Tree-mendous team effort for hospice
A group of teenagers have been working at Lewis-Manning Hospice as part of the NCS (National Citizen Service) programme, to create a special ‘Tree of Life’ sculpture its garden for patients.
NCS is the government’s largest youth initiative aimed at those who are currently or soon to be 16-17 years old. This is the first year it has been officially rolled out in the Poole and Bournemouth area and it aims to help with the transition to adulthood by bringing young people from a range of different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities. The group unanimously chose to work with the Lilliput-based charity, which offers free specialist palliative nursing care to around 650 local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
The 15 teenagers have been in the programme for four weeks beginning with a range of outdoor pursuits and team building exercises, followed by project work and skill building. In the final two weeks the group planned, designed and presented their ideas for the hospice, before building their chosen design. In between they also organised a stand at the recent Meyrick Park Family Fun Day, where they raised money to buy materials for the sculpture.
The ‘Tree of Life’ sculpture, which has been erected in the hospice’s wooded area of the garden, is to be a lasting sculpture that patients and their families can use to hang or display memories, inspirational, positive messages and bucket lists.
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Elizabeth Purcell, CEO at Lewis-Manning, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the young people in the National Citizen Scheme have chosen to enhance the environment at Lewis-Manning Hospice with their art work. It’s been great to have them here and we have all really enjoyed their energy and enthusiasm.”