Not one, but two Fields of Hope for Surrey Heath

daffodilsThe Camberley Fundraising Group for Marie Curie Cancer Care launches their Fields of Hope for Surrey Heath, this Saturday (7 March) at The Mall, Camberley.  The Group will have an information stand outside House of Fraser/Love Coffee throughout the day, whilst a team of collectors will be in and around Camberley as part of the annual Great Daffodil Appeal (look out for the hats!)

The Group will work with Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Greenspace Team in Frimley Lodge Park and St Anne’s Church in Bagshot, to plant a ‘Field of Hope’ at each location.  The project will see a swathe of daffodil bulbs planted this Autumn, ready to flower in Spring 2016 and the public are being invited to get involved and sponsor a ‘bunch of bulbs’ in return for a £5 donation, or a larger number for £20.

Sharon Carter, Chair of the Camberley Fundraising Group said: “We are thrilled to have been offered two sites in Surrey Heath for our daffodils to be planted and hope that both sites will offer an opportunity for everyone to get involved and perhaps to use their donation as a way to remember a loved one – we can’t wait to get planting”.

The site within Frimley Lodge Park will be close to the existing Memory Tree reflective area, whilst the grounds surrounding St Anne’s Church in Bagshot, which doesn’t have a graveyard, will provide a beautifully tranquil location for the second daffodil display.

More information can be found by following the Group on Facebook – ‘Marie Curie Camberley’ or on Twitter – @CamberleyMarieC.

Fire outside flats in Camberley leads officers to appeal for information

Police in Surrey Heath are appealing for witnesses following a suspicious fire outside a block of flats in Weller Drive, Camberley last week.

Officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the fire in a storage cupboard which houses utility meters. Surrey Fire and Rescue was alerted to the incident which happened on Thursday

(26 February) at around 12 noon and attended the location.

PC Hayden Barwick investigating said: “This is the second time in as many months that property at the address has been targeted and it is lucky that the fire was spotted by an eagle eyed tenant and could be extinguished before spreading. I am appealing for anyone who may have witnesses any unusual activity or anyone acting suspiciously to contact Surrey Police. This is an offence which could cause some danger and more widespread damage for residents nearby.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45150016313 or by using the online reporting system found at http://www.surrey.police.uk/. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New Video Launches Campaign to Challenge Misconceptions of Hospice

John Maturin - Phyllis Tuckwell HospicePhyllis Tuckwell Hospice, along with local video production professional Jack Taylor, has released a new video to challenge people’s misconceptions of what a Hospice is really like.

“Many people think a hospice is just a building, where people come to die,” says Tony Carpenter, Head of Marketing and Communications at Phyllis Tuckwell. “We want to start to challenge that idea, and over the next months will be showing the variety of care and support which we offer, not only to our patients, but to their families and carers as well.”

Local video producer Jack Taylor, whose Twitter offer to help a local charity for free was snapped up by the Hospice, also had the same misconceptions. However, after having a look around the Hospice and meeting its staff and patients, he soon changed his mind. “Visiting the Hospice blew me away,” he confessed. “It was an eye-opening experience. Your team are amazing.”

Jack’s visit showed him the specialist end of life care which the Hospice offers to its patients in the community and at home, as well as at the Hospice itself. He saw how its doctors and nurses help manage patients’ symptoms and control their pain, while its therapists help keep them mobile and independent, advising on coping with fatigue, stress and anxiety, and relieving pain and discomfort through treatments such as massage and reflexology. Hospice social workers offer practical support, from applying for car disability badges to ensuring that patients are receiving the correct State benefits, while its counsellors and chaplains offer emotional and spiritual support.

After much discussion, it was decided that the best approach would be to show a patient’s perspective of the Hospice.  Cancer patient John Maturin was delighted to give his own personal account of his experiences of Phyllis Tuckwell. Along with his daughter Hanna, John talked about how the Hospice had come into their lives in their hour of need, offering medical care in the form of pain relief and symptom management, as well as emotional and practical support.

“I think people have a conception of hospices as places where people go to die” says John. “But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This really is a happy place. It’s not a place to die, it’s a place to live, and to live for as long as you possibly can.”

The video, which was launched in mid-February, has already had over 2,000 views on Facebook and nearly 100 on YouTube. To see the video, visit the Hospice YouTube channel (PTHospice) at www.youtube.co.uk/pthospice, the PTH website www.pth.org.uk, PTH’s Facebook page or the Jack Taylor Productions website http://www.jacktaylorproductions.com