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Property bags for bereaved relatives thanks to Macmillan funding

Bereaved relatives whose loved ones were cared for in palliative care wards in the South Wales valleys can take home their loved one’s items in bags featuring a design by an artist thanks to Macmillan funding.

Relatives collecting the items of loved ones cared for at specialist palliative care wards in Bridgend, Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taf will be able to take them home in a bag featuring the work of artist Kate Bond rather than a standard NHS plastic bag.

The bags have been funded by a grant of just over £5,000 from Macmillan Cancer Support working in partnership with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

The artwork is based on Kate’s mural created for the Y Bwthyn NGS Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Unit being built at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, which should open its doors later this year.

Artist Kate Bond said: “The mural at the new unit, opening later this year, is designed to promote peace and reflection.

“I took my inspiration for the project from the Welsh landscape: rolling hills in the distance, with ethereal feathery ferns in the foreground.”

Dr Ian Back, consultant in palliative medicine at Cwm Taf Morgannwg, said: “It’s the little details like this – bags that show thoughtfulness and kindness – that can make such a difference to how people feel at a difficult time”.

Macmillan’s grant has funded 3,000 bags for use across the health board area. They will be used for the property of people cared for by the specialist palliative care teams.

Richard Pugh, Head of Services (Wales) for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Macmillan is proud to have funded these new property bags thanks to the public’s donations and we hope they will bring some small comfort to families at such a tough time.

“Anyone who needs support, or simply a chat, can call us free on 0808 808 0000 or visit macmillan.org.uk.”