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Hospice of St Francis makes animated film featuring patients’ crafts

Author: Leila Hawkins
13 September 2017

The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, has produced an animated film featuring soaps handcarved by patients, carers and volunteers.

The hospice’s annual Art Bag project enables  participants to create anything that represents their  feelings, and results included flowers, faces, animals, buildings and many different shapes. The film about the project, created with the help of animator Kim Noce, features over 100 soap carvings.

Annalie Ashwell, Macmillan Wellbeing and Therapeutic Coordinator, said:

“The idea behind this year’s Art Bag project was to give patients and their loved ones the opportunity to carve out a space and time for themselves.”

“The simple act of taking some time to focus on a creative activity can help to promote wellbeing and relaxation and build resilience when coping with a serious illness. It provides a way for people to express themselves, as well as giving carvers and carers personal artwork to cherish.”

Samantha Owen, who became involved in the Art Bag project following treatment for breast cancer, said:

“For me, this project was an opportunity to get out there and try life again.”

“Being involved in a project with people who were going through a similar situation was really reassuring and hopefully it will help other people at the beginning of their diagnosis realise that there is help out there and that it comes in many different forms.”

The annual Art Bag project is now in its second year, and  runs in partnership with Peace Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.

To watch the film visit Art Bag Project  

For more information about the hospice visit Hospice of St Francis

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Jo Baker

What an absolutely LOVELY project! So thought provoking and stimulating all the senses.

18/09/2017 10:18:51


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