When the Hope Foundation hosts its garden party this year, it will do so with the aim of assisting the Occupational Therapy Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in securing much needed supplies.
The garden party will come off next Saturday, April 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Ilaro Court, the official residence of the Prime Minister, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael. It will be held under the patronage of Mrs. Mara Thompson, wife of Prime Minister David Thompson.
Tickets for the garden party may be obtained from the Hope Foundation. Members of the public may also call the Foundation at 437-8781 to book tickets for the event or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hope Foundation, was established in 1991 to raise awareness of “lesser known” diseases such as lupus and sickle cell. It also represents arthritic patients, many of whom are expected to benefit from the proceeds of the garden party that will assist the Occupational Therapy Department of the QEH.
According to President Shelly Weir, the interest in occupational therapy stemmed from the Foundation’s belief that rehabilitation for persons with chronic pain has “absolutely necessary”. She said, “In this case, patients with arthritis and lupus and their care givers need to be aware of the advances in occupational therapy. People need to be sensitised [about] aids to daily living that will make their lives a lot more comfortable. We really need to increase the options patients have towards treatment for pain.”
Last February, the Hope Foundation presented approximately $10,000 in equipment to the Physiotherapy Outpatients’ Department of the QEH, which was received by Health Minister Donville Inniss.