Acting President for the evening Julie Rollison opened the meeting welcoming two new members, Heather & Morag.
Secretary Sheila Martin read the minutes of the February meeting. Matters arising included a buffet reminder for the April meeting, and also arrangements for the Helen Thompson museum visit in May.
The speakers for the evening were Hospice at Home representatives Linda Hewitt (Chief Executive for West Cumbria) and Hayley McKay (Head of Marketing and Income Generation).
Linda detailed the history of the home nursing charity dating back to its founder Dame Cicely Saunders, who introduced the modern hospice, St Christopher's, in 1967.
Nearer to home in West Cumbria, 'Hospice at Home' was founded in 1987. Its mission 'to be at the heart of the community and provide nursing, emotional support, complementary therapies and lymphedema care when and where needed'. This care and support is available to those with life-limiting illness, and is offered free at the point of need.
Hayley then explained about the need for fundraising activities which make it possible to support this charity. All monies raised stay locally in West Cumbria. It relies heavily on it's team of volunteers. 'Hospice at Home' shops are to be found in Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven, and will receive donations.
'Hospice at Home West Cumbria' should be recognised as a deliverer of excellence when it comes to palliative and end of life care.
Julie gave Linda and Hayley a vote of thanks for their excellent talk, which holds many meaningful values.
The competition was won by Nancy Fearon with Pat
Harper in second place.