BAKE-OFF JUDGE ASKS YOU TO CARE FOR A CUPPA
Our Care for a Cuppa campaign returns this May, with supporters across the community holding coffee mornings and afternoon teas to raise money for their local hospice. And this year, we’re delighted to have newest Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith, supporting our campaign. Here’s what Prue had to say:<
by Prue Leith, March 2017 No one wants to die in hospital. We all want to be somewhere where people have time to listen, and chat, and maybe share a cuppa. We want to be surrounded by loved ones, in a homely, relaxed, atmosphere. And we want to be looked after by doctors able to prescribe the drugs we need to keep the pain away.The Hospice movement, and especially hospices like Katharine House, which are well supported with an energetic board and a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers, really are the answer to many a family’s prayer. There is almost nothing as bleak as having a relative die in a hospital ward. However well-meaning the staff, hospital inevitably means long hours of boredom, institutional meals, family and friends unable to visit as much as they’d like, and above all a longing to go home.But home sometimes isn’t the answer either. Families may feel desperate at the responsibility of caring for someone terminally ill and just worn out by the relentless nature of long term care.
For 25 years Katharine House has provided professional but friendly and warm palliative care, along with a lot of sympathy, comfort and, yes, fun for the patient, plus help and understanding for the families. The hospice charges nothing. There is a ten-bed inpatient unit with two family rooms, a day hospice, and staff can look after people at home too.
Needless to say, all this needs MONEY! The team at Katharine House has turned fund-raising into something that people enjoy doing. And they do it extraordinarily well, dreaming up endlessly imaginative fund-raising events. They have a legacy scheme, a local lottery, and each July they hold a Midnight Walk through the streets of Banbury, a very social merry event. They need to be energetic fundraisers: the hospice and its services cost £3.6 million to run and they only get a third of that from public funds, leaving almost £7,000 to be found every day.
‘Care for a Cuppa’ is the newest Katharine House initiative and it has been going like a bomb since 2014. This year it will run from 8 – 14 May with events large and small in homes, clubs and societies, village and town halls, and in the canteens of many local businesses across north Oxfordshire and south Northamptonshire. Most people opt for a traditional afternoon tea or coffee morning, but there are variations such as a ‘Breakfast Bap Cuppa’ or ‘Care for a Cocktail’. Katharine House Hospice in Adderbury will hold its own ‘Care for a Cuppa’ event on its Open Day on May 12th. I hope you can join in the Cuppa campaign by organising your own event or coming along to the one at the Hospice.
For information on events, or to download a fundraising pack visit www.khh.org.uk/cuppa
Other news from Kathatine House Hospice:
Registration Now Open: Midnight Walk 2017
Our 11th Midnight walk will take place on Saturday 24th June. This year’s theme is ‘Animals’, so bring your rabbit ears, slip in to a zebra onesie, or join your friends in a giant caterpillar. Whatever shape, size, or type of animal you choose, you’re sure to have a memorable Midnight Walk! Before 30 April the “Early Bird” entry fee is £15. (£20 thereafter) Please sign up today to help raise money for your local hospice. Sign up at www.khh.org.uk/midnight-walk
Hospice Open Day – 12 May (2-5pm)
Drop in to the hospice on Friday 12 May from 2 to 5pm for cake and a cuppa to find out more about what we do. Find out how you can get involved as a volunteer or fundraiser, or how you can refer someone to us. We hope you’ll be able to join us! For further information, please visit www.khh.org.uk/open-day