AN ‘AMAZING’ new support hub which brings together key stakeholders in palliative care has opened in Rugby.
The Rugby Myton Support Hub at The Myton Hospices’ Barby Road site will see the charity team up with experts and organisations across the town to provide information, support, advice and guidance to people facing a terminal diagnosis and their carers.
Key stakeholders include South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT), Compassionate Communities, Macmillan Cancer Support, Rugby Connect WELL, GP Practices from across the town and more.
Myton will offer new support sessions at the hub, including Making Memories sessions to help people create their legacy, a Take a Breath course for people living with long term respiratory conditions, Bereavement Help, Looking After You, PACE (Practical Advice on Caring Every day for Yourself), and drop-in sessions for general advice and support.
All of Myton’s existing services – including Myton at Home, Counselling, Lymphoedema and Wellbeing services – will continue at the site, and the programme of support services will continue to evolve to meet demand.
The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund has donated £50,000 to help fund the first 12 months of the project.
Ruth Freeman, CEO at The Myton Hospices, hailed the launch of the new service and praised the support of everyone involved in making it a reality.
She said: “We are so proud and so pleased to be launching this amazing new service for the people of Rugby and beyond.
“The new hub has been born out of demand and we are delighted to be working with so many key stakeholders in palliative care across the town.
“A huge thank you, on behalf of everyone at Myton, to the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund for its amazingly generous grant and for its belief in, and support of, the new hub.
“We look forward to being able to support anyone in Rugby who needs it and to the service continuing to grow and evolve to meet demand.”
Graeme Fuller, Chair of the Rugby Group Benevolent Fund, said: “The Rugby Group Benevolent Fund has had a long and beneficial relationship with The Myton Hospices and is delighted to support the Myton Hub initiative with a grant of £50,000. Myton’s work over the years has been truly inspiring and the Fund is confident that the hub will continue that tradition.”
In March, the Barby Road site was given a free makeover by a community-spirited group of professional and amateur decorators, led by Keith Lawson and Jimmy Noll who recruited a small army of around 15 volunteers from the area.
The hub’s manager Tracey Evans said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of our local community and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kindness and generosity.
“We have been lucky enough to have a number of local painters and decorators, led by Jimmy Noll and Keith Lawson, volunteer their time to give the building a makeover. Keith also supplied and fitted all of the blinds free of charge and Dulux Paint kindly donated the paint.
“We also had a fantastic team of volunteers from Jaguar Land Rover’s Purchasing and Supply Chain Strategy Teams, who used one of the company’s valuable CSR allowance days to put in a real shift and complete a huge transformation of the grounds.
“We can’t thank them all them enough!”
Rugby Myton Support Hub is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-4pm. No appointment is necessary – just drop in.
Call Tracey Evans on 01788 550085, visit www.mytonhospice.org/services or visit the hub’s reception for a full programme of events at the hub.
The Myton Hospices charity needs to raise £9.1million this year to care for people with terminal illnesses at its sites in Rugby, Warwick and Coventry. Visit www.mytonhospice.org for more information on the charity, or to donate.