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‘Aladdin’ will work its magic for Lisa’s Fund this December and January

KD Productions are kindly helping Robert Barnes and his team to raise funds and awareness for Lisa’s Fund and Arthur Rank Hospice, during the run of their pantomime ‘Aladdin’!

KD Productions are kindly helping Robert Barnes and his team to raise funds and awareness for Lisa’s Fund and Arthur Rank Hospice, during the run of their pantomime ‘Aladdin’!

Throughout the 24-day run, from 22 December to 15 January, Lisa’s Fund will have a table in the bar of The Maltings Ely providing a wonderful opportunity for pantomime-goers and families to find out more about the new Hospice and it’s progress, discover more about events and initiatives they might be able to help with and donate via a collection tin should they wish. The Charity continues to work hard to raise the remaining £2.2 million required for their £10.5 million new home which opened in November.  

Robert Barnes, who founded Lisa’s Fund in memory of his wife and has now raised an incredible grand total of £148,500 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, adds: “I’d like to say a huge thank you Kathrine, Dan and all the KD Productions team for their support – it’s opportunities like this which make it possible to keep on raising funds and awareness for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. Lisa and I experienced the Hospice’s care ourselves and it was so, so very important. With the wonderful support of the local community I’ve been able to carry on raising the Hospice’s profile and keep fundraising so that such essential care is available for more people like us, both now and into the future.”

Robert Barnes and Arthur Rank Hospice Charity would like to offer a huge thank you, to Kathrine, Dan & KD Productions for their wonderful support and best wishes for a successful magic-carpet-filled run of ‘Aladdin’! 

For further details about the production or to buy tickets visit http://www.kdtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/aladdin

To discover more about Lisa’s Fund visit http://www.lisabarnesmemorialfund.org.uk/, or for news from Arthur Rank Hospice’s new home see http://www.arhc.org.uk/the-new-hospice.asp

 

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“I needed a lifeline”,”

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Joanne said, “At the beginning of my journey, I wondered how I was going to face the prospect of chemotherapy and losing my hair. How would I feel emotionally? Was I going to be able to cope with it all? The period before starting chemotherapy, I began to get very tired, my joints ached and I found that the one hundred and ten per cent I normally put into my job as a Teaching Assistant was reducing very fast.  I needed a life line.

I spoke to my GP and I can’t thank him enough because it opened a door to KEMP Hospice.  The word ‘hospice’ had always conjured up in my mind, elderly men and women lying silently in hospital beds or sitting asleep in old high back chairs waiting for their next meal. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality KEMP Hospice was my lifeline – it is a vibrant, warm friendly place that provides a great many services to people with life limiting illness in the Wyre Forest.”

The support from the Hospice included help through counselling to enable Joanne to deal with the emotional strain of her treatments.  Joanne, like many people, found this service enormously helpful.  She also benefitted from complementary therapy in the early stages of her chemotherapy, she said, “There is nothing better than a shoulder and neck massage when you’re feeling wound up!”

Joanne has now completed her course of chemotherapy and she is still being supported by the Hospice, mainly from their physiotherapist, Jackie Godfrey who is helping Joanne to regain some of her physical strength and improve muscle tone, which will enable her to walk up and down the stairs independently.  She is looking to the future and has returned to work part time is helping at her local amateur theatre group on some weekends.

She commented, “I am so grateful to everyone at KEMP, without them, I think I would have reached rock bottom. I know that the money to provide the services comes mainly from voluntary donations, so I’ve started raising money.  I want other people who are going through tough times either with a life limiting illness or experiencing bereavement to be able to have a lifeline just like me.   I know what an amazing difference the Hospice services make and I want others to benefit.”