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New Chair for St Luke's
27/04/2017

After a decade as a Trustee and seven years at the helm as Chairman at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Stuart Elford will be stepping down in May and passing on the baton to Christina Quinn.

It will be the end of an era for Stuart, who is Director of Operations and Development at GA Solicitors as well as a Director of the Devon Chamber of Commerce.

“I feel I have got a lot from St Luke’s over the years”, Stuart says, “I have learnt from it and taken joy from it. I am so proud of the organisation and the people in it. It has never been a chore for me; it has been a real joy to be involved.”

During his tenure with St Luke’s Stuart has faced a number of challenges, but even more so, a number of highlights and has played a crucial part in making St Luke’s what it is today.

“A key highlight of mine would be the instigation of Hospice without Walls and the Crisis Team. I was really proud to see this concept brought to life and to see it become the success it is now. Another would be when St Luke’s received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I remember feeling that it was such an honour to represent all the volunteers who put so much time and energy into St Luke’s. This showed true recognition of what the hospice has done and what we have achieved."

Stuart will be passing on the role of Chair to Christina Quinn, who will be officially taking over on 23 May.

“I feel I am leaving St Luke’s in good shape and will be leaving it in the capable hands of Christina, who will take on the baton from me. Her deep understanding of the healthcare and NHS landscape will bring vast benefits to the organisation and I really wish her well in the role. I thank you all for your support these last 10 years and I look forward to seeing what the future will bring for St Luke’s. It has been a pleasure, privilege and honour to be a part of the journey with you.”

Christina has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the health and social care sector. Originally from London, she trained as a nurse at St Bartholomews Hospital, before moving to the South West where she has since worked for the Plymouth NHS Trust and is currently Director of the South West NHS Leadership Academy.

Throughout her career, Christina’s key interests have been leadership and the impact of leadership in outcomes for patient care. In her current role she is responsible for shaping leadership development interventions at a national and regional level.
Having grown up in London, one of the main attractions for moving to this part of the country was Christina’s childhood longing to live by the sea. With hobbies including open water swimming and diving, she has truly embraced the lifestyle down here.
Becoming Chair is a role that Christina is proud to be taking on.

 “St Luke’s has always been an organisation that has been held very dearly by the city”, she says. “Having experienced St Luke’s through my position within the local healthcare profession, it is clear that it is an example of a really fantastic organisation, not only in how the staff themselves feel about it, but through its work within the community as a whole.

“I hope to continue the good work of Stuart and moving forward I hope that I will be able to offer my expertise and experience surrounding the health and social care sector. St Luke’s is prised and cherished by the community of Plymouth and the surrounding area. I want to continue to be an advocate and champion of St Luke’s, building and strengthening our identity both regionally and nationally.”

Christina will officially be taking over as Chair of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday 23 May. We wish her all the best in her new role.

St Luke's All Round Action Man: Martin Jones
27/04/2017

St Luke’s has played a part in many people’s lives, be they staff, volunteers or simply supporters. However for one man St Luke’s has featured as an intrinsic pillar throughout his life.

Martin Jones ‘an all round action man’ - as those close to him would describe him - is not one to do things by half. Formerly in the Parachute Regiment, he has spent his time as a mountain rescuer, with both the coastguard and lifeboat search and rescue teams and is now a retained firefighter. However in amongst all that he has had a connection with St Luke’s from when it first began, from helping to build our specialist unit at Turnchapel to volunteering in our Plymstock charity shop.

Originally from St Asaph in North Wales, a beautiful place that he describes as being ‘very lucky to live in’, with the beach on one side and mountains on the other; he was posted down to Mount Batten in the 1980’s.

“I didn’t know anyone as I had just moved down and saw the building work going on at the Turnchapel site. I jumped over the fence and asked if there was anything I could do to help. They said see that concrete mixer? Start pouring it.”

Martin would spend every evening and weekend helping on the site and when the unit was finally finished he even stayed on, helping to serve the food and cups of tea.
“I would spend more and more time talking to patients, I made some very good friends, so it was always very hard to see their health decline. I thought if I can at least talk football and rugby with some of them it might help."

“I will always remember one lady called Joan, a make-up artist for the theatre. I needed to go in fancy dress for a New Year’s Eve party at the pub. From her bed she did my make up as a female nurse, so there I was complete in heels and a nurses uniform. I had to run down the hill as I was running late and I will never forget my friends at the pub thinking something was going on at St Luke’s as there was a nurse in heels running madly down the hill.

“I always thought of them as more than patients. I didn’t see it as a task or bind. It’s always been something I have been happy to do.”

Martin started to spend his evenings at the unit as well, which was where he met Jenny, one of the night shift nurses who was soon to become his future wife.
Jenny spent over 25 years working at St Luke’s and now helps as a volunteer. Their daughter Jackie followed in her mother’s footsteps and also became a nurse for St Luke’s, continuing the family bond with the charity.

Alongside his marine safety business and firefighting, Martin now works every Saturday in the Plymstock charity shop.

“I was sending Jenny round the twist at home so she spoke to Rachel at the shop and arranged for me to help out there. For me I don’t see it as a task, I enjoy it. I am useful on the shop floor, helping to move heavy boxes and I keep the women in line”, he adds cheekily. “I even bring them cream cake on a Saturday afternoon.”

The support for St Luke’s does not stop there. Martin, who has the nickname ‘Station Officer Steele’ from Fireman Sam, amongst his fire station colleagues, also took on Men’s Day Out this year, complete with a dinosaur fancy dress costume.

It doesn’t look like he is about to stop now, as he is already making plans for next year’s event. And how does he describe himself? “I like living life on the edge, that’s why I married Jenny.”

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Make a Will Week 2017
27/04/2017

Over half of the population do not have a will and of those that do, over 20% of them have never reviewed it.* Have you thought about your future and what will happen if the worst happens?

St Luke’s Make a Will Week runs from Monday 15 – Friday 19 May. During the week local solicitors will be giving their time free of charge to update or create wills, in return for a donation to St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

This year 12 local solicitors will be taking part in the week including McClure’s Solicitors who kindly offer this service all year round for St Luke’s.

Alongside McClure’s, there will be: Nash & Co, Curtis Whiteford Crocker, Start Point Law, Howard & Over, GA Solicitors, Bright Solicitors, Evans Harvey, Thompson & Jackson, SW Law, The Will Centre and Portcullis Legals.

Simply contact a solicitor of your choice from the above list to make an appointment between 15 and 19 May, making sure to quote ‘St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Make a Will Week’.

Last year’s St Luke’s Make a Will Week raised an incredible £18,974 for patient care. That’s enough in one week to provide specialist care to 18 people at home, giving them access to a variety of care including nurses, social workers, physio’s and occupational therapists.

What people often forget is that making a will is not just about sorting out the financial aspects. A will ensures that your final wishes are clear. Your possessions and property are going to the right place, and the family and children you leave behind are looked after.

Nearly 25% of St Luke’s income comes from gifts left to them in wills, meaning that the care of every one in four patients is possible due to a legacy donation. Take the opportunity to get your affairs in order. Make a Will and make a real difference to people in your local community.

For more information click here!

Thirty years of Royal Mail Plymouth fundraising makes £500,000 for local charities
01/12/2016

The Royal Mail Plymouth Community Action Team has raised half a million pounds of donations for local charities over the last 30 years.

The team known as the '300 Club', all volunteer their time and energy each year to fundraising drives such as fun days, Marine Commando courses, sponsored swims, walks, quiz nights, the in-house tuck shop and cake sales for the good of the local community.

The group's Honorary Chairman and former Royal Marine, Bill Dunn explained that “The staff and the volunteers of Royal Mail have been very generous with their money and their time over the thirty years.”

Its particularly poignant, says Bill, as the group themselves have lost several young men to serious illnesses over the years, including dedicated fundraisers Neil Carravick, Robbie Connick and Steve Maddever, they will never be forgotten.

St Luke's Chief Executive Steve Statham added, 'The Committee have been incredible supporters of the hospice, right back to the early days when their donations helped us to get the doors open to the Community in the first place.  We really can't thank enough all the Royal Mail staff that have contributed over the years - together we have achieved something incredibly special'

The relationship between the Royal Mail Plymouth Community Action Team and St Luke’s began with a meeting between Bill, his wife Valerie, Pat Third and Elsie Morgan of the League of Friends of St Luke's Hospice, in the early 1980s. Starting with a sponsored swim, a series of events were organised between the Royal Mail and the Natwest Bank, culminating in the set up of the Royal Mail Community Action Team in 1986.

This year's donations go to six local charities selected by the staff including St Luke's, Cornish Blood Bikers, Caan School (formerly Downham School), MAPPs Derriford  Hospital, Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home and Mary Green Animal Rescue in Tavistock.

Festive fundraising for St Luke’s can make a huge difference for young mum Natasha
01/12/2016

Natasha Edwards from Deer Park and her eight-month old daughter have spent every day of the last two months visiting her father who is receiving specialist intensive care from St Luke‘s Hospice Plymouth.

And as the days darken and it draws towards Christmas, the local secondary school assistant is calling on businesses, schools and other organisations to raise funds for support just like that her family are receiving.

“You think you know St Luke’s but you don’t until it touches you personally,” says Natasha who first heard her father’s diagnosis of cancer earlier this year.

Now she and her daughter, Harlow-Bea, spend every day from 10am to 7pm at the hospice building in Turnchapel and have had the time and attention of the St Luke’s specialist nurses to help her and her family during this changing period of their lives.

“The support for us as a young family has been amazing. I’ve been able to be a daughter rather than a carer and we’ve shared some really precious moments,” says Natasha. “I know Harlow won’t remember but it has deeply impacted on us as a family.”

She has been particularly touched by the ease with which the entire family has been welcomed to share in making memories with her father.

“As a family we’ve all been here, my husband, Dad’s partner, his ex-wife and her partner, my aunt who stays through the week and many of Dad’s close friends. He has also been able to keep on touch with my brother and sister who live in New Zealand and Stratford-on-Avon respectively as the unit provides free wi-fi so we can video call,” she explains.

Over the Christmas week, over 300 patients just like Natasha’s dad will be receiving specialist end of life care from St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. And with only 33% of funding provided by the government the charity looks to community and event fundraising to help fill the gap.

This year the team is asking for schools, businesses and local groups to do something funny for money for one day in December, from a Christmas jumper day, a bake sale, a small donation on customer’s bills or just skipping sending festive cards and making a donation instead. The money raised from these efforts will go to supporting Natasha’s family and others in a similar situation. 

St Luke’s Community Fundraising Assistant, Rebecca Kelly said, “Festive Friday is a brilliant way to get people together and our fundraising pack is full of ideas you can use to help our families. It’s a lovely way to give something to your community at this special time of year.”

For more information, or to register online, visit: https://stlukes-hospice.org.uk/festive. The fundraising team are also available to take your questions on 01752 492626 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm).

St Luke's lights up this Christmas with Light Up a Life festive celebration
01/12/2016

As part of their annual Light Up a Life memorial events, St Luke's is taking donations this Christmas to adorn their unit in Turnchapel with festive lights in memory of Plymouth's loved ones that are no longer with us.

The lights draped across the local landmark building are each dedicated to the memory of a person or family and can be seen from across the Plymouth landscape. A small donation secures a light and can be made via the St Luke's website before this Thursday, 1 December.

The charity is also supporting those missing a cherished family member or friend at this time of year with Light Up a Life non-religious joyous memorial services, sponsored by Gill Akaster Solicitors, at churches across the area.

This year's programme includes a service at St Eustachius’ Church, Tavistock on Thursday 1 December at 7.00pm, Saltash Methodist Church on Wednesday 7 December at 1.30pm and the Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth on Wednesday 14 December at 2.00pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Those wishing to attend events do not need to register or have tickets and sessions are free of charge. Voluntary donations can be taken on the day.

Reverend Joe Dent, Rector of the Minster of St Andrews explained, "We are delighted to be able to host the Light Up a Life service at St. Andrew's again, St Luke's holds a really significant place in the heart of many Plymouthians. Please do join us for this special Christmas service."

At the beginning of the Plymouth service, hospice volunteers and keen runners will enter the church with a lit torch they have carried all the way from the charity’s specialist unit at Turnchapel. This torch is then used to light large church candles, which are in turn used to light the smaller candles held by the congregation.

Marian Kennedy, Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s said, "It's a tradition for St Luke's to help people remember their loved ones at this time of year. We welcome the chance to remember those not with us at this time of year, whether or not they were treated by St Luke's, and think it's important to give people the opportunity to come together and share memories this Christmas."

It is estimated that over the Christmas week, over 300 patients will be receiving specialist end of life care from St Luke's, part of the over 3,200 patients and their families treated each year. Donations from our community raised by these and other events support people wherever they wish to be treated, in their homes, at Derriford Hospital or at the specialist unit in Turnchapel.

For more information visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/light

Top 3% inspection rating from government regulator
21/10/2016

The incredible staff at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are bursting with pride this week as the government’s care regulator rated the service they give as outstanding, an accolade currently given to less than 3% of the organisations they inspect.


The Care Quality Commission (CQC) looked at the work of St Luke’s for a week earlier this year, visiting both its specialist unit at Turnchapel and the team of nursing and social care staff coordinating people’s care at home. Across the board the hospice team offered, “outstanding end of life care which enabled people to experience a comfortable, dignified and pain-free death,” says the report.


It’s the little differences, believes the hospice team, that take the care to the next level; such as the report’s mention of the attention paid to “people's individual social and psychological needs.” This includes supporting families with children with a play area and “ways to engage with young children such as providing a paddling pool.”


Stuart Elford, Chairman of the St Luke’s Board of Trustees said, “This is an important and well-deserved recognition for the staff and volunteers who make St Luke’s the special place it is by working tirelessly with devotion and dedication to excellent standards of care. The ‘outstanding’ accolade will be no surprise to the patients of St Luke’s or their families who consistently comment on the high quality of the service provided. On behalf of the board I offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks and congratulations to the whole team for all their efforts which have resulted in being awarded this outstanding rating.”


In a ringing endorsement of the hard-working local charity, people and relatives that spoke to the inspector said the, “staff approach was exceptionally kind and compassionate,” leaving the CQC to conclude “people were at the heart of the service” and “all aspects of their medical, emotional and spiritual needs were personalised.”


The CQC expert also picked up on the charity’s ethos of community saying the service did “excellent work” on continually looking at what local people needed, such as the innovative Crisis Team to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.


And to make this whole idea of people-centred care work the staff are “exceptionally well-trained and had excellent knowledge of each person”, allowing them to go, “that extra mile to ensure people’s needs were met in a holistic way, including support for people's loved ones.”


A CQC report is filed based on evidence collected by an expert to reach judgements about whether caring services are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. Conclusions are then considered by an independent panel before publication. The full version of the latest St Luke’s 2016 inspection outcomes will be available on the CQC website shortly.


According to the regulator’s own data, 994 healthcare providers were rated in the last month (as of 19 October 2016). Of these 28 (or 2.8%) rated as outstanding. Overall, just 0.7% of all organisations matched or exceeded the St Luke’s report by receiving outstanding ratings in four areas or above. 

St Luke’s home care service expands to cover Tavistock and Ivybridge
26/09/2016

Home help for people living in Tavistock and Ivybridge just got a little brighter as St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth expands the operations of its domiciliary care agency.

St Luke’s Care offers a range of both long and short term paid-for services to support people to continue to live in their own home, donating any profit it makes back into the work of the hospice. And with this expansion of the service comes a new look for the hard-working team who will now wear a distinctive shade of pink that reflects their warm and compassionate approach to supporting people in their own homes.

St Luke’s Care Business Manager Sarah Roberts explained, “While we are connected to the hospice, St Luke’s Care can provide professional end of life care within the home setting together with bespoke personal care packages which may include meal preparation, attending appointments, getting out and about, or other targeted support.”

With the addition of the new locations St Luke’s Care now covers all of Plymouth and the surrounding area. All of the staff have completed a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate criminal record check and are required to commit to national-standard training in their field.

To find out more about care packages please call 01752 964240 or visit www.stlukescare.co.uk

St Luke’s crisis care for people at the end of their lives expanded to East Cornwall
08/08/2016

People in East Cornwall can now access a new 24-hour specialist nursing service as St Luke’s extends the work of its Crisis Team to help people in and around Looe, Liskeard, Saltash, Callington, Torpoint and Launceston from 15 August 2016.

The innovative pilot initiative from the local hospice charity provides terminally ill patients a 72 hour window of specialist care at home to stabilise symptoms, avoid any unnecessary admission to hospital or facilitate rapid discharge from hospital or hospice back home.

The team will work in close partnership with other community health and social care providers in East Cornwall to enhance end of life care services and offer solutions to crisis situations where a patient does not have care arrangements in place. For example, if they need to quickly return home from hospital and their family needs help to look after them.

George Lillie, Clinical Director of St Luke’s explained, “This is an important pilot project that we envisage will lead to a closer working relationship with Cornwall Hospice and other community providers that will see investment and development of services in end of life care within Cornwall. GPs, district nurses and other healthcare staff can now easily refer their patients to our team and we look forward to providing crucial care to families in times of crisis.”

The service already runs in and around the Plymouth area and has helped get people home who don’t need to be in hospital and supported hundreds of families to respect their loved ones wishes to die at home.

Dawn Tame-Battell, Director of Patient Services for Cornwall Hospice Care said, "We welcome this development and will work closely with St Luke's. We’re monitoring the pilot project with interest and hope that we could discuss our involvement in the development of similar services across the whole county in the future. All our hospice services continue to operate in Cornwall and patients can still choose to be cared for by us if they wish."

St Luke’s is a charity organisationand receives no funding for crisis interventions, relying instead on the generosity of the community to be able to offer this kind of vital support. In 2015, the hospice needed to raise an additional £4 million to supplement the money it receives from the NHS to provide its services, including admissions to its specialist unit and end of life care at Derriford Hospital, for people in the East Cornwall area.

Summer Raffle Draw 2016 - winning numbers!
24/06/2016

Summer Raffle Winners 2016

£2,000 winner - Mrs Hill from Plympton
£500 - Ann Wright
Mercedes for weekend - Brenda Rogerson

View full list of winners

Winners will recieve their prize in the post during w/c 27 June 2016 - congratulations!

 

Let’s reclaim the night for St Luke’s says top Plymouth businesswoman
27/05/2016

It’s time for the women of Plymouth to reclaim the night in support of people diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses says the Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Mark & St John, Professor Cara Aitchison.

This year she and many of the city’s top businesswomen will be taking on a 3, 6 or 13 mile walk starting from the University’s grounds to support hard-working local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

This is the second time Cara has taken part in the walk, having first completed it in 2014. She explains, “Two years ago I took part although unlike many of the other women walking I wasn’t walking in memory of a friend, colleague or relative.”


“This year is rather different as everyone seems to have a phase in their lives where they lose a number of people close to them. I’ve recently lost a very good friend and my postgraduate tutor to cancer while another very good friend, two close relatives and my PhD supervisor are currently having their own battles with cancer.”

Like countless others across the country she feels the heartache of these types of difficult diagnoses but says this should be a spur for individuals and communities to take positive action in support of organisations like St Luke’s.

She explains, “I think it’s a way of showing solidarity with those trying to combat cancer or other illnesses, whether they are patients or researchers seeking cures. Women are very good at joining together in a collective, supportive way. We mustn’t just throw our hands up in the air; there is something we can all do.”

This year’s walk takes place on 9 July. Sign up for £18 and get entry to the walk, a t-shirt, a hot drink, a medal, continental breakfast and live entertainment.

Registration is available at www.stlukesmidnightwalk.co.uk 

“I have a huge admiration for anyone working in or for St Luke’s and so much happens behind the scenes,” says Cara. “We should all come out in support of those who dedicate themselves to the care of others. You never know when you yourself might need their help.”

Why you need a job to get a job: Step up to success says St Luke’s campaign
26/05/2016

Volunteering for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has been a big career step for three of their supporters showcased in a new recruitment campaign.

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. The hard-working local hospice charity currently has 963 volunteers developing their skills in all areas of their operations, from reception to counselling and retail operations to maintenance.

The “Step Up” campaign being rolled out across the thirty-plus St Luke’s stores in the region highlights the importance of volunteering as a step up in confidence, to education or to a new career.

Vicky Stockton, who was originally a volunteer but has since stepped up to a paid role said, “My mum volunteered first as the hospice was such a help in looking after my dad and she dragged me in. After many years at home raising my son, coming to volunteer made me more confident and better with people. We’ve got such a mix of people - black, white, gay, straight, young, old – we’re that kind of group of people that anybody fits.”

Alice Giles who used St Luke’s volunteering as a step up into a nursing degree highlighted, “I first came to volunteer three years ago because I was thinking about applying to university but I liked it so much I stayed. And it was really helpful, I was accepted to study mental health nursing and the admissions tutor asks lots of questions about what I did here during the interview. I really enjoy the variety of different people you get to meet  – either staff, patients or visitors.”

Former volunteer Sarah-Jane Henfrey recently stepped into the post of shop manager of a St Luke’s store on the Barbican. She explained, “The big difference we can offer is that we will give people time to develop their skills. Unlike work on the high street we don’t mind if it takes a while for you to understand the till or build your confidence. Personally I found volunteering really rewarding - five years ago I would never have thought I would be getting paid to do this!”

St Luke’s charity shops completed over 536,740 transactions last year, contributing around 25 per cent of the funds needed from the community to offer the very best of end-of-life care to thousands of people from Salcombe to Looe, via Tavistock and the moors.

The charity is keen to promote new skills and opportunities for its workforce and actively encourages staff to train and progress. Find out more about how you too can step up.

The “Step Up” campaign is part of events to celebrate the national Volunteers’ Week from the 1-12 June. This is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. More details are available here!

St Luke’s needs yachts to get on board for charity sailing pursuit
09/05/2016

St Luke's Hospice Plymouth is searching for keen sailors to go the distance to help local people by taking part in an epic charity pursuit on Plymouth Sound on June 18.


The Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit, hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club, is now open for early registration before May 31.

The 26-mile offshore challenge is perfect for anyone enthusiastic about sailing and welcomes yachts large or small, racing or cruising, old or new as long as they meet the Eddystone criteria and are equipped to sail the course from Plymouth Sound to the Deep Hand Buoys and back.

The charity's community fundraiser, Rebecca Bristow, said: "Each yacht needs to gain sponsorship to take part so please get in touch if you want to sail for St Luke's.
"We know there are some fantastic sailors out there in our community and we would be delighted if they could give some of their time to help us raise the over £4 million a year need to be there for the most unwell people in our area."

Participants pay an entrance fee of £21 per boat and raise at least £50 in sponsorship provided registration is received before the May 31 deadline. After this date sailors may enrol but the fees are higher. The prize fund on the day is £18,000 which is split between category winners and goes directly to the nominated charities.

If you have a boat and want to do something for St Luke’s, or don’t have a boat but would like to take part, then please contact Rebecca on 01752 246597.

The Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit is currently sponsored entirely by a private charitable trust and was first sailed in 2002. It is currently the third largest fund raising event in the South-west, having to date raised over half a million pounds.

A picture is worth a thousand words
26/04/2016

Local artist Paul Acraman has been so inspired by a recent charity garden, he has recreated the garden in paint for people to cherish for years to come.

St Luke’s Forget-Me-Not garden has been running on Plymouth Hoe for the month April, offering the community the chance to cherish memories in a very unique way.

The garden features 1,000 individually handcrafted forget-me-not flowers, set against the iconic Smeaton’s Tower backdrop.

Signed high-quality prints of the original piece depicting the display have been kindly donated by Paul Acraman to raise money for St Luke’s: “Seeing the garden for the first time you are really taken back just how beautiful it looks. You then start to realise that each one of the flowers tells its own unique story, remembering someone special and a celebration of their life. Treasuring those memories is so important. I have always supported St Luke’s over the years, and this painting I hope captures not only the beauty, but a celebration of life.”

The prints are available to order priced £25 (including postage and packing)  www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/print

There is a final chance to view the garden this Bank Holiday weekend, after this the flowers will be sent on to their new homes as a permanent memory of a loved one.

Persons wishing to purchase a flower can order one for £28 via the St Luke’s website: www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/flower

Steve Statham appointed as new head of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth
19/04/2016

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is officially under new management as Steve Statham, the charity’s long-serving deputy Chief Executive Officer, is handed the reins of the top job.

Steve has 12 years of experience with the hospice, originally managing the support services and facilities, before taking up the post of acting head following management changes last year.

“I’m delighted to be able to get stuck in to the job full-time,” Steve explains, adding, “there’s so much more hospices can do for their communities to make sure people in need are never alone. I’m looking forward to pushing our services to more areas, more people and more places.”

St Luke’s covers Plymouth, West Devon and Southeast Cornwall and currently works with around 3,200 people each year via its community nursing teams, a specialist inpatient unit and its partnership with the local hospital trust. St Luke’s was one of the first hospices in the country to offer an integrated service, and is proud of its efforts to promote and deliver high-quality education on end-of-life issues.

Key to the challenges for the new boss will be streamlining the hospice’s existing efforts into the government’s ambitions for palliative care. “Thanks to the hard work of our teams we’re in a good position to meet the changing demands of end of life care, but there’s always room for innovation. I’m looking forward to supporting our people to continue to deliver fantastic care, service, products and ideas.”

Steve was officially appointed following a competitive recruitment process which drew applications from impressive candidates from across the UK, adds the St Luke’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Stuart Elford.

“It was clear that he was an exceptional candidate and clearly had the support of the staff, in particular the Senior Management Team who have great confidence in and respect for him. It was a tough choice as other candidates could have brought other skills to the table, but we have made the right decision and I am excited for the future of St Luke’s.”

Steve holds a masters degree in hospice leadership from the University of Lancaster. He also serves on the advisory council of Hospice UK.

£300,000 donation keeps St Luke’s crisis team nurses on the roads
18/04/2016

Hundreds of families in Devon will continue to receive specialist care at home for loved ones at the end of their lives thanks to a fantastically generous donation to St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

The hard-working local hospice charity has just received a £300,000 gift from the Garfield Weston Foundation to part-fund their crisis team for the next two years.

This money will support the St Luke’s crisis team who work in partnership with local health providers to support families at home and prevent unnecessary or emergency hospital stays. This is done by providing a 72-hour window of specialist care to stabilise symptoms or facilitate prompt discharge from hospital.

In 2015, the St Luke’s Crisis Team supported 332 people with end of life conditions to stay at home with their families. They also supported carers and loved ones who may be under immense pressure to respond to a rapidly changing situation.

Maggie Draper, Head of Community Care at St Luke’s explains, “We are absolutely delighted at the fantastic news that the Garfield Weston Foundation are so impressed with our service, that they are helping to fund it over the next two years. Staff are thrilled that their compassionate work has been recognised and this grant enables us to continue to deliver and develop this service further enabling more people to receive the care they need at home when they need it most.”

Garfield Weston is a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years. Their aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to help those most in need, from small community groups to large national institutions.

St Luke’s Forget-Me-Not display to bloom on Plymouth Hoe this April
24/03/2016

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is placing hundreds of handcrafted forget-me-not flowers in a remembrance garden on Plymouth Hoe this April.

The garden, which will also contain memory boards with the names of persons nominated by loved ones to be remembered as part of the charity’s Forget-Me-Not campaign, offers the local community the chance to cherish memories in a very unique way.

Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Emma Winter said: “We’re running this display for the second time this year and it will be just as stunning. Each flower is individually handcrafted while hot and therefore distinctly different.”

Persons wishing to purchase a flower can order one for £28 via the St Luke’s website: www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/flower

Also available this year are signed high-quality prints of an original piece depicting the display on the Hoe in full effect generously donated by local artist Paul Acraman.

These can be yours for £25 including postage and packing

End of life champions are helping to create compassionate communities
24/03/2016

Care for people at the end of their lives in our area just got a little better as end of life champions graduated from a three months specialist end of life course.

The End of Life Care Champions course has brought together professionals from across the health and social care field including district nurses, the prison service, paramedics, social workers, drug and alcohol nurses and workers and staff from Derriford Hospital to learn more about this important issue. The 50 Champions not only volunteered to explore further into end of life care issues with a series of group sessions, but also built a body of work to evidence how they’ve applied their new understandings back in their workplace.

Gail Wilson, Associate Director of Education at St Luke’s explained, “It is really important that as a hospice we can support staff from all areas to deliver better end of life care in their settings. There have been some fantastic outcomes, for example, Livewell Southwest now has its own End of Life Champions forum so they can continue to improve the care for those at end of life; and the Prison service is looking into how it can better support inmates who are at end of life. There are many more examples of great practice and by supporting others we can truly be a hospice without walls”

The course was delivered by St Luke’s education department (who have just receive a Highly Commended Star Award from Health Education England for being the Best Education and Training Team in the Southwest) with support from a range other St Luke’s staff which included Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Specialist Palliative Care Nurses. The Plymouth Coroner Officer Mr Geoff Dawson also delivered a session advising staff what to do when a death was unexpected and when the Coroner needed to be informed.

Hazel Roberts from The Livewell Southwest Drug and Alcohol Team said: “We have noted an increase deaths of service users related to drug and alcohol use. The End of Life Care Champions project has given me the confidence to raise the profile of end of life care within the service and what's more, help us with those very difficult end of life conversations and consider greater opportunities for advanced care planning.

We are working on several projects both with service users, other care providers and the voluntary sector to understand the experience of those affected by sudden and avoidable death through substance misuse. This will help us to have a better understanding of the conversations we need to have with service users, their families and their affected friends as well as offer better support to staff. We will continue our efforts to reduce the risks of sudden and avoidable death and reduce the impact on families and communities.”

Claire Foxwell, from the Programme Management Office at Health Education England explained, “It is exciting to see that the training provided by St Luke's has enabled partnership working and supported staff to work collaboratively together to share knowledge and best practice.  By listening to those staff who shared their experiences and projects, they now have the confidence to discuss issues in a different way and also think differently about the challenges that caring for end of life patients brings.”

St Luke’s supports vulnerable communities in making end-of-life decisions
24/03/2016

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is pleased to announce the launch of a new easy-read future and end of life care plan designed with people who have a communication or learning disability in mind.

The visually-driven booklet supports people to think,  talk about and write down how and where they would like to be cared for in the future. It also helps to inform future decision making if they are not in a position to either make and/or communicate their health or social care choices at a later date. Following a chance conversation that highlighted the need for this type of support, the plan has been developed with the help of a steering group from Plymouth People First, a self-advocacy organisation for adults with a learning disability.

Anthony Jarwood from the steering group said, “"By taking part in the end of life steering group I learnt that I have choices around my care and how I want to be remembered. I also learnt that knowing peace is important."

The thinking behind the document is that if individuals are only given the opportunity to discuss their choices when they are in ill-health they may not feel physically or emotionally strong enough to do so. On a similar note, they may not be given the time they need to communicate, consider or understand what choices are available to them.

Paula Hine, St Luke’s Education and Development Manager said, “It's great to see the advance care plan eventually in print after everyone's hard work and commitment. Plymouth People First have been an inspirational community to work with and have given us lots of food for thought regarding respect and choice at end of life and we look forward to hearing how the plan has been received and used.”

Talking about care choices in advance helps to reduce stress and anxiety for individuals, their families and carers. Talking also allows decisions to be carefully considered and based on the individual's wishes and beliefs - key to person-centred care.  Everyone can use the plan but it has been particularly designed for people who have a communication or learning disability that are often not given the opportunity to discuss these issues. With the support of NHS New Devon clinical funding this plan will now be made available and used across Devon.

St Luke’s training for district nurses to verify deaths reduces upsetting delays
15/03/2016

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s education department has provided training to Livewell Southwest’s community nurses so they can continue to undertake verification of death of patients on their caseload.

Verification of death - sometimes referred to as pronouncing death or confirming death - is the procedure of determining whether a person is actually deceased. All deaths, regardless of where they happen, should be subject to verification that life has ended, traditionally this role was filled by doctors however registered nurses and other healthcare professionals may undertake this role.

Since its rollout in September 2015, the St Luke’s programme has been delivered to thirty two registered nurses. Judith Talbot from the St Luke’s education team explains the procedures being taught include, “listening for breath sounds with a stethoscope, using a pen torch to see if the eyes are reacting to light and checking the carotid pulse in the neck.”

Judith continues, “On top of physical examination we also cover whether it’s OK for the nurse to verify that death – for example, are there reasons for it to be referred to the coroner? This could be that the death was unexpected or it’s from a condition that requires further reporting or investigation. Our training provides nurses the knowledge and confidence to make that decision.”

The day-long training sessions respond to the growing scope of work nurses are doing in the community and support continuity in end of life care for patients, their families and relatives. By providing a framework within which registered nurses may safely verify an expected death - such as that resulting from a known natural process - unnecessary and potentially distressing delays in verifying a death can be reduced.

Coral Styles Professional Lead from Livewell Southwest said, “We are delighted that St Luke’s education department were able to provide this excellent verification of death programme for our registered nurses. We see this as an integral part of the care we provide to patients who are at the end of their life. Being there to support family and carers at what is often a very emotive and difficult time is an essential part of the role of our community nursing teams.”

Time to remember as St Luke’s treasures a community’s memories
17/02/2016

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is encouraging people to make, share and treasure precious memories this spring with dedications to those we’ve lost in their memorial garden on Plymouth Hoe.

The much-loved local charity just launched its annual Forget-Me-Not campaign, this year, which runs until the end of April. This is an opportunity for supporters old and new to honour the memory of a loved one with a dedication on memorial boards which will be placed against the backdrop of an idyllic blue and white garden on Plymouth Hoe.

Emma Winter, Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s explained, “The memorial boards are my favourite part of this memorial campaign. They sit in front of our stunning Forget-Me-Not garden and are really an elegant way to hold a memory close. But it’s more than just a memory, we’re bringing people together to share their time and thoughts.”

The boards and garden will be available for visits from 1 April and a memorial trail to dedicate the display will be held on Plymouth Hoe’s promenade on 3 April at 2pm. These will include poetry, opportunities for reflection and a chance to recall the work and impact of St Luke’s.

People wishing to take part can contact the charity with the name they would like to list and a donation before Friday 18 March. Information on how to do this can be found at www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/remember or by calling 01752 492626.

Here come the girls: St Luke’s launches the 2016 Midnight Walk
03/02/2016

Hard-working local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is ready to rock the city once again as the award-winning annual Midnight Walk opens registration for its 10th birthday walk.

This year, sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, there will be three routes, covering three, six or 13.1 mile routes. These will take ladies out and around Plymouth's cityscape - starting and finishing at the home of event supporters, the University of St Mark & St John.

Whether you’re in it for the challenge, just for fun or to walk in memory of someone close to you, says the charity, St Luke’s promises to pump up the very pinkest party for their big birthday bash.

Jon Loney, Managing Partner at Nash & Co, said, “We are proud to offer our support to St Luke’s for this very special occasion.  We look forward to working with them and co-sponsor the University of St Mark & St John to encourage participation and generate as much money as possible for what is a critically important service for Plymouth and the region.”

Simon White, Sports Centre Manager at the University of St Mark & St John said, “we are extremely pleased to be supporting the Midnight Walk again, especially for its 10th birthday. The night always proves to be an extremely fun evening whilst raising money for a well worthy local cause. We’re really looking forward to the 9th July.”

Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Emma Winter said, “We are extremely grateful to both Nash & Co and the University of St Mark & St John for backing the Midnight Walk’s 10th birthday. This year promises to be a real celebration of one of the most popular events in the local charity calendar.”

But it’s not all glitz and glitter. The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s deliver specialist end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Register online at www.stlukesmidnightwalk.co.uk

St Luke's lights up this Christmas with Light Up a Life festive celebration
23/11/2015

As part of their annual Light Up a Life memorial events, St Luke's is taking donations this Christmas to adorn their unit in Turnchapel with festive lights in memory of Plymouth's loved ones that are no longer with us.

The lights draped across the local landmark building are each dedicated to the memory of a person or family and can be seen from across the Plymouth landscape. A small donation secures a light and can be made via the St Luke's website before 27 November.

The charity is also supporting those missing a cherished family member or friend at this time of year with Light Up a Life non-religious joyous memorial services, sponsored by Thompson and Jackson Solicitors, at churches across the area.

This year's programme includes a service at Saltash Methodist Church on Wednesday 9 December, 1.30pm, at Tavistock's St Eustachius Church on Thursday 10 December at 7.00pm. The final session will be at the Minster of St Andrews, Plymouth on Wednesday 16 December at 2.00pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Those wishing to attend events do not need to register or have tickets and sessions are free of charge. Voluntary donations can be taken on the day.

Reverend Joe Dent, Rector of the Minster of St Andrews explained, "We are delighted to be able to host the Light Up a Life service at St. Andrew's again, St Luke's holds a really significant place in the heart of many Plymouthians. Please do join us for this special Christmas service."

At the beginning of the Plymouth service, hospice volunteers and keen runners will enter the church with a lit torch they have carried all the way from the charity’s inpatient unit at Turnchapel. This torch is then used to light large church candles, which are in turn used to light the smaller candles held by the congregation.

Emma Winter, Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s said, "It's a tradition for St Luke's to help people remember their loved ones at this time of year. We welcome the chance to remember those not with us at this time of year, whether or not they were treated by St Luke's, and think it's important to give people the opportunity to come together and share memories this Christmas."

It is estimated that over the Christmas week, over 300 patients will be receiving specialist end of life care from St Luke's, part of the 3,200 patients and their families treated each year. Donations from our community raised by these and other events support people wherever they wish to be treated, in their homes, at Derriford Hospital or at the Inpatient Unit in Turnchapel.

For more information visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/light.

St Luke’s biggest ever giveaway to net one lucky winner an £8,000 car
23/11/2015

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is teaming up with Rowes Suzuki this winter to offer one lucky winner a new car worth over £8,000.

To be in with the chance of winning the five-door Suzuki Celerio SZ3 with metallic paint, grab your £1 raffle tickets before 8 December 2015 either from the St Luke’s website or from the charity’s Win A Car road show team. The draw will then take place on 11 December – just in time for Christmas.

In the last couple of weeks before the draw closes the hard-working local hospice fundraisers are taking the car on the road to raise as much as possible. So if you want to check out what could be parked on your drive by the end of the year take a look at: 

Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge  – 24 and 28 November
Dickensian Evening, Tavistock – 27 November
Plymouth City Centre, Cornwall Street – 4 December

Sarah Brooks, St Luke’s Lottery Manager, said, “This is a great early Christmas present for someone and we thank Rowes Suzuki for their generosity at this time of year. Tickets are available from us at our roadshow across the area or online – someone better make a lot of space under this year’s Christmas tree!”

Mick Brockwell, Rowes Suzuki Sales Manager, said, “We are delighted to be able to assist St Luke’s with their fund raising and the Celerio is a great prize to win. With its low running costs, compact size and high specification it’s the perfect runabout or second car.”

The charity would also be interested to hear from businesses that would kindly sell tickets on behalf of St Luke’s. Get in touch on 01752 492626 or email lottery@stlukes-hospice.org.uk.

For more information visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/car

St Luke’s Crisis Team celebrates one year of caring when it’s needed most
13/11/2015

When Sarah Denne of Tavistock first heard that the St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Crisis Team were coming to visit her home she was unsure as to who was going to arrive.

Our St Luke’s Crisis Team, celebrates its first birthday this week (w/c. 16.11.15). During the year we have supported many families at home during a time of crisis. In the case of Sarah and her family, there was a need for immediate care for her husband, Christopher as he moved into the last weeks of his life with a diagnosis prostate cancer.  

“I was dubious about the use of the word crisis, “she explains: “but from the very first second they put us at ease. After the first visit my husband was in tears because he felt so much better. They were so gentle and lovely.”

The innovative initiative from our charity provides terminally ill patients a 72 hour window of specialist care at home to stabilise symptoms, avoid any unnecessary admission to hospital or facilitate rapid discharge from hospital or hospice back home.

Our service is also there to assist and support families and carers who at times can be under immense pressure, supporting them to respond to a rapidly changing situation and enabling them to continue providing care. 

Sarah continues: “I cannot exaggerate how much difference it made to the last few hours of his life. He was getting incredibly hard to look after. Christopher wanted to die at home, but I was beginning to wonder how this would be possible. Once the St Luke’s team came it was absolutely wonderful. We really got to know them – there was never any question of feeling an invasion in our home.”

“The best thing about Christopher being cared for at home was friends and family could come and visit whenever they wanted, which he absolutely loved, especially our 2 year old grandson who was staying with us in the last days.”

Christopher sadly passed away in the early hours of 21 October 2015, in his family home in Tavistock. “There is no doubt, the Crisis Team made it possible for us all to be together at home, not in a hospital bed or hospice, but in our home surrounded by family. These were the wishes of Christopher and St Luke’s made it possible for him to have a dignified death.”

Sarah’s story is just one of many where the care this specialist team provides, extends far beyond the patient and reaches out to the family and carers as Sharon Smerdon, Crisis Team Lead explains: “We often hear stories of how our intervention gives that extra support to loved ones, allowing them to concentrate on been a husband, wife or partner, rather dealing with the pressures of been the carer all alone at a time of crisis.”

Janet from Mainstone is another carer who sings the praises of the Crisis Team,
 “I never heard about them before,“ she explains: “but it was a relief to know that someone was going to come in.“ Jack has a cancer diagnosis and was finding it difficult to get around so the team, “got him up and washed him and looked after him during the day”, she explains, “without them it would have been very hard at home, I would have been worn out.“

Janet continues: “They were really helpful advice-wise. I could call someone anytime of the day or night and it was nice to have that reassurance The Crisis Team helped out immensely and made me feel confident that I could cope – there was always somebody there when we needed it.“

In its first 12 months of operation our team has cared for 280 patients at home, including those in residential homes. Typically these interventions are for a 72 hour period, seven days a week, for families living anywhere from Plymouth to Dartmoor and Tavistock and across to the South Hams and Kingsbridge. 

Crisis Team Lead, Sharon said: “The Crisis Team only exists with the generous support and donations from the local community. It costs on average £2,000 per patient to run the service, but stories like we have just heard prove just how much of a difference we are making. We can only do it with your support.”

Sharon added: “Our aim is simple. To be there at a time of Crisis and where it is medically possible, avoid unnecessary admission to hospital or hospice, honouring the patients last wish to die at home.”

The Crisis Team, which currently receives no NHS funding, is another major milestone in our aim to reach out and care for even more local people as part of their vision to achieve a community where no-one has to die alone in pain or distress. To manage this St Luke’s team of multidisciplinary experts are available wherever people wish to be cared for, at home, in Derriford Hospital or at the hospice unit in Turnchapel.  

Read more about The Crisis Team

St Luke’s patient Reg is king of the road thanks to his son’s matchless effort
20/10/2015

A Plymouth family has united to painstakingly restore a vintage bike for their much loved Dad, currently a patient at St Luke’s.

Reg Rowe, aged 80 from Estover is receiving specialist care for prostate cancer so has had to put on hold his project to restore a rare vintage 1958 Matchless 500cc motorcycle. Over the last two years Reg had meticulously restored each and every part of the vintage bike, but thought he wouldn’t see his dream become a reality as his illness took a turn for the worse.

His family could clearly see how devastated he was not to see his pride and joy fully assembled, so son-in-law Peter and son Andy secretly took on the project. Andy from Southway explained: “All our lives we’ve heard Dad talking about his Matchless. In the last sixth months we have taken it from its initial stages of a frame and wheel, to looking like a motorcycle again. Hopefully Dad is pleased with it - that is what it is all about. It is very emotional for us all to see Dad so happy.”

Last weekend, Peter and Andy surprised their father by delivering the bike to the hospice at Turnchapel and arranging afternoon tea with family, friends and St Luke’s staff. Reg said: “I am lost for words, the bike looks amazing. Thank you Peter and Andy for making it possible and getting my bike back on the road. I am so proud of the boys. I feel a bit emotional. Hopefully I will be able to have a ride, even if it is just around a field. What they have done is an amazing job”.

Reg has always had a passion for bikes since his early teens, he adds: “I always remember getting my first job and saving for my dream bike, a Matchless. I loved that bike, it was my pride and joy, meeting with my biker friends on Plymouth Hoe every week. I have so many special memories and that is why I decided to see if I could find one to re-build. They are very rare and hard to locate but managed to source one for £730 on eBay. It came all the way from Ireland and arrived in an old van. It had no engine and loads of pieces missing – these have had to be sourced from a vintage parts supplier.”

With his medical symptoms now under control, Reg will soon move to a local nursing home. He will always treasure this special moment when he got to see his 1958 Matchless back to its former glory.

Last call for the toughest cycling challenge in town
25/09/2015

The latest, greatest, muddiest cycling challenge of the year is under starter’s orders as St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth makes a last call for the 2015 Tour de Moor.

Hundreds of intrepid mountain bike fans have already signed up for the leisurely 11km, intermediate 30km or a hard 52km off road cycle of mud, sweat and tears on 11 October but registration is about to close.

Emma Winter, St Luke’s Event Fundraiser said, “We’ve already heard from cyclists training for October 11 that the 52km route is proving a real challenge. Whether they are doing 11, 30 or 52km I can’t wait to welcome them over the finish line – taking part is a real achievement.”

This year’s event, sponsored by ITEC and Stem Group, starts and finishes from Harrowbeer Airfield, near Yelverton from 8.30am. The last day to sign up is midnight on Sunday, 4 October so anyone wishing to take part needs to get their details to the hard-working local charity as soon as possible.

Register online at www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/tdm or call 01752 492626.

How far can your team go for fifty quid?
14/08/2015

St Luke’s new Accumulator Challenge pits the city’s business brains in a dash for cash
Take fifty pounds, the brightest of the local business community and add a healthy dash of competition. Leave to raise for the month of October. Serve the much-needed funds for the local hospice charity with a garnish of surprise.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is cooking up a new challenge for the area’s business whizzes with the fast and furious Accumulator Challenge.

Starting off with £50, the local charity is throwing down the gauntlet to teams from local companies to auction, fundraise, invest, run and organise their way to the biggest profit in 30 days. With the amounts raised by each team updated in real time, and the winner only revealed at a November awards ceremony, it’s a great recipe for team building and entrepreneurial skills, with a bit of friendly rivalry on the side.

Lorna Damella, Corporate Fundraiser explained: “We were looking for a new idea to get our corporate friends involved and we think the element of competition of the Accumulator Challenge should be a great mix of fun and competitive spirit. Business has an important role in helping us raise the millions we need to support the community – we love to see them get stuck in and show us what they’re made of.”

Participants will be invited to a drinks reception in September to present their business plan and size up the competition. Once the teams are into October anything’s allowed as long as it’s legal and passes health and safety. The fundraising pack is full of ideas and support on publicising your involvement and the St Luke’s team (and your rivals) will be keeping a close eye on progress.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to come out on top then register
www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/accumulator or call the Fundraising Office on 01752 492626.

St Luke’s puts on the glitz for charity ball
14/08/2015

The Hoe goes retro for 1920s themed extravaganza

Bigger, better and glitzier – the St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth charity ball returns to Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 19 September for a 1920’s themed night of glamour and goodwill.

“Puttin’ on the Glitz” promises a night that Gatsby would be proud of, with gorgeous costumes, sing-a-long entertainment and a delicious three-course dinner to throw you back to the roaring twenties.

The University of Plymouth has again offered the use of their graduation marquees free of charge for the event on Plymouth’s seaside landscape - adding the moonlit splendour of views of the Sound to an already enchanting schedule.

Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke's, Emma Winter said: “It’s going to be a great night – get dressed up, learn to dance the Charleston, sing along and soak up the stunning scenery. Supporting our critical work across the community doesn’t get much more glamorous!”

Bringing the razzle-dazzle to the evening’s entertainment will be performances from the Plymouth Gilbert & Sullivan Fellowship, a glitzy disco, casino tables and food provided by award winning caterers, Fosters Events.

All-inclusive tickets at £45 per person cover all of the above and a welcome drink on arrival. Get the date in your diary and book your place at
www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/glitz

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Open Gardens gets exclusive access to Flete House
06/08/2015

The exquisite gardens of Flete House are to throw open their gates for the first time in 10 years as part of the St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Open Gardens scheme, sponsored by McClure Solicitors.

After years of being only for private enjoyment, the Grade I listed country house at Holbeton in the South Hams will welcome visitors on 16 August between 2 and 5pm for breathtaking access to the stunning views and established specimen plants.

As part of the day’s event The Guardian’s gardening expert Andy Byfield will be on hand to highlight his work to renovate the walled garden with talks throughout the day.

Community Fundraiser Wayne Marshall said: “Having been there a few times I know that visitors are in for a treat. The hidden corners are beautiful and all the plants are nurtured to a high standard. The walled garden, for me, is also really exciting.”

Parking is available and most of the site is accessible for persons with disabilities but sadly dogs should stay at home. Refreshments will be provided by the Modbury Friends of St Luke’s.

More information on the event is available at
www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/opengardens

Admission is £5 on the gate, follow the Orange St Luke’s road signs from the A379 near Modbury

Flete was a Saxon estate, the manor being held by the Damarell family from the reign of William I until the time of Edward III. The earliest part of the house dates from the sixteenth century, and was substantially rebuilt around 1620 for Sir Charles Hele.

During and after the Second World War the house was used by the City of Plymouth as a maternity hospital - the first baby to be born at Flete arrived on Monday July 14, 1941, and by the end of 1941 there had been a further 124 births. In August 2010 there was a reunion of some of the 'Flete Babies' from the Plymouth area which was filmed by the BBC and hosted by John Sargeant.

The hospital closed on 8 May 1958, less than a month after the last baby was born there. For a while the house was operated by the Country House Association, until becoming luxury retirement apartments in 2005.

St Luke’s Hospital Team commended for End of Life Care in Derriford Hospital
22/07/2015

St Luke’s Hospital Team have been commended for their services in the recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) Report for Derriford Hospital ‘End of Life Care’, published 21 July 2015.

Providing specialist palliative care services alongside NHS professionals at Derriford Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital Team is a service of the charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth and operates across the entire hospital to offer specialist advice and care for any inpatient with a progressive life limiting illness.

The review took place as part of an inspection of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust between 21 and 24 April 2015 by the CQC. The Report in summary identified several areas of ‘good’ practice at Derriford Hospital directly linked to the care St Luke’s Hospital Team provides. It stated:

“The care and support provided to patients at the end of their lives was outstanding. Patients and relatives told us that they felt included and involved in decisions about care and treatment, and that they had been treated as individuals, with their choices listened to and respected. Feedback from all patients and relatives was extremely complimentary about the care they had received and the staff who had delivered the care”.

The report then went on to compliment the seamless transition from hospital to the other end of life services provided by St Luke’s, both at home and in the hospice.

“The involvement with community services in patient care was integral. As a result discharges were seen to be managed quickly to meet patients’ needs. We heard and saw instances of how the Specialist Palliative Care Team (SPCT) within the hospital worked with the local Hospice and Hospice at Home team within the community to improve patient support”.

Chief Executive at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Sally Taylor said: “We have been providing specialist end of life care in Derriford Hospital for some years now and are proud of the difference our staff have been able to make to so many families. We have had fantastic support from the staff and management of Derriford who really work hard to ensure that great care and support is there for hospital patients at the end of life”.

St Luke’s Consultant in Palliative Medicine based in Derriford Hospital, Dr Claire Haskins said: “ I am extremely proud of the St Luke’s Hospital Palliative Care Team who work very hard with staff across the Trust to ensure those patients admitted to Derriford Hospital, who are approaching the end of life, are treated with skill, care and compassion.”

The St Luke’s Hospital Team consists of 4 Doctors and 5 Specialist Nurses, dealing with 873 patient referrals in 2014/15. This involved a total of 4,263 face to face contacts with patients.

In addition to care for patients in hospital, St Luke’s are there to offer advice and emotional support for patients and their families. The Team are also heavily involved in delivering education in end of life care to nursing and medical staff across Derriford Hospital.

The full report is available to view at: www.cqc.org.uk

Last chance for road cyclists to sign up for charity Moonlit Cycle
18/06/2015

With a matter of days until registrations close for the Moonlit Cycle, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are urging road cyclists to sign up for this challenging and unique event on Saturday 4 July 2015.

With a guaranteed full moon and a hope for clear skies, hundreds of cyclists will tackle the 50km or 100km cycle along South East Cornwall’s iconic costal pass throughout the moonlit hours.

Returning for a second year, this sportive event sponsored by Tom French & Associates will depart from Torpoint Community College at 8pm travelling across the coastal headland to Dobwalls, Looe and Seaton.

Event Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Rachel Turner said: “Cycling events are definitely on the rise and provide a great way for our supporters to challenge themselves in a sport they love whilst helping support a great cause. Our Moonlit Cycle was launched last year as an alternative to our ‘off road’ cycling event the Tour de Moor, giving road cyclists a chance to get involved. It really is a unique event, travelling across stunning coastlines, with the moon to guide you. The event is open to all and last year even had a couple complete the route on a tandem bike”.

Jane and Rob Smith who completed the 50km course last year on a tandem cycle in 2 hours 13 minutes said: “We both enjoyed the event, especially the amazing views on the coast road, the roast potatoes at the Waves Bar was a welcomed pit stop”.

Also taking part last year was Alex Haste from Ivybridge with his best friends Mike Head and Chris Head: “From the moment we arrived to register, there was a real buzz about the event and music to get us in the mood. Everyone was very excited and in great spirit. The 100km was tough on the Cornish hills especially after 80km when we hit a big climb between Seaton and Crafthole. A grade 4 climb that took 20 minutes, probably our biggest challenge. We finished at 1.15am, but were all still in great spirit having completed one our toughest cycle challenges “

Register online for £20 at www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/moonlit Registration closes on the evening of Wednesday 1 July 2015.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015
04/06/2015

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is delighted that its volunteers have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Volunteers have always been at the very heart of St Luke’s since the hospice opened in 1982, willing to contribute a few hours of their precious time to give invaluable support to others who facing the daunting reality of a terminal illness.

St Luke’s currently has 1,194 volunteers assisting in a variety of roles; from helping to provide care for patients and their families, to generating the £4million that is required each year to keep the hospice operational. A total of 997 volunteers work across the 35 charity shops in Devon and Cornwall alone.

The award will be presented to St Luke’s later in the summer by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Mr David Fursdon. In the build up to receiving the award, Chairman of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Stuart Elford recently attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace hosted by Her Majesty The Queen and met other winners of this year’s award.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Chairman, Stuart Elford said: "St Luke's would be unable to operate without the dedication and support of all its volunteers, who selflessly give their time in a number of roles across the organisation. With more than 1000 volunteers it wouldn't be possible to individually recognise each and every one of them.  However, being presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is a huge honour that reflects the significant contribution made by them all that allows St Luke's to deliver exceptional care to people suffering from life limiting illnesses and their families, wherever they may be. Accepting this prestigious award on behalf of each and every volunteer also serves as a thank you to the community which holds St Luke's dear to its heart."

Chief Executive at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Sally Taylor said: “The St Luke’s team is incredibly proud of its volunteers and are delighted that they have been honoured with this award. We were able to demonstrate a diverse range of contributions from our volunteers and some innovative programmes of recruitment, training and support. We are particularly proud of our “volunteering in partnership” project and the national toolkit we developed based on our learning. The project saw 120 volunteers, both young and old, supporting patients in a number of health and social care settings. The aim was to promote dignity in care and the volunteers are able to do the little things that make a difference for older people and those at end of life.”

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups has increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said: “I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: “I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”

More than just doctors and nurses! Meet the St Luke’s Occupational Therapist
21/05/2015

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s care reaches far beyond doctors and nurses with a team of Social Workers, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists delivering specialist care to over 3,200 local people each year, diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Today we explore the role of a St Luke’s Occupational Therapist, and the part they play in providing specialist end of life care. For those of us who may have never had contact with an Occupational Therapist, our understanding may be limited. Others may be under the misconception that this profession just provides medical equipment. This myth is about to be broken as St Luke’s Specialist Occupational Therapist, Shaen Milward explains: “We are professionals who optimise people’s ability to undertake everyday activities, relating to independence, self care and leisure; we achieve this through adaptive practices (doing things differently), equipment and often with a psychological perspective”.

With St Luke’s embracing a “Hospice without Walls” approach, Shaen works across a variety of settings, caring for patients at home and in the hospice based at Turnchapel; the OT team support St Luke’s Crisis Team and support wider care teams across the community, such as district nurses. To deliver this care, Shaen will find himself travelling across a vast geographical area, not only in Plymouth, but across the South Hams, Dartmoor and into South East Cornwall, contributing to the 48,000 miles the Community Care Team travelled last year.

St Luke’s have invested in ‘in-house’ Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy as opposed to using services outside the organisation for many reasons, Shaen explains, “What sets us apart from other non-specialist occupational therapists, is that we are able to respond really quickly, when people need us most. We work with patients with life limiting illnesses all the time, we often know what might work best, or use an approach which is more sympathetic, to client and carers needs.  Timely support, and a specialist perspective is essential.”

 “We always look at adaptive practices (changing the way things are done) before introducing a piece of equipment. We ask ourselves ‘How can we advise and help adapt the way this task is done so we don’t have to use equipment at all? Our mantra is always ‘less is best’!”

For an Occupational Therapist there is a time where equipment is the only option, but it is the process in making this decision that is important for Shaen: “We do issue a lot of equipment; there are times where it is not possible to overcome a problem without this approach.  We can help with so much, but some examples include accessing electric powered wheelchairs, putting ramping in place and accessing specialist seating.  Having said that, we assess for small adaptations too, such as simple chair raisers; simple things can make such a difference.  Just raising a chair by a couple of inches can make the difference between a patient who needs lots of help to stand, and being able to do this without any assistance.  I get lots of satisfaction from simple fixes!”.  

“We always consider the palliative care perspective. Equipment can be very symbolic of a patients health deteriorating, for example a hoist can be pretty imposing and very difficult for the patient to come to terms with”.

“In many settings an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist may be working toward rehabilitation goals, whereas at St Luke’s we are working with people at the end of life. We want to optimise function and get patients to a stage where they can be as independent as possible; quite often we are not working with a traditional rehabilitation framework, but focussing on palliative rehabilitation to add quality to the life that is left. 

Shaen went onto discuss some highly challenging patient groups, in terms of keeping people safe, independent, and cared for in their choice of location “A person with a Glioblastoma (brain tumour) presents challenges that other Occupational Therapists may not come across regularly. A St Luke’s Specialist Therapist will come across many patients with this diagnosis, so we become more confident with symptoms and presentation; we learn what works well and are able to advise clients, carers and other health professionals. Sometimes it’s not about what you do, but about what you don’t do, and what is best for the patient and family in that scenario”.

Shaen goes on to talk about an example of specialist support, “For patients with brain tumours, often cognition is compromised, meaning patients can really struggle with new learning, therefore introducing a new piece of equipment, such as a walking stick, could make things more dangerous, because it is so different from what that person has done for the past 40 or 50 years. So once again, it is about other ways of offering support rather than the obvious, traditional things”.
Shaen talks passionately about his work around Breathlessness Management, this once again reinforces the specialist skills an Occupational Therapist can offer to a St Luke’s patient.

Breathlessness Management is about techniques and ways of managing breathlessness, as Shaen explains: “Some of our patients with pulmonary fibrosis, COPD or lung cancer really struggle with feelings of not been able to catch their breath and often panic when they start to lose the ability to breathe. What we are able to do is teach practical skills around self-management, promoting patient empowerment. We use the Cambridge Breathlessness Intervention Service model; this enables us to teach patient’s tools and techniques to manage breathlessness, like posture, where patients breathe from, and recovery techniques. We also teach the use of hand held fans, as there is extensive evidence base around having a flow of cool air over your mouth/nose area; this technique can actually reduce the feeling of being breathless, giving patents some level of control over their symptoms. We are able to pull all these things together and give patients something really practical in order for them to self manage their breathlessness and not rely solely on medication”.

In a brief snap shot of the role of a St Luke’s Occupational Therapist, it is clear to see the important role they play alongside other clinical  professionals, at St Lukes. They enable patients to be pain free and have a better quality of life in those final months, weeks and days. What is perhaps not often considered is when you fundraise for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, you are providing much more than a doctor or nurse, to someone in need.

Angela Rippon opens new Forget-Me-Not Remembrance Garden
01/05/2015

The gates of the St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Forget-Me-Not Garden were officially opened on Friday 1 May by television; journalist; and presenter, Angela Rippon.

Over 1,000 handcrafted Forget-Me-Not flowers have been planted in the garden on Plymouth Hoe, giving the local community the chance to remember a loved one in a very unique way.

The flowers will be on display for the month of May and will be sent to those who purchased one, as a special keepsake in June. A special Remembrance Service will take place this Sunday, 3 May at 1.30pm and 3pm in the garden and will feature poetic readings and a local choir.

Angela Rippon OBE said: “I have been asked today to come along, cut the ribbon and officially open the St Luke’s Hospice Forget-Me-Not Garden.  It was such a great pleasure to be able to do this because I think this is a wonderfully graphic way of reminding people of those individuals, in our lives that have been important to us, people who we really do want to continue to remember. In fact, literally minutes after the opening, there were people stopping in their travels to take a picture of this magnificent display.

Having seen the reaction that everyone had to the spectacular poppies that  surrounded the Tower of London, this is just an amazing way of getting blue Forget-Me-Not flowers made by the same team at Theatre Royal Plymouth, to be part of a special garden of remembrance here on Plymouth Hoe.

Memories are terribly important to all of us, because we share our memories with our parents, children and our grandchildren. They form that wonderful ‘silk and thread’ through a family, tying the family together.  I think it is wonderful that after the display has finished, everyone who has purchased a flower will be able to put it in their garden, to remind them of their loved one and all the wonderful stories of the places they went, the people they met and the things they did together. So it is a terrific way that not only the memories but the whole spirit of the loved one stays with you as a part of your family”.

The flowers were created by Theatre Royal Plymouth, TR2 workshops who were also responsible for the sculpture design for the recent London Poppy Appeal. Seb Soper, Head of Project Development at Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “It has been a 3 month process from start to finish and has involved around 15 people. The hardest part was the design and sourcing the right materials. Housed on a steal rod each flower is individually handcrafted whilst hot and therefore each flower is distinctly different .

Our main work is theatre, but we also look for interesting external projects which will utilise the skills of the workforce at TR2. The range of skills we have here are pretty incredible with a very broad depth. We are always looking for ways to use those skills for other creative projects and in particular this project with St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth ticks all those boxes so it is a great pleasure for us to be involved. It is great that two local charities who are a big part of the community join together to produce something that is going to mean so much to local people”.

Communications & Marketing Manager at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Robert Maltby said: “The response to our flowers has been incredible, not only through the support from the local community but with other Hospices up and down the country who love the idea. The Forget-Me-Not flower symbolises and celebrates a life, offering a way to honour and remember a loved one. We could not have done this without the support from Theatre Royal Plymouth; Plymouth City Council, for allowing us to use the garden; Co-op Funeral Care, who has sponsored our Memorial Boards; Bradfords Building Supplies, Plympton and Jewsons in Ivybridge who came to the rescue last minute to provide us with materials”.

The flowers are limited to 1,000 and are still available to purchase, click here for more information.

Rival city Casinos have ‘tweet off’ for charity Dragon Boat Race
16/03/2015

Who would you place your bet on?
Rival city Casinos have ‘tweet off’ for charity Dragon Boat Race

Dragon Boat Racing is back in Plymouth this June as businesses from across the area take to the water to raise money for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

For two rival casinos based in Plymouth, the Dragon Boat Race has stirred up a bit a storm on twitter with Plymouth city centre based Grosvenor Casino challenging Genting Casino in a battle of the casinos.

  “@GentingPlymouth we are throwing the gauntlet down sirs! Officially challenging thee to participate in @StLukesPlymouth #dragonboat race” @GCPlymouth

General Manager from Grosvenor Casinos, Plymouth, Adam Evans said: “The ‘tweet off’ was a friendly way of challenging our rivals at Genting to get involved and raise money for St Luke’s. It’s a great way to have a bit of fun and add some additional competition to the event”.

“We would like to turn Dragon Boat into an annual event between our two casinos. We are thinking of getting a little trophy made for the winners that might be passed onto the winning team each year and a wooden spoon for the losers!  

Grosvenor Casino took part in the event last year and added: “It’s a great team building event for staff and their families who came along to support There was face painting for the children, a great atmosphere and that sense of wellbeing that come with fundraising. I think this year we will participate in fancy dress”.

Taking part for their first year as a result of the twitter challenge is Genting Casino Plymouth. In response to the challenge Marketing Advocate, Karen Sparrow said: “When we got the ‘tweet off’ from Grosvenor Casino challenging us to take part, there was no way we were ever going to say no! To get involved in raising money and awareness for St Luke is great in itself, to beat Grosvenor Casino at the same time makes it even sweeter, it’s all good friendly fun”.

Karen added: “I’d like to keep our tactics a secret for now, playing our cards close to our chest, saying this with my best poker face”.

St Luke’s Dragon Boat Race launched in 2014. One of the teams that took part was Everyone Active – Plymouth Life Centre. Operations Manager Tom Peonides said: “We took part in 2014 and our team loved it. The atmosphere was fantastic, it was such great fun and the St Luke's events team were superb. We had a team of 16 and it really helped us gel as a team, making us use essential skills such as team work and communication. We left at the end of the day as a happy, exhausted but really motivated team. Great event. I would really recommend signing your team up for 2015, I know we will be”.

Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Graham Richardson said: “This year we are aiming for 25 teams to take part, raising over £15,000 for patient care. For me this event is a great way for our charity to engage with the business community and their families. It is great value when you actually break it down. The cost of a boat spread across a team of 20 only works out to be £22.50 per person! Have a look at what fun we had last year on St Luke’s youtube page”.

St Luke’s Dragon Boat Race will take place at The Mount Batten Activity Centre on Sunday 14 June 2015. Your team will be competing in a series of qualifying rounds and guaranteed to battle on the water for a minimum of three races.

This event is perfect for everyone aged 12 and upwards as full training will be provided on the day. All you need is a crew of 16 paddlers or more and one drummer - this can be made up with colleagues, friends or relatives.

The day is filled with fun, entertainment and competition; it’s exciting for the competitors but a thrilling show for the spectators. At the end the day there will be a grand finale followed by an awards ceremony for the top 3 teams. There will also be a prize for best fancy dressed team.

Registration is £50, followed by a further £400 nearer to the event.

To register your team visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/dragon or call 01752 492626.

All aboard for a charity mini cruise with St Luke’s!
04/03/2015

It’s all aboard as Brittany Ferries invite you on a mini charity cruise on board Pont-Aven to Roscoff in aid of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Departing Plymouth on Thursday 26 March your 2 day trip will start with an evening welcome drink, followed by a four course meal in the Le Flora restaurant and entertainment from a local choir called ‘Girls Night Out’.

Retiring to a comfy cabin, you will wake up refreshed the following day ready to explore Roscoff. After a day of shopping, sightseeing or simply just taking in the French atmosphere you will return to Plymouth on board the beautiful Armorique.

Business & Trade Development Manager at Brittany Ferries, Dan Joynes said: “St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is extremely close to the hearts of many people in the local area, therefore when we were approached and asked to support them with a charity cruise it was a simple decision on our part. We look forward to welcoming on board as many supporters as possible for an evening of fine French cuisine in the relaxing surroundings of our flagship Pont Aven”.

Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Emma Winter said: “It is lovely to see such tremendous support from Brittany Ferries. It is a great opportunity to give our supporters the chance to relax and enjoy themselves whilst raising money for our hospice. There are still places available, so please book your tickets and join us for a memorable 2 days”.

Prices start from only £99 and you can take your car with you at no extra cost.

The mini cruise departs Plymouth on Thursday 26 March and return to Plymouth on Friday 27 March.

The money raised from the cruise will help St Luke’s continue to provide free care to patients with a terminal illness at home; in hospital or at the hospice.

To book your place call Brittany Ferries direct on 0871 244 0151 or book online at www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/stlukes

St Luke’s Open Gardens Season launches at Gnaton Hall on Mothering Sunday
03/03/2015

St Luke’s Open Garden Season returns for its fifth season, sponsored by McClure Solicitors.

The season runs from March to September and offers the chance to explore 22 varied gardens across Devon and Cornwall, many of which are not normally open to the public and so offer a unique and private insight into garden planning and planting schemes.

11 new gardens will feature this season, including 7 popular village walkabouts that offer the larger garden community to come together, listen to expert advice from owners and buy plants.

Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Wayne Marshall said: “Although the season runs for 6 months, it is actually an all year round operation to plan, organise and seek out those hidden private gardens. I want to ensure the scheme delivers something new each year for our regular supporters and excited to introduce 11 new gardens this year”.

Open Gardens will officially launch at Gnaton Hall near Yealmpton on Mother’s Day, Sunday 15 March between 2pm and 5pm. The private estate is the perfect setting to walk off the Sunday lunch and spend an enjoyable afternoon with Mum amongst the daffodils and magnolias. If you still have room after lunch you can round the day off with a cup of tea and slice of delicious homemade cake.

Owner of Gnaton Hall, Sarah Lopes said: “Opening our garden in aid of St Luke's Hospice Plymouth is a most enjoyable way of raising funds for such a worthwhile charity. It gives us pleasure to meet like-minded people and discuss the garden with them, some of whom come every year! The hospice staff and volunteers make it all so easy by doing most of the organisation before, and help out on the day”.

Wayne adds: “There will also be plant sales on the day and dogs on leads are welcome. Quality time with Mum doesn’t have to cost the earth. Mother’s Day for a fiver with every penny going towards caring for our patients makes it all worthwhile”.

Andrew Robertson from Plymouth based McClure Solicitors said: “Our sponsorship of St Luke's Open Gardens is an extension of our support and commitment to the charity. We already support St Luke’s with our free Will writing scheme and the Open Gardens provides another opportunity for us to engage with the local community as well as helping to raise much needed funds for the hospice".

St Luke’s Open Gardens last year generated a record breaking £38,500, raising a total of £69,031 over the last 4 years. All money raised goes to help the hospice care for local people with a terminal illness, at home; in hospital or at the hospice.

For a full list of all the 22 gardens, visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/opengardens or pick up a brochure at your local St Luke’s charity shop and garden centre.

St Luke’s are also looking for volunteers to spare a few hours to help out at each garden. If you can offer your support, please call 01752 246597.

St Luke's charity shops now Dementia Friendly
27/02/2015

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is now part of Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance and can now proudly say their charity shops are ‘Dementia Friendly’.

Over the last few months St Luke’s Education Department has been rolling out an extensive training plan to ensure all staff are trained in dealing with Dementia and the charity shops are the latest group to qualify.

Trained by Alzheimer’s Society, St Luke’s have enlisted volunteer Dementia Champions to further deliver Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends sessions to charity workers. 150 St Luke’s staff and volunteers are now ‘Dementia Friends’. The awareness of dementia doesn’t stop there, a further 139 people based within external organisations including Care Homes who the charity work closely with have also received this specialist knowledge.

Some of the development of St Luke’s staff and volunteers is down to the Dementia Champions in St Luke’s Education Department. Gail Wilson Associate Director for Education & Development explains: “As a hospice our focus will always be on supporting those at end of life, in the future many of these people will have Dementia. Dementia is a terminal condition. To support our vision of a “Hospice without Walls’ we need to support those who care for people with Dementia, whether these are carers who pop into our shops to have a chat or those working in care homes, who are caring for someone at end of life. All of us will be touched by Dementia in our lives, (if we haven’t been already) and it is important that we can extend our compassion and understanding to support carers and people with Dementia until the end of their unique and special lives”.

Gail added: “Given that Plymouth has at least 65,951 people aged over 65, it is important that as a hospice, wherever we come into contact with people, our staff are aware of the problems an individual may have and know how best to support people with Dementia”.

Robert Griffiths, Retail Training Manager at St Luke’s urges the local retail industry to take note and encourage their high street shops to sign up: “An hour’s Dementia Friends session can make such a difference to customers diagnosed with Dementia. I think, as a charity working in the care industry, it is our duty to support our staff and give them the tools and confidence to deal with Dementia. Our shops come into contact with a wide variety of people every day and we are now very proud to have a team of shop managers who are very confident in approaching members of the public who may have dementia, as well as providing a place they know they can visit and be treated with respect and understanding”.

  • There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.
  • 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
  • 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia.
  • 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems.

SOURCE: Alzheimer’s Society

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth charity shops are located on many of the regions city high streets, towns and villages. A team of over 1,000 volunteers and staff sell over 500 tonnes of donated items each year across the network of 36 shops, generating over £800,000 to enable the hospice to care for patients diagnosed with a terminal illness.

If you are a local business and would like to organise Dementia Friends awareness sessions for your workforce or for more information about how to become a Dementia Friend visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk


If you are a local care home or domiciliary care agency and need to organise Free Dementia Friends awareness sessions for your workforce, contact St Luke’s Education Department on 01752 314350. In addition to Dementia Friends, St Luke’s also run a caring for people at end of life with Dementia workshop. Contact the Education Department for more information.

Local car dealership gives Hospice a helping hand to care for more patients at home
12/01/2015

A local car dealership has offered a helping hand to local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth to enable them to care for more patients at home.

Murray Skoda Plymouth, located in Valley Road Plympton has supplied a brand new Skoda Octavia Tour de France to be used by St Luke’s specialist nurses.

The nurses form part of St Luke’s new Crisis Team who provide terminally ill patients a 72 hour window of specialist care at home. The car is an essential tool to deliver this care, as Crisis Team Lead at St Luke’s, Sharon Smerdon explains: “We are covering a vast geographical area from the city out to Dartmoor and the South Hams. Our care is provided around the clock, so to have a reliable 4x4 that can deal with rural terrain, in winter and in the middle of the night is vital. We are very grateful for the support from Murray Skoda and thank them for helping us to care for more people at home”

Sales Executive at Murray Skoda, Richard Greaves said: “It has been an honour on behalf of the Murray Group to provide St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth with such a vehicle which will aid in such a vital role in providing essential care to the Plymouth Community and the surrounding areas, we look forward to providing continued support. The vehicle is fit for purpose with the latest technology, eco-friendly diesel powered engine and a four wheeled drivetrain for when the need arises”

The Crisis Team will complement existing care provisions currently provided to over 3,000 patients by St Luke’s at home; in hospital and in the hospice. The service is another major milestone in the hospice’s core aim to reach out and care for even more local people at home as part of a “Hospice without Walls”.

For more information about the Crisis Team please visit: www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/crisis

St Luke’s raise public awareness of a Hospice without Walls at Vue Cinema
05/12/2014

St Luke’s raise public awareness of a Hospice without Walls in a new film.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is creating awareness of a ‘Hospice without Walls’ through a short film shown at Vue Cinema Plymouth.

Cinema goers will be able to see the 60 second film on all 15 screens until the end of December, reaching an audience over 138,000 people.

The film features a lady called Jane, aged 45 from Ivybridge. It is based on a true story played by an actress to protect patient identity as Communications and Marketing Manager at St Luke’s, Robert Maltby explains: “The aim of the campaign is to place the viewer in the situation of the patient who has just received some devastating news. What would they do if a doctor told them they had 6 months to live? What would they feel? How would they tell their family and friends? Possibly the most difficult thing they will ever have to do. We know these are very tough and direct questions, but it is a reality for more than 3,200 local people each year”.

Research states that one in five local people will be diagnosed with a terminal illness at some point in their lives. “One day we will be all affected. No one knows when and how it can affect you and it can happen at any age, just like Jane” adds Robert.

St Luke’s hope the film will not only help towards the £4million they have to fundraise each year, but will also be a major educational tool to create awareness of all the different settings in which the hospice provide care. “There is still a perception that St Luke’s is a hospice in the beautiful location of Turnchapel and only serves the people of Plymouth, which is very far from the reality” says Robert. “Our Hospice without Walls vision is providing end of life care in a variety of care settings, not constrained by the walls of a hospice. We also care for a large percentage of patients in Tavistock, Dartmoor, South Hams and as far as Kingsbridge and Slapton Sands. National research indicates that 63% of people wish to die at home, sadly many do not. At St Luke’s we already provide 90% of our care outside of the hospice setting, caring for patients at home or hospital. Our vision is to care for more people at home, increasing on the 60% we already provide. The In Patient Unit will provide ‘complex needs’ beds for those who cannot be cared for at home. The recent launch of a new Crisis Team will enable us to reach even more people at home, providing terminally ill patients a 72 hour window of specialist care.

St Luke’s are also keen to highlight that stories like the one used in the film are to become more frequent with the current population growing significantly over the next 10-20 years. “It is predicted that by 2035 more than 3.5 million people will be aged 85 and over, an increase of over 2.1 million” explains Robert. “Unfortunately with old age comes increasing ill health; with people dying of more than one illness, leading to complications and greater demands on health care services”.

“Support is needed more than ever to enable us to provide our specialist end of life care to local people, no matter where they are. We want people to be able to care for more people at home, educate others in delivering this care and fully inform people of the challenges we face over the next 20 years. Please spend 60 seconds of your time to watch the film to find out the difference you can make by donating just £3. Text LUKE373 to 70070”.

To view the film or to make a donation to help St Luke’s support local people, click here!

Launch of new Crisis Team to provide terminally ill patients a 72 hour window of specialist care at home.
18/11/2014

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has invested £600,000 into a new Crisis Team to provide terminally ill patients a 72 hour window of specialist care at home.

The new service will complement existing care provisions currently provided to over 3,000 patients by St Luke’s at home; in hospital and in the hospice. The Crisis Team is another major milestone in the hospice’s core aim to reach out and care for even more local people at home as part of a “Hospice without Walls”.

Launched on 17 November, The Crisis Team will care for terminally ill patients at home including residential and nursing homes, in a time of crisis for a period of up to 72 hours; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The creation of the Crisis Team is a result of national research conducted by Hospice UK identifying that 63% of people would prefer to die at home and sadly this does not happen in all cases. It has become very apparent that by launching this service, St Luke’s can make a substantial difference at a local level.

The Crisis Team is making a bold move to ensure that for terminally ill patients, unnecessary hospital or hospice admissions are dramatically reduced as Crisis Team Lead, Sharon Smerdon explains: “Responding within an hour, our aim is to ensure a patient remains at home, preventing unnecessary hospital or hospice admission or to facilitate rapid discharge from hospital or hospice back home. Sadly it is often the case that people do not die in their preferred place or their condition deteriorates and as a result they end up in hospital. It is hoped a short 72 hour intervention could actually stabilise their symptoms and avoid any unnecessary admission to Derriford or their local community hospital”.

The new service will also be there to assist and support families and carers who at times can be under immense pressure, supporting them to respond to a rapidly changing situation and enabling them to continue providing care. “A crisis can take many forms, it may not be just medical it could be because of a social breakdown for a terminally ill patient where their care support network has temporarily broken down”.

Following recruitment in the early Autumn, the staff of the Crisis Team have been undergoing an extensive training plan to ensure they are ready for the challenges that they face ahead. “We currently have a team of 14 says Sharon. “We have 3 staff nurses, 1 assistant practitioner and 10 health care assistants. Our team have undergone an extensive training plan to give them the additional specialist skills they need to care for terminally ill patients. They bring with them the most amazing variety of skills and backgrounds having previously worked, for example in Acute Care, Nursing Homes as well as working with people with learning disabilities. St Luke’s is providing these new staff with the specialist skills but they also bring with them knowledge and expertise that will be invaluable to their roles. They have to be able to walk into a home where they don’t know anybody and cope with whatever they find. The aim is to continue to expand the team in the New Year and we would be delighted to hear from registered nurses who would be interested in joining the team”.

On average the team will visit 4 or 5 patients a day for a period of a few hours at a time. This could involve several visits over 72 hours. With St Luke’s already providing specialist advice and support at home for over 350 patients through their existing network of Specialist Nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists, Sharon is keen to highlight the difference between the Community  specialist care services St Luke’s already provide, and the new team : “The Crisis Team and our existing Community Team will work closely together and the crisis team nurses and health care assistants will deliver hands on care and administer medication around the clock. We also offer a “meet and greet service”, to ensure that patients have support when they are discharged from the hospice or hospital, to settle them in at home and we hope that this will reduce delay in a patient being able to return home”.


The Crisis Team will cover a vast area to deliver this specialist care from Plymouth to Dartmoor and Tavistock; across to the South Hams and Kingsbridge.

The success of the new service very much depends on partnership working with other local Health Care Professionals and providers as Sharon explains: “We will be working alongside District Nurses, GPs and other charities like Marie Curie. We certainly do not want to take over, but support and provide an intensive level of specialist care to bring symptoms under control or until alternative care provisions are put in place”.

The service is now operational, running from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. The service will be operational, 24 hours a day, from January 2015. Access to the service is by referral only through your GP, District Nurse or other relevant health care professionals.

Calling all businesses & schools, it's time to get festive!
12/11/2014

Festive Friday, sponsored by Mercury Construction is the fun way for your school and business to get in the festive spirit and support the patients of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. It’s time to circle that Friday on your calendar now and get involved!     

Schools
Whether it is Christmas jumpers or non uniform day, a Christmas bake sale or dressing as your favourite festive character, there are so many fun ways to support St Luke’s. Why not turn it into a whole day of activities, with colouring competitions (we’ll send you the templates), quizzes and a raffle. Ask your teacher to register your school.

Businesses
Hairdressers to offices, restaurants to shops, everyone and anyone can take part in Festive Friday. Add a little fun into your workplace by encouraging colleagues to work in fancy dress or Christmas jumpers. Why not ask your customers to make a small donation. Instead of sending Christmas Cards to your work colleagues, we’ll send you a poster as part of your Fundraising Pack to pop up on the office wall to send season greetings to your colleagues for a small donation. Environmentally friendly and another great way to raise money for St Luke’s.                               

The difference you can make...
It is estimated that over the Christmas week, around 387 patients will be receiving specialist end of life care from St Luke’s.

Spare a thought for our patients who will be spending time in our In Patient Unit at Turnchapel this Christmas. Your Festive Friday will help us care for these people on Christmas Day to ensure they have the specialist care they need.

Some of our patients will be having a visit from one of our Specialist Community Nurses at their home over the Christmas period. Your Festive Friday will help us keep them out of hospital and at home with their family, wherever home may be - Plymouth, Tavistock or the South Hams.

For some of our patients, home isn’t an option and the St Luke’s Hospital Team will be busy working alongside the doctors and nurses at Derriford Hospital. Your Festive Friday will help us bring Christmas to the hospital wards.

We need to raise over £4 million each year to continue to offer this expert care to local people for free and we can only do it with your help. 85p of every £1 you raise on Festive Fridaywill go to help one of our patients, at home, in hospital or the hospice this Christmas. So what are you waiting for?

REQUEST YOUR FUNDRAISING PACK HERE!

Your chance to join St Luke's on the British Pullman
11/11/2014

St Luke's is to benefit as the luxuriously famous Belmond British Pullman comes to town.

The British Pullman luxury heritage train will be in Plymouth on 25 April 2015 to support St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, donating a proportion of ticket sales booked direct with the charity.

The British Pullman forms the first part of the journey on the famous Venice Simplon Orient-Express and transfers passengers to the channel. She is a working antique and is made up of a collection of 1920s and 1930s Pullman first class dining carriages.

You will be welcomed to your table by your uniformed train steward who will look after your every need. Crystal Champagne flutes, customised crockery, starch white linen table clothes set the scene for a fine dining experience.

Along with the champagne reception and table canapés there will be a sumptuous four course lunch with a bottle of wine per couple, coffee and petit fours.

Howard Barclay, Director of Sales at Venice Simplon Orient Express, said: “If we can help provide people with an excuse to enjoy themselves, with a little champagne, fine dining and wine in a luxury environment whiles helping St Luke’s raise money, then we are delighted to be working with them on our only Plymouth departure on the Belmond British Pullman Luxury fine dining train this year".

There are limited spaces to help raise funds for St Luke’s, with a significant proportion of the ticket price being donated by Belmond British Pullman for every passenger the hospice fundraising team can book on the trip.

Tickets for the journey on 25 April are priced £260 per person and can be booked via St Luke’s direct on 01752 246591 or email ldamella@stlukes-hospice.org.uk

A challenge of an epic scale for St Luke's
05/11/2014

There are challenges, and then there are challenges on an epic scale. One local lady has decided to walk the world’s most famous wall all in the name of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Sarah Gore from Peverell has signed up for St Luke’s Great Wall of China Overseas Challenge, next year.

“The Great Wall of China is certainly no holiday” said Sarah. “It is going to be both a mental and physical challenge. 12 days covering over 60km, walking through remote areas where tourists often don’t venture, scaling walls via a rope ladder and walking along impassable paths where part of the wall has crumbled away, are just some of the obstacles I will face.”

The challenge takes place from 4 to 15 April 2015 and will give Sarah the opportunity to tackle the longest structure ever built by humans. Sarah will be starting her journey at the Old Dragon’s Head, the far Eastern point where the wall meets the Ocean. She will see spectacular sunsets, hike into the mountains, stay with locals, spend a night camping on the wall and trying traditional unusual food.

Sarah has to raise £3,500 before she can even put one step on the wall, but isn’t daunted by the fundraising challenge ahead and wants to encourage new people to join her team. “If you put your mind to it, are organised and are willing to put in the work, it is amazing how achievable raising £3,500 is. For example a bag pack can raise £300, a Coffee Morning £200, or a Ball which on occasion can raise in excess of £5,000. Once you break it down £3,500 is very achievable. And it is not too late to sign up!”

Sarah has worked for St Luke’s for 14 years and knows first-hand how important the money generated from overseas challenges contribute to patient care. “None of us know when we may need the specialist care from St Luke’s. One in five local people will be diagnosed with a terminal illness at some point in their lives. This means that one day we may all be affected. For me this is a fantastic way to help St Luke’s care for local people, whilst I get to take part in a once in a lifetime experience, something that not only challenges me but gives me the opportunity to do something rewarding for someone else”.

Sarah is now calling out to the local community to support her main fundraising event, a Charity Dinner Dance to be held at The Holiday Inn, Plymouth on Saturday 7 February 2015. “It’s the perfect way to have a great night out and make a difference to the patients of St Luke’s” said Sarah.

Tickets are £35 per person which includes a drink on arrival, 3 course meal and entertainment from Local Band Sky Walkers and DJ Kevan Kennedy. There will also be a raffle and fun games played between courses.

If you are interested in attending and helping to support St Luke’s Hospice please contact Sarah Gore on sarahstlukeschina@gmail.com or phone 07855 719086

To sponsor Sarah, please click here!

If you would like to join Sarah and Team St Luke's in China, please click here!

Hospice Care Week 2014: Hospice Care, Everywhere!
03/10/2014

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth will be adding its voice to more than 200 other hospices across the UK to create awareness of ‘Hospice care, everywhere’ for Hospice Care Week 2014 (6-12 October).

The aim of Hospice Care Week this year is to raise public awareness about the diversity of hospice care and highlight that it is available in many different settings beyond hospice buildings – a hospice without walls.

St Luke’s diverse team of professional staff and volunteers cared for over 3000 people last year at home, in hospital and at the hospice based in Turnchapel. St Luke’s also played an important role in supporting and educating staff and volunteers working in other settings beyond the hospice, including local care homes who have been trained in end of life care as part of St Luke’s nationally awarded, Six Steps+ Programme.

In Derriford Hospital, St Luke’s have a specialist team that work alongside hospital staff to deliver palliative care across every ward.

Did you know at St Luke’s.....
8% of our care is delivered in the hospice
29% of our care is delivered in hospital
39% of our care is delivered at home
Above based on 3,288 patients Mar 13’- Apr 14’

The local charity are keen to highlight that, not only is hospice care provided in their In Patient Unit at Turnchapel, in fact, the vast majority of hospice care is provided in people’s own homes. The Community Team are a highly skilled team of Specialist Nurses, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists that deliver this care to local people.

Head of Community Care at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Maggie Draper said: “National research conducted by Help the Hospices tells us that the majority of people want to be cared for at home and this is where the main drive of our care will expand over the coming months. Our In Patient Unit will always be at the heart of St Luke’s and offer specialist care for those who cannot  be cared for at home, but for the majority of our patients the comfort of their own home with support from the St Luke’s Specialist Nurses gives them the vital care they need in the last months of life. In any given week we are caring for over 350 patients at home, often in rural locations. When you live in a rural location a journey for a patient or relative without transport can prove a problem, so delivering care to them at home makes total sense”.

What is perhaps surprising to many is the wide geographical area the St Luke’s Specialist Community Team cover, in fact in 2014 alone our nurses travelled over 48,000 miles. The spectrum of the locations served is also impressive from the RURAL terrain of Dartmoor, Tavistock and Princetown, to the CITY areas of Laira, St Budeaux and the high rise flats of Devonport; to the picturesque COASTAL settings of Slapton Sands, Kingsbridge and Modbury.

Tackling the hills of rural Dartmoor is Cathy Martin, one of two Specialist St Luke’s Nurses for the Tavistock area: “Last year we cared for 85 patients at home in the Tavistock area. Our relationship with local GP surgeries and District Nurses  in the Tavistock area and Tavistock Hospital are key to delivering the best end of life care for local people”.

Climbing the steps of the high rise flats and driving along the city streets, is St Luke’s Specialist Community Nurse, Julie Davies: “I work alongside a great team of Social Workers and Occupational Therapists to ensure we live in a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress”.

Working along the beautiful South Hams coastline is St Luke’s Specialist Community Nurse, Cathryn Goodchild: “I sometimes think people have this perception of St Luke’s as being very Plymouth focussed, when in fact South Hams is just as important to us -  it is challenging to deliver good end of life care to people in their own  homes in this rural area and our care is in great demand”.

In November St Luke’s will be taking care at home, to the next stage, by launching a Crisis Team. Investing £600,000, the charity hope the new service will reach even more people at home, deliver better end of life care for those who live in more rural and outer city locations, and reduce the strain on local hospitals, as care is delivered in a patient’s own home. This free 24 hours service will offer a 72 hour window of ‘crisis’ care until other care provisions are put in place.

Tavistock residents asked to help support Weir Cottage Open Garden
03/10/2014

Over 4,700 people have visited 25 gardens in Devon and Cornwall to show their support to St Luke’s Open Garden Scheme. Blessed with perfect summer weather, the programme has showcased some of the most beautiful and diverse gardens our area has to offer.

With gardens spanning right across Devon and Cornwall, some of the hidden gems were located right on the doorstep of Tavistock residents. Back in June, 6 private gardens opened as part of the Yelverton Village Walkabout, in Buckland Monachorum wonderful displays of perennials and Japanese maples were on display in garden of Keith and Ros Wiley's; and Peter Harper's garden in Bere Alston offered an array of water features, heathers and flowering plants. Around 700 supporters from the local community and as far away as Exeter, Okehampton and Bodmin attended these three West Devon gardens alone, raising £5,900 for the patients of St Luke’s.

St Luke’s Community Fundraiser, Wayne Marshall said: “The great summer weather we have had has made this year’s Open Garden season the best in our 5 year history. We have so far raised £37,782 and still have one more garden to go in Bere Alston. It would be amazing if we hit the golden £40,000, so we are asking the Tavistock residents to help us achieve this.

For me personally, one of my most memorable gardens was in Clon Way and Pew Tor Close in Yelverton. Heather Hibberd approached me wanting to open her garden to raise money for the hospice in memory of her husband, within a couple of weeks, she had rally around her neighbours and persuaded 5 other garden owners in Clon Way to support her, it was the true definition of community spirit. 366 people visited the Yelverton gardens on the 29 June and raised a substantial total of £4025.15”.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are coming to the end of their Open Garden season and have one garden left.

The season will come to a close with a garden that comes to life in the autumn season. Weir Cottage, located on Weir Quay near Bere Alston will open its gate’s on Sunday 19 October between 11am and 2.30pm.

Weir Cottage is situated on the banks of the river Tamar, owned and restored by Dr Frances Howard and previously owned by Lady Harriet, wife of the third curator of Kew Gardens. As well as it's splendid water front location, Weir Cottage boasts several rare and fascinating trees which Dr Howard will guide visitors through whilst explaining the unique history of the garden.

Homemade refreshments will be available to all visitors. Entry is £4 (children under 16 free). There will be plants for sale on the day. Dogs on leads are welcome with some lovely riverside walks close by to enjoy. Visitors are asked to park sensibly along the water front respecting local resident's access.

Award winning treatment for St Luke's garden
20/08/2014

The area outside the reception building at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth looks stunning after local gardener Sam Ovens worked his green fingered magic and transformed the bare patches of earth in to a fantastic natural garden.

25 year old Sam, from Pelynt near Looe in Cornwall, recently won the Young Designer of the Year Award at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society’s Flower Show at Tatton Park with his show garden “The Sky’s the Limit”. It was his wish after the show was over to donate the whole garden to St Luke’s and a few weeks ago the hundreds of plants were delivered to the hospice at Turnchapel .

Over the duration of a few days a small band of enthusiastic volunteers armed with spades, forks and plenty of energy planted out pink verbenas along with delicate blue agastache and sweet smelling oregano interspersed with beautiful grasses that give the garden wonderful texture and movement framing the building at St Luke’s perfectly.

The intention of Sam’s award winning designer was to reconnect people with plants and wildlife, and remind us how precious our outdoor spaces are. “I wanted to show that sometimes the simplest things are the best things,” he says. “I think the hospice is a perfect home for the garden and I am really pleased with the way the design has turned out”.

Within a few minutes of planting butterflies and bees were already taking advantage of the new garden and visitors to the hospice were stopping to congratulate the volunteers on such a wonderful effort and commenting on how beautiful the garden was looking.

Hike for St Luke's!
11/07/2014

HIKE FOR ST LUKE’S
ST LUKE’S 10 MILE HOSPICE HIKE

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth invites you to join them on their Hospice Hike on Sunday 21 September 2014.
 
Dust off those walking boots and prepare yourself for a great day out with people who simply love the great outdoors! Get together a group of friends or even treat your dog to a special walk and join together with fellow walkers to raise money for St Luke’s.

With beautiful Dartmoor on our doorstep, this 10 mile hike will start and finish at the Two Bridges Hotel and take you across a terrain of marshland, wooded valleys, dramatic Tors and sweeping moorland. Highlights on the route will include one of the highest oak woods in Britain, Wistman’s Wood, the ancient Dartmoor Way and Longaford Tor, where the beast of Dartmoor has been spotted!

As you return from your walk, you will be able to relax in comfort of the Two Bridges Hotel with a complimentary cream tea and enjoy some light entertainment.

Senior Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Nina Wearne said: “You can’t beat a nice Sunday walk across Dartmoor and this event will appeal to our supporters who love the great outdoors and want to take in some great points of interest.”

It’s events like this that help towards the 4.5million we need to raise every year to keep St Luke’s serving the local community with essential end of life care. We would like to thank the Two Bridges Hotel for their support in hosting the event and their offer of a complimentary nights stay for 2 people in one of their suites for the walker who raises the most money through sponsorship!.”

Registered participants are required to sign in at 10am on the day. The estimated time for the walk is around 5 hours. 

There is a £12 registration fee in advance which includes your Devonshire cream tea, or £15 on the day.

For more information or to register call 01752 492626 or
visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

Sailors, St Luke's Need You!
23/05/2014

SAILORS, ST LUKE’S NEED YOU!
Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit 2014

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is on the search for amateur sailors to represent the charity in the forthcoming Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit on Saturday 21 June.

Now in its 13th year and regarded as the South West’s premier charity sailing event, fundraisers will tackle the 26 mile sailing marathon from Plymouth Sound to the Hands Deeps buoy, three miles west of the Eddystone and back to win a share of the £16,500 prize money pot for their chosen charity. Prize money will not only be awarded based on final race position, but extra points will be allocated based on amount of sponsorship raised.

The event will be preceded by an evening of entertainment and presentations at the National Marine Aquarium.

Senior Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Nina Wearne said: “This is a great way for local sailors to take part in a fantastic event, whilst helping the patients of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. Since it began in 2002, the event has raised so much for local charities and has been a vital a part of fundraising for us. If you have access to a boat and a keen supporter of St Luke’s, then come and join us for a fun day out”.

You can register for the Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit online at www.eddystonepursuit.org. Entry is £30 with a minimum sponsorship of £100.

St Luke's heads overseas!
14/05/2014

HEADING OVERSEAS FOR ST LUKE’S
Trekking through the Andes to finish at the stunning heights of Machu Picchu

A group of 10 fundraisers are about jet over 6,000 miles to Peru in order to face a challenge of a lifetime in aid of local charity, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Departing from the UK on 21 May, these fundraisers will embark on their adventure as soon as they land in Peru, trekking through the Andes to finish at the stunning heights of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 2,430 metres above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of metres below. The site’s excellent preservation, the quality of its architecture, and the breathtaking mountain vista it occupies has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today.

This adventure will serve up many challenges along the way, testing their determination as they give up home comforts for 6 days of camping with no toilet or shower facilities. They will face the extremes of the wilderness that is the Andes having to acclimatise quickly from freezing conditions to the humidity of the forest coffee plantations. They will trek along the narrow aqueducts alongside the Humantay Glacier whilst acclimatising to an altitude of just under 5,000 metres as they walk through the Salkantay Mountain Pass.

Team St Luke’s have undergone months and months of physical training to ensure they are fit for the challenge that lies ahead. Training in freezing temperatures on the slopes of Snowdon, weekends on Bodmin Moor, clocking up the miles on Dartmoor to one trekker taking on the Himalayan Mountains. This is just some of the training and dedication required.

If the exhaustion of all that physical training wasn’t enough, the team have had to each personally raise a minimum of £5,000 to take part, involving a whole host of fundraising events including a ball, bucket collections, quizzes, sponsorship from local businesses, family, friends and more.

Rachel Turner is the Overseas and UK Challenge Fundraiser at St Luke’s and part of the team off to Peru “I speak for us all on how excited we are about the challenge ahead said Rachel. “The training and fundraising has taken serious commitment and dedication and we would all like to thank our families for being supportive and the local businesses who have gone over and above to support our fundraising events. We all know this will be an experience of a lifetime, something we will never forget and comforted by the fact the money we have raised will go towards caring for local people in the last months, weeks and days of life. Look out for our photo on the St Luke’s Facebook and Twitter pages over the coming weeks”.

The Machu Picchu Challenge is part of St Luke’s annual overseas challenges and is supported by Radio Plymouth and Faraday Mill. Estimated to raise over £45,000, for many of the fundraisers it is more than just a physical challenge as they are taking part in memory of a loved one and to make a real difference to the patients of St Luke’s.

The St Luke’s Macchu Picchu trekkers are: Radio Plymouths Jemma Katy Jones, Warren Bowden; Marcus Smowton; Linda Lawton; Diane Watson; John Saunders; Richard Stimpson; Pete Cook; Jonathan Reed and Rachel Turner from St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

If you have been inspired by this story, St Luke’s have just announced their next overseas challenge to the Great Wall of China in April 2015. For more information call Rachel Turner on 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/challenges

St Luke's Dragon Boat 2014
04/04/2014

DRAGON BOAT RACE 2014
LOCAL BUSINESS ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR ST LUKE’S DRAGON BOAT RACE

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are looking for local companies and organisations to pull together teams to compete in their first Dragon Boat Race on Sunday 15 June 2014. Teams of 10-16 people will race replica Chinese war canoes over a short course at the Mount Batten Activity Centre, Plymouth to raise money for the local charity.

Dragon Boat racing is Britain’s fastest growing corporate activity, perfect for team building and a fun way to support St Luke’s. Past competitors in Dragon Boat Race events have included HSBC, Centrica and Asda, even Prince William and Kate Middleton have given it a go! Dragon Boat racing is suitable for all levels of fitness and a qualified helmsman will be provided, so no experience is necessary.

On the day of the event, each team will be allocated three timed races, with a leader board updated throughout the day to keep up the competitive spirit. There will be the opportunity to qualify for the Grand Final, which will be followed by an awards ceremony at the end of the day.

Supporters left on the banks can cheer on the boats as they enjoy a whole host of entertainment including a BBQ, DJ, bands and face painting.      

Dragon Boat Events will be running the event on behalf of St Luke’s and can’t wait to bring the boating event to Plymouth as Managing Director Roger Irwin explains: “There really is no better way to raise money for charity than to have a day with your family at the waterside having fun. No experience is required and the events are vibrant spectacles attracting large crowds of spectators. Dragon Boat Events, the originator of the community and charity based events in the UK, works to produce a near faithful copy of the original Hong Kong formula and stages events which are colourful, noisy and great entertainment for the whole family. It is an environmentally friendly activity and a great way to get fit. The expectation is that Dragon Boat racing will continue to play a major role in sports based funding”.

Businesses can register online today for only a £99 deposit followed by a payment of an additional £300, 2 weeks prior to the event.

To register online visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/dragon or call 01752 492626 to request invoice payment.

St Luke's Opens Gardens 2014
28/03/2014

OPEN GARDENS 2014
BEAUTIFUL GARDENS OPENING FOR ST LUKE’S HOSPICE

Some of the most beautiful gardens in Devon and Cornwall are about to open their gates in support of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

The St Luke’s Open Garden Scheme will run from April to October and feature a diverse selection of 25 gardens, many of which are not normally open to the public and so offer a unique and private insight into garden planning and planting schemes.

The scheme has now been running for 4 years and last year alone raised over £31,000 for St Luke’s.

New individual gardens this year will feature in Launceston, Modbury and Holbeton. Popular village walkabouts in Calstock, Gunnislake, Trehunist, Colebrook and Yelverton offer the opportunity for the larger garden community to come together, listen to expert advice from owners, buy plants and enjoy delicious cakes. The largest of the walkabouts will take place in Kingsbridge where over 20 gardens will be on offer, centered around the popular Kingsbridge Community Garden.

St Luke’s are also very proud to feature Trematon Castle, Saltash as part of the programme. Taking place on 1 June, St Luke’s will have the exclusive first viewing of the garden which has not been open to the general public for a number of years.

Home of RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winners Isabel and Julian Bannerman, Trematon Castle features a small Norman stone keep, and a grand Georgian house. The steeply wooded grounds have narrow paths and are a delight to explore. The gardens have been recently rejuvenated with deep luxurious borders and new exciting planting schemes. Refreshments will be served by the swimming pool allowing you the chance to sit back and enjoy spectacular views across the Tamar.

The first Open Garden of the season will take place this Sunday, 6 April at Gnaton Hall near Yealmpton between 2pm and 5pm. Admission is £5. Gnaton Hall is a Grade II Listed Building with extensive and well established gardens containing many fine examples of magnolia trees and rhododendrons. Explore over 5 acres of grounds which include woodland walks, terraced lawns, water and bog gardens, wild flower banks and a sheltered private walled garden area. This popular venue in the St Luke's Open Garden Scheme also offers teas and cakes served on the terrace. Parking is free on the day. There will be a selection of plants for sale and well behaved dogs, on leads, are welcome.

Owner of Gnaton Hall, Sarah Lopes said: “Opening our garden in aid of St Luke's Hospice is a most enjoyable way of raising funds for such a worthwhile charity. It gives us pleasure to meet like-minded people and discuss the garden with them, some of whom come every year. It concentrates the mind trying to get it looking good for that particular day, which lasts for sometime afterwards, although I like to think that the visitors don't mind seeing a few weeds about! The Hospice staff and volunteers make it all so easy by doing most of the organisation before, and help out on the day.

St Luke’s Community Fundraiser, Wayne Marshall said: “We are very excited about this year’s Open Gardens and have carefully crafted the programme to ensure our supporters get a chance to see some of the most beautiful gardens in our area. This year we are proud to feature more gardens in Cornwall than ever before. Every garden that opens for St Luke’s becomes a real community event involving not just the garden owners but support from their friends, families, local residents, garden centres and local businesses. It’s great for the local economy too, with visitors exploring the surrounding areas and visiting local shops, pubs and restaurants. You can be a keen gardener or just looking for a way to spend a relaxing weekend afternoon with your family, whatever your reason for visiting these gardens, we must not forget that it all raises vital money to provide free care for local people who need us most in the last months, weeks and days of life. Thank you to everyone who supported us last year and helped raise over £31,000, here’s to 2014!”.

St Luke’s are looking for volunteers to spare a few hours to help out at each garden. If you can offer your support, please call 01752 246594.

Want to find out where your nearest St Luke’s Open Garden is? Ask your local garden centre for a brochure, pop into your local St Luke’s charity shop or view it online at
www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk/opengardens.

Pedal Power Raises over £67,000 for St Luke's
27/02/2014

SALCOMBE CYCLIST USES PEDAL POWER TO RAISE OVER £67,000 FOR ST LUKE’S

A Salcombe cycle enthusiast has raised over £67,000 for local charity, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

In 2007 Salcombe business man Kevin Favis partner in The Salcombe Crab and Lobster Company organised his first cycle challenge in memory of his wife Tina. Seven consecutive years of challenges later, Kevin and his friends known as ‘The Lads from Salcombe’ have now notched up thousands of miles and raised a total of £67,035 for St Luke’s.

Raising £9,338 last year alone on his Ilfracombe to Salcombe cycle, Kevin explains why he has used pedal power to support St Luke’s: “We love to support St Luke's each year with our 'Ride For Tina' Due to the wonderful work St Luke's and their staff have done for friends and family over the years. We wish it to continue for others to gain the benefits as we have done.

'The Lads From Salcombe' would like to thank all those who have supported them over the years especially The Salcombe Embroiderers for the team shirts and both Cranch's and The Plaice for supplying our food”.

St Luke’s Community Fundraiser, Wayne Marshall said: “Kevin's support for our charity is a moving example of commitment and determination we are all very proud of the team's achievement. An amazing amount has been raised and more and more people have come to understand the great work done by the St Luke's staff. The money that The Lads From Salcombe have raised will help us continue to provide free end of life care to our local community whether that be in hospital; at our hospice or through the St Luke’s Community Nurses who provide care for patients in their homes in Salcombe and throughout the South Hams”.

Kevin has already been busy organising this year’s cycle challenge which will take place on 19-21 September 2014 and will see his team of cyclists travelling over 100 miles from Portland Bill to Salcombe.

If you would like to support The Lads from Salcombe, please call 01548 843323.

St Luke's Donation Bins Collect Over 12,000 bags.
22/01/2014

ST LUKE’S DONATION BINS COLLECT OVER 12,000 BAGS

With the fast pace of modern day life and many of us working shift patterns sometimes you can find yourself doing a spring clean in the middle of the evening only to be left with the problem of what to do with the items that are in great condition but you no longer need.

Now no matter what time of the day, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are now giving supporters the chance to donate 24/7, 365 days a year with their donation bins located across the community.
18 donation bins are now in operation ready to give a new home to a whole range of material goods including clothes, shoes, duvets and soft toys.

Retail Business Development Manager, Nicola Critchley said: “In the last 12 months our donation bins have received over 12,000 bags, which through sales in our charity shops and on our eBay page will help us to continue to provide vital end of life care. I think it has proven to be so popular because it fits in with our busy lifestyles, people can simply donate when they want to rather than be restricted to set times and days. All we ask is that all the items placed in the bins are bagged”.

One of the more recent supporters of the donation bins is Ivybridge Rugby Club, who now have one located in their car park as Chairman, Jim Burns explains: “When we were approached by St Luke’s to house a donation bin it was an immediate yes from everyone. St Luke’s has a special place in the heart of the club from the time when the hospice cared for fellow committee member Barry Borrow who had been a very active member of the club for a number of years. He became the Club Secretary and in later years he led the "old boys" in keeping the club in top shape by doing a variety of DIY jobs.

With over 1,000 visitors to the club house every weekend, we hope the donation bin will be useful for both rugby club supporters and the whole of the Ivybridge community”.

Other donation bin locations include Derriford Hospital, Otter Nurseries, Transit Way Dental Care, and the Barbican Leisure Park.

If you’re a local business or community group and can house a St Luke’s donation bin on your premises please contact Julie Cater on 01752 756535.

St Luke's Coffee Mornings Get A Makeover
03/01/2014

ST LUKE'S COFFEE MORNINGS GET A MAKEOVER

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth invites you to join them to hold a coffee morning this February.

Coffee mornings aren’t something new to St Luke’s, in fact, they have been an important part of the local charity's fundraising activities for over 30 years.

As the charity starts a New Year of fundraising, St Luke’s coffee mornings are about to get a complete makeover with a new look and the introduction of a pack to support you every step of the way as Assistant Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Rebecca Bristow explains: “The coffee morning pack includes, a poster to promote your event, recipes for some scrumptious cakes, fun games to play and loads of ideas to make sure your event is the talk of the town. With over £4.5 million to raise every year to fund the hospice, you can make a real difference to the people who need us most in the last months, weeks and days of life”.

A coffee morning with your friends, W.I groups, toddler groups, churches or local businesses, anyone can join and help raise money for St Luke’s.

So dig out your best crockery, turn on the kettle and get the whole community drinking coffee for St Luke’s this February.

To request your coffee morning pack, call 01752 246597

LOCAL ESTATE AGENTS COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE WAY TO SUPPORT ST LUKE’S
18/12/2013

 

LOCAL ESTATE AGENTS COME UP WITH INNOVATIVE WAY TO SUPPORT ST LUKE’S

A local estate agents has come up with an innovative way to support local charity, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Lang & Co Sales & Lettings Estate Agency based in Mutley and Plymstock have agreed for the next 12 months to place the St Luke’s logo on every ‘for sale board’ in the city along with a donation for every sale on new instructions from 1st December 2013.

Lang & Co Director, Marc Rees said: “As an organisation we have always been keen supporters of St Luke’s Hospice. We were the founding sponsor of the Tour de Moor when it launched a few years ago. We wanted to continue our support together with coming up with something totally different and unique that would not only be a great fundraiser but also get the St Luke’s name brand out into the community 24/7. Our new remodelled for sale boards and donation seemed to tick all the boxes. The end of life care St Luke’s provide to our local community is truly amazing and the hospice has a special place in the hearts of my colleagues and myself. It’s a pleasure to support the charity”.

St Luke’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Robert Maltby said: “We are always looking for new ways to fundraise and this concept from Lang & Co is a fantastic idea. Not only will the donation from every sale help towards the £4.5million we need to raise every year, it will also put the St Luke’s logo out into the local community to create even more awareness of our charity. We are always keen to promote the amazing work of our Community Team consisting of specialist nurses, social workers and occupational therapists who provide end of life care for patients at home and our logo on the for sale boards just reinforces how St Luke’s Hospice is at the heart of the local community”.

Businesses GO SPARKLY for St Luke's
05/12/2013

GO SPARKLY!
THIS DECEMBER FOR ST LUKE’S

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is encouraging businesses to Go Sparkly this December, branding it as the perfect office mufti activity whilst raising money for their much loved local charity.

Go Sparkly is a fun activity everybody can get involved with and is just what you need to get in that festive mood!

Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Wayne Marshall said: “We all have some tinsel or glitter hidden away at home, so it's time to dig it out and get dressed up to shimmer, shine and sparkle! Dress up as a Christmas tree, transform into a sparkly fairy or wear a tinsel tie - be as creative as you can! It’s a great fun activity that would be perfect for the last day at work before the Christmas break. It really is putting the Fun into Fundraising!”.

Businesses across the area are already signing up including GHQ who will Go Sparkly from 9 to 13 December. The city centre college specialising in apprenticeships has always been a keen supporter of the local charity as Helen Hart, Commercial Manager from GHQ explains: “Here at GHQ we are delighted to be taking part in the Go Sparkly event for St Luke’s Hospice. As a College we are all aware of the fantastic end of life work carried out by the hospice and want to support them in any way we can. As we have students from all departments taking part, including, Hair and Beauty, Business and Childcare we decided to turn a day event into a weeklong activity so everybody can get involved. We are hoping to raise funds and awareness for the charity whilst having a fun time”.

To register your business, call Rebecca Bristow at St Luke’s on 01752 246597, email rbristow@stlukes-hospice.org.uk or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

Meet St Luke's latest recruit!
19/11/2013

TOP DOG AT ST LUKE’S
COMET THE HOSPICE DOG

There is a new member to the team at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, but this is no ordinary staff member, he’s furry, has big floppy ears and will do anything for his favourite treat. Meet St Luke’s latest recruit, Comet the hospice dog!

Comet was bred to be a Hearing Dog for Deaf People but failed to make the grade because he has a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. This has made him mildly uncoordinated and quieter than the average ‘teenage’ Labrador.

St. Luke’s are no stranger to animals having previously homed a resident cat called Ollie, who was a source of both entertainment and great comfort to many of our patients.  When Ollie passed away he was sorely missed by patients and staff alike, so the search for a new suitable pet began.

When vet and animal behaviourist Caroline Bower of The Veterinary Hospital Group, Plymouth, heard about Comet through her husband John, who is a trustee of the Hearings Dogs Charity, she thought that he could be an ideal Hospice dog due to his laid back character and his puppy education with the Hearing Dog trainers. As Caroline explains; “I had previously cared for Ollie the hospice cat and know what a massive difference animals can make to the patients in a hospice. It may seem  strange to have an animal in a clinical environment, but it really is so therapeutic for the patients and to see the joy and comfort an animal can bring is truly amazing. The great thing is that the hospice can see the benefits of animals on the wards and have always allowed patients’ loved pets in for a visit. Cats and dogs are always regular visitors and that’s one of the reasons why the hospice is such a special place”.

Comet is regularly taken around the In Patient Unit at Turnchapel by hospice volunteers so that he can spend time with the patients. Sometimes visitors will ask to take Comet on to the ward to spend time with their relative.

On the wards, patients often start reminiscing about dogs that they have owned and Comet becomes quite a talking point. He seems to enjoy the lime light and will sit patiently whilst people talk about him.

When not on duty at the hospice, Comet lives with Senior Receptionist at St Luke’s, Jenny Nicol who comments on what a delight it is to see his interaction with patients and visitors: “He will offer his paw in return for a biscuit and loves to be petted. Of course being a Labrador he will do anything for a treat. Patients’ visitors sometimes ask if they may take Comet for a walk outside. This can give them time out and so be very therapeutic for them. Comet always loves a walk, especially on Jennycliff”.

Comet is now 18 months old and maturing nicely. He is still incredibly laid back, loves food, people and other dogs and enjoys working in the hospice. Jenny adds: “There has always been a pet at St Luke's, sometimes a cat and sometimes a dog, they are very much core to our care. There are a lot of perceptions of what a hospice environment is like, of course there are sad times but Comet is a fine example of some of reasons why it can also be such a special and happy place to be”.

Martial Arts show for Machu Piccu challenge
11/11/2013

MARTIAL ARTS SHOW SUPPORTS MACHU PICCHU CHALLENGE

As official media partner for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Machu Picchu challenge, local radio station Radio Plymouth are about to set one of their promotional team on the ultimate challenge.

In May next year, Jemma Katy Jones will trek across the Andes in aid of St Luke’s before finishing at the stunning heights of Machu Picchu, Peru.

Jemma’s challenge will take her on the Inca Trail encompassing 3 high mountain passes including the highest being 4,600m and a stop off at the lost city in Aguas Calientes which is regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

In addition to months of hard training to ensure her fitness is ready for the challenge, Jemma has to raise £5000, which will go a long way for St Luke’s to continue to provide end of life care to the local community.

A massive boost to her fundraising target has come from a generous sponsor donation from Faraday Home Improvements and now Jemma has her sights on her next fundraising event.

On Saturday 23 November, Macmillan Martial Arts Academy and Taurus Gym have organised a mixed martial arts show at the Guildhall, Plymouth to support Jemma. The show will feature MMAA, K1 Kickboxing and Thai Boxing disciplines, along with a raffle and entertainment.

Tickets cost £25 and are available to purchase from www.discountmmaa.co.uk or on the door from 5pm

Jemma Katy Jones from Radio Plymouth said: “I am very grateful for the sponsorship I have received from Faraday Home Improvements and to everyone else that has supported me already. Huge thanks to Danny from MMAA and Jimmy from Taurus for their support with this event. It will be a great evening and we hope to raise lots of money for St Luke’s Hospice Machu Picchu Challenge 2014”

If you would like to support Jemma, please visit her fundraising page: www.fundraise.everydayhero.com/uk/jemma

Strictly Tea Dance 2013
01/11/2013

STRICTLY TEA DANCE
PLYMOUTH GUILDHALL
FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2013

If you love good old fashioned dancing, then St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth have an event for you!

The ‘Strictly Christmas Tea Dance’ returns to Plymouth Guildhall from 2-4.30pm on Friday 29 November 2013.

Whether you belong to a traditional dance group or fancy a great afternoon out with your friends, then the 'Strictly Christmas Tea Dance' is the perfect way to take advantage of the large sprung dance floor at the Guildhall and put your ballroom shoes and sequence dance moves to work. The popular Len Jackman will be back to provide the music and compere the event and with a raffle, chocolate tombola and free mince pie and cream, it's all shaping up to be a great afternoon out.

So whether you like to Waltz, a little Cha-Cha-Cha or do the Foxtrot, the 'Strictly Tea Dance' will have you dancing all the way to Christmas! 

Senior Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Nina Wearne said: “Personally this is my most favourite event of the year, with the glitz and glamour of the day whisking you into the lead up to Christmas, it’s both a fun and great way of raising money for our charity”.

Tickets cost: £6

To book tickets please phone 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

St Peter's RC Primary School 'Go Yellow' for St Luke's
25/10/2013

ST PETER'S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL 'GO YELLOW' FOR ST LUKE'S

Pupils from St Peter’s RC School recently went yellow to support local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

It’s not the first time the Primary School based in Whitleigh has gone yellow for St Luke’s raising £350 last year.

This year the pupils took it to a whole new level with a ‘yellow’ themed lunch, a sunflower colouring competition and a ‘slithering snake’ made from coins collected on the day. So far the school have raised £240 with the money still coming in.

Deputy Head Teacher from St Peter’s School, Paul Morse said: “St Luke’s is such a worthy cause and have touched the hearts of so many local people, the pupils are really behind doing their bit for St Luke’s. It was a real fun day, from the yellow lemon drizzle cake served up for lunch to the slithering snake made of coins that they were trying to stretch around the school”.

Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Rebecca Bristow said: “It is fantastic to receive continued support from St Peter’s School and see just how much effort the pupils put into their annual fundraising day. The money raised will go a long way to helping us to provide free end of life care to those who need us most in the local community”.

Reindeer Rally & Festive Friends 2013
09/10/2013

REINDEER RALLY & FESTIVE FRIENDS
Central Park : Sunday 1 December : 11am

You know Christmas is just around the corner when you see hundreds of fundraisers running through Central Park with antlers and big red noses!

The St Luke’s Reindeer Rally sponsored by Mercury Construction returns to Central Park, Plymouth on Sunday 1 December 2013 and this year Rudolph is joined by some very special Festive Friends!

Bring the whole family together and join in the festive celebrations on the 1.5km fun run, 5km and 10km routes and help raise money for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth!

Now in its third year, St Luke’s are adding a little twist to the event this year and are giving runners the option to dress as some of Rudolph’s Festive Friends as well. A Christmas tree, Santa, fairy or Christmas pudding, so many possibilities!

All the runners will be rewarded with a medal, hot drink and for the children St Luke’s will make sure it’s an action packed family trip out with activities and the chance to meet Father Christmas in their grotto!

Christmas will be here before you know it, so what are you waiting for. Dig out your festive costume and sign up for St Luke's Reindeer Rally!

Event Organiser, Emma Winter from St Luke’s said: “This is a fantastic fun event to get us all in the festive mood, we hope our supporters will like the wider choice of fancy dress options. In addition to the 5km &10km for the keen runners, we hope our 1.5km fun run will bring a great family feel to the event, especially with the chance for the children to meet Father Christmas in our grotto”.

ENTRY INFORMATION:
Adults £12
Child £5

For more information on the Reindeer Rally and to register call 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

Sewing for St Luke's
09/09/2013

SEWING FOR ST LUKE’S!

A group of local ladies have turned a hobby into something wonderful for a much loved local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. Anna Farell from ‘Making for Charity’ and a group of local ladies have been sewing material bags to hold patient syringe drivers at St Luke’s.

Syringe Drivers are small portable battery powered machines, usually about the size of a pencil case, which administer a continuous dose of painkiller or other medication. Syringe drivers are battery powered and portable so patients can be up and about if they wish. Anna and the ladies have been creating specially designed bags made of lots of fabulous fabrics that patients can wear across the body.

Sue Donne, Sister at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth said: “The response from the patients has been amazing. Patients really love their syringe bag drivers as it adds that personal touch and knowing that someone has taken time to do this for them means so much. In a practical sense the bags are of tremendous benefit as it means using the bathroom and generally getting about is much easier for the patient and nurses.”

Anna Farrell volunteer at ‘Making for Charity’ said: “Before I started making these bags I couldn’t sew it is a great way to start a new hobby as you can do this as well as make a difference to somebody. I would like to thank the support of local companies especially Harmony House and Home Interiors, A&E Furnitures and Liz Mawe Interiors who have donated fabric for the ladies to use”.

If you would like to get involved in creating these wonderful projects for patients or would like to donate fabric then you can contact, Anna Farrell on anna.farrell@sky.com who will help you get started and give you the sewing patterns.

Swimathon
06/09/2013

MAKE A SPLASH WITH ST LUKE’S!
SWIMATHON
SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER
PLYMOUTH LIFE CENTRE

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are on the search for keen swimmers to sign up for their annual Swimathon, this year held at the Plymouth Life Centre on Saturday 21st September 2013.

Now in its third year, the St Luke’s Swimathon is open to anyone aged 9 or over to swim 1km or 2km individually or pull a team together to tackle 5km.

Overseas and UK Challenge Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Rachel Turner said: “We’re really excited for this year’s Swimathon event and are aiming for this year to be our best yet. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team at Everyone Active, Plymouth Life Centre for their support in this event. I look forward to seeing lots of swimmers joining us on the 21st September to help us raise funds to provide vital end of life care to people at the end of their lives from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.”

Local swimming club Plymouth Leander is also putting their backing to the Swimathon and can instantly appreciate the benefits to both the charity and swimmers as Head Coach of Plymouth Leander John Rudd explains: “Swimming is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy, and to be able to swim for St Luke’s will help fund future care for people at the end of their lives. Plymouth Leander regularly train at the Plymouth Life Centre and we look forward to seeing many people sign up to jump in and raise money for the work that St Luke’s.”

With only a few weeks until the event, there is still time to register and book your place. For more information call 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

Hospice Hike
06/09/2013

10 MILE HIKE ACROSS DARTMOOR
HOSPICE HIKE
SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER
TWO BRIDGES HOTEL, NEAR PRINCETOWN

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth invites you to join them on their Hospice Hike on Sunday 22 September 2013.

With beautiful Dartmoor on our doorstep, this 10 mile hike will start and finish at the Two Bridges Hotel and take you across a terrain of marshland, wooded valleys, dramatic Tors and sweeping moorland. Highlights on the route will include one of the highest oak woods in Britain, Wistman’s Wood, the ancient Dartmoor Way and Longaford Tor, where the beast of Dartmoor has been spotted!

As you return from your walk, you will be able to relax in comfort of the Two Bridges Hotel with a complimentary cream tea!

Dust off those walking boots and prepare yourself for a great day out with people who simply love the great outdoors! Get together a group of friends or even treat your dog to a special walk and join together with fellow walkers to raise money for St Luke’s.

Senior Community Fundraiser at St Luke’s, Nina Wearne said: “You can’t beat a nice Sunday walk across Dartmoor and this event will appeal to our supporters who love the great outdoors and want to take in some great points of interest. It’s events like this that help towards the 4.5million we need to raise every year to keep St Luke’s serving the local community with essential end of life care. We would like to thank the Two Bridges Hotel for their support in hosting the event and the offer of a complimentary nights stay for 2 people in one of their suites for the walker who raises the most money through sponsorship!”.

Registered participants are required to sign in between 11am & 12pm on the day. The estimated time for the walk is around 5 hours. 

There is a £12 registration fee which includes your Devonshire cream tea.

With only a few weeks until the event, there is still time to register and book your place. For more information call 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

St Luke's Golf Day
03/09/2013

SWING INTO ACTION FOR ST LUKE’S
CHINA FLEET GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
11 OCTOBER 2013

For the first time in 10 years, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are swinging into action to organise a Golf Day and they would like you to join them.

The St Luke’s Golf Day will ‘Tee off’ at 10am on Friday 11th October 2013 at the China Fleet Golf & Country Club, Saltash, Cornwall.

If you are a business and fancy a day out the office with clients or just a golf enthusiast that can pull together a team of 4, then St Luke’s want to hear from you!

Your day includes refreshments, including a post game BBQ, trophy presentations for the best team, raffle prizes and of course you will be playing on an 18 hole, par 72 parkland golf course that boasts some of the best views around with 180 acres of Cornish countryside and River Tamar on your doorstep.

The St Luke’s Golf Day is open to all abilities; team entry price is £180 (£45 per person) with additional corporate sponsorship opportunities available.

Corporate Fundraiser at St Luke’s Lorna Damella said: “It has been 10 years since we last organised a golf event and we hope this will prove popular with our supporters. It’s the perfect way to have a great day of golf and at the same time help raise the vital funds we need to run our hospice services that are so important to the local community”

For more information visit stlukes-hospice.org.uk, call 01752 246591 or email lorna.damella@stlukes-hospice.org.uk

New Date for Dragon Boat Race
21/08/2013

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has today announced that their Dragon Boat Race due to take place on Saturday 31st August 2013 will now be rescheduled, with the boats taking to the water on Sunday 15th June 2014.



Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Emma Winter said: “We have received feedback from supporters that they need a little more time to put together their teams, so we have taken the decision to accommodate these requests and reschedule the event. Our St Luke’s events diary is already very busy for the remaining months of this year, so we have decided to move it to June next year when the water is a little warmer than a winter event in Plymouth!. ”

After a 10 year absence from the Plymouth waters, the re-vamped Dragon Boat Race will take place at the Cattewater Harbour in June 2014.

Spaces are still available for local businesses and groups to sign up and be part of this exciting competitive event, racing a 250m throughout the day to be crowned champion. Each boat can hold up to 16 paddlers, one drummer and a qualified helmsperson provided by St Luke’s partner for this event, Dragon Boat Events. No previous experience is required, it's a unique opportunity to try something new, build team spirit, network or challenge other local companies, whilst fundraising with families and friends. All participants compete on equal terms regardless of gender fitness levels or age.

Tim Charlesworth, Cattewater Harbour Master said: “The Dragon Boat Race is making a welcome return to the Cattewater and we can be sure that teams will give it their all when racing takes place. The Harbour Commissioners have supported St Luke’s for many years and we hope as many people as possible come on board with us by supporting this event.”

Registrations for this event are open now, to find out more and to register visit 
www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk or call 01752 492626.

A night at the Oscars with St Luke’s Hospice
31/07/2013

Preparations are well underway at St Luke’s as the Hospice gets set to host Plymouth’s very own night at the Oscars.

On Saturday 14th September St Luke’s, in partnership with the Chemotherapy Outreach Project, will be taking over the graduation marquees on Plymouth Hoe to hold a glamorous Hollywood-themed ball to raise vital funds for both charities.

The evening will begin with a stylish drinks reception and a delicious three-course meal provided by award-winning local caterers Posh Nosh.  Later a live band and auction will keep the party going long into the night.

Sally Taylor, Chief Executive of St Luke’s, said:  ‘I am so excited to be launching our Hollywood Ball and have no doubt that it will be a truly spectacular evening.

Events such as this are hugely important in ensuring that charities such as
St Luke’s and the Chemotherapy Outreach Project can continue to generate funds that enable us to support those in our community who need us most.’

With just 50 tables available on a first come first served basis, this event simply should not be missed.  Prices are £45 per person or £65 for a fabulous VIP table which includes a goodie bag.

Contact St Luke’s on 01752 492626 to secure your ticket.

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For further information please contact Lorna Damella, Corporate Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice on
E: ldamella@stlukes-hospice.org.uk
T: 01752 246591

St Luke’s open a budget busting £1 Shop on Mutley Plain
18/07/2013

On Friday 26th July St Luke’s will be celebrating the opening of its second everything’s a £1 shop in Plymouth.  The new store, at 42 Mutley Plain is aiming to appeal to local students, offering affordable fashion on the high street.


St Luke’s opened its first £1 shop in Plymouth City Centre in August 2012, offering fashion, accessories and books to budget wary shoppers.


Nicola Critchley, Retail Business Development Manager for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth said: “We’re really excited to be opening our second £1 shop within the City and are hoping to attract many local shoppers to the store to pick up some affordable bargains and help raise vital funds for St Luke’s.

Our retail group is an important income stream for St Luke’s Hospice and we’re committed to developing our retail offer to appeal to local shoppers and help us to raise as much money as possible for St Luke’s, funding the end of life care that we provide to patients and their families from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.”

The shop on Mutley Plain will be selling clothes, accessories, books and bric a brac to appeal to the local student audience, with special offers including buy 6 items for £5.00.

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Facebook helps St Luke’s secure new Donation Bin Site
08/07/2013

The power of social media has helped a local charity to secure a new site, aimed at boosting fundraising. After posting a request to local businesses on the popular social networking site, Facebook, St Luke’s received a response from Transit Way Dental Clinic on Transit Way, Crownhill Road to offer a space for a new donation bin.


This offer means that St Luke’s have a new donation bin in a fantastic location which will help to raise funds for the Plymouth based charity through donations which will go on to be recycled or sold in shops throughout the local community.


Darren from Transit Way Dental Clinic said: “We were really happy to help St Luke’s by siting one of their donation bins in our car park.  It was the least we could do for such a deserving cause.  We are hoping that people from all over the city use the bin for donations for many years to come.  As part of the Plymouth community we are always happy to help the local community, charities and projects where we can”


Julie Cater, Recycling Administrator for St Luke’s Hospice said: “We’re delighted to have had such a fantastic response from our plea for new donation points. These donation bins are a vital way for us to continue to generate much needed funds for St Luke’s. We’d like to thank Transit Way Dental Clinic for responding to our Facebook post and allowing us to place a donation bin in such a fantastic location. We’re hopeful that this donation bin will be used frequently, helping us to sell and recycle unwanted items from the local community to raise money to help us care for people at the end of their lives from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.”


Last year recycling and donations for shops helped generate £160,000 for St Luke’s Hospice, St Luke’s now has 11 donation bins across the local community. To find your nearest donation point or to find out more about what St Luke’s can and can’t recycle visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk.

Should you wish to help us site another bin, please contact Julie Cater on 01752 339807.

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PHOTO OPP:
WHO: Julie Cater, Recycling Administrator for St Luke’s and Employees from The Dental Clinic
WHEN: 16th July, 10am
WHERE: Transit Way Dental Clinic on Transit Way, Crownhill Road

Note to the Editor:

St Luke’s has been providing high quality end of life care to the local community for the past 30 years.


At St Luke’s our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. We aim to make this possible in several ways; through our community nursing team who travel throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; through our hospital team who ensure any patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert specialist care; through our in patient unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief.

Our staff includes Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists who are all trained in specialist end of life care. The aim of all of our teams is to provide the highest quality care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers.

St Luke's cared for over 3,500 people at the end of their lives from the local community last year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people in this area will develop a terminal illness, which means there’s a growing need for the specialist end of life care that we provide. It costs £6million each year to run St Luke’s; with only 32% funding received from the government we need to raise £4.5million each year to keep the hospice open.

Ruta Meilutyte and the Plymouth Leander team help launch St Luke’s Swimathon at Plymouth Life Centre
28/06/2013

On 11th July, Olympic Gold Medallist swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, along with the Plymouth Leander swim team will help launch registrations for St Luke’s Swimathon 2013, taking place on Saturday 21st September at Plymouth Life Centre. The popular swimming event returns for the 3rd year and is aiming to attract 150 swimmers to help raise funds for St Luke’s.


The Swimathon event will be held from 6pm onwards on 21st September and is open to anyone aged 9 or over to swim 1km or 2km individually or pull a team together and swim 5km as a team, with an aim of raising £10,000 for St Luke’s at the event.


John Rudd, Head Coach of Plymouth Leander said: “Plymouth Leander is pleased to support St Luke’s Swimathon. Swimming is a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy, and to be able to swim for St Luke’s will help fund future care for people at the end of their lives. Plymouth Leander regularly train at the Plymouth Life Centre and we look forward to seeing many people sign up to jump in and raise money for the work that St Luke’s.”


Rachel Turner, Overseas and UK Challenge Fundraiser for St Luke’s said: “We’re really excited for this year’s Swimathon event and are aiming for this year to be our best yet. I’d like to thank Ruta and the Plymouth Leander team for supporting the launch of the Swimathon and urge any keen swimmers to sign up and be a part of fundraising for St Luke’s. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to the team at Everyone Active, Plymouth Life Centre for their support in this event. I look forward to seeing lots of swimmers joining us on the 21st September to help us raise funds to provide vital end of life care to people at the end of their lives from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.” 


To register for your place now or find out more information about the Swimathon event call 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk.


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PHOTO OPP:
WHO: Ruta Meilutyte, Plymouth Leander and Luke the St Luke’s Bear launch 2013’s Swimathon
WHEN: 11th July, 7.45am
WHERE: Plymouth Life Centre Swimming pool, pool side.


Note to the Editor:
St Luke’s has been providing high quality end of life care to the local community for the past 30 years.
At St Luke’s our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. We aim to make this possible in several ways; through our community nursing team who travel throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; through our hospital team who ensure any patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert specialist care; through our in patient unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief and through our day care centre, which offers a haven for patients and carers.

Our staff includes Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists who are all trained in specialist end of life care. The aim of all of our teams is to provide the highest quality care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers.

St Luke's cared for over 3,500 people at the end of their lives from the local community last year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people in this area will develop a terminal illness, which means there’s a growing need for the specialist end of life care that we provide. It costs £6million each year to run St Luke’s; with only 32% funding received from the government we need to raise £4.5million each year to keep the hospice open.


St Luke's Lottery winners for Draw 895 - 14th June 2013
18/06/2013

Draw 895 - 14th June 2013

£1,000 winner  

5356

       

£200 winner

32666

       

£10 winners

41800

  32763 

  25315 

  40368

  23955

 

41052

  13983

  39397

  33888

  34565

 

26467

  41878

  43187

  29420

  22588

 

40006

  30842

  43837

  14916

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4252

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Go Yellow with St Luke's on Friday 14th June
10/06/2013

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are looking for people to join them to ‘Go Yellow’ on Friday 14th June to help raise vital funds for the work that they do in caring for people at the end of their lives from across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.

The Go Yellow day is now in its 3rd year, with a target of £4,000 to raise for the Plymouth based charity.

Over the years groups and businesses, from pubs to supermarkets and leisure centres have all done something sunny for money as St Luke’s and its supporters paint the counties yellow. St Luke’s Community Fundraisers will be on the road throughout the day visiting all of the people who Go Yellow, sharing all of the custard coloured fun on Facebook.

With activities this year ranging from fancy dress relays to yellow art competitions it’s shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before and St Luke’s are encouraging schools and businesses to join in and go bananas for St Luke’s.

Wayne Marshall, Community Fundraiser for St Luke’s said: “Thousands of pounds have been raised over the last few years by the community getting involved in “Go Yellow”. From dress down days, to cake bakes, custard baths and banana balancing there are plenty of fun and exciting ways to get involved and raise vital funds for St Luke’s.”

So far this year St Luke’s have many schools, businesses and organisations signed up to take part in some yellow coloured fun including; First Busses, Whitleigh Green Traders and UTC Aerospace Systems. For more information on how you can go yellow on June 14th or any day throughout the summer contact St Luke’s on 01752 492626 or email events@stlukes-hospice.org.uk

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Note to the Editor:

PHOTO OPP:

Where: Whitleigh Green

When: 3:00pm on Friday 14th June 2013

Who: St Luke’s shop staff, Whitleigh school, first busses and local businesses



St Luke’s has been providing high quality end of life care to the local community for the past 30 years.

At St Luke’s our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. We aim to make this possible in several ways; through our community nursing team who travel throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; through our hospital team who ensure any patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert specialist care; through our in patient unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief and through our day care centre, which offers a haven for patients and carers.

Our staff includes Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists who are all trained in specialist end of life care. The aim of all of our teams is to provide the highest quality care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers.

St Luke's cared for over 3,500 people at the end of their lives from the local community last year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people in this area will develop a terminal illness, which means there’s a growing need for the specialist end of life care that we provide. It costs £6million each year to run St Luke’s; with only 32% funding received from the government we need to raise £4.5million each year to keep the hospice open.

The Argyle Five take on second challenge for St Luke's
06/06/2013

Having tackled the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro another group of fundraisers known as
“The Argyle Five” have signed up to take part in a second challenge, taking on St Luke’s 2014 challenge to Machu Picchu.


St Luke’s are looking for a team of 20 people to take part in the Machu Picchu challenge, which will see adventurous fundraisers fly out to Peru to walk one of the sacred Inca Trails, through Mountain passes at 15,000ft and Jungles to reach Machu Picchu 12,000ft above sea level.


St Luke’s currently has 13 people signed up for the Machu Picchu challenge and is appealing for more to sign up before registration closes on 30th June.


Michael Newell, 25, a proud Plymothian and one of the Plymouth Argyle Fans making up The Argyle Five said: “Last year my dad was asked to take part in the St Luke’s Hospice Kilimanjaro climb, but due to certain circumstances had to back out within three days of registering, so I jumped at the chance of climbing one of the world’s tallest mountains in his place. We went as The Argyle Five and raised more than the £25,000 we needed as well as helping other team members with their fundraising. I met some great people and the camaraderie will remain with me for the rest of my life with many of us still in daily contact.


My father is going to take on Machu Picchu with his friend Nik Barron, between them the pair helped sponsor many of the Kilimanjaro team and have promised similar help this year for the Machu Picchu group.


I expect the Machu Picchu challenge will be less strenuous than Kilimanjaro, but I am happy to help St Luke’s raise money in this manner whilst I get to see other parts of the World, so it’s a win win situation as far as I’m concerned.”


Rachel Turner, Overseas & UK Challenge Fundraiser for St Luke’s said: “The Machu Picchu challenge is shaping up to be a really exciting adventure and with sign ups from Mike and The Argyle Five it’s a testament to how enjoyable and rewarding overseas challenges such as this can be for those involved.


With registration closing on Sunday 30th June I’d urge anyone considering taking part in the challenge to contact me and sign up to be part of this amazing opportunity to see one of the seven wonders of the world and raise much needed funds for the work that St Luke’s does in caring for people at the end of their lives in the local community.”


Find out more information about St Luke’s Machu Picchu challenge at www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk or call 01752 492626.


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Note to the Editor:

St Luke’s has been providing high quality end of life care to the local community for the past 30 years.
At St Luke’s our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. We aim to make this possible in several ways; through our community nursing team who travel throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; through our hospital team who ensure any patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert specialist care; through our in patient unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief and through our day care centre, which offers a haven for patients and carers.

Our staff includes Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists who are all trained in specialist end of life care. The aim of all of our teams is to provide the highest quality care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers.

St Luke's cared for over 3,500 people at the end of their lives from the local community last year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people in this area will develop a terminal illness, which means there’s a growing need for the specialist end of life care that we provide. It costs £6million each year to run St Luke’s; with only 32% funding received from the government we need to raise £4.5million each year to keep the hospice open.


Skydive was poetic experience for fundraiser
05/06/2013

In August 2012 Marilyn Pratt, 65, from Devonport, took part in the St Luke’s Skydive and felt so overwhelmed by the experience that she wrote an original poem to describe what it felt for her to take part.


The poem, named ‘St Luke’s you gave me the incentive’ outlines every step of the experience from Marilyn’s eyes. Marilyn will be presented with a framed version of her poem by St Luke’s Overseas & UK Challenge fundraiser Rachel Turner at 1pm on Thursday 30th May at the hospice.


Speaking of the poem and her experience Marilyn said: “I did the skydive on the 20th August 2012 for St Luke’s and wrote this poem. It was an absolutely wonderful experience and I wanted to share my experience with everyone.”


The poem:
St Luke’s you gave me the incentive:
We arrived safely and got ready to go
I met my instructor and he was “just so”
We walked to the plane my heart beating fast
I was realising my dream, my one ambition at last!

So we went up in the plane, higher! And higher!
At last! I was getting my one heart’s desire
An ambition achieved before I retire!!

So we are sat on the edge and ready to fly
Can’t wait to get out into that magnificent sky
We freefall for two miles hard to believe
The parachute opens “what a relief”

Then the magic appears so serene and so calm
The cameraman comes over and catches my palm
It’s so beautiful I cannot believe my eyes
Who would have thought I could fly through the skies

The clouds looked like mountains all covered with snow
Then like cotton wool balls all of a glow
A circle of rainbow appears all around

It’s nearly all over as we get closer to the ground
It was one of the best days of my life the day I took to the skies
I’ve also managed to help St Luke’s ‘WOW’ what a great surprise.

Rachel Turner, Overseas & UK Challenge Fundraiser for St Luke’s said: “I’m really pleased to be presenting Marilyn with this framed version of her poem, and hope that her enthusiasm and support for the Skydive event will encourage other local people to take up this challenge to raise vital funds for St Luke’s.”


Marilyn hopes that this poem will help encourage more people to sign up and take part in St Luke’s Skydive UK Record Attempt taking place on 18th August 2013. St Luke’s are hoping to break the world record for the most amount of people jumping in 24 hours and need over 160 people signed up to achieve their goal.


If you want to be a part of this UK Record or find out more information contact St Luke’s on 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

Calstock Open Gardens raises over £2,000 for St Luke's
24/05/2013

On Sunday 19th May residents from Calstock opened their gardens for a Village Walkabout as part of St Luke’s Open Gardens scheme. This is the first time that residents have taken part in the popular fundraising scheme, raising over £2,000 for St Luke’s.


On the day the village had over 230 visitors, some travelling from as far afield as Torquay and Padstow, to explore the picturesque village and take in the beautiful gardens and spectacular views across the Tamar Valley.


Wayne Marshall, Community Fundraiser for St Luke’s said: “We’d like to say thank you and well done to all who helped make this event run smoothly and a special thank you to all the garden owners and visitors that are supporting St Luke’s Hospice throughout the year.  We wouldn’t normally highlight an Open Garden date in this way but we feel it might inspire other villages to hold their own garden walkabout in 2014.”


With 20 more Open Garden dates still to come this summer there are plenty of chances to visit more exclusive, private and beautiful gardens to support St Luke’s. For more information about future dates, how to take part in the scheme with your own garden or to request an Open Garden brochure call 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk


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Note to the Editor:

St Luke’s has been providing high quality end of life care to the local community for the past 30 years.
At St Luke’s our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. We aim to make this possible in several ways; through our community nursing team who travel throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; through our hospital team who ensure any patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert specialist care; through our in patient unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief and through our day care centre, which offers a haven for patients and carers.

Our staff includes Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists who are all trained in specialist end of life care. The aim of all of our teams is to provide the highest quality care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers.

St Luke's cared for over 3,500 people at the end of their lives from the local community last year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people in this area will develop a terminal illness, which means there’s a growing need for the specialist end of life care that we provide. It costs £6million each year to run St Luke’s; with only 32% funding received from the government we need to raise £4.5million each year to keep the hospice open.

Year 5 pupil raises over £500 for St Luke's
15/05/2013

On Sunday 28th April 45 children from Plympton St Maurice Primary School took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon Schools’ Challenge, raising a total of over £1,300, with one child, from Year 5, raising a fantastic £571 for St Luke’s. A cheque for the fundraising amount will be presented to St Luke’s on Friday 17th May at the school. 


12 weeks prior to the event the children were running a mile a week in training, completing their 13th mile on the day of the Half Marathon on the Hoe, helping to raise vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.

Jeni Robinson, a teacher at Plympton St Maurice, said: “This year the team was extremely successful with two of our girls placing first and eleventh place in the girls race, and two of our boys placing ninth and eleventh out of the 1400 children taking part. Each year the School Council chooses a charity to support and this year they chose St Luke’s Hospice.


One pupil, Connor Webb, from Year 5, managed to raise the amazing amount of £571.20 in sponsorship. The total amount raised by the school team was an outstanding £1392.94.”


Rachel Turner, Overseas and UK Challenge Fundraiser for St Luke’s said: “I’m really looking forward to visiting St Maurice Primary School to meet all of the children involved in the Plymouth Half Marathon School’s challenge for St Luke’s. It’s fantastic to see so many young people raising vital funds for the work we do at St Luke’s and I’d like to thank all of the children and teachers from the school involved in this fundraising. Without the support of the local community we wouldn’t be able to continue to provide the care that we do, free of charge, to local people at the end of their lives. Well done to all involved, especially Connor, who has raised enough money to provide 50 meals for patients on our inpatient unit, a fantastic achievement for any fundraiser!”


St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth had over 60 runners take part in the Plymouth Half Marathon on Sunday the 28th April. St Luke’s are appealing for all runners who took part in the event and raised funds for St Luke’s to return their sponsorship money as soon as possible to help reach the £25,000 fundraising target. All runners who raise more than £150 will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of goods from Frank Elford Sports on Mayflower Street.

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Note to the Editor:

St Luke’s has been providing high quality end of life care to the local community for the past 30 years.
At St Luke’s our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. We aim to make this possible in several ways; through our community nursing team who travel throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; through our hospital team who ensure any patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert specialist care; through our in patient unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief and through our day care centre, which offers a haven for patients and carers.

Our staff includes Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists who are all trained in specialist end of life care. The aim of all of our teams is to provide the highest quality care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers.

St Luke's cared for over 3,500 people at the end of their lives from the local community last year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people in this area will develop a terminal illness, which means there’s a growing need for the specialist end of life care that we provide. It costs £6million each year to run St Luke’s; with only 32% funding received from the government we need to raise £4.5million each year to keep the hospice open.

St Luke's Team Kilimanjaro celebrate success
14/05/2013

In March 2013 a team of 18 strong willed fundraisers took on the challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world to raise funds for St Luke’s.

All members of the team completed the challenge, reaching the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro 5,895m above sea level on 19th March 2013. The team are now celebrating their success, having reached their amazing £100,000 fundraising target.

Speaking of the experience of taking part in the challenge, 70 year old Barry Hopper said: “Although very challenging, it was an amazing experience not to be missed and I am glad that I did it. I was very happy to reach the summit and even more pleased that all of us in our group achieved our goal.”

Josie Burke, Senior Fundraising Manager for St Luke’s Hospice said: “Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with the team was a huge challenge, for all of the team to reach the summit is a success that we’re all really proud of. Doing this challenge for St Luke’s has given the team and I such an amazing sense of achievement, not only have we conquered one of the tallest mountains in the world, but we’ve also raised enough funds to provide over 200 nights of care in the St Luke’s in patient unit. Knowing that we’ve made that difference for patients and families is a real boost. I’d like to say a huge thank you and well done to all of the team and urge anyone thinking of getting involved in an overseas challenge for St Luke’s to sign up and help make a difference to local people.” 

The team hosted a presentation evening to receive their trophies and present a film about their journey at the Treasury Bar on Friday 3rd May.

For more information about the upcoming St Luke’s Overseas Challenge to Machu Picchu contact St Luke’s on 01752 492626 or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

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Note to the Editor:

St Luke’s has been providing high quality end of life care to the local community for the past 30 years.
At St Luke’s our vision is a community where no person has to die alone, in pain or in distress. We aim to make this possible in several ways; through our community nursing team who travel throughout the city caring for people in their own homes; through our hospital team who ensure any patients admitted to Derriford Hospital receive expert specialist care; through our in patient unit where patients can stay with us for bespoke pain relief and through our day care centre, which offers a haven for patients and carers.

Our staff includes Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers and Therapists who are all trained in specialist end of life care. The aim of all of our teams is to provide the highest quality care to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and their carers.

St Luke's cared for over 3,500 people at the end of their lives from the local community last year. Statistics show that 1 in 5 people in this area will develop a terminal illness, which means there’s a growing need for the specialist end of life care that we provide. It costs £6million each year to run St Luke’s; with only 32% funding received from the government we need to raise £4.5million each year to keep the hospice open.

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