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The Starlight Walk

Peace Hospice Care  Starlight Walk 2015

Peace Hospice Care Starlight Walk 2015

This year will see the 10th and final Starlight Walk take place on Saturday 9th July. During the last ten years, the Stalight Walk has raised over £1.4 million for Peace Hospice Care and 2016 looks set to be an extraordinary event.

The original idea of a Starlight Walk arose from a regional fundraising meeting. Three nurses from St Luke’s Hospice at Winsford in Cheshire had been unable to enter a moonlight walk run by a Breast Cancer charity, so decided to organise one for their Hospice. The fundraising team expected about a dozen people to take part, but 500 walked, raising more money than anyone had imagined. Inspired by their success, the Peace Hospice emulated their example, raising £125,000 in the first year.

Find out how you too can take part and help raise money here: http://www.peacehospice.co.uk/viewevent.asp?eventID=690

Heritage Open Day – Many Thanks

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CELEBRATING PEACE – Heritage Open Day Event with a presentation by John Arcus and tour of the building. 1.30-4.00pm, Thursday 10 September, 2015, Starlight Meeting Room, The Peace Hospice, Watford, WD17 3PH.

Thank you for all the help on heritage open day. People attended from the community, Watford Museum, Hospice volunteers, Oral History interviewer and staff. The presentation covered Peace Memorial Hospital and Peace Hopsice history; with a  tour of the Hopsice and talk by Liz Kennedy. There were lots of questions about IPU and our guests shared memories of the Hospital and challenges facing the Hopsice Appeal in thde 1990s. Thank you to Deborah, Pauline and Jeannette for helping set-up.

John Arcus jarcus@peacehospicecare.org.uk 01923330330 07718570110 www.peacehospicecare.org.uk Parking information

Oral History Project Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

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CELEBRATING HOSPICE CARERS – Presentation of Peace Hospice Care Oral History Project by John Arcus for Carers Week

Men's WardCELEBRATING CARERS – Presentation of Peace Hospice Care Oral History Project by John Arcus for Hospice Carers Week. 2.30-4.00pm, Wednesday 7 October, 2015, Starlight Meeting Room, The Peace Hospice, Watford.

Our project is recording the experiences and memories of staff, volunteers, supporters and patients of Peace Memorial Hospital and Peace Hospice Care. You are welcome to come and share in our history –  and to celebrate some of the lives and memories spanning 90 years caring for people in South West Hertfordshire. Presentation includes historic images and audio recordings. Open to the public – free entry. Limited spaces – please book. RSVP to John: jarcus@peacehospicecare.org.uk 01923330330 07718570110 www.peacehospicecare.org.uk Parking information

Oral History Project Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

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CELEBRATING PEACE – Heritage Open Day at The Peace Hospice, Watford.

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CELEBRATING PEACE – Heritage Open Day Event with a presentation by John Arcus and tour of the building. 1.30-4.00pm, Thursday 10 September, 2015, Starlight Meeting Room, The Peace Hospice, Watford, WD17 3PH.

Presentation on the history of Peace Memorial Hospital and Peace Hospice – serving the community for 90 years. Includes images and oral histories; with opportunities to share your memories and a tour of the building.. Peace Memorial hospital was built by public subscription to mark the First World War and opened by HRH Princess Mary in 1925. It became a Peace Hospice in the early 1990s after a South West Herts Hospice appeal and enthusiastic backing from the Watford Observer. Open to the public – free entry. Limited spaces – please book. RSVP to John: jarcus@peacehospicecare.org.uk 01923330330 07718570110 www.peacehospicecare.org.uk Parking information

Oral History Project Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

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Celebrations are on the horizon!

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Celebrations are on the horizon! Peace Hospice Care is planning to mark history, applaud the past and cheer the future as part of a series of monumental anniversary moments in time.

It was 90 years ago on June 24, 1925 that the Peace Memorial Hospital was officially opened by Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles.  An entire town turned out for the occasionTogether, penny by penny, brick by brick the people of Watford and beyond had raised an incredible £90,000 to build the hospital as a Memorial to Peace and to honour those who had died in the First World War.

Over the past nine decades, this iconic landmark in Watford, that is now known as Peace Hospice Care, has found its place  in the hearts of the entire town.

Held within its walls, grounds and pillars are a whole host of memories that are currently being collected and archived as part of a Heritage Lottery project.

Audio interviews with former patients, nurses , staff  and their families are being recorded.  Precious memories are being gathered, and historic photos are being sourced on a journey of remarkable reminiscence that will be shared with the community and used in 2016 celebration events.

‘The history of this building is quite extraordinary,’ said Peace Hospice Care Reminiscence  Officer John Arcus.

‘Since this project began, many  local people are coming forward to share their memories and their recollections have been embraced as part of a wider celebration.  We will mark the 25th anniversary of Peace Hospice Care with a series of events and  anniversary activities .  We have a very exciting year ahead.’

The history of the Peace Memorial Hospital will be part of the archived project that will bring the past in line with the future to mark the incredible commitment made by a community  that began more than 90 years ago.

‘In the 1920’s  the average wage of a factory worker was £2 per week and unemployment was high,’ said John. ‘Yet despite poverty, in every corner of Watford, in workplaces, clubs, schools, churches , shops and societies, the people of the town, contributed towards  the hospital appeal.  We hope some of those people and their families come forward to share their memories of the Peace Memorial Hospital.  We are also gathering memories of those involved with the campaign to raise funds to re-open the Memorial Hospital as a hospice.  This campaign was driven by local people who were passionate and committed.’

Following the Hospital closure in 1985, and the appeal in the 1990s that raised £4million,  the old Peace Memorial Hospital continues to serve the community as a Hospice.

Peace Hospice Care are preparing for the anniversary celebrations and are looking  forward to the next decade.

‘We have such remarkable history to look back on and a strong future ahead offering services to the people of South West Herts,’ said Peace Hospice Care Head of Communications and Marketing, Jon Michael.

‘Our services continue due to the determination and contribution of so many people who help to raise the £4.2 million needed every year.  This community  commitment ensures we can  provide services to those with a life limiting illness in South West Herts. This is a remarkable achievement that mirrors the  strength of the community who 90 years ago raised £90,000 to build the Peace Memorial Hospital.’

‘We will be celebrating the past and the present in 2016 and we are proud that our Hospice remains a significant part of the community  serving the people of South West Herts.  We respect, value  and thank all those who have been part of its history, fundraising and services.
If you have a memory to share of Peace Hospice Memorial Hospital please contact Peace Hospice Care Reminiscence Service Coordinator, John Arcus on 01923 330330 or jarcus@peacehospicecare.org.uk

New Group Starting – Sharing Stories for Wellbeing Starting May 21st

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The Starlight Centre, Peace Hospice Care, Peace Drive, Watford, Thursdays 1.45-3.l5pm     5 weekly sessions starting 21st May 2015                                 Contact Hannah Cridford hcridford@peacehospicecare.org.uk 01923 330343 or Day Services on 01923 330330

“Sharing Stories for Wellbeing” is a small group experience, where participants are invited to recount and record their own life stories – anecdotes, words of wisdom, dreams, reminiscences and experiences. Facilitated by an experienced storyteller, the course offers a chance to reflect, and to acknowledge the value of life and the contribution they have made. It is an opportunity to make sense of experiences, express emotions, and capture personal stories.

There is no requirement for participants to have previous experience or skills in storytelling or creative writing. Participants will be offered support with any issues that may emerge during the course.

An opportunity to capture and record your own life stories – anecdotes, reminiscences and experiences. Just bring yourself, your memories, your imagination and a willingness to participate within the group.

This course will be evaluated by the University of Northampton. A university observer will be present to observe one or more of the sessions, and participants will be asked to complete short pre and post course questionnaires about their experiences. Participation in the evaluation is entirely voluntary and participants may withdraws from the study at any time.

Sharing Memories of PEACE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

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Afternoon Tea Invitation

2pm – 4pm 24 July 2015 Starlight Meeting Room, Peace Hospice, Peace Drive, Watford, WD17 3PH.

For people who worked at Peace Memorial Hospital or have memories of the Hospital. 2015 is the 90th year since the official opening of Peace Memorial Hospital, this is an opportunity to meet people who worked at the Hospital and share memories.

RSVP John Arcus jarcus@peacehospicecare.org.uk 01923330330 07718570110