Hospice to hold community information event

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012
Southern Area Hospice Services are set to host a community event at the Meadow & Armagh Road Community Centre on Thursday 23rd February from 10.30am until 2.30pm. The free event called ‘You Matter and We Care’, has been organised to help those suffering from or who know someone who is suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease or AIDS. The event aims to give people a chance to meet people from the Hospice as well as give people an opportunity to see the services provided by the hospice. The event is also aimed at potential volunteers and fund-raisers for the Hospice. The event will have information stands as well as opportunities to try out some of the therapies available. The event will also have a questions and answers sessions and a light lunch will be provided. Head of Social Work & Chaplaincy at the Southern Area Hospice, Fiona Robinson said, “Sometimes people have the misconception that Hospice is a place for end of life care only. This event along with our focus on services in the community will help to show people that this is not the case. Hospice offers a wide variety of services including care in the community, support in our hospitals, holistic therapies, advice on benefits or sometimes just a friendly voice from someone who understands.” She continued, “We would encourage anyone living with cancer, MS, MND or AIDs either themselves or in their family to come along and to the ‘You Matter and We Care’ event. Members of the Hospice team will be on hand to offer advice and information. We are always keen to hear from people who would like to help our local Hospice either through fundraising to help us meet our target of £2.2 million this year, by general volunteering or by offering professional services such as counseling, reflexology or other alternative therapies.” She concluded by saying, “We understand it can be difficult to talk about an illness in the family so we would like to assure people that this event will be an open, warm and friendly occasion where you can speak to someone in confidence and know you will be getting professional, helpful advice.” For further information about this free event please contact the Southern Area Hospice on (028) 3026 7711 or www.southernareahospiceservices.org
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