From tartan and haggis to meerkats and skunks, patients at Pendleside Hospice have had a lot to enjoy this month.
Amongst the activities that day service patients have been able to take part in were a themed Burns Night celebration on January 25th, a visit from a pet safari and a music therapy session.
The sessions are just some of the activities that take place each month at the hospice that aim to build confidence and motivation.
Jennifer Farrow from Burnley who has been attending the hospice for the past few months and had previously attended in 2015, she said: “Before I came to the hospice I never knew that activities like this would happen here.”
During the Burns Night celebration patients and staff dressed in tartan and enjoyed a themed quiz, listened to live music from a bagpiper and a ceilidh band and got to try some haggis.
“I’ve really enjoyed the Burns Night event, it’s something a bit different and the staff always make a huge effort. There’s always so much going on at Pendleside, it’s fantastic.
“I particularly enjoyed the pet safari visit. I held a skunk, it was such a lovely animal, I also got to hold a meerkat and a bearded lizard. The staff are wonderful, they would do anything for anyone, they make sure you are well looked after.”
Each month there is a different programme of activities available which includes creative therapy sessions, social history talks, themed events, day trips out, mindfulness sessions, wellbeing days where day service users get pampered, visiting musicians, storytellers and more.
Gemma Hildred, Therapeutic Activities Coordinator at Pendleside Hospice said: “We have so many activities going each week and try to offer a variety so there is something for everyone.
“Recently we have had music therapy sessions, music therapist Chantelle I’Anson-Hughes brings in lots of different instruments for people to play such as harps, drums, African instruments. The sessions are fun, patients learn something new about musical instruments and musical cultures, it’s a very social session, and it’s great therapy.
“Last week Home Safari brought in a variety of animals and reptiles. Day service users all love the pet therapy sessions as they handle animals they’ve never seen before; it also helps people who have a fear of reptiles get over it, which gives them a great sense of achievement. It is fun and a popular session and it puts big smiles on their faces.”
Day service users have a set day in the week to attend, however they are welcome to come to any of the activities available on other dates. For more information on referrals to the hospice call Pendleside Hospice reception on 01282 440100.