Players and staff from Chesterfield FC visited Ashgate Hospicecare last week where they were given a tour of the hospice and an opportunity to meet and chat with patients.
The players, who met and posed for photos with patients and staff in the hospice’s Day Hospice and In Patient Unit, joined in with the festive fun with even a few of them partaking in a bit of ballroom dancing.
Esther Preston, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Ashgate Hospicecare said: “We are so grateful for Chesterfield Football Club’s continued support of Ashgate Hospicecare and we are delighted to have had a visit from their players. It really brightens up the day for so many of our patients and is something they will talk about for days afterwards. This time of year can be especially hard for our patients and their families so it means a lot that the players take time out to come and visit.”
Daryl Holne, a patient in Ashgate Hospicecare’s Day Hospice, met with the players and shared stories throughout the morning. He said “It was absolutely brilliant having the Chesterfield players come and visit us. I am actually a Rotherham FC fan but I follow the Spireites and always like to see them do well. I wish them all the luck with the rest of the season.”
Across its full range of services, Ashgate runs a 21-bed Inpatient Unit, a 16-place Day Hospice, and a range of therapy and support services on site. Services are funded mainly through donations and are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The majority of services delivered are in the community, enabling people to stay at home.