Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care is going on the road to mark national Hospice Care Week. From Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th October the #MakingMemories tour will visit a number of events and venues to promote the charity’s work. People will be invited to make a memory in the form of a photograph that will be set in a special card and will hear about the inspirational people who are proud to say I am Cornwall Hospice Care.

The first week of October is national Hospice Care Week and the theme for 2016 is Hospice Care Is…. Locally that message will become Cornwall Hospice Care Is…. and the plan is to promote the many ways in which the charity supports people with life limiting illnesses and their families. 

Dr Deborah Stevens is Medical Director; 

“People often think we are just about our two hospices at Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle but there’s so much more to our work. The hospices are the cornerstone of what we do and the beds are equivalent to intensive care beds, they are there for those who are really very poorly. But we work in many other ways to help people who are living with life limiting conditions and we want to explain this to our supporters and friends across Cornwall. 

All our Consultants take part in regular oncology clinics at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske where we are also a part of an integrated pain and palliative care service. We support the community team and we provide formal education to medical students and Doctors who are training to be GPs. We also run a 24/7 advice line for Healthcare professionals that takes upwards of 800 calls a year. Our Clinical Nurse Specialists who provide support for patients suffering from the effects of Lymphoedema, meet nearly 2,000 out-patient appointments a year. 

We’re all about people, the inspirational people who work and volunteer for our charity, the patients and families who need our support in a number of care settings and our supporters who help us fund our work as the only adult hospice care charity in Cornwall.” 

The #MakingMemories tour will begin on Saturday 1st October and run until Sunday 9th October and will see our exhibition trailer, sponsored by Ann’s Cottage, visiting different towns and events. 

Tamsin Thomas is Head of Communications; “We’re keen to share our story by explaining how our work gives people valuable time to make more memories with their loved ones. We’re going to invite people to make a memory in the form of a small photograph taken and printed on the spot. The message behind this is that our charity and our inspirational people help ensure our patients have time to make valuable memories in comfort with their families and friends. The picture will be set on to a specially produced card which the person will take away with them at no charge. We’re being joined by some of our nursing colleagues too so there’s a chance for people to ask us questions.” 

The #MakingMemories tour will be at the following events and places over the next 9 days: 

Saturday 1st October – on Penzance Prom as part of the Great Western Dog Walk from 9am to early afternoon. 

Sunday 2nd October – on The Moor at Falmouth from 11am to 3pm. 

Monday 3rd October – tour staff will be in the new Cornwall Hospice Care shop in Pydar Street, Truro from 9am to midday. 

Tuesday 4th October – the tour will be visiting a private event at the Clowance Estate, Praze An Beeble. 

Wednesday 5th October – The Crescent Car Park in Bude from 10am to 2pm. 

Thursday 6th October – in St Austell for the start of the Vegas or Bust Banger Rally, which gets underway from the Cornwall Hotel. 

Friday 7th October – Homeleigh Garden Centre in Launceston from 11am to 3pm. 

Saturday 8th October – Flambards Theme Park for the charity’s Night of Neon colour run from 6pm onwards. 

Sunday 9th October – at the Cornwall Surf Centre at St Columb from 11am to 4pm.