40 Faces of St Gemma's Hospice tells the stories of this vital local charity

To mark 40 years of St Gemma's Hospice, portraits of patients, families, volunteers and staff have been captured by Olivia Hemingway.

40 people representing the work of St Gemma’s Hospice have had their portraits captured by photographer Olivia Hemingway as part of a thought-provoking new project to mark the charity’s 40th year.

The exhibition, now open at Leeds City Museum, shares the heartfelt stories of patients, families, volunteers and staff.
This series goes behind the scenes of St Gemma’s Hospice to reveal the sometimes surprising and heart-warming truth about hospice care. The powerful portraits demonstrate strong feelings of hope, love, happiness, humour and bravery.  

One of the people featured is India, a teenager whose mum Karen was a patient at the Hospice last year. India shared her story about spending time with her mum at St Gemma’s Hospice. India said: “The Hospice wasn’t what I expected, it was lovely. We had a few Saturday nights in St Gemma’s. We sat there one Saturday and I did all mum’s make-up and we had a movie night.”  

India’s story, like many of the others, shows a side of St Gemma’s that people may not expect. The Hospice works hard to make family life as normal as possible and also provides bereavement support to patients’ families.  

The exhibition is suitable for all ages and is free to visit Tuesday – Sunday at Leeds City Museum from Tuesday 26 June to Sunday 23 September.  To discover more, view the online gallery or support St Gemma’s Hospice visit www.st-gemma.co.uk/40Faces  

Olivia Hemingway from West Yorkshire specialises is portraits and her work focuses on people’s lives in everyday surroundings. Olivia photographed the 40 Faces in places that were special to them and sometimes with objects that helped to tell their unique story.

Throughout 2018 St Gemma’s Hospice has been marking its 40th Anniversary, looking back at the history of the local charity and remembering all those it has cared for since 1978. This exhibition is an opportunity to see a snapshot of the charity today, in 2018, and hear from the people at the front line of hospice care.

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