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Pottery sales to support local hospice

Keith Spence

A local man is using his pottery making skills to raise vital income to help the care, support and activities provided at Eden Valley Hospice.

Keith Spence, who has been making items of pottery for over 50 years, has created a range of beautiful items with the proceeds of the sales being donated to the local charity.

Keith, from Long Marton near Appleby, explained, “I have chosen to support Eden Valley Hospice because I am a strong supporter of the hospice movement, right from its beginnings with Cicely Saunders and the Cheshire homes. The work the hospice does is vital in caring for people of all ages, with life limiting conditions in a spirit of love, compassion and professional skill. The hospice deserves the support of the whole community.

“I have been making pottery for over 50 years, starting with a part-time course in art college down south, then progressing to working with a wide range of people in small community potteries I set up wherever I went. I am a retired Minister of the United Reformed Church and set up my pottery groups when I moved to a new church.

“I have enjoyed teaching pottery to anyone interested, and this included a 10 year period with the Day Centre of a hospice in Milton Keynes. I have just retired from leading a group in our village hall, as I am now in my 80s.

“This present collection of pots shows my interest in making small, cartoon type figures, and a fascination with the shapes and colours of leaves. I like turning the waste product of trees into something beautiful and permanent. If I can sell them to raise funds for the local hospice that would give me great pleasure.”

The sale of the pottery items will help Eden Valley Hospice to provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local people with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all the patients’ family, friends and carers.

As key workers, both the clinical and support staff teams at Eden Valley Hospice are here for the local community. The hospice is doing all it can during these times to continue to provide care to those in need, whilst following strict guidelines.

Eden Valley Hospice is open and continuing to provide care and compassion to local people with life limiting illnesses. The hospice is there for the local community and still supporting the NHS.

If you would like to purchase Keith’s pottery and support Eden Valley Hospice please visit All the items are handmade, decorated and fired either at earthenware or stoneware temperatures. To find out more about fundraising in aid of Eden Valley Hospice please visit or call the Fundraising Team on 01228 810801.

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