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New film dispels the myths of hospice care

Author: Leila Hawkins
17 March 2017

They’ve worked on box office hits including the Bond and Star Wars franchises, but this time film production company Sweet Treats have turned their hand to documenting life at Thames Hospice.

The team donated their time to make A Short Film About Us, which shows staff and patients talking about their experiences at the hospice.

The aim of the film is to challenge commonly-held perceptions of hospices as places for end-of-life care only. Debbie Raven, Chief Executive at Thames Hospice, said:  

“My heartfelt thanks go to the patients and families who allowed us to film them whilst being cared for by the hospice. I hope this film helps to dispel some of the myths around hospice care; we aren’t just a place where people spend their final days. Our patients and their loved ones are referred to us when their condition becomes life-limiting, for pain and symptom control and respite care, as well as emotional support and complementary therapy.  Around half of our patients go home and continue receiving care from our Community Team, to enable them to maintain a good quality of life while managing their condition. “

Commenting on the film, Colin Burrows, Managing Director at Special Treats, said:

“This has been one of the most rewarding and empowering projects to be part of and we’ve loved being able to support an excellent organisation in a small way. It was powerful to see, first-hand, how people benefit from the hospice’s services and fascinating to see people do their job allied with compassion.”

For more information visit Thames Hospice

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Jo Baker

What a beautiful and uplifting film. I hope many, many people get to see this.

21/03/2017 10:52:41


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