A local hospice said it has been overwhelmed by a wave of orange in support of its 35th anniversary.
St Giles Hospice launched Orange Week last week (July 7-14th) to celebrate 35 years of hospice and were delighted to see amazing support from the local community.
St Giles CEO Emma Hodges, said:
“It has been the most wonderful week, in our hospices, shops and in the wider community and we have been overwhelmed by the response and how many people have got involved.
“Through Orange Week, we wanted to raise awareness of hospice care and highlight the work we do in the community, as well as raising much needed funds for the hospice.
“We also wanted to use the opportunity to say a huge thank you to the community which has supported us so much since the hospice was opened in 1983.
“It’s been brilliant to see how many different patients, staff, groups and companies have taken part in the week and we need to say another big thank you to everyone for their amazing support.”
The week began with Octavia the Octopus, a puppet created by Day Hospice patients taking part in the Lichfield Festival puppet parade through the heart of the city.
Bereaved families came together in at St Giles’s Sutton Coldfield site for the Phoenix Family Walk on Sunday.
And also walking for Orange Week were director of nursing Katie Taroni, community engagement manager Ian Leech and quality and audit manager Carol Rodgers, who tackled a 35 mile walk between the hospice’s sites in Whittington, Walsall and Sutton Coldfield.
Staff, volunteers and patients at all three sites went orange for Orange Wednesday, with a distinct football theme to the day as patient George Hope gave his prediction for the England Croatia match and the finance team took home the trophy for their sporty fancy dress.
In the community, while Coventry Building Society in Tamworth hosted a raffle and a cake sale, along with IMI Precision Engineering in Lichfield and Riviera Travel.
In Walsall Tesco Extra went orange for the whole week, while the Short Heath federation of schools supported with a fantastic day of orange.
And to finish the week, summer fairs were held at both Walsall and Whittington with hospice founder Paul Brothwell attending to open the Whittington event.
“It was wonderful to welcome Paul back to the hospice as part of a brilliant week which was such a celebration of the local community’s support.
“He was delighted that while the hospice has grown so much since opened, the patient focused care remains at the heart of what we do.”