Pilgrims Hospice Visit
27th March 2017
Year 11 RS students spent time at our nearest hospice in conjunction with their GCSE course revision on Medical Ethics. This involved a talk about hospice work by Ken, the chaplain (spiritual coordinator), and Sophie, the social worker, with a chance to ask meaningful questions not just from the academic side of school life but of real pastoral concerns. In touring the hospice and spending time with the day patients in the common room the students enabled smiles among those they spoke to followed by light refreshments. It is not easy going to a hospice for the first time especially in our current culture and media where death is not expressed well or hidden away. The students noted how relaxed the staff and patients were and they were excellent ambassadors for the school. A collection for further funding was given.
N.B. Did you know that hospices receive less than 25% funding from the government and still need to find on average another £11 million a year?