Pip Mills

A Promise to Pip

Pip Mills loved the Art & Healing Table – sometimes she would be there by herself and sometimes she would bring her mum Trish, with whom she had a special bond. At this time this part of the service was very new with an uncertain future.

For Pip it was a place to be creative, to focus and forget her illness, to connect with other patients – to have fun and just be Pip! The opportunity to come together once a week at this special table with Melissa and Yoke who are well qualified facilitators has been a life-line for some, a place of safety for others, an opportunity to explore the inexpressible and a way to share with others at a meaningful level.

Tragically Pip died – far too young – a whole life unlived – she dreamed of getting married to Greg, having children, sharing her life with family and friends.

A ‘Promise to Pip’ – Greg, colleagues and friends set up a Foundation while Pip was alive to assist with treatment costs and other needs. Following her death and in line with Pip’s wishes what remained of the fund became a bequest left specifically to help fund the continuation of the Art & Healing Table at Dove House. In her lifetime Pip had worked for others over many years including prostitute outreach programmes, helping elderly people and through her church. This fun loving girl has left a legacy of her life well lived and continues to make a difference in people’s lives. The fund helped enormously in cementing the Art & Healing Table as an on-going integral part of the Dove programme of care.



Art & Healing Table at Dove House