Yesterday I visited Primrose day hospice, which is located in Bromsgrove.
The hospice provides support and day respite for those diagnosed with terminal illnesses. They also provide a wide range of services for the families of those people.
It was fantastic to meet a wide range of dedicated volunteers from the hospice, including volunteer gardners who tend to the grounds and who will be involved in the new garden design, to those who work in family support for both adults and children.
The hospice has around 15 people a day visit, 4 days a week. On my guided tour of the building I was shown the hairdressers room, and it was explained to me the big difference something as relatively small as getting your hair done can be when you are living with a terminal illness.
Around 30% of the hospices funding is provided! but the rest must be raised by a dedicated fundraising team who work tirelessly to raise money for all the services provided.
On all my visits, I've been overwhelmed by the amount of people who are giving their time as volunteers to provide services. The hospice provides complimentary therapy, and highly trained therapists give their time free of charge to provide these treatments. Last year the hospice provided 900 complimentary therapies free of charge.
The garden plans for the hospice are innovative and exciting for everyone involved at the hospice. It includes quiet areas where children can reflect and have quiet thoughts, to noisy areas of the garden where they can relieve themselves of anger and frustration.
If you'd like to find out more about the hospice please go to Primrosehospice.org - if you'd like to join their lottery and help support the hospice for a £1 a week, please go to http://www.primrosehospice.org/lottery