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Hares and rabbits

To help keep you inspired and engaged during these challenging times, our Living Well Centre team is bringing you themed activities and resources every fortnight.

We hope you’ve been enjoying our themed pages; please send in pictures of work you have done, we love to see them.

Our theme for the next two weeks is hares and rabbits. We hope you will enjoy finding out more about these animals by completing the quiz, reading books, watching films, and making some crafty rabbits. We have also included some advice on exercising and foot care, rabbits need to do both!

We really look forward to seeing any photos of rabbits and hares that you would like to send in to add to our gallery. Oh, and don’t forget to look up carrot cake recipes!

Creative Projects

There are so many ideas for creative projects inspired by this fortnight’s theme: we could rabbit on about them all day! Take a look at our gallery below for inspiration on just some of the craft projects you might like to try.

Make your own rabbit greeting cards

Read our how-to guide on making your own paper bunnies using two pence and five pence pieces. A cheap and cheerful way to make fun greetings cards!

How to draw a Brown Hare

Follow the instructions in the below pdfs and learn how to draw a majestic Brown Hare. Instructions are by Valerie Briggs.

Drawing instructions page one, page two and page three. Instructions on how to draw fur.

Rabbit quiz

Do you know what a baby rabbit is called? Or which breed of hare can run at 45mph? Test your knowledge with our rabbit quiz!

Exercises & games

A ‘hole’ lot of fun

Rabbits live in connecting tunnels underground called warrens.

You could have a bit of fun by rolling socks into balls (representing rabbits), and seeing how many you can roll into a cardboard box (representing the warren)!

This is great for hand-eye coordination and a good stretching exercise for your arms.

Great ideas for exercise

Visit the British Heart Foundation website for a host of tips and resources on getting active at home. You can find chair-based exercises, to strength-building exercises, and more, including specific tips for those who have a heart condition.

Books and films with a rabbit/hare theme

Take a look at our list of books and films which have a rabbit/hare theme. Have you read, or seen, any of the titles on our list?

Mindfulness: try to be less ‘hare’ and more ‘tortoise’ 

In stories and mythology, the hare has a reputation for being quick and careless. This leads me to wonder: what elements of our busy lives do we do quickly? Where do we forget to enjoy the simple things?

A simple, mindful practise can help us enjoy and appreciate the little things and assist in calming our busy minds. The next time you have something to eat, I invite you to eat mindfully. Here’s how to do that.

Before you put the food in your mouth to eat, look at the piece of food, notice the colour, the texture, its shape, and notice how it smells.

As you put it into your mouth, try not to chew it straight away and notice how it feels in the mouth as you chew it. Is it easy to chew, or hard? Does the taste change as you chew it? Chew it slowly and observe the thoughts and sensations you experience as you do so. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed your food more!

We can do many things mindfully: be it washing up, gardening, or a mindful walk – which is always nice, as you notice much more and can be surprised at the things we walk past and never notice.

Even if it’s for a few minutes today, be like the tortoise and not the hare and see how it feels.

Useful resources from our therapies team

Advice on preventing falls

Take a look at a presentation by hospice physiotherapist Charlotte Nicholls on how to reduce the risk of falls.

Managing cancer-related fatigue

Read this Fatigue Management Summary with plenty of advice on managing cancer-related fatigue.

Foot care

Just like rabbits and hares, we need to keep our feet in good condition so we don’t trip and fall.

Visit the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s website for resources on how to look after your feet.

Advice on getting a good night’s sleep

Take a look at this document with tips and guidance on helping you to get a restful night’s sleep.

Try a bit of research

Why not research Beatrix Potter, author of the famous children’s tale Peter Rabbit?

Where did she live? Did you know her house ‘Hill Top’ is now cared for by the National Trust? Do you know who played Beatrix in the 2007 film Miss Potter? What else can you discover about Beatrix Potter and the stories she wrote?

Some interesting videos, and websites, you might like to watch and visit:

Boxing hares: facebook.com/watch/?v=570152450509814

Hares in myth: folklorethursday.com/legends/chasing-hares-stories-myth-legend

David Hare Artist: wikiart.org/en/david-hare

How to draw a cartoon rabbit: youtu.be/gS6BQWvgZrE

Conserving the Brown Hare: gwct.org.uk/media/208618/Conserving-the-Brown-Hare.pdf

Rabbit & Hare Gallery

We’ll be sharing pictures on this fortnight’s theme in our gallery. If you’d like to send us a picture to include, please email Alison Mesley, hospice Art Therapist. Take a look at this cute picture of two leverets curled up asleep.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.