Pupils at Cedars Upper School were given an insight into local hospice care during assemblies thanks to Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC).
FNHC’s Simon Morgan visited the school after being specially invited by deputy headteacher, Dr Rob Graham, who has chosen to run for Florence Nightingale Hospice at this year’s London Marathon, taking place on April 26.
Simon spoke to staff and pupils about the importance of hospice care and how the charity supports local families across Bedfordshire, through both in-patient and at-home services.
“I’ve really enjoyed coming to the school this week,” said Simon. “I’m hoping to drum up support for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity as we’re always in need of getting the younger generation involved in helping out in our Leighton Buzzard High Street charity shop, at the charity office or hospice itself, as well as helping to generate extra income by holding fundraising activities to raise much-needed funds.”
Not many of the pupils were aware that the charity also fully funds Florrie’s Children’s Team – a team of paediatric nurses and carers who provide vital home-based care and support to sick children affected by life-limiting illness, often ‘round the clock’.
“I think this part really resonates with the pupils I’ve spoken to in assembly this week,” added Simon. “Trying to get the message across that some children really are very poorly in their own community and that there are a variety of ways in which they can help, is really the message I hope they leave with.”
To find out more about the work of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, and about volunteering, visit www.fnhospice.org.uk or call 01296 429975.