." In 1996 Day Care moved into a purpose-built lounge in the main building and the portable cabin was removed. The Starlight Centre became the new base for Day Care in 2014.

For more information about the Tours and Tasters Open Day on Saturday 10thSeptember please visit the event page or call 01923 330330.