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New short film reveals heart of Rowcroft Hospice

10 September 2015

Rowcroft Hospice has released a film in celebration of the genuine moments of joy, happiness and love that happen at the hospice every day.

The film addresses the common misconception of hospices as dark, depressing places by capturing the many precious moments shared between patients, their families, hospice staff and volunteers on a daily basis.

The short film has been produced thanks to a generous donation from Galliford Try and Greg and Judy Fitzgerald and features patients and families who have been cared for by the hospice.

The footage is set to Louis Armstrong’s classic track, What a Wonderful World.

Giles Charnaud, Chief Executive of Rowcroft Hospice explained: “A lot of people think hospices are just places where people come to die. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Rowcroft is a place where people come to live; it enables families to share those precious moments together.

“We hope that by making and sharing this film, more people will come to understand what really happens at the hospice; how it is able to grant people moments that can be treasured forever.”

A film crew was invited to the hospice to capture a variety of genuine moments, which depict patients laughing, playing music, painting and sharing tender moments with loved ones.

Sue Harvey, Inpatient Unit Manager at the hospice, said: “We weren’t sure what to expect having a film crew on our Inpatient Unit but many of our patients were keen to take part and the film crew were incredibly sensitive. As a result, we were able to capture genuinely moving moments shared between our patients and their families, as well as members of staff and volunteers.”

The crew also shadowed the hospice’s Community Team, which visits patients in their own homes across South Devon.

Giles added: “More than 70% of Rowcroft’s work happens out in the community, in people’s own homes, care homes and community hospitals, so it was important this was reflected in the film.”

Marian Wild from Dartmouth, who was filmed at her Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) session in the hospice’s Outpatient Centre, said: “Filming was fun, the film crew were great and didn’t intrude at all.

“I think the film is really good, it will make people realise that a hospice is not a frightening place to be, and I love the music.”

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