Kidderminster opticians fund KEMP Hospice train trip

Local business, Lens on Line in Kidderminster, after visiting KEMP Hospice decided to organise a local ‘Fun Day’ at Kidderminster Carolians Rugby Club and paid for KEMP’s annual patients’ trip on the Severn Valley Railway. Lens on Line’s workforce of 130 staff all worked together to organise the ‘fun day’ attractions which included birds of prey, inflatable games, live music from ‘Bomba Rock’ as well as a mega football match to top it all off. Lens on Line operations director, Kevin Murrall, said: “Everyone from Lens on Line was involved, with everything organised within six weeks from start to finish, and we were all delighted with the end result. The company is now looking forward to exceeding this year’s fundraising efforts for KEMP at next year’s event!” The company’s fundraising event paid for 24 hospice patients to take the trip on the Severn Valley. Head of Care at KEMP Hospice, Sue Harrison, said: “We are very grateful to everyone from Lens on Line for funding this year’s trip. “Although it is a reasonably short journey, it is one which our often very fatigued patients can enjoy very much as there is minimal walking involved. The train carriages accommodate wheelchairs for those who need them and patients from the local area enjoy reminiscing and chatting as we go from station to station.” KEMP Hospice adult and child services are all provided free of charge, offering specialist care and support to patients, families and carers who are dealing with life limiting illness and bereavement, with the aim of maintaining their independence or supporting them to adapt to changing abilities so that they can live their lives to the full, for as long as possible.