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Show your support for Watford's Peace Hospice to mark World Hospice Day
From Australia to Abbots Langley, Lesotho to London and Belgium to Borehamwood, the world is watching and caring about the Peace Hospice right here in Watford.
Supporters for the hospice are not only located in south west Hertfordshire but are spread across the globe.
On World Hospice Day on Monday, October 13, a unified day of action is celebrated internationally. Events to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world are planned.
Hospices up and down the country will be reaching out to a worldwide community helping to raise understanding of the needs of people living with a life limiting illness and their families.
The Peace Hospice has forged links with orphaned children in Lesotho in Africa and with a cancer centre for children in India.
Orphaned youngsters in Lesotho who lost their parents to life limiting illnesses have recently benefitted from gifts of hospice teddy bears. The bears made their way to children in need with the help of project worker Marion Drew who supports youngsters in the community.
"The children love the hospice bear," said Marion who works alongside the Malealea Youth Care Centre.
"We will be thinking of the Peace Hospice on World Hospice day and the bear will be getting extra tender loving care from the children who have been orphaned.
"AIDS and other life threatening illnesses claim many lives here in Lesotho."
Last year for World Hospice Day, Peace Hospice corporate development manager Rachel Fowler and a team of fundraisers raised more than £44,000 for the Peace Hospice and forged a strong bond with "Cankids" a cancer centre project in India that cares for terminally ill children.
Rachel said: "It was an emotional project. We did some activities at the cancer centre and helped transform the building so it was bright and cheerful. "The staff were so amazing. As a group, we all worked hard to try and make a difference to these children and their families. They were very appreciative and we all got so much back just by getting involved."
The Peace Hospice’s head of marketing and communications, Jon Michael said: "We review our support locally and globally through social media.
"Although the Peace Hospice supports patients and their families in south west Hertfordshire, we know our care has touched the lives of many more people across the country and around the world."
For further information on the Peace Hospice activities during Hospice Care week visit http://www.peacehospice.co.uk/index.asp?thepageID=6
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