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30 Together years of caring

Hospiscare’s autumn 2012 newsletter

Join our Ride to the Coast Get ready for Christmas Things to see and do Ways to remember

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Garden glory

Our Open Garden programme is in full swing and despite the weather, raised over £20,000!

It’s been wonderful to have so many new gardens opening in our 30th Anniversary year with one new group in Lympstone raising a staggering £1,700. A really big thank you to all our supporters for visiting the gardens and to the owners for all their hard work in making their gardens so stunning. There are still gardens to visit through to September, for a booklet please call 01392 688063.

There when you need us When you are caring for someone at home who is terminally ill there are times when it feels like you are all alone. That’s why five years ago Hospiscare launched an out-of-hours service to offer relatives peace of mind. Liz Gibbons, Hospiscare’s Director of Nursing, oversees the service which runs between 5.30pm and 8am. She explained how it offers expertise, knowledge and experience adding value to what others are providing such as doctors and community nurses.

“We are there for patients or relatives who find themselves on their own overnight with no one to turn to for help Our nurses are there around the clock and advice.” Liz said that research Hospiscare had commissioned revealed that even those who do not use the advice line are comforted by knowing it is there. The number of calls the service receives varies between 30 and 40 per month. Liz explained ”the key for the caller is that the person they are speaking to understands what they are going through.”

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Join our cycle challenge Choose family fun or a ride to the coast Inspired by British success in the Tour de France? Join us for rides that start and finish in Tiverton on the 30th September. Hospiscare Family Ride: 27 miles to the Barle Valley and back. Suitable for families, youngsters and beginners. Hospiscare Ride to the Coast: 66 miles to Watchet, stunning views and a real sense of achievement.

We have two exciting routes to choose from this year - one for the family and a longer, more challenging route to the coast.

Entry for each ride costs £10, there will be refreshments at the start and finish, parking is available.

Enter today at Raise as much sponsorship as you can! Set up your page at

You can still help us with your Will In May we offered the unique opportunity to have your Will written or amended for free in return for a donation to Hospiscare, in its sixth year it is still very popular. It is vital that everyone has an up to date will as Ted Foulkes from Tozers explains “Making a will is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your family.” To date this year’s Will Week has raised over £6,000 with more donations

coming in. We want to say a huge thank you to the 31 solicitor offices who commit to supporting Hospiscare each year, raising money to support local families. Tozers solicitors are generously continuing to offer free Wills in return for a donation to Hospiscare for the rest of the year. If you would like to take up this opportunity please contact fundraising on 01392 688020. 01392 688000 | 3

A lifetime’s devotion After years of both working and volunteering for Hospiscare, Rex and Diana Davies then found themselves the recipients of care at the hospice when Rex was diagnosed with heart failure. At the time he was living a full and active life enjoying holidays, playing bowls and singing but, shortly after turning 80, he had a heart attack. Rex was unable to walk for any distance which, for someone who was previously so active, came as a major blow.

“We were still in love right to the end”

When one of Hospiscare’s visiting nurses suggested he should use one of the charity’s three day centres, both Rex and Diana were delighted. “To come back and see his friends, even though he was now there as a patient, meant he did enjoy the time he spent there a great deal. He couldn’t wait for Wednesdays to come - he said that he felt he was treated like royalty.” Diana says that experiencing Hospiscare from the patients’ side gave her a real insight into the importance of the work the staff and volunteers do. “When you are having things done for you, it does make you realise how important it is to give that support and help to people like Rex when they are in that situation. I can’t tell you how much we both appreciated all the care and support we were given,” she says. Rex died in April at the age of 88, and Diana, 71, now attends the drop-in centre at the hospice on Wednesdays, as well as a bereavement group once a month and says she both enjoys and values the chance to talk to people who are in the same situation. Theirs was a love story until the end: they met in Boots, where they both worked, before she became a community nurse and spent some time working for Hospiscare. Rex manned

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“I can’t tell you how much we both appreciated all the care and support we were given” the reception desk before the hospice opened and then went on to volunteer in the day centre. “He died on our 51st wedding anniversary,” Diana says with a smile. “When we were told the week before that they didn’t think he would last very long, I knew that he would stay with me until our wedding anniversary. He was always a very determined man.”

“Not only is it a very special place to work, it is also a very special place to be a patient”

Here for all Hospiscare is here to support all those who need us, not just people with cancer. To show your support call 01392 688020 and find out how you can help. Or visit:

“I said to my grandson that it was so sad that he died on that day, but he told me he thought it was so romantic that my husband had wanted to spend that last special day with me. I now think it might also be a happy day, because he died on that day with me and we were still in love right to the end.” Diana wanted to share her story to make people aware that Hospiscare helps families dealing with all types of terminal illness, not just cancer. “I know from personal experience that not only is it a very special place to work, it is also a very special place to be a patient,” she says. “Rex and I were so fortunate to be able to both give and receive care at Hospiscare.”

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Celebrating our past, present and future In 30 years Hospiscare has cared for over 20,000 patients and their families. Twenty thousand! In 1982 the small group that launched Hospiscare were amazed by the passion showed by local people and that feeling has continued to the present day. This year we will be caring for 2,000 local families and need your support as much as ever.

“We were overwhelmed by the expression of public support” ‘It was extraordinary,’ recalls Dr Searle, the founder of Hospiscare as he remembers the launch of Hospiscare in Exeter Guildhall in 1982. ‘We were overwhelmed by the expression of public support.’ At this time, the prospect of a hospice building was still to be realised, and Hospiscare’s service began with just one nurse. Over 30 years Hospiscare has added more nurses, joined by doctors, consultants, therapists and hospice buildings to practice in, although the core of our work is still with patients in their own homes. All of our many services are supported by nearly 1000 volunteers. 6 |

Hospiscare’s founder John Searle reunited with our first nurse 30 year later

Hospiscare are supporting about 700 patients right now. We still need your help, because there are families that still need our care.

Hospiscare’s timeline

1982 - launch A successful public appeal for £350k provided a community nursing service, caring for about 45 patients a year. The 1980s - growth We expanded our services to mid and east Devon, with more community nurses. 1989 - appeal for hospice launched Hospiscare made a public appeal for £1.6m to build a doctor-led hospice. 1992 - the opening of the hospice In 1992, the Duchess of Kent opened our 12-bed ward and the Exeter day centre. Our first doctors and consultants were appointed. 1995 - Hospiscare at the RD&E Hospital Hospiscare appointed a specialist nurse to work at the RD&E Hospital to visit patients and provide education. Today, there is a team of three. 2006 - 2008 expansion of the hospice In 2006, a generous legacy allowed the opening of rooms where families can stay, and the ward was refurbished. In 2008 with a grant from the Department of Health our Exeter day centre was expanded, we formed a dedicated education team and updated our catering facilities. 2011 - A royal year Every Hospiscare volunteer received the Queens Award for Volunteering Services for their work throughout three decades. After a successful appeal and grant, our Tiverton day hospice was opened by Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex on 17th October 2011.

Hospiscare celebrated 30 years of caring in Devon with a service at Exeter Cathedral in June, attended by members of staff, patients, families and supporters. The service, which reflected on the origins of the charity, its current work and its aspirations for the future, was led by David Walford, chaplain at Hospiscare.

Our work providing care and support for those who are terminally ill, was brought movingly to life through a filmed presentation, which featured many photographs along with words and reflections from people connected with the hospice, from patients to doctors to volunteers. Glynis Atherton, chief executive said “It was a memorable occasion; solemn, joyous, poignant and hopeful. A huge thank you to everybody.” 01392 688000 | 7

Things to see and do September

8 The Beare Trio in Concert, Chudleigh Classical and light musical concert. The programme will include works by Brahms, Bruch, Bandolim and Brubeck, at the Music Room. Entry includes a glass of wine and canapes, dress code optional Black Tie. Tickets £18 each ring 01626 859333 or 01626 853502. 9 Pebblebed Vineyard Open Day, Clyst St George Choose one of the exciting vineyard and wine tasting tours at Pebblebed with owner Geoff Bowen hourly throughout the day, from 11am - 4pm. Tickets £10 includes wine tasting.

15 30 years 30 Jumps, near Honiton Hospiscare is looking for 30 individuals to skydive from 15,000ft and raise sponsorship. Minimum sponsorship is £395, the event will take place at Dunkeswell Airfield. For further info please contact Jen on 01392 688052.

Golf and Archery Day 20th September Join us at the Otter Valley Golf Centre for nine holes of golf plus try your hand at target archery. Tea or coffee on arrival, light lunch and afternoon tea included. Just £60.00 per team of four in any combination, all proceeds raised in aid of Hospiscare. See or call 01392 688020 for more details.

Each year we receive over 50 legacy

20 Golf and Archery Day, Honiton Teams of four, join us for a great day of sport. See below for more information! 23 Open Garden, Whitestone Early Autumn colours, late perennials with fruit and berries ready for winter. Open from 2pm -5pm, just £3. EX4 2HS. 28 Bridge Evening, Topsham Enjoy a fun afternoon of bridge at Matthews Hall in aid of Hospiscare. 2.15 - 6pm.

28 Anniversary Lunch Join the Okehampton Friends of Hospiscare at their celebration lunch at Okehampton Golf Club. Carvery meal plus dessert and coffee, after dinner speaker Hospiscare Trustee Nick Agg Manning. Booking essential, please contact Jill on 01837 54119. 30 Tiverton Cycle Rides A choice of two new stunning routes taking in glorious views of the Devon countryside. Enjoy a family ride of 27 miles or a scenic stretch to the coast of 66 miles. Enter at

Support your local Hospice How you can support us

You can support Hospiscare in so many ways, from donating, volunteering, joining the Lottery, running an event for us to spreading the word about the work we do. Why not make a difference today and support your local Hospiscare nurse?

How you can contact us

Website: Facebook: Twitter: Fundraising: 01392 688020 or Events: 01392 688052 or Lottery: 01392 453058 or

y gifts, ranging from £100 to £100,000

Tree of Light Remember a loved one this Christmas Services of Light Okehampton Fairplace Church 7pm, Friday 30th November Honiton St Paul’s Church 7pm, Wednesday 5th December Ottery St Mary Parish Church of St Mary 7pm, Wednesday 5th December Exmouth and Budleigh Holy Trinity Church, Exmouth 7pm, Wednesday 5th December Crediton Holy Cross Church 7.30pm, Thursday 6th December Broadclyst Broadclyst Parish Church 7pm Thursday 6th December Exeter, St Thomas St Thomas Methodist Church 7.15pm Thursday 6th December Tiverton St Peter’s Church 7pm, Friday 7th December Exeter Exeter Cathedral 5pm, Sunday 9th December

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Christmas can be a difficult time for many. This year we invite you to remember with the Hospiscare Tree of Light. The idea behind the Tree is simple. Each light on the Tree is lit in memory of a loved one. Anyone wishing to make a donation or dedication can have their loved one remembered in the Book of Memories. The Tree of Light will be outside Exeter Cathedral while the 2012 Book of Memories can be viewed inside or at one of the special remembrance services held locally. • Find a dedication form in our shops from November • We can send you a form call 01392 688020 • Or you can make a dedication online, visit

Remembering with online Tribute Pages How do they work? Q What is an online Tribute Page? It is a single space online where you can remember someone special and fundraise in their memory for Hospiscare.

Q How can I create a web-based

fund in memory of someone? It is really easy, no training is required! Simply go to hospiscare and follow the instructions to set up a new page. You can then start sharing your page with family and friends and get them fundraising in memory too.

Q How does it work?

You can add pictures, quotes, stories and memories of the person you’re paying tribute to, and invite your friends and family to do the same. Donations can be made on the page by credit or debit card and the page links the donations for you.

Q Will Hospiscare receive the

donations? Yes, all donations to your Tribute Page are sent to us, as well as the Gift Aid. Each page shows the total amount raised as well as individual donations and any comments left by those donating.

An online tribute page is an easy way for family and friends from across the country - or even from around the globe - to get together, remember and give in memory. Go to hospiscare to get started.

Q Do I have to have an online tribute?

No, Hospiscare can set up a manual Tribute fund in memory of your loved one that donations can be paid into by you and others, and we would contact you by post.

If you need any help, ideas or inspiration just contact our fundraising team on 01392 688020 or who will be happy to assist. 01392 688000 | 11

Gifts and cards this Christmas Show you care with charity cards When you buy our superb quality charity Christmas cards 100% of all profits go to help local people. Prices start at just £2.95 for a pack of 10, available in our shops or download an order form from Save cash: get one big card for everyone! Don’t send identical cards to everyone in the office - instead, get one of our giant cards, pin it up and ask people to write their Christmas messages, for just a pound or two to Hospiscare.

Exclusive card design only from Hospiscare

Hundreds joined us for a girl’s night out Over 900 women took part in our Midnight Walks in Exmouth and Tiverton this year.

Over 600 photos of the walks are up on our Facebook page now!

Amazingly, the rain held off for the events as the towns were turned into a sea of neon, with some amazing costumes for the 80’s themed nights. The 7.5-mile circular walks attracted women from all over Devon to raise money for Hospiscare, as we celebrate 30 years of caring for the terminally ill in Devon. Latest news: So far the walks have raised over £50,000 - get your sponsor money in now! 12 I

First class London shopping We are delighted to announce that First Great Western have once again donated a First Class carriage to London on Saturday 1st December. Enjoy a day Christmas shopping, catch a show or the latest exhibition, knowing that your ticket payment goes directly to support our patients. Tickets are still £50 per person, so book early to avoid disappointment! Win a hamper for Hospiscare It’s easy! Gather a group of your friends, family, or colleagues together. Ask each person to bring in one item and then buy a ticket to win the lot. We will even give a special prize for the team who manages to raise the most funds from their hamper. To take part call us on 01392 688020 or visit

Congratulations to team ‘Wrong Direction’ and mother and daughter Wendy Aldridge and Heidi Potter who won the prize for the most sponsorship pledged on the night. The team fancy dress prize winners were ‘The Washfield Ladies’ and ‘Mary’s Angels’. “We were absolutely thrilled to have so many women throwing themselves so enthusiastically into the event,” said Glynis Atherton, chief executive of Hospiscare. “And I would also like to say a special thank you to all our volunteer marshals and helpers on the night - over 200 of them - without whom events like this could not happen.”

You could be a £2000 winner!

Look out for our special Christmas tickets this year when you could win the top prize of £2000. By playing our Lottery you support a cause like no other - you help your friends, relatives and neighbours at an extremely challenging time in their lives. Already a member? Increase your odds of winning by looking out for your extra Christmas draw tickets in the post. Tickets will be available in Hospiscare shops from the beginning of November. What a Christmas it could be!

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Local companies making a big difference A massive thank you to two local companies who have chosen to support us for the past year. Exeter Family Friendly have raised £7,525 through sponsoring our events, holding an IT auction, Christmas appeals and the company have matched sponsorship raised by staff. Original Style raised £2,458 for Hospiscare with a scavenger hunt, pancake race, ‘Guess the Baby’ photo competition and a Halloween cake bake. A sponsored head shave saw three employees lose their locks! Supporting Hospiscare is an excellent way to bring staff together. Get in touch if you would like to get involved.

Thank you Countrywide/Fulfords for sponsorship of our Newsletter and t-shirts, Ray and Marion Sparkes who raised over £1000 from their Masonic Charity Weekend, Thrifty Car & Van Rental for their ongoing support, Sainsbury’s Alphington for choosing us as their charity of the year,

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Redmayne Bentley for their successful quiz night..more to follow, Jardine Lloyd Thompson staff for their fundraising, Tozers for sponsoring our Summer Garden party, Darts Farm for growing sunflowers for Hospiscare, Mears Golf Day, LV for volunteering, Rathbones for sponsoring the Jubilee Jazz & Blues picnic, Ted Parsons for walking the cycle path from Exeter to Exmouth rasing over £1,000, Adam Twose for arranging the Classic Car Treasure Hunt raising over £670, Karen Gutans for raising £1350 taking part in an Iron Man Triathlon, the team from Devon and


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I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) that I donate to will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year. I understand that other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. I understand that Hospiscare will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that I gave up to 5 April 2008 and will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give on or after 6 April 2008.

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£48 Gives four patients a morale boosting professional haircut

£145 Funds a patient for a whole day at a specialist centre

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