If you’re aged 14 to 25-years-old and have been diagnosed with an incurable illness, the world can seem like a dark place. You’re certainly not a child anymore but you’re not quite ready to face the world of care as an adult. While at St Elizabeth Hospice we are currently able to provide hospice care for anyone over the age of 14, and regularly do, many of our facilities are designed with older adults in mind. We recognise that a different approach is required in how we offer services and opportunities for these young adults and have now created ‘Zest’ to focus how we offer care, and grow support, for this age group going forward.
There’s no question. This has to happen. We recognise that this group of our community has needs that are not being met by children’s services or by adult care, especially in the eastern region, and we’re determined to make sure that doesn’t continue – and who better to make this happen than young adults themselves. They know what they want, but, more importantly, they know what they need.
Through Zest we will create an environment for young adults and families to raise the money to be able to provide the services this group so desperately needs, but that we currently do not have the funds and facilities to deliver.
Zest has been created with young adults in mind. We believe that there should be a tailor made service for young adults and a way for young people to support the hospice and its work in their own way. Zest will not only give a focus to our fundraising but also create an opportunity for other young adults to engage with the hospice. This can be done by shopping at our new Zest shops, donating relevant items for the shops or even volunteering for the many services we need to support our young patients.
Zest will primarily focus on raising funds to help provide services for this young adult group. These include an ambition to provide regional short break care; giving this group the much needed break that they deserve to relish being themselves in an environment tailor made for them and, most importantly, spend that time with other young adults experiencing similar thoughts and emotions that they are encountering.
Using Zest as the focus for this fundraising we will drive forward change and innovation in young adult hospice care. We will create an environment that young adults feel comfortable in; a place where they’re happy to hang out and bring their friends, a place where they can be themselves and not feel out of place.
With your help, Zest and St Elizabeth Hospice can work together to create a place that caters for all, no matter what their illness or age.
If you're keen to start fundraising for Zest, please download a sponsorship form by clicking here.
By taking part in one of our local events, you'll help raise money so that we can continue to help young adults living in the eastern region who are living with a progressive or terminal illness.
This year, for the first time, we'll be bringing Bubble Rush to Bury St Edmunds. The event sees those aged from nine months to ninety years, run, walk or dance their way through 5km of frothy foam as bubble stations blast them with coloured bubbles. This event is fun for all ages so whether you're looking to take part with a group of friends or your whole family, we know you'll have a great time.
For more information about Bubble Rush, click here.
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