Police Switch it up with Primrose Hospice and Family Support Centre

In January the U3B team from West Midlands Police visited Primrose Hospice & Family Support Centre to present a generous £500 donation. After a tour of Primrose, and meeting The Teen Group who are supported by the Hospice, they also decided to very kindly donate a Nintendo Switch that can be used by everyone.

Alex Hadley from West Midlands Police said: “We became aware of the Hospice because of how you’ve helped look after former Assistant Chief Constable, Chris Johnson and his family.

All the patients and families you support battle through a lot; it’s clear the holistic work you do at Primrose Hospice goes such a very long way to helping the whole family. We don’t really think you should be thanking us, it’s the public and all of us who should be thanking you, so we helped out in a very small way because we are grateful for all you do.”

Vikki Gurney, Children & Young People’s Practitioner at Primrose Hospice said: “The TEEN group were thrilled and so grateful to receive this donation. The group has recently welcomed new members and the Nintendo Switch has enabled them to interact in a way that is comfortable and familiar. This has helped them to start building relationships which are so fundamental to the group as it encourages them to talk together about their experiences and feelings.”

The TEEN group is a monthly peer support group where young people can be together in a safe space to talk and interact in a variety of ways with other teenagers who have experienced a bereavement or who have a family member living with a life limiting illness. Many of the young people attending have benefitted from 1:1 support at the Hospice and the TEEN group provides a gentle transition for these young people to still be part of the Primrose family. The group provides a very relaxed atmosphere; the activities or group discussions involve a collaboration between the Primrose staff and the Teens themselves.

To learn more about our Children and Young People’s Support call: 01527 889799

Or visit: www.primrosehospice.org/family-support/family-support-service/children-young-people/

Primrose Hospice & Family Support Centre offer care and advice to patients living with a life-limiting illness. They also support families who have experienced a bereavement or who have a family member living with a life limiting illness in the North East Worcestershire area.

As an independent charity, they rely on the support of individuals and businesses to help them to raise the £1.95 million needed each year for them to provide our services free to our local community.