The fact of the matter is its a service that none of us would like to experience and hopefully never will. In the UK someone dies from cancer every four minutes according to Cancer Research UK which is a worrying statistic! Luckily in South Devon we have an amazing local hospice that is in place to look after and care for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Rowcroft Hospice is a charity based in Torquay, South Devon. They help over 2000 people a year with life-limiting illnesses by providing comfort, support and specialist services in their patients’ homes, in the community and at our Inpatient Unit in Torquay, they enable families to share precious and joyful moments when they are needed most – whether it’s a beautiful wedding, remarkable reunion, simple thank you or gentle cuddle.
Captivate Visuals have worked with Rowcroft Hospice over the past few years supporting them in the form of video production, we have created a series of videos covering their unique fundraising events in South Devon from colour runs to midnight sleep walks around the beautiful Torbay coastline seeing first hand what the charity provides to the local people.
The Jones Family
In February last year we were contact by the senior marketing manager for Rowcroft to discuss an idea to film with the Jones family, we read through the brief and discovered that they were a family of four consisting of mum Faye, dad Robin and their two children Abbi and Poppie. Unfortunately Faye had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was being looked after by Rowcroft and agreed to alongside her family be featured in a video to emphasise the importance of the Rowcroft Sleep Walk event and with first hand experience explain what the money raised goes towards and how it helps the individuals and families involved. You can see the video here The Rowcroft Sleep Walk – Fayes Story.
Later on that year we received the devastating news that Faye had passed away from the cancer, it shocked us all and some awful news to receive.
An incredible story
A year goes by and we receive an email from Rowcroft with information that the two incredibly strong girls Abbi and Poppie and their dad Robin wanted to participate in a video to follow up emphasise the importance of the sleep walk after loosing their mum.
It was an incredible experience to work with the three of them again and to see how openly and passionately they were speaking about the hospice and how much they did for the family and the importance of events such as the Rowcroft Sleep Walk.
What you can do
The point of this post was to outline the importance of supporting our local charities in anyway possible from volunteering your professional services like we did to participate by running in their colour rush along Teignmouth seafront it all helps and you will be helping real life people with real life needs!