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Students in the hospice pages 4 to 7

A look into the work we do with medical students

Lottery News pages 8 & 9 Find out the latest news from our Lottery team

Fundraising Events & Ideas Pages 12 to 16 Find out all about our upcoming events and challenges

Spring/Summer Newsletter 2014 Registered Charity No. 1113140

Photo courtesy of Simeon Stafford, entitled ‘Half Term Holiday’ work features in our May Art Auction, see page 12


Welcome to our Spring Newsletter. Hopefully the wet and wild weather is now behind us and we can look forward to the promise of better summers! Thank you to all of you who continue to support our two adult hospices. Your help means that we have been able to offer specialist palliative care for patients with life limiting conditions and provide support to their families at the most difficult of times. I am pleased to be able to report that the major refurbishment of Mount Edgcumbe hospice is nearing completion. The hospice will fully reopen in May with much improved patient facilities and a revitalised infrastructure. My thanks to all the patients, families, staff and volunteers who have borne with the inevitable disruption during the works. Time seems to have flown at St Julia’s Hospice since we built the new annex providing much needed extra space and increasing the available beds from 8 to 12. New staff have been welcomed and are settling in to offer our high standards of care to more patients than ever before. It’s

15 years since the hospice building was originally opened and the service moved from a ward within St Michael’s Hospital. I hope that you enjoy reading our latest news and may I wish you a peaceful and Happy Easter! Best wishes


Paul Brinsley, Chief Executive

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The refurbishment of Mount Edgcumbe Hospice is nearing completion, with the final works to be complete by the end of April. Here is a selection of photos to give you a ‘virtual tour’ of the hospice’s new look. Work is now under way on the remaining bedrooms, Patient Lounge and Conservatory.

The new Reception Desk

Comfy Seating in the Concourse

Four Bed Ward

Single Patient Bedroom

Chapel with new flooring

This refurbishment has been funded from grants from NHS England, Charitable Trusts and a significant legacy that was bequeathed to Cornwall Hospice Care.


Prina Modhvadia and William Higham, two of our third year students interviewed students past and present about their experience with Cornwall Hospice Care. Often people do not realise that there are many students working and learning in the hospice. There are a large range of students from nursing students to GP trainees. We had the opportunity to talk with a cross section of students and ask them about their time at the hospice and what they have learnt whilst there. Owen Current Role: Foundation Year Doctor at Treliske Experience with the hospice: Owen spent time training at St Julia's during his 4th and 5th year at medical school. How do you use your experiences in your current practice? "I come across many patients where there is a need to discuss palliative care. Knowing that the hospice is there, and what they do for people enables me to explain these things to a patient in the hospital, and remove common misconceptions."

Sam, Carrie and Lily Current Roles: 4th and 5th year medical students at Peninsula Medical School Experience with the hospice: Beginning a placement at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice What specialist knowledge can the hospice provide? "The staff here are very knowledgeable on pain control, pharmacology and symptom relief. We receive very little exposure to this in the hospital.

"enables me to explain these things to a patient in the hospital, "

How did you feel about your placements at the hospice? "Initially I was nervous; I had never been to a hospice before. However it turned out to be a really good experience and I would go back again. Do you think that all Medical students should be exposed to end of life care? Yes, definitely. As doctors we are going to be exposed to this in our time practising. All the staff at the hospice are very experienced at communicating with patients and their families at this very difficult time. The staff have a way of interacting with patients that both respect the patient and puts their needs first. This can be transferred to my general practice in the hospital.

5 Vacancies for Trustees We are seeking to appoint three new trustees to add to the existing skills of the Board. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall gove rnance and strategic direction of the hospices and developing the hospices aims, objec tives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guide lines. The Board is primarily concerned with the direction, policy and strategy. The day-to-day management is delegated to the Chief Executive and the Executive Team who report back to the Board. Applications are welcomed from candidates with an in-depth knowledge and experience gained at a senior executive or non-executive level particularly in the areas of retail, fundraising, marketing, media and law. The Board meets six times a year and is supported by an experienced Executive Team. There are also a number of committees that meet regul arly. For full details and an application pack pleas e visit or contact Susan Bowman, PA to the CEO on 0172 6 65711 or email For an informal discussion, please contact Liz Anderson, Chairman or Paul Brinsley, CEO on 01726 65711. Megan Current Role: 3rd Year nursing student at Plymouth University Experience with the hospice: Currently on her placement at Mount Edgcumbe What was the largest misconception you had before your time at the hospice? "I originally thought that people only used the hospice for end of life care. However, from being on placement I have learnt that many patients come in for a short period for symptom control." What skills have you developed during your time at Mount Edgcumbe? "I got a lot of experience with drug rounds, syringe drivers and drawing up medications. These are all very relevant to my future practice as a nurse." Helen Current Role: Specialist lymphoedema nurse at Mount Edgcumbe hospice Experience with the hospice: Was one of the first cohorts of student nurses at Mount Edgcumbe and then returned as a staff nurse to progress to her current role. She also now helps teach the medical students.

"staff are kept on their toes"

"If the hospice hadn't been willing to have me as a student, I might not be working here now" How does having students affect the hospice? "As the students are continually learning and asking questions the staff are kept on their toes. It ensures that we are up to date with the latest research and best practice. When I first started teaching it was very nerve-racking. Now I realise they are just as nervous as me and it has really improved my practice. "


All of the consultants at Cornwall Hospice Care are very involved in lots of aspects of student teaching in the Peninsula Medical School – The core of these is student placements at the hospice but we also provide seminars, clinical skills training, academic tutoring and special study units. Although it is sometimes a lot of work to coordinate everything to make the placements a useful and enjoyable experience for students, it is something I feel is really important and which I think benefits both students and the hospice.

All doctors will have to deal with difficult communication, challenging symptom control and death and dying in their work at some time and these things can be really hard to do, and do well. It is so important that we start opening up and teaching on these issues with students so that they

We always make it clear to patients that they don't have to see students, but many enjoy making a contribution to education gain in skills and confidence as they develop as doctors and so that this doesn't become an area surrounded by misconceptions and fears. It's really satisfying for all of us to see students, perhaps initially a bit apprehensive at coming to the hospice, become so positive and excited about what we do and to see them learning, not only from the staff, but most of all from our patients. Patients also often enjoy seeing the students and having a chance to

“It is important for student nurses to gain experience within a Specialist Palliative Care unit, as not only will they learn about symptom control and specialist interventions but also to build on previously acquired skills in communication and holistic care.� - Lizzie Hotton, Unit Manager at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, pictured with student nurse Megan Julian

talk about their experiences with eager listeners. (We always make it clear to patients that they don't have to see students, but many enjoy making a contribution to education). I know how important experience as a student can be. When I trained, we had no clinical placements at all in hospices or palliative care. I was interested in the speciality and so set up my own placements during my elective. I loved the work and later chose to specialise in it. If that hospice hadn't been willing to have me as a student, I might not be working here now! - Carolyn Campbell, Consultant in Palliative Medicine

they gain in skills and confidence as they develop as doctors

7 Retail Training We have been successful in developing a programme of training with Truro College, who have secured funding from the European Social Fund, to deliver structured training for all our staff which will help improve our business and build on the skills of our current staff. Apprenticeships are also being offered, again with Truro College, in Retail, Warehousing, IT, Admin and Management.

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9 The draw is being held at our Grand Day Out fundraising event at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Sunday 29th June 2014. However, please don’t worry if you don’t want the tickets, simply recycle them.

We’re calling our supporters ~ will you help? Please help us grow our lottery and more importantly raise funds for the hospice care we provide. Here are just a few examples of how your support helps. 5 people playing our lottery for a year pays for Nursing Supplies for a day, including disposable gloves, syringes and dressings. 42 people playing our lottery for a year pays for a Syringe Driver, providing pain relief at a constant rate over 24 hours.

Read about Rachel Delourme, one of our £1,000 winners “I play the Cornwall Hospice Care Lottery every week, and it’s a really easy way to support a charity that means so much to me as Mount Edgcumbe Hospice cared for my Mum Marianne.”

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Contact the Lottery Office for further details about our Lottery products 01726 66868 “My Dad and I had been caring for Mum at home and we were worried about going to the hospice. On arrival we soon found it to be a very special place, it gave us time to be mother and daughter again which was so important to us. It gave me the strength, and Mum the stability, to take her home at the very end of her life, which was what we all wanted. The hospice also gave Mum independence to do special ‘Grandma’ things like buy treats for her grandchildren from the trolley the volunteers came around with.” “It wasn’t only the pain relief and specialist care from the medical team we found 1st class but the little things that made it so special”. “Just £1 a week is a small amount of money but it makes such a big difference. What’s more, if you play you might even win a prize – I did!”


Our Furniture Shops Located in Penryn, St Austell and Wadebridge, our furniture shops have been a successful venture for the charity. Penryn is approaching its 7 year anniversary and we are in the process of refitting and rebranding it at present. The furniture shops stock donated products in conjunction with a range of new goods Worth a visit to see our diverse range.

c Donations of clothing and bric a bra ps sho our which are the life blood for are declining so we are about to l embark on a bag drop in areas loca to our shops. If you need a bag just ask in our shops Watch this space! Some new concept ideas/shops will be opening soon in different areas of Cornwall. Having a spring clean? If you are interested in volunteering we are looking for people with knowledge of upholstery, furniture restoration, French polishing, electrical repairs, books and much more - plenty of opportunities for everyone.

We are also offering a house clearance service throughout Cornwall. Please ring 01726 66868 for more details


News from the eBay team Remember the good old days before computers and x-boxes when we would sit at a table and play board games? We recently sold 1970’s haunted house game for £37, that was a blast from the past! Bonhams auctioneers recently valued a collection of eight 19th century wooden dutch dolls for us and on their advice, we auctioned them on our site and made over £300. The PenDelfin Cornish Prayer otherwise known as the PenDelfin “Corny” sold for £142 in March. This item was an early piece designed by PenDelfin founder Jean Walsmley Heap and was only produced by the pottery from 1962 until 1965. Want to help Cornwall Hospice Care and are a fan of ebay? We are always looking for people in and around the St Austell area to photograph, list or pack eBay items in our warehouse, or if you live further afield, why not become a Community Seller donating part or all of your eBay selling price to the hospice.

Please visit our eBay page, contact Gary Lewis on 0172 6 66868 or email glewis@cornwal for further informatio n.

New Goods We are very pleased to have enjoyed a very busy trading year and are always searching for new ‘Made in Cornwall’ and bespoke ranges to add to our collection. This year we are pleased to have placed an order for our own unique Cornish Bears which will retail at £4.99 and are pleased to have purchased some novelty soap in the shape of a pasty and another in the St Piran’s flag design which has been made in Cornwall. Both these new products will appeal to locals and tourists alike. The popular artist Emma Ball has designed another Cornish teatowel for us, along with new shopping and memo pads.


more Contact Amy to find out Take on a challenge s ge llen cha about upcoming of a lifetime 01726 66868 We offer a range of abarnie@cornwallhospi challenges both overseas and at home for those who want to support Cornwall Hospice Care and challenge themselves at the same time. Whether it’s taking on a bungee jump, a tandem skydive, or trekking to some of the world’s most awe inspiring locations, we can help you achieve this. By taking on a challenge you will not only get the experience of a lifetime, you will also help us to boost awareness of the charity, and raise valuable funds to allow us to continue to provide our services to the people of Cornwall. Art Auction Saturday 3rd May, from 8pm An evening not to be missed by art lovers; some of Cornwall’s most notable and well respected artists have donated a range of works, including paintings, etchings and ceramics to raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care. Over 80 lots, including works by Gill Watkiss, Linda Weir, the late Nancy Bailey, Bob Bourne, Anthony Frost, Rose Hilton, Tim Shaw RA, Simeon Stafford and Michael Strang, will go under the hammer at The Exchange in Penzance. The auctioneer for the evening is David Lay of David Lay’s Auctions. Works can be viewed on Friday 2nd May 10am - 5pm and prior to the auction on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Doors open on the night at 7pm. Registration to bid is available during viewing times and one hour before the auction commences. *Telephone bidding and commission bidding is available upon the prior completion of the relevant

forms (please note telephone bidding is not available for low value lots). The catalogue priced £3 will be available from mid April at The Exchange and Newlyn Galleries or to download from our website.

Make a Will and help raise vital funds 12th - 16th May Thank you solicitors of Cornwall for supporting Make A Will Week. Are you one of those people who keeps planning to make a Will but never gets round to it? Well, now is your chance to do something about it and, instead of paying a fee to the solicitor, you make a donation to Cornwall Hospice Care. The Cornwall Hospice Care Make A Will Week could provide the perfect opportunity to make sure that everything is in order. Solicitors from all over Cornwall are offering their

Contact the fu ndraising tea m to find out more abo ut our upcom ing events 01726 6686 8 fundraising@ cornwallhosp www.cornwa llhospicecare Open Gardens April to October Visit beautiful gardens throughout Cornwall & support Cornwall Hospice Care. Taking place throughout the spring, summer and autumn of 2014: an opportunity to visit uniquely different gardens varying in size and design that have been tended with love and care. Visitors and gardening enthusiasts alike will be able to enjoy walks by lakes and through woodlands and meadows whilst admiring

the range of plants and stunning locations on offer. Details on gardens included in the scheme are listed in our Open Gardens brochure, available now free of charge at most garden centres and tourist information centres, as well as at all Cornwall Hospice Care shops. Alternatively download a copy from our website. A list of Open Garden dates and times can also be viewed on our What’s On Diary page of our website.

13 time to our charity, free of charge, to write standard Wills - or update existing Wills. Rather than being paid the usual fee, the participating solicitors are asking for a donation for Cornwall Hospice Care. For standard Wills made during Make a Will Week, suggested donations are £75 for a single Will, £110 for a pair of husband and wife ‘Mirror’ Wills and £40 for a Codicil to update an existing Will. Your donation can be whatever you can afford or wish to give. If you need to make a Will please don’t leave it too long as appointments soon get booked up. Call or visit our website for a list of participating solicitors.

We really hope that you will enjoy visiting the gardens and will be inspired to visit as many as possible. Each visit will be helping to keep our work going. We are always looking for more gardens to add to our Open Gardens Scheme, so if you would be happy to open your garden to the public and help support Cornwall Hospice Care we would love to hear from you.


Sunday 29th June, 10am - 5pm Celebrate the start of Summer! ‘The Grand Day Out’ Family Fun Day will return to the Royal Cornwall Showground for its fourth year, with a special guest appearance from children's favourite Mike the Knight. The day will offer a variety of events and attractions including Mike the Knight making personal appearances at intervals throughout

the day, Cornwall Sports Partnership 'Sports Active Zone', craft & produce fayre, car boot, fun fair, dog and car shows, refreshments, licensed bar and live music. Something for all the family to enjoy, supporting Cornwall Hospice Care, providing specialist adult care to the Cornish community. To apply for a craft or produce stall or for more information about this event please contact the fundraising office.

Contact the Fundraising Office to find out more about any of our events 01726 66868 Mount Edgcumbe American and Classic Car Show and Fayre Sunday 3rd August 2014, 11am to 5pm

Sunday 1st June, 10am – 4pm A day packed full of some of the best local food and drink that Cornwall has to offer. Stalls will be spread across three locations in The Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth and with nearly 30 different stalls to browse, there will be something for everyone to try. Entrance is free and as well as the array of stalls there will also be live cookery demonstrations from the hotel’s chefs as well as presentations from some of the producers. There will also be a fantastic raffle drawn on the day with prizes including one night hotel stays, meals out and delicious hampers.

This is a family fun day out in the beautiful setting of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, near Torpoint (PL10 1HZ) with 500 American and Classic cars to see, a craft fayre and stalls, a car boot fair, amusements, refreshments, a licensed bar and live music. The house and gardens will be open too. All proceeds from the event go to Cornwall Hospice Care and the Friends of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Entrance is free. Car parking is £5 or arrive by Cremyll foot ferry from Plymouth.


Sunday 8th June, Swanpool Beach Reflections is a moving and supportive evening in remembrance of our loved ones. Gerbera flowers will carry individual messages in memory, with each flower being placed on a specially made wicker raft at Swanpool Beach, Falmouth. We will gather on the beach from 5.30pm, then with gentle background music and words of poetry, we stand together as the sun goes down, watching the raft of flowers being taken out to sea with the tide and local rowers at approximately 6.40pm.

If you would like to take part in the evening, a tag can be obtained by contacting the fundraising office or downloading a form from our website. If you are not able to join us but would like to add your gerbera and message to the raft, please let us know and we will ensure your flower is included.

Contact the Fund raising Office to find out more about any of our even ts 01726 66868 fundraising@co rnwallhospice.c

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Make a splash for cash this summer at the first ever Swim Trelissick Open Water Swim in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care, supported by Cornwall Sports Partnership, Cornwall Aquatic Action Group and the National Trust. Swim Trelissick takes place in the beautiful grounds of Trelissick House, Feock nr Truro. It is an ideal opportunity for everyone

from first timers to experienced open water swimmers to take on a choice of ½ mile or mile course. All levels and abilities are welcome, aged 8 to 80+, registration is £15 for adults and £8 for children under 16 which includes entry to one of the choice of swims, a swimming cap and post event memento. Spectators are welcome at this fun family event, supporting Cornwall Hospice Care, providing specialist adult care to the Cornish community. To enter or for more information about Swim Trelissick call or visit our website.


Here are just some of the exciting things we have coming up. 29th June - Grand Day Out April to September - Open Gardens 13th July - Swim Trelissick 3rd May - Art Auction 3rd August - Mount Edgcumbe Country Park 26th May - Bungee Jump, Newquay Car Show and Fayre June to August - The Great Cornish 18th to 28th September - Trek Kilimanjaro Cake Bake 18th to 26th October - Trek China 1st June - Cornish Food Festival 8th to 12th July 2015 - Iceland Trek 7th June - Classic Quarter 8th June - Reflections 21st & 22nd June - Parachute Weekend

Contact the fundraising team to find out more about our upco ming events 01726 66868 fundraising@cornwallho www.cornwallhospiceca

Below are updates on some of our recent events. Thank you to everyone who took part and helped make them all such great successes. Santa Series What a super Santa Series we had last year - 7 towns, 3 schools, over 2500 Santas all raising over £35,000. A fabulous festive fundraiser, fun for all the family!

Fly by Night iving rain, Despite the dr adrenalin over 70 brave ht across the junkies took flig mes at the illuminated bio ising £10,500 Eden Project ra h to come. Watc with more still s thi of n tur re out for the allenge. exhilarating ch

Light Up a Life Over £23,000 was raised last year through dedications mad e to the books of light and also at the four celebration services whic h were well attended. Details of this year’s summer remembra nce event Reflections can be foun d on page 15.

Parachute Days In 2013 nearly 40 of our brave supporters completed tandem skydives in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care, raising more than £14,500. See page 12 for details of this year’s jumps.

Run Falmouth rs Hundreds of runne of took to the streets in Falmouth in March n event. our half maratho urse The picturesque co the took them through many town and around h of the beaches wit the plenty of hills on so way! Funds raised re far £8,000 with mo still to come.

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