Mothers' Union June 2017


Our May Mothers’ Union meeting, held as usual at Hazelwood, saw us welcoming Jan Ryder from Longfields at Minchinhampton, as our speaker. Many of us remember Longfields as the Cotswold Care Hospice and may be confused by the change of name. Jan explained that the name change had been felt to be necessary because of the misconceptions caused by the previous name – Cotswold was seen by some to imply that it was only for rich ‘Cotswold’ types and not for everyone whilst the term ‘Hospice’ gave the impression that it only catered for the dying. Whilst Longfields does support those nearing the end of life it also helps many suffering from long term conditions including those from which people recover.

The original house began its work thirty years ago and thousands have been helped since then. In addition to helping the patients themselves, support is given to their families, including bereavement support where needed. Some outreach work is now carried out in Gloucester and more is planned.

The whole operation is funded through charitable donations – the only public sector money received is for the ‘Hospice at Home’ service – nurses who go into the patients homes to care for them so that they do not need to be admitted to hospital and can spend their last days at home. A large amount of the funding needed is raised through the 16 shops around the area – we were urged to give our unwanted items to the shops and to buy from them!

As Mothers’ Union is itself a charity we are unable to donate to another charity but we had a collection at the meeting and gave Jan the proceeds.

I think we all learned a great deal about the work done – even those who thought we already knew quite a bit –from Jan’s illustrated talk. One of her slides was a picture of Angie Pearce with Vicky’s son, Spencer. Many of us fondly remember Vicky who had such a short time with her then baby son.

Next month our meeting will be in church to enable us to enjoy the Experience Church displays which are planned for the school visits and for our Celebration Weekend. If you will be unable to come to the weekend and see the displays then do come and join us.

                               Love  Audrey