‘Heart Your Hospice’ community art project celebrates dozens of entries

Charity / Sun 17th Feb 2019 pm28 02:53pm

‘Heart Your Hospice’ community art project celebrates dozens of entries

West Essex and East Herts charity, St Clare Hospice, is celebrating the community spirit throughout its catchment area after receiving dozens of entries to its community art project, ‘Heart Your Hospice’.

The ‘Heart Your Hospice’ community art project launched in October 2018, as part of St Clare’s campaign for Hospice Care Week (8th-14th Oct) – a nationally celebrated awareness-raising week around hospice care in the UK. Closing on Valentine’s Day (14th February), St Clare has now announced that it has received more than 150 decorated paper hearts from local people in the community.

Community Engagement Manager, Sally Muylders, said: “We are overwhelmed with the response from the public around our Heart Your Hospice project! The campaign, run in line with Hospice UK’s ‘#HeartMyHospice’ theme for 2018’s Hospice Care Week, was based around breaking down stereotypes of hospices and celebrating the life-changing support hospices can offer to their local communities. It’s really touching to find that so many local people wanted to spread the love for St Clare! Thank you so much to everyone who ‘took part, and made a heart’ – it’s with your support that this exciting project has been such a success.”

In total, St Clare received more than 150 hearts, comprised of postal entries from local people; from St Clare patients, staff and volunteers; and from groups within the community. The project also saw Sally Muylders deliver around 20 mythbusting workshops to local community groups within West Essex and East Herts, around the care and support hospices can offer.

St Clare is set to reveal the finished Heart Your Hospice art piece during Spring 2019.

Sally said: “Our plan, now, is to put together everybody’s beautiful, decorated hearts into one huge heart that represents St Clare and what the charity means to local people. We are so excited to reveal the finished piece – so keep your eyes peeled for more updates later in the year!”

On the success of the project, and what it means to St Clare, Sally added: “This year, we will continue to develop St Clare as ‘a hospice without walls,’ connecting local communities with the hospice and our work, and ensuring that no one has to face death, dying and loss alone. Although Heart Your Hospice was a light-hearted way to have a bit of fun with us, it really represents our plans for the year ahead, in connecting people together through their local hospice.”

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