Open Day - all welcome

Open Day on Sunday 8/9/19 - all welcome!

Posted on 19 August 2019 by Katie Ronald

As part of Doors Open Day the Ayrshire Hospice will be opening its doors to the public on Sunday 8th September between 11am-4pm and you’re invited! Hear about the history of the hospice and the big-hearted Ayrshire folk who have raised millions for the charity over the years. Take a short guided tour and learn all about the vital services provided, free of charge, to patients and families across the whole of Ayrshire.

Margaret Wilkie, Patient Services Director at the Ayrshire Hospice, explains: “We’re so looking forward to being part of Doors Open Day on Sunday 8th September and warmly encourage the people of Ayrshire to come in and see for themselves just what hospice care is all about.

“As we mark 30 years of the hospice it’s important to recognise the invaluable support that has been offered to the hospice by the people of Ayrshire over the years and we want to let them see first-hand the difference that support has made. There will be interactive displays from all our clinical teams, the opportunity to join a short guided tour of our day services centre and beautiful gardens, and staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions visitors may have. To top it all off there’s also the offer of some delicious home baking and refreshments in our drop in café!”

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Ayrshire Hospice first opened its doors in 1989 when it welcomed the first in-patients to the hospice at 35 Racecourse Road in Ayr. Since then it has cared for over 30,000 patients and families offering services that now range from an in-patient unit, day centre and specialist community nursing team to an education and training facility and patient and family support team.

Margaret Wilkie adds: “Doors Open Day is an opportunity for the hospice to try and breakdown barriers and dispel the many myths that often surround hospice care. It’s really important we try to allay fears and often the best way of doing that is to invite people in to experience our care environment for themselves. As one lady recently said “When I first heard of the hospice I thought it would be full of doom and gloom, how wrong I was…it’s the most caring place I have ever been!” Why not pop in on the 8th September, I’m sure you’ll be very pleasantly surprised.”

Doors Open Day began in 1990 in Glasgow and Ayr as part of Glasgow’s status at European City of Culture. Around 1,000 buildings are expected to open during September, generating over 200,000 visits to sites and hidden architectural gems of all kinds in locations throughout Scotland.

You can visit the Ayrshire Hospice between 11am and 4pm on Sunday 8th September at 35 Racecourse Road, Ayr, KA7 2TG, with free entry.