Pontefract hospice to launch new outreach group

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People with life limiting illnesses can now benefit from a new outreach service that is being launched by the Prince of Wales Hospice.

The Pontefract facility has extended its first class care out into the community of Airedale, with a new weekly group for anyone suffering from illnesses such as cancer, COPD, chronic heart or lungs disease, or Motor Neurone Disease. Carers are also welcome to attend.

The outreach service will launch on May 24 and will run every Wednesday at Holy Cross Church, which has donated a space for the group. It follows on from the success of the first hospice outreach group, which opened in Badsworth in 2016.

Vicky Wong, hospice outreach co-ordinator, said: “Living with a life-limiting illness can be quite isolating. Outreach is for people to get together, take part in activities or be creative and be supported to live well for as long as possible. And of course, we have great fun.

“Our first Outreach group launched in Badsworth in 2016 and is extremely popular. We have been painting gifts for family members, making forget-me-nots for a special sculpture, a volunteer has given complementary therapies and we’ve enjoyed a visit from a school choir. Every week we have a quiz, buns, a cuppa or two and, most importantly, a chat.

“The therapeutic value of chatting to someone who understands what you are dealing with is invaluable.”

The Airedale outreach group runs at the Fryston Road church from 11am and 2pm. The Badsworth service is available on Fridays.

For more information on either outreach group, call 01977 708868. Visit www.pwh.org.uk for more information about the Halfpenny Lane hospice.