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Are we ready? ehospice speaks to Liz Pryor

If you were told you only had a few weeks to live, would your family and friends know what kind of funeral you want?

Do you feel comfortable talking to them about what your final wishes are? In short, are you ready? Liz Pryor, founder of the Anne Robson Trust, tells us about planning for death so you can live your life to the full.  

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ART Are Recruiting!!

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with a small, but rapidly growing charity working in the healthcare sector.

 

The Anne Robson Trust has been set up to address the fact that hundreds of people are dying in hospitals with no one to support them, or sit with them in their final days. ART works in partnership with NHS Trusts to help them set up teams of Butterfly Volunteers. These volunteers provide countless hours of support to dying patients, and to their families.

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Charity Wellbeing Day

Sunday 28th July

10am – 3pm

St. Johns ARC, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ

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People Do Extraordinary Things

On Sunday 14th July, Director of ART’s brother in law, Richard Pryor, (pictured doing his day job…. selecting wine for the menu at Cafe Rouge.. amongst other things!) is doing a ridiculously gruelling, extraordinary thing…
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Interested in Learning About Death?

It’s the one thing that we all have in common… we are all going to die.

Having worked in and around Palliative Care and trained over 100 volunteers to sit with patients in the last days and hours of their lives, it has become apparent to us that the majority of people find it hard to even say the words “death” and “dying”.

We have come up with over 37 euphemisms for death – you’d be surprised by just how many ways we avoid saying the D words – so we have created an exclusive Public Workshop to address exactly this issue, and you’re invited:

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Butterfly Volunteers are “Love in Motion”

Since February 2019 Butterfly Volunteer Coordinator Emma Taylor has been working away at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital, recruiting and training a brand new team of Butterfly Volunteers. We recently asked her to write about her experiences so far….

 

“I’ve worked with volunteers for most of my career and I have seen first-hand the huge impact they can have on organisations. They give up their time and skills for no other reason than because they want to and I think that’s something pretty spectacular in itself.

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ART Receives Award from Prime Minister

The Prime Minister has today, 21 May, recognised ART for coordinating volunteer visits to hospitals.

 

Liz is the founder of the ‘Anne Robson Trust’ which coordinates volunteer visits to hospitals to offer company and comfort to patients at the end of their lives. Following the death of her mother Anne Robson in 2010, Liz worked with the local NHS Trust on improving the hospital experience for terminally ill patients. Starting initially as a small group of volunteers, Liz soon realised that, for many patients, a volunteer was their only visitor. Liz set up the ‘Anne Robson Trust’ in 2017 and has since trained and led volunteers who have offered more than 700 hours at patients’ bedsides at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The volunteers have carried out 1,300 visits to 450 individual patients across the hospital. This year the project is expanding to other hospitals with the creation of volunteer coordinator roles.

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Interview with a Butterfly Volunteer

Watch this fascinating interview of Vanessa, one of our amazing Butterfly Volunteers working at The Princess Alexandera Hospital in Harlow.

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