Garden House Hospice Care were delighted to hold a House of Lords Afternoon Tea, kindly hosted by The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, on Wednesday, 10th July.
The event was attended by Lord (Anthony) Clarke CBE, Lord (Julian) Fellowes and his wife, Lady (Emma) Fellowes, who are both Patrons of the Hospice. Over 125 guests helped to raise over £7,500 for the Hospice and had the option of taking part in a guided tour of Parliament before having an afternoon tea in the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace overlooking the River Thames.
John Procter, Chairman of Garden House Hospice Care thanked everyone for attending and said:
“Currently we need to raise approximately £7,500 a day to run the Hospice’s services. It is the one statistic that keeps me awake at night. Donations are hard won, our shops are experiencing a tough trading environment but, we remain resilient.”
Baroness Finlay, a professor of palliative care at Cardiff University School of Medicine stressed the importance of hospice care and supporting the whole family, especially bereaved children due to the long term effects it can have on their future.
Lord Julian Fellowes took part in a Q&A session about his career.
In a separate interview on his role as Patron of the Hospice, Lord Fellowes said:
“One thing for certain is that we are all going to die and it seems important to continue the work of the Hospice movement. In brief, making it possible to live with death.
“One of the most important roles that the Hospice plays is enabling people to die in their homes - for me it’s a very vital part of their work and I think it all comes under this blanket heading of living with death. I think the work that Garden House Hospice Care does is tremendously important. It is one of the most difficult times in people’s lives, not dying, but having someone you love die. It can feel bewildering and lonely and I think all of the staff at the Hospice helping people through it is fantastic.”
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