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Insight Keeping you in touch with St Luke’s Hospice

A Summer Proms series set to blow the roof!

Join us for the return of the St Luke’s Summer Proms spectacular. Enjoy an evening of Summer Classics with top local string players on Saturday 15 June at St Mary’s Church in Harrow on the Hill. There will be an outstanding line up of performers including Colin Lawson, Director of the Royal College of Music; Karen Vaughan, Principal Harp of the London Symphony Orchestra; and Christopher Willis, conductor at London’s world-famous Royal Opera House. They will perform delightful music from Bach, Mozart and Britten – our tribute to the composer in his centenary year.

welcome visit to the Harrow School Speech Room on Saturday 6 July. They will perform a glorious programme of choral classics, including well-known songs from the musicals and traditional Welsh hymns. For our final concert, be transported back to the golden age of swing music at St Luke’s Swingin’ Big Band Special on Saturday 13 July at the Speech Room, as one of the UK’s finest trombonists, Gordon Campbell and his big band present a night of tributes to swing superstars Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Ray Anthony. They will also perform hits such as Sinatra’s ‘Come Fly With Me’.

After performing to over a billion people around the world as part of the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, the London Welsh Male Voice Choir make a All Summer Proms concerts start at 7.30pm. Tickets start at just £12.50. Visit or phone 020 8382 8023.

Come on ladies, turn Harrow pink for St Luke’s!

The 2013 ladies’ Midnight Walk takes place on Friday 21 June and over 1000 ladies are expected to complete the 9-mile route around Harrow.

Jumoke Tejumola is taking part and says, ‘I have made the Midnight Walk a very important highlight of my year since it started. I believe every penny we can raise counts for such a worthy cause. Each and every volunteer at the hospice is brilliant. They all contribute to the well-being of others and long may the fantastic work go on.’ Our walkers will get a fun and energetic live performance and Bollywood masterclass with dancing sensation, Karan Pangali to kick start the Midnight Walk. The route will be heavily marshalled and participants will receive a goody bag and breakfast on completion. Registration is £20. To join our biggest fundraising event of the year, visit or phone 020 8382 8018.

Summer 2013

St Luke’s Day-Care services making a difference

‘I vividly remember the first day we went to St Luke’s…I felt a sigh of relief as we finally had someone who was there to share what we were going through in our lives and they had the time to talk to us. It was very comforting and I thank God for giving us the opportunity to meet such wonderful staff.’ Full story on page 2.

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On 1 November 2010, I had to take dad to A&E at Northwick Park Hospital to remove 2.5 litres of fluid from his lungs.

From then on, there were various tests, hospital trips and operations until we finally got his diagnosis. Obviously as someone who is very attached to her father and the eldest child, this came as a big shock to me and indeed to all of us in our family. But we all believe in God and that belief helped us manage life with Radiotherapy at Mount Vernon Hospital and then chemotherapy at Northwick Park Hospital.

My dad, Sivapragasam Arumugam was diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer which affects the lining of the lungs due to Asbestos exposure. He joined an Asbestos company as an accountant during the mid-1960s and left as a director in the early 1980s.

I felt a sigh of relief as we finally had someone who was there to share what we were going through in our lives

I vividly remember the first day we went to St Luke’s; it was like going in and meeting angels in heaven. Honestly, I never knew anything about hospices and what they did, until I met the kindest and friendliest staff ever. I felt a sigh of relief as we finally had someone who was there to share what we were going through in our lives and they had the Dr Denton and all the staff at the time to talk to us. It was very chemo unit (St Mark’s) provided us comforting and I thank God for with excellent care and attention. giving us the opportunity to meet My dad’s scan showed improvement such wonderful staff. and both my mum and dad went to Los Angeles for the birth of my My dad enjoys every nephew in June 2011.


After a year, my dad’s condition deteriorated and we had to start chemo again in July 2012. It was harder this time as he had lost a lot of weight and had gone from about 70kg to 48kg. He could no longer go for any walks and my mother had to help him with his personal care during the day and I had to do this at night. During September 2012, we were referred to St Luke’s Day Care.

minute of his Wednesday visits to Day-Care

My dad experiences pain when he sits for a long time because of his heavy weight loss and the massages he had at St Luke’s helped to relax his body and give him a good sleep. He enjoys every minute of his

Wednesday visits to Day-Care and really appreciates the help he gets from all the staff and volunteers. He likes meeting other patients who are in a similar situation and makes it lively by singing to them as he is not just an accountant but also a radio artist, actor, song writer and singer! I still remember returning home after our first visit to the hospice and visiting their website. The first thing that caught my eye was their fundraising abseil event taking place on the 14 October 2012. I signed up to do that with our son Kumaran (12 years) and was very excited that we could do something very small in return for the great work that the hospice does. My parents and my friend, Tammy came to support us at the event. Both my son and I climbed and abseiled the wall and then suddenly my husband gave us all a pleasant surprise by abseiling too!

Gowry Sri Ragavan

Sivapragasam’s disease had stabilised in October 2012 and the family have continued their fundraising efforts for St Luke’s and we would like to thank them for their support.

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BAPS Charities Cancer Care: Living With Cancer

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir hosted a conference on ‘Living with Cancer’ in January in partnership with St Luke’s and Macmillan Cancer Support. The event was open to anyone with questions and concerns or who was interested in learning more about cancer. The event followed on from a ‘Welfare for the Elderly’ seminar where St Luke’s volunteer ambassador, Chandni Shah talked about the care on offer at St Luke’s.

Ramesh taking part in St Luke’s Fire and Glass Walk event

St Luke’s Trustee shares his story

Ramesh Bhanderi is a Fundraising Committee member on the board of trustees. Ramesh says, ‘Charities exist to create a better society. Trustees serve as volunteers and have the ultimate responsibility for running a charity, for its properties, finances and the employment of staff and volunteers. I have served as a trustee in my own community, Shree Kutch Leva Patel Community. This was a challenging position for me from which I gained vast experience in the charitable sector and after 16 years, stepped aside. In 2010, I first experienced the work of a hospice when a friend of mine received his end of life care at Pembridge Palliative Care Unit. I was moved by the care that was provided to my friend and equally embarrassed by my lack of understanding of this invaluable community care. I was elected a trustee of St Luke’s Hospice in 2011 after responding to an advertisement in a weekly Asian newspaper, Gujarat Samachar. Harrow and Brent are two of the most diverse boroughs in the country and as such the trustees try and ensure varied community representation on the trustee board.

Being a trustee has been immensely rewarding, providing both expected and unexpected opportunities for personal development. I have had the opportunity to attend various events on behalf of the hospice and meet people from diverse backgrounds who all work for the betterment of the community at large.’

The conference included talks from patients who have been affected by cancer who shared the importance of having a positive attitude, being open and honest about the diagnosis with family and friends and being aware of the treatment choices available. St Luke’s Community Team Leader, David Smith explained the role of the hospice and emphasised that St Luke’s is not just for cancer patients but for any chronic illnesses that cannot be cured. He also explained the role of support at home, as well as the Day-Care and In-Patient facilities. Alan Watts from St Luke’s provided a sound therapy and relaxation session. Representatives from Macmillan Cancer support explained the main signs and symptoms of cancer, and the importance of screening. Information stands were open throughout the event for visitors to browse and ask questions. Would you like to organise a talk or visit for your community group or organisation? Would you like to be a hospice volunteer ambassador, helping to spread the word about St Luke’s care? Contact Pam Russell on 0208 282 8040 who would be delighted to hear from you.

Volunteer to support St Luke’s patients in their homes Would you like to join a new venture to support our Hospice at Home team by helping patients to achieve the best possible quality of life during the final stages of their illness in their own home? Volunteers would listen and talk to patients and provide respite for carers. They would help to wash and feed patients as well as provide social support.

St Luke’s Hospice at Home Health Care Assistant (HCA) employee, Doris Davis shares what her work involves. ‘My days at work are never the same and I could have three patients which I visit three times in a day. I plan my day in a way that ensures each patient receives the personal hospice care they need and I also support the patients’ families by giving them a break from their carer role. On arrival I spend some time with the patient to find out how they are and with their consent I give a bed bath or assist with a shower, help to dress them, change their bed sheet and make the bed. It is a great feeling when a patient really appreciates even the most little of things I do such as washing their hair as they may not have been able to do this whilst being in hospital.

Patients and their families have a sense of control over the care we provide them. This helps to keep their life as close to their normal routine as possible which in turn makes them feel more at ease. We spend longer periods of time with them if needed, to support them through difficult situations. We respect patients’ wishes and what they want from our visits. Our goal is to support the patient and not to change their life but to make them as comfortable as possible.’ If you would like to volunteer by supporting the work of a Hospice at Home HCA, visit, email or telephone 020 8382 8000. If successful, you will be trained, supported and supervised by a Hospice at Home Registered Nurse. If you would like to work as a Hospice at Home HCA, telephone 020 8382 8000.




Take on the Tower

St Luke’s is running a tower challenge which involves rock climbing a 26ft tower and abseiling back down.

Rock climbing is one of the greatest challenges of human strength, skill and endurance and one of the most rewarding sporting activities. People of all ages and abilities can take part and the wall will have routes for both experienced climbers and those with little or no rock climbing experience. Entry is £20 and we ask that you raise sponsorship. Take on the Tower coincides with St Luke’s Summer Fête as they both take place at the hospice grounds in Kenton on Saturday 20 July. People who choose to Take on the Tower can enjoy free entry to our Summer Fête where family and friends can expect lots of great stalls with something for everyone. There will be delicious cakes and refreshments as well as fun activities for children of all ages which include a bouncy castle, games, arts and crafts and much more. Gates open at 11am and close at 2pm. Admission is £1 for those not taking part in Take on the Tower. Children under 12 go free.

For more information on Take on the Tower, visit or if you would like to run your own stall at the Summer Fête, contact Aneka on 020 8382 8063.

Get your golf clubs out for St Luke’s

John Corner Memorial Golf Day Help us pay tribute to St Luke’s Founder Life President, John Corner and continue his legacy at our annual John Corner Memorial Golf Day on Monday 8 July at Northwood Golf Club. It will be an enjoyable day for golfers of all abilities, delicious food in the evening and lots of fun and games. Entry is £300 for a team of 4.

Virtual Golf Day St Luke’s have teamed up with North London Golf Academy for a one off golfing experience. Enjoy some of the best game improving golf technology around with their indoor simulators which also allows you to play some of the best golf courses in the world and much more. If you love the game of golf and want to give something back to a great cause, join us on Friday 12 July to play the virtual home of golf - St Andrews and win some amazing prizes. Entry is £49 and this includes an introduction to the team and the system; food and refreshments; a free 30min lesson to be taken at a later date with head teaching professional, Darren Bragg; a par 3 challenge and much more.


For more information or to register for either event, visit or contact Aneka on 020 8382 8063.

Let’s Have Tea for St Luke’s Hospice Brew the tea, bake some cakes and help raise funds for St Luke’s your local hospice. We need you to organise tea parties, big or small, to support our work at a time which is convenient for you. Have a tea party at work, school or at home with a few close friends and see how much difference a cuppa can make! To find out more and to request your ‘Let’s Have Tea’ pack, visit or contact Jemini on 020 8382 8018.

Survival of the Fittest

Take on a colossal 10k urban assault course which will be crammed with obstacles and will take runners on a journey into the dramatic and iconic, Battersea Power Station. Want to join them? Survival is for all comers: Men, women, teams and solo contenders. It is as much fun as you can have in a run and the camaraderie is served up with lashings of survival spirit. It takes place on Saturday 16 November.

Entry is £30 and we ask participants to raise sponsorship. Contact Kate on 020 8382 8143.

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In May, visitors of the hospice will notice a new ‘Tree of Life’ sculpture in our reception area which has been hand crafted for St Luke’s. It will display bronze and silver engraved leaves and silver apples.

Nightrider: A 100km moonlit cycle challenge

Experience a cycling road race like no other – a 100km moonlit circular route starting at Alexandra Palace and passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks on Saturday 8 June. It is a journey set to challenge committed cyclists and push keen amateurs to the limit. If you choose to ride for St Luke’s, you will receive full support including training advice, a fundraising pack and support and encouragement on the day. Registration is £40 and we only ask you to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Visit

Pledge 2 Pedal

Places are still available for this year’s community cycle challenge event on Sunday 19 May. Pledge to get fitter, pledge to cycle more and reduce your carbon footprint - Pledge 2 Pedal 30-miles, 15-miles or a route within the park for younger children, so the whole family can get involved. Registration is £15 for adults, £35 for families and £5 for children. You can also register on the day. Visit

Have a Big Lunch

Get together with your neighbours and friends and hold a Big Lunch to support your local hospice.

The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project which brings people together once a year for a few hours in the community for friendship, fun and a bite to eat. This year’s nationwide Big Lunch is taking place on Sunday 2 June, but you can hold yours at any time suitable for you. Visit or contact Jemini on 020 8382 8018 to order your FREE Big Lunch pack with everything you need to get started. Hold a Big Lunch on your street, help increase the awareness of our work, raise money for St Luke’s and make a real difference to local people.

Families and supporters will be able to make a dedication on the tree in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a birthday or anniversary, or simply to support the hospice. As a mark of your support, a bronze leaf will be displayed on the tree for a year, and at the end of this time, the leaf will be presented to the donor in a handsome presentation box, to treasure as a keepsake. Each leaf will represent a donation of £500 which is enough to pay for eight home care visits or to pay for essential drugs for our patients for 3 and a half days. Corporate donations of over £2000 will be acknowledged with a silver apple, and donations of over £1000 from community groups with a silver leaf.

If you would like to make a dedication on the Tree of Life, phone 020 8382 8040 or email

Run to the Beat

Could you run London’s only music half marathon in aid of St Luke’s on Sunday 8 September. Join over 17,000 runners at Greenwich Park for this unique running experience which has live music stations throughout the 13-mile route. All of our runners will get a personalised running vest and lots of support throughout the year. For an entry pack or for more information, contact Kate on 020 8382 8143 or visit



Legacies making a difference – a family story From left to right: Danny; his father, Kevin; brother, Simeon; niece, Lotty (2); mum, Val and his sister-in-law, Sarah. At the front: Danny’s daughters, Aya (7) and Elianne (8)

Gifts in Wills are a vital source of income for St Luke’s Hospice. Without the support of our generous legators, St Luke’s would not be able to continue to provide free end of life care to the people of Harrow and Brent. Danny Beever gives us an account of his father’s legacy to St Luke’s. Danny’s father, Kevin Beever was a chemical engineer in Sudbury and a keen supporter of St Luke’s for over 10 years. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer by a specialist GP just 10 weeks before he passed away.

Danny said, ‘I was in Croatia with my children for the summer when my brother called me with the news. Although cancer hadn’t been confirmed, I somehow knew that it would be terminal. It’s difficult to say how I felt then. I guess I was as accepting as possible and kept on telling myself that I wasn’t the first person to be going through this. At the same

time I suppose that I put my head in the sand and pretended that it wasn’t real.

My father was admitted to St Luke’s InPatient Unit. While we were there, ALL the staff were so unbelievably nice to us. I haven’t got words to describe our appreciation. Kind words, cups of tea etc. My father had known about St Luke’s for a long time, but I guess this was mainly from taking donations to the shop near Harrow Weald garage. He also took part in the Hospice’s Lottery and he left £5000 in his Will to St Luke’s.’

As a thank you to St Luke’s for all the care

that was given to his dad, Danny has taken part in a number of fundraising challenges including the skydive, and the Jail and Bail event in March where he was arrested and raised sponsorship to pay for his release. Danny hopes to raise £1400 and says, ‘I’m sure my dad would be very proud of what I am doing. My father was a very loving man, especially to his family.’ If you would like to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to St Luke’s Hospice then please contact Pam Russell on 020 8382 8040 or email

Sunderland’s syndicate get a St Luke’s Lottery win! St Luke’s Hospice runs its own weekly Lottery draw. Each week subscribers have the chance to win one of 15 prizes including the jackpot of £1000! Caroline Brosnan – daughter of the Sunderland family, shares her winner’s story.

‘My family and I have lived in Harrow and have known about St Luke’s all of our lives. There are 15 of us in total with four generations. We have known a few people that have used the wonderful services that St Luke’s provides and my niece, Kate Gammell has been a fundraiser for them for eight years now.


After being part of the national lottery as a syndicate, we decided to join St Luke’s lottery as

a syndicate and also as individual members. It’s usually me who organises the family lottery syndicate. We agreed that whatever we’d win would go into a kitty for the whole family to enjoy.’ Not long after joining, the Sunderland family had won £1000. Caroline adds, ‘I was going through my post one day when I came across an ordinary looking letter which had a £1000 cheque. I couldn’t believe we’d won. As we wanted all the family to share the win, the first occasion that popped up was my dad’s retirement so we all went out for a nice meal to the Hilton in Watford to celebrate. There’s still some winnings left over and we plan to put it towards my brother-in-laws 50th birthday this September. We are hoping to book him a trip to New York!’

If you would like to join St Luke’s lottery scheme and be in with a chance to win £1000 like the Sunderland family, phone 020 8382 8022/8097 (Wednesdays to Fridays) for your subscription form or visit

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Local restaurants sponsor St Luke’s Midnight Walk Spice Rack Lounge. 35 Church Road, Stanmore, HA7 4AR. Tel: 020 8954 6374

Purple Flame. 433-437 Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, HA7 1JJ. Tel: 020 8204 2380

The Masai Mara. 539-541 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, London, NW9 9EG. Tel: 020 8204 7000

Four local restaurants, Spice Rack Lounge, Purple Flame, The Masai Mara and Only Parathas have come together to be the headline sponsors for our Midnight Walk in June. Spice Rack Lounge and Purple Flame have also supported our Dine to Donate campaign by asking their customers to add a £1 donation to the hospice onto their bill. Spice Rack Lounge Director, Kalpesh Amlani says, ‘St Luke’s does a great job in the community and makes people feel comfortable in their last few days. It’s amazing what all the staff and volunteers do and because they are an independent charity it means they are in need of our support. As a local company and being local residents, we also know many people who have been cared for by the hospice and know how important their work is.

Only Parathas 238-240 Streatfield Road, Harrow, HA3 9BX. Tel: 020 8732 2621

Between myself, my brother, Nilesh and his business partner, Shamer Desai we own four restaurants and we wanted to come together to support this great cause by becoming the headline sponsors for the Midnight Walk. Spice Rack Lounge and Purple Flame have also supported St Luke’s Dine to Donate initiative which is also a great way for local restaurants to get involved and do something good for the hospice. It’s easy for people to support St Luke’s while enjoying a nice meal.’

If your restaurant, cafè or pub would like to support St Luke’s by joining our Dine to Donate campaign or if your company would like to sponsor a St Luke’s event, visit or phone 020 8382 8096.





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All events can be booked on the enclosed entry form or online at For general event enquiries, phone 020 8382 8096 or email


Sun 19 May - Pledge 2 Pedal Spring in to action and take part in our community cycle challenge. We have a 30-mile, 15-mile and a route just for children within the park. Registration starts at 9am at Harrow Recreation Ground. Entry is £15 for adults, £35 for families (2 adults and 3 children) and £5 for children (under the age of 16). Contact Aneka or visit


Sat 8 June – NightRider Experience a cycling road race like no other - a 100km route circling London and passing over 50 iconic landmarks, all at night, with up to 4,500 other cyclists. Registration is £40 and participants need to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Contact Tim or visit Sat 15 June – Summer Proms: Summer Classics Enjoy performances from top local string players at St Mary’s Church in Harrow on the Hill. There will be an outstanding line up of performers who will perform delightful music from Bach, Mozart and Britten. Concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £12.50 or £10.00 for concessions. Visit Fri 21 June - Midnight Walk Join St Luke’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Our 9-mile ladies Midnight Walk will make a real difference in your local community. Entry is £20. Contact Jemini or visit


Sat 6 July – Summer Proms: the London Welsh Male Voice Choir LWMVC will be performing a programme of classic songs from the musicals, traditional Welsh hymns and sacred music at Harrow School’s Speech Room at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £17.50 £25.00. Contact Tim or visit

Monday 8 July - John Corner Memorial Golf Day Help us continue John Corner’s legacy at our annual Golf Day at Northwood Golf Club. Golfers of all abilities can take part and food will be provided. Entry is £300 for a team of four. Contact Aneka or visit


Pam Russell: Director of Fundraising & Community Relations Beena Patel: Direct Marketing & PR Manager Lesley Dodd: Annual Walk Fundraiser (PT) Tim Todhunter: Community Fundraiser Team Leader Aneka Shah: Community Fundraiser Jemini Shah: Community Fundraiser Kate Gammell: Community Fundraiser (PT) Sally Alstead: Community Fundraiser Ella Dawkins: Donor Development Officer (PT) Maddy Hancock: Donor Development Officer (PT)


Friday 12 July - More than just 9 holes Enjoy some of the best game improving golf technology around with North London Golf Academy’s indoor simulators which also allows you to play some of the best golf courses in the world. Join us to play the home of golf - St Andrews and win some amazing prices. Entry is £49. Contact Tim or visit Sat 13 July – Summer Proms: Swingin’ Big Band Special Sail away with the UK’s leading trombonist Gordon Campbell and his big band, in a night of tributes to Swing superstars Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey at Harrow School’s speech room at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £17.50 - £25.00. Contact Tim or visit

Sat 20 July – Take on the Tower Test your endurance and rock climb a 26ft tower and abseil back down at St Luke’s Hospice in Kenton. People of all ages and abilities can take part. Entry is £20. Contact Aneka or visit Sat 20 July – Summer Fête Start the summer with family and friends with plenty of fun activities, games and entertainment for children as well as rock climbing and a great selection of stalls with something for everyone. It takes place at the hospice in Kenton from 11am 2pm. Admission is £1 with children under 12 going free. For further information, contact Aneka.


Sun 4 August – Ride London - Surrey 100 Cycle a 100-mile course which follows the 2012 Olympic road race route. It starts at the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, passes through London and out to the challenging Surrey hills, then loops back and finishes on The Mall. Registration is £50 and we ask that you raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship. Contact Tim or visit


Sat 16 Nov - Survival of the fittest Take on a colossal 10k urban assault course crammed with obstacles and unique challenges. Men, women, teams and solo contenders can take part. It is as much fun as you can have in a run and the camaraderie is served up with lashings of survival spirit. Entry is £30. Contact Kate.

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St Luke's Insight - Summer 2013  
St Luke's Insight - Summer 2013  

St Luke's Insight - Newsletter - Summer 2013