St Clare Hospice is encouraging more local people to get involved with its community art project, ‘Heart your Hospice,’ before it ends next month.
The project launched during Hospice Care Week in October last year, and has been touring West Essex and East Herts for the four months since. St Clare has received dozens of submissions in that time, but is still encouraging locals to ‘take part and make a heart’ before the project closes on Valentine’s Day.
The Hospice’s Community Engagement Manager, Sally Muylders, is running the art project as a way to open up hospice care and raise awareness of the charity’s free services to more people. Groups from more than a dozen different community organisations have taken part so far.
Outlining the art project, Sally Muylders, said:
“The Heart your Hospice community art project is about bringing together people from across our catchment area, and encouraging them to find out more about their hospice, and what we can do for them.
“Many people see the ‘hospice’ as just one building near Harlow – but we believe a hospice is also a very special way of caring, and connecting with people, which reaches far beyond the four walls of our centre in Hastingwood. We want St Clare to be a place which is supporting people, and connecting with them, wherever they are – and whatever stage of life they are at, not just at the end of their life.”
“We are delighted at the local support we have already received for the project, especially from local supported living and residential homes, and other projects for older people. We still have one more month left to create our final art piece, and we are looking for more groups from across West Essex and East Herts to get involved and make a heart for their local hospice.
“We are inviting local art and craft groups, schools, and any other local community groups, to get involved in helping to build this piece of art. It represents that we are a local hospice, for local people, and funded by local people. It is thanks to the heartfelt support of our local people that we are able to exist, and to deliver our compassionate care for free, which touches the hearts of so many people in our community.”