Newark's Beaumond House: First heart in memory of founder
Keep Our Hospice In Your Heart so we can continue to be here for you – that is the message from Beaumond House Hospice Care in a new appeal to the public.
The £100,000 campaign has been launched with a Hospice Hearts installation.
Inspired by the poppies at the Tower of London, the public are being asked to help by buying a handmade blue-glazed pottery heart featuring the first name of a loved one.
The first heart will be put in place by Joy Mills, whose late husband, Maurice Cable, was one of the founders of the hospice.
Joy said it had been amazing how the people of Newark had taken the hospice to their hearts when it was started more than 30 years ago.
“It has been wonderful how the support has continued. Newark people are tremendously generous,” she said.
Joy said that Beaumond House had always been different from other hospices.
“We are not big but that is the way we have always wanted it to be,” she said: “We have always wanted to make it feel like home.”
Joy said that when the hospice had a visit from the Duchess of Norfolk a patient had stopped to speak to her.
“The patient was passing her and just stopped and said — what would Newark do without Beaumond House? It was such a profound statement. The patient was quite young and it was a very lovely thing for her to say.”
Joy said that Maurice would be delighted to see Beaumond House Hospice Care today and to see how important it was to so many people.
“He would be absolutely over the moon,” she said. “He was always a very positive person and always thought we would get there.”
Joy was a director for many years. She stepped down when she was 80 and was appointed as its vice-president, a position she still proudly holds.
“My heart will always be in Beaumond House,” she said.
“Please keep Beaumond House in your heart and do as much as you can for us.”