Birthday party for staff and volunteers

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 August 2014

Ladies celebrating the birthday bash

Ladies celebrating the birthday bash

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AS PART of the year-long celebrations marking the 25th birthday of Weston Hospicecare, staff and volunteers were treated to a party in the picturesque hospice gardens.

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The hospice’s newest addition, the Wellbeing Centre, hosted the event where guests enjoyed drinks, music and food.

The special occasion was a way for the charity to say thank you to its helpers for their years of hard work and dedication which contribute to its ongoing success.

Weston Hospicecare CEO Gill Auden said: “We wouldn’t be here today without the hard work of our staff and volunteers and it was so important for us to recognise that this year.

“We always try to do odd bits and pieces throughout the year to thank our workforce and the army of volunteers who support them but this year needed something different.

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“It was wonderful to be able to celebrate in our own gardens, with the sun shining and share a few glasses of wine with friends.”

Volunteers who have been with the charity since it was formed in 1989 were awarded commemorative badges to mark the incredible achievement.

Ms Auden said: “I feel really honoured to be able to share this year with them, and proud that we have been able to make good their plans for hospice care for people in Weston, North Somerset and Somerset.

“We have cared for thousands of people and their families since they first sat together and decided there was a lack of specialist care for people in our area.

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“I know every single person who has been touched by the hospice would want to shake their hands for putting plans in motion all those years ago.

“Because of them we have been able to help so many people live every last minute of their lives to the fullest, keeping them pain free and able to enjoy the remainder of their time with loved ones.

“You cannot put a price on that.”

Food was provided by Oatcake Corale, drinks purchased with a donation from Asda, both based in Weston, and deserts were provided by Isleport Foods, based in Highbridge.

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