Barnsley Hospice is offering a year of free ‘feel good’ therapy sessions for patients and carers, thanks to a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.
The £2317 grant will be used to provide sessions in the hospice’s Limes Day Therapy Unit, which provides care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses, and their loved ones. The free activities will include seated exercise to music, yoga, and art and craft activities.
Karen Watson, Day Therapy Sister at the hospice, said: “We never charge for our care, so we’re really grateful for a donation like this which allows us to run these activities.
“At Barnsley Hospice, our job is to ensure that patients feel as comfortable as possible and these ‘feel good’ sessions will help us to do that. Thank you to Tesco and all the kind customers who voted for us to receive this funding.”
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it has provided more than £40 million to over 9,700 projects.
Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey.”
Barnsley Hospice has to raise £2.2m a year to deliver its care, in addition to £1.6m funding from the NHS.
- Picture shows Barnsley Hospice staff Karen Watson (centre) with Michele Jackson (left) and Margot Seal (right).