Vintage tea party raises smiles from carers and patients
Cotton smocks and headscarves for the ladies; short trousers and a trilby for the guys – 40s fashion was the order of the day last week at Pilgrims Hospices.
To mark the national campaign Carers Week, staff and volunteers put on a colourful Vintage Tea Party with everything from home baked scones and triangle sandwiches on bone china crockery, to a live band, finger buffet and even a ‘cream tea’ quiz.
More than 25 patients and carers came along, including one ward patient who came down especially. Pilgrims Hospices associate practitioner Karen Clark explained: “Everyone’s said how much they’ve enjoyed today. I think people had fun dressing up, there’s been plenty of jokes and it’s caused quite a stir. It’s a bit of a laugh but there’s meaning to it too. It’s so important for carers to have time to relax at a time which is often very stressful for them.”
Patient Joy Antino echoed this sentiment: “I always try and get involved in the hospice activities as they do so much for me here, I call it my sanctuary. Today has been great fun, the staff and volunteers have worked hard to make it happen and we arevery grateful for all they do.”
Other Carers Week events included an exhibition of around 70 original pictures, drawings and poetry created and displayed by hospice patients. There was also a special breakfast for carers and patients and a pamper day offering massage and other complementary therapy.