Hospices across the West Midlands will once again be joining forces to help raise awareness about hospice care for adults and children who have a life-limiting illness.

Following the success of last year’s ‘Love your Local Hospice’ campaign, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice will be teaming up with John Taylor Hospice, Acorns Children’s Hospice and St Giles Hospice this Valentine’s Day to spread the love in Birmingham.

As this is a time when people traditionally show feelings of love and affection and the campaign aims to encourage people to show some love to their local Hospice, whether it’s in the form of donations or volunteering.

On Tuesday 14th February, the four hospices will be out and about across the city making the day sweeter for locals. Staff and volunteers from Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice will be handing out iconic Love Heart sweets at the Great Western Arcade and St Paul's Square between 12-2pm to celebrate the campaign and to highlight the importance hospices play caring for individuals and their loved ones within local communities.

The Selly Park based Hospice provides free care and support for over 1,200 individuals and their families, carers and loved ones across Birmingham and Sandwell. It costs around £8million a year to run the Hospice with over half of these running costs come from voluntary donations. Funds raised through donations are vital to allow the staff at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice to carry on giving care and support to individuals and their families at the Hospice, in people’s homes and in the community.

Come along and get your sweet treat from Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice staff and volunteers in either location on Valentine’s Day. Show you #loveyourlocalhospice and ‘tweet your sweet’ to @brumshospice. Spread the love and show your support for a great cause!