Letchworth hospice wins The World’s End charity grant

Left to Right, Jenny Lupton general manager of Garden House Hospice, Jason Valentine, general manage

Left to Right, Jenny Lupton general manager of Garden House Hospice, Jason Valentine, general manager of Broadway Cinema, Kim Barker, family support services manager at the hospice. - Credit: Archant

A HOSPICE will be able to invest in books to help children cope with the loss of someone close to them, after being awarded a £1,500 grant.

The money will enable the Garden House Hospice in Letchworth GC to give books and offer counselling to children connected to hospice patients.

The money was raised at a charity screening of Hot Fuzz with actor Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright, after they filmed its sequel, The World’s End in Letchworth GC.

A further £1,500 was donated to Comic Relief, after the screening at the heritage foundation’s Broadway Cinema.

At present the hospice has 10 books which they lend out. With the funding they will be able to buy a wider range of books, to suit each child’s age and specific needs. They will also be able to let them keep them, extending the range to journals to help the children create a memorial for their loved ones.

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Jenny Lupton, hospice general manager, said: “We are delighted and very grateful that we have been awarded this grant. At a time when children and their families are struggling through the process of someone close to them becoming progressively ill and dying, these specialist books and resources are a great help in encouraging children to explore, understand and express their feelings.”

North Hertfordshire District Council, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and a community representative, the manager of Mrs Howard Hall, oversaw the award. It attracted a strong range of entries, though the winner was unanimously agreed.

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