A Chester charity is hoping to add a splash of colour this October.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd, based in Backford, is asking people to go blue or yellow during Hospice Care Week.

The Week takes place every year between October 3 and 9 and is a week of activity aimed at raising awareness of hospice care across the UK.

Hospice Care Week is all about raising awareness and demolishing the common myths about hospice care, such as:

  • It is only for the elderly
  • Only those with cancer are cared for
  • It is completely funded by the NHS
  • Hospice care is based around a building
  • Hospices only care for those in their final days

The hospice has organised a number of events taking place during the week, aiming to raise funds and awareness of the work of the hospice in local communities.

'Let your mind go wild'

Individual giving and lottery manager at the hospice, Ian Jones, said: “Throughout the week we will be asking everyone to go yellow or blue! You can get involved in your workplace, school or community group and wear yellow or blue for the day. All you need to do is pay £1 to be colourful for the day.

“And on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, we will be hitting the streets locally with collection buckets.

“We will be running fundraising collections at garden centres, supermarkets and in local high streets.

“We are also looking for people to organise their own fundraising event for the hospice during this week. Ideas include cake sales, painting your nails yellow or blue and sponsored walks, just let your mind go wild.”

For more information on going yellow for the day or volunteering at one of the collections, email info@hospicegs.com or call 01244 851811.