In order to raise awareness of the hospice, a very new concept in North India, locals from the surrounding villages connected to the hospice were invited, with their children, to share the occasion with current inpatient Reshu, only 15 years old.
In spite of an advanced brain tumour, Reshu was determined to join the other children who took part in a hat making competition. With paint, crayons and cardboard, the young children decorated crowns for themselves and Reshu chose the winning hat.
Although now very disabled, Reshu herself took part in colouring with assistance from staff and was delighted with her result. It was lovely to see the children focus so diligently on their art and pose proudly for their photos.
Following some games in the grounds of the hospice, the children, inpatients, visiting patients and staff all enjoyed songs led by kirtan singer volunteer Dr Monika Pathania from AIIMS Hospital, Rishikesh.
Find out more about the work of Ganga Prem Hospice on their website.