Hundreds join in the fun to celebrate hospice open day

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Martin House Hospice celebrated the start of National Hospice Care Week by welcoming over 400 visitors to its annual Open Day at the hospice in Boston Spa.

The event saw support from celebrity Ambassador Christine Talbot, West Yorkshire Police, Thomson Airlines and local dance troupe, Scala Kids.

As well as guest visits from Nuzzlets farm and Penny’s Miniature Ponies, guests enjoyed guided tours of the hospice and grounds and were able to listen to guest speakers, including Martin House parent Roger Fielding, on the hospice’s vital work across the region.

Martin House Chaplain, Mark Clayton, said: “The theme of this year’s Hospice Care Week (3-9 October) is, “Hospice Care is…” and this Open Day has been a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our work, not only that provided at the hospice itself but in the community and in families’ own homes.

“It is important to us as an organisation to be able to show supporters how their money has made Martin House what it is today.

“We were privileged to see many new supporters join us and we look forward to everyone’s continued support as we celebrate our 30th year next year.”

Martin House provides family-led care and support for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

It supports over 420 families and 150 bereaved families across West, North and East Yorkshire at the hopice and in family homes.

The hospice has nine bedrooms in Martin House, and six in Whitby Lodge, which cares for teenagers and young adults up to the age of 30 (and sometimes beyond).

Services include respite stays, symptom control, emergency care, community care and end of life care.

And bereavement support is offered to families, often for two to three years after their child’s death.

“We also offer bereavement support to families whose child had a life-limiting condition but did not have the opportunity to use the hospice,” said a spokesman.

There is no cost to any of the families using our services. It costs in excess of £6 million a year to provide this care, the majority of which comes from voluntary donations and fundraising.

The open day takes place every year while the hospice is closed for a week for cleaning and staff training.