The Daffodil Project

Our Newcastle hospice is running the Daffodil Project, a programme specially designed for primary schoolchildren between the ages of 10 and 11.

The Daffodil Project involves schoolchildren visiting our hospice on Fridays, from 1pm to 3pm, over four consecutive weeks. Children take part in a range of activities based on the national curriculum and current areas of study. They also spend time with patients who regularly attend our day therapy services.

Through this project, we raise awareness among schoolchildren of what we do at our hospice to improve people’s quality of life. Children also have the opportunity to discuss the topics of being seriously ill, death, dying and bereavement in a sensitive way that is appropriate for their age group.

Each session is led by experienced members of our hospice team including a children’s counsellor, occupational therapist and nurse.

To register your school’s interest, please contact us on 0191 219 1000 or email newcastle.hospice@mariecurie.org.uk.

I think the project can help the children be less fearful of illness in general. Like adults, children can have preconceived ideas of what somebody with cancer or any life-limiting illness would look like or act like, and I think they are quite surprised when they come here and see people who can still laugh and still have fun.
Jayne Goodhall, day patient at the hospic
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