A FILM to show people the importance of hospices will be screened at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham this weekend after a local celebrant was inspired to bring the film to the county.

Funeral celebrant, Paul Kefford, 43 of Gastard came up with the idea to screen the film in the town through his work with families in the area – many of whom have been supported by Winsley-based hospice Dorothy House.

He said: “I am aware of the need for us all to have conversations for life. I sometimes say at funerals “in the presence of death, we must continue to sing the song of life” and this film certainly does that.

“If it helps open up just one conversation with loved ones about ‘last things’ and ‘last wishes’ then that just makes the difficult task of saying goodbye a little easier. Seven Songs is a beautifully thought-provoking film and it is marvellous that people have been so generous in their time and support to screen the film here in Corsham in support of such a brilliant place of joy, which is Dorothy House Hospice.”

The documentary, Seven Songs for a Long Life, follows six hospice patients, a nurse and a fundraiser and explores how individuals deal with their terminal diagnosis through humour and music.

Funds raised through the screening will be donated to Dorothy House as part of UK Hospice Care Week which ends this weekend.

The film will be shown on Saturday at 6.30 pm. Tickets are on sale at £5 with all proceeds to support the work of Dorothy House.

For more information, visit www.poundarts.org.uk/pound/boxoffice.