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Surrey Organisations Join Forces For Dying Matters Week

Monday 8 May

This year is the eighth Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017) and five Surrey organisations – Princess Alice Hospice, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice, Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group and CSH Surrey – have collaborated to organise and run a two-day event under the banner of ‘What can we do?” and ‘Before I die I want to…’ at the Ashley Centre, Epsom on Monday 8 May and Tuesday 9 May.

Dr Aruni Wijeratne, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, who splits her time between Princess Alice Hospice and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to be working together on this project. Representatives from our collaboration will be present at an information stand outside The Works store in the Ashley Centre during both days.

“We know that people find it very difficult to talk about death, but we also know that by having an open conversation it will make it easier for their loved ones to fulfil their wishes.  Our collective ambition is to break down the general taboo around the subject and to encourage and inspire people to make plans for the end of life (Advance Care Planning).

“There will be plenty of information available; our stand will be manned by specialists who are very happy to help demystify the subject and to advise people on what they can do.

“Come and tell us what you’d like to do before you die and make a note of it on our interactive board. Everyone is welcome.”

The Dying Matters stand will be located outside The Works store, Ashley Centre, Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AB, 10am – 4pm on  8 – 9 May 2017.