VISITORS were given an insight into the work of St Wilfrid’s hospice during an open afternoon.
To mark national Hospice Care Week, the centre opened its doors to increase awareness of its work.
St Wilfrid’s provides specialist palliative care to people with a range of terminal illnesses.
Visitors were able to watch a video about patient care, take a tour of the hospice and meet a number of staff including doctors, ward nurses and the Hospice at Home team.
They also had the chance to meet some of the volunteers, essential to the hospice’s work, and see how residents are treated.
The hospice is now appealing for people to take part in this year’s sponsored Santa Sprint & Stroll.
Organisers are hoping hundreds of Santas will take part in the event on Sunday, December 9, which is again being held at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton.
For Santas who want a challenge, there is the 5k off-road sprint while the stroll is a one-mile fun run suitable for all the family. Teams as well as individuals can enter.
The idea is to raise as much money as possible for St Wilfrid’s so participants are asked to raise at least £30 in sponsorship. Registration is £15 per adult, or £20 to take part in both, and £5 per child aged five to 15.
Communications and events manager Jill Dennison said: “We’d love to see a sea of Santas and we promise you’ll have a sack load of fun whilst helping a very worthwhile cause at the same time.”
For more information, call the Santa Hotline 01243 755827 or visit www.stwh.co.uk.