Bury St Edmunds hospice appeals to communities to lend a hand

Jo Churchill MP with staff and volunteers at St Nicholas Hospice Care, promoting its Give a Hand for the Hospice initiative, for Hospice Care Week. ANL-150929-102254001
Jo Churchill MP with staff and volunteers at St Nicholas Hospice Care, promoting its Give a Hand for the Hospice initiative, for Hospice Care Week. ANL-150929-102254001
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Communities around Bury St Edmunds are being encouraged to ‘lend a helping hand’ for those in need during Hospice Care Week.

St Nicholas Hospice Care is asking people to ‘give a hand’ to the hospice for the awareness-raising week, taking place from October 5 to 11, by placing their handprints on a giant mural to show their support.

Beers, Bands and Beat it!, a music festival in Hockwold in July, raised more than ?6,500 for St Nicholas Hospice Care. ANL-150929-102242001

Beers, Bands and Beat it!, a music festival in Hockwold in July, raised more than ?6,500 for St Nicholas Hospice Care. ANL-150929-102242001

Last week Jo Churchill, MP for Bury and Stowmarket, was the first to paint her palms and place a print on the mural.

She said: “Anything that supports palliative care gets my support. The more we can do and the more hands we can hold, the better our society will be.”

Barbara Gale, St Nicholas Hospice Care chief executive, said: “Many people think hospices only provide end of life care.

“They are often surprised when they find out we also care for people of varying age ranges in their own homes, in day care and through counselling and family support.”

Martyn Davey, Gill Chamberlain, Tim Freathy and Caroline Holmes at a Gardeners' Question Time at Hawstead Place Farm, organised in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. ANL-150929-102354001

Martyn Davey, Gill Chamberlain, Tim Freathy and Caroline Holmes at a Gardeners' Question Time at Hawstead Place Farm, organised in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. ANL-150929-102354001

During the week, the hospice team will be out in Bury, Thetford and Haverhill collecting handprints from members of the public.

Communities have already been coming together in support of the local charity.

Around 100 green-fingered go-getters attended a Gardeners’ Question Time hosted by Easton and Otley College at Suffolk Barn, Hawstead Place Farm, which raised £2,000 for the hospice and St Petronilla’s Church, in Whepstead.

In July, Hockwold hosted its first Beer, Bands and Beat It! music festival. Organised by the Ormrod family, who had previously been supported by the hospice, the event raised £6,668.37.