Here at Queenscourt Hospice, we believe passionately in people of all ages being able to talk openly and honestly about death and dying and being able to to normalise conversations about end of life within our society with people of all ages.
Recently, we welcomed 1st South Mere Rainbows and 47th Southport Brownies to Queenscourt to talk to them about the invaluable services we provide at and to help them prepare for the newly launched Queenscourt Hospice Challenge Badge.
Guide Leader Jennifer Knight said: “There are several Brownies and Guides in units across the district who have had relatives supported by Queenscourt and there will be many more to come. I felt that developing the badge would be an incredibly positive thing for the Rainbows, Brownies and the hospice – helping to develop an understanding about the services provided by Queenscourt and how they support so many people across our community.
“Prior to my first visit, I had no idea of the wide range of work and support which is delivered by the hospice,” she said. “This made me even more determined to develop the badge, which will hopefully generate more awareness of the invaluable work delivered by the hospice to the Guiding community whilst also raising vital funds for Queenscourt.”
During their visit to Queenscourt, the Rainbows and Brownies met some of our staff who organised a variety of activities and interactive demonstrations including learning how the patients’ food is made and prepared as well as learning about the importance of handwashing. The Rainbows and Brownies also met our mascot Queenie and found out how she helps raise awareness of Queenscourt in the local community.
The Queenscourt Challenge badge will be available later this year, but Girlguides can look forward to taking part in lots of different activities including science investigations, therapy and gardening. Each of the activities have been designed to teach Girlguides all about Queenscourt Hospice and to help inform them about the positive difference some of the activities make to the lives of patients and families.
Rachel Kennedy, Community Fundraiser, said: “Queenscourt is committed to raising awareness of our services to all members of society – from young people to old. We are always delighted to talk to children about the role Queenscourt plays in supporting patients across our community and the new Queenscourt Challenge Badge will provide an additional platform for us to do this.”