In July, we welcomed our Dovetail bereaved families and members of our support group to a summer BBQ and get together. It was an opportunity for families to spend some time together before the summer holidays began.

Stones with names on in the gardenFamilies enjoyed our garden and joined in with fun relays, the chocolate game and a scavenger hunt. We were really lucky to have a visiting ice cream van, so a lot of 99’s and slushies enjoyed! There were sausages and burgers and some lovely home made cakes thanks to generous volunteers.
For those wanting a more relaxing time, our complementary therapist, Tracie Belcher, made aroma sticks with the families – the younger people chose their own essential oils and children decorated sticks, adding their own fragranced oil to a cotton wick that’s inserted in the inhaler. Tracie said: “The families had so much fun mixing their own, personalised scents and making beautiful sticks to take home with them.’’
As always, pebble decorating was very popular with lovely messages and drawings remembering loved ones. Helen Shepherd, our Children and Family Social Worker, summed
up the day: “It was lovely to have our family BBQ and games to mark the beginning of summer for our families that come to our Dovetail group and to hear so much laughter especially with the sibling three-legged races – real family rivalry! It was great to see a few new families joining in providing them with the opportunity for both parents and children to meet others, see what the Hospice is like – we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back, old and new in September when the Dovetail group re-starts after the summer break.”

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