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8th October 2015

A group of Health & Social Care and Sports Therapy students were delighted to join hands with hundreds of people in the local community to encircle St Leonard’s Hospice to give the hospice building a gigantic hug.

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The idea of the Hospice Hug was to highlight the importance of York’s own hospice during National Hospice Care Week, raising awareness of the important work it does in the community.

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Health and Care students learn about health and social care services in the community. Student Jacob Pollard, formerly of Archbishops Holgate's School, has ambitions to become a theatre nurse. He said: “My friend’s mum came here and the care the staff gave her, and the support they gave the family at that time, was wonderful. It’s important to support St Leonard’s and show our appreciation for the work they do.”

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As part of the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree course students have administered sport massages at various sporting events where people have run in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice. Student Robbie Head said: “We know how important it is to have a caring hospice in our city. Whenever we help out at sporting events there is loads of support for the hospice because they touch the lives of so many local families.”

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