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ST Cuthbert’s Hospice has teamed up with professional artists and talented youngsters for an exciting arts project.

On Saturday, May 7, we will kick start Dying Matters Awareness Week with a community picnic and art exhibition in our beautiful gardens.

The exhibition, Memories in the Wind, will feature artwork produced by young people from Durham Johnston School and professionals from Creative Youth Opportunities, a County Durham-based community interest company.Memories in the Wind St Cuthbert's Hospice

Earlier this year, the young people interviewed our Day Hospice guests about their lives and then focused on key moments as the inspiration for unique art installations.

Louise Johnston, Community Liaison Officer at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said: “The artwork celebrates the moments that make life special, from trips to the seaside to major family celebrations. It encourages us to think about what is important and to look at life and death as a journey.”

Dying Matters Week runs from Monday, May 9, to Sunday, May 15, and aims to get people talking about dying, death and bereavement in an open and honest way.

This year’s theme is the Big Conversation and Louise is keen to engage with young people.

“If we want to change the culture of how we look at, talk about and plan for end of life and eventually death, then we need to challenge the attitudes of young people and encourage them to think about it differently,” she said. “Hospices often struggle to connect with young people but our Memories in the Wind project has helped to bridge the gap.”

The Memories in the Wind Picnic takes place on Saturday, May 7, from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Members of the public are invited to bring a picnic and join in the fun.

For more information about the project, please contact Louise on 0191 374 6196 or

To find out more about Dying Matters Awareness Week, click here.


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