Laura and I attended the celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the cooperation agreement between Hope Support Services and St. Michael’s Hospice.
Hope Support Services, http://www.hopesupport.org.uk/, is a charity that started in Herefordshire but aims to develop nationally. It offers support serves to young people who have a loved one who is seriously ill or worse. The service is given by other young people, most of whom have been through a similar experience. They have a physical presence in Herefordshire and Gloucester and on-line coverage in 13 other areas all over the UK. As their name suggests, they bring hope where there is otherwise bewilderment and despair.
St. Michael Hospice is in Bartestree, just outside Hereford. http://www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/. They offer both day care in the home and hospital care for those with terminal illnesses. It is very close to my heart having looked after my Mother so well.
It is easy to imagine the difficulties faced by young people who may either be faced with close relations with terminal illnesses or, indeed, be faced with it themselves. Therefore, it is perfect for the two charities to be working together.