The Prince’s Foundation recently gifted a private tour of Highgrove Gardens followed by a cream tea to Longfield Community Hospice to mark Carers Week.
The theme for Carers Week this year, which ran from 6-12 June, was ‘Making caring visible, valued and supported’. During the week unpaid carers and the challenges of caring are recognised, with the aim that carers should be valued and respected by everyone in our society. Staff at Longfield wanted to mark the week by celebrating and thanking unpaid carers for all they do, and the trip was a perfect way to do this.
Kim Kimbell, Family and Carer Support Coordinator, said: “The group of 20 carers and special guests loved their time at the gardens, and the
cream tea afterwards made it an extra special occasion. The trip was to make the unpaid carers we come into contact with at Longfield Community Hospice, feel valued and special, and we think the trip helped achieve this. We’re really grateful to all the staff at Highgrove Gardens for their kindness and for making this a truly memorable day.”
Costa Innemée, Highgrove Director for The Prince’s Foundation added: “Recognising unpaid carers and everything they do daily is so important. It was an absolute privilege to host this group and we are proud to support the hospice.”
Longfield recognises the contribution carers make to their loved ones and the
community as a whole. Its Family and Carer Support Service works alongside the Counselling Team to provide a Carers Assessment. During the assessment, the team finds out what is important to each individual, talks through the areas of life where support may be needed and tailors support to meet these needs.
Longfield provides several programmes to carers, including Therapeutic Art,
Complementary Therapy, 1:1 Counselling and Bereavement Counselling, Walk and Talk, Fork and Talk Group and Writing Through Grief for the Bereaved. For more information, contact the Wellbeing Service on 01453 886868.