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Tea, cake and entertainment for Carers Week

Around 30 people were welcomed to our Carers Tea, celebrating the incredible work that carers do out in our communities.

The Tea, which has taken place during Carers Week, was open to those that care for people at home who are under the care of our Hospice.

Guests were treated to a cream tea, entertained by pupils of Hall Mead School in Upminster, and enjoyed a raffle and games.

Harry Hartt, 83, from Hornchurch, who cares for his lovely wife Pat, 80, was delighted to attend, especially as this was the first time he has been up to the Hospice.

"We live in a stretch of bungalows and over the years, as someone has passed away, I have organised a collection. Often the money comes to the hospice so I receive bits and pieces of information about what is going on," explained Harry.

However it was when Pat, who suffers with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), was discharged from hospital in December 2017 that they experienced the support the hospice can offer.

"We were put in touch with the hospice when I came home, and they call me fortnightly to check in, and see if there is anything we need," said Pat, who worked as a Company Secretary during her career. "There are times where it all gets on top of you and it's not good for you to be in each other's pockets all the time, so to have the offer there is lovely."

Harry, who worked for Ford for much of his working life, does all the cooking at home. "It's not the physical side that's hard, it's the psychological and emotional side I struggle with. It's good to know that help is there if we need it."

Married for 61 years and with three daughters, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Harry and Pat were delighted to attend the Cream Tea and afterwards went off to enjoy the beautiful Hospice grounds.