Innovative approach to Dying Matters

Students from King Edward VI College are holding an art exhibition and performing a play on Thursday 17 May to raise awareness about the Dying Matters campaign. It is an innovative approach to a difficult subject and has involved creating publicity materials and posters, working with terminally ill individuals to create artwork, taking to social media to tweet about Dying Matters and producing an original play. All of these exciting pieces of work will culminate in an art exhibition and performance of the play on Thursday 17th May 2018 at 6.30pm – 8.00pm at the King Edward College campus. The exhibition and performance is open to the public and you can request an invitation by contacting rachael.talbot@kecnuneaton.ac.uk Tickets will be released on a first come first serve basis and there are a limited number of spaces so we urge people to sign up as early as possible. (Please be aware that there is a minimal amount of strong language in the play so it is not recommended for very young children)

Dying Matters Awareness Week is a national initiative held every year in May, which provides an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. In 2018, the week will run from 14 to the 20 May and focuses on asking “What Can You Do… in your community?”

King Edward VI College, Mary Ann Evans Hospice, Myton Hospice, Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust have been working together to provide an innovative approach to raising awareness to the importance of matters for people when they are dying. Kay Greene, Director of Clinical Services for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice said “Working with the young people from the College for our Dying Matters Awareness Week project for 2018 has been inspiring and a privilege. Their commitment to the project and the work produced is of an outstanding calibre – we hope as many people as possible are able to come along and see and hear this powerful work personally in May”.

Uly Lyons, Principal of King Edward VI College said:
“It is a real privilege to be asked to take part in this year’s Dying Matters Awareness week. Our keen and enthusiastic students have taken the invitation to be involved with the collaborative project and excelled themselves and are putting together an event designed to get people in the local community talking about dying. It has been a fantastic opportunity for them to be involved. Our students have approached the topic with maturity and sensitivity and we can’t wait to see the finished project which will culminate in an event at the College on the evening of Thursday 17th May.”

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