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Care for all

With help from everyone

Light Up A Life 2010 A Time of Remembrance, make your dedications on the back page! Meet our Community Nursing Team

Made up with our latest Makeover

Also inside • Butterfly Project • Events Guide • Fundraising News • Christmas Cards

Welcome I hope that you all have had a lovely summer despite the variances of the Scottish weather, and are looking forward to autumn, the winter months and of course the festive period. 2010 has been a challenging year for us as we endeavour to increase our income in the current financial climate. Like everyone else, charities have to cope with the effects of a very difficult economy. Our staff and volunteers are working extremely hard trying to generate much needed funds. We have eight shops and are planning to increase this number during the next few months. The summer has seen us modernise and rebrand several of our shops, the latest being the village of Lochwinnoch. By investing in our shops, we aim to increase our revenue and make them much more pleasant places for our supporters and volunteers. The positive news is that we are surviving and still striving to excel in the care of our patients and their families. The successes that we make in generating the funds enables us to continue to provide a ‘platinum’ service for our patients and their families. Patients and families are at the very heart of everything that we stand for, and our recent regulatory inspection report supported that when we were awarded 6’s in all inspected themes, this being the highest score of excellent in all areas. Our staff, volunteers and loyal supporters are to be congratulated in achieving such a high standard of service. We are working in partnership with Ardgowan and the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospices in the Butterfly Project, which is a new and innovative project funded by the Big Lottery to support children and young people affected by bereavement and loss. This is a five year project which will provide a service for Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. Butterflies at St Vincent’s are working in very close collaboration with the Hospice’s Family Support Team providing this service across Renfrewshire. Recently young adults from a local high school, who had all suffered a loss in their family, participated in an eight week programme, which was well received by both the young adults, parents and teaching staff. This is exciting and innovative work to enhance the lives of young adults and children. So, as you can see our patients and their families continue to be at the very heart of everything that we do. A special thanks to all those loyal supporters who have worked beside us all year. We all share a commitment to care with compassion and endeavour to work to provide the best for all who use our services. Please continue to support us and help us to continue to excel in providing care to the people of Renfrewshire. Kind Regards

Trudy Lafferty

“My precious moments were the births of my beautiful grandchildren.”

In this issue Butterfly Project

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Meet Our Homecare Team


Barn Tearoom


Volunteering Update


Hospice Shops


It’s A Knockout


Events & Cheque Presentations


Hospice Christmas Cards


Light Up A Life 2010


St Vincent’s Hospice is located in Howwood, Renfrewshire set in beautiful scenic countryside. • The Hospice has provided Specialist Palliative care to the people of Renfrewshire and the surrounding areas for the last 21 years. • We touch the lives of an average of 500 people each month, and our focus has always been to provide our services to the highest of standards. • Care For All – our care is provided to everyone regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin or age. • The Hospice is governed by the Care Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. • We employ approximately 70 staff and have the support of around 200 volunteers. • It costs £1.7 million a year to continue to provide our services. All care is provided at no cost to the patient or their families. We receive almost half of our funding from Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board – we need to raise the rest through donations and fundraising activities (£5k per day).

Our Services include: In-Patient Unit – 8 bedded unit providing symptom and pain management, providing the best possible quality of life.

Board of Directors Ken Mitchell – Chairman Simon Carr Paul Devine Helen Livingston Eunice Muir Alan Watson Bryan Wilson

Graham Haddock Judith Paxton Paul Waterston

Management Team Trudy Lafferty – Chief Executive Jackie Young – Business Manager Brona McGee – Clinical Services Manager Jackie Gillespie – Clinical Services Manager Dr Mairi-Clare McGowan – Consultant In Palliative Medicine

Day Hospice – Accommodating up to 50 patients per week. Community Nurse Specialists – providing Hospice services in the community. Visiting and caring for patients at home. Patient & Family Support – providing social, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. Tea Room and Hospice Shops

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The Butterfly Project Support for Children & Young


As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and well being of children and young people, St Vincent’s are currently involved in an innovative new project. The Butterfly project – “Butterflies @ St Vincent’s”, is funded by the Big Lottery and aims to support children and young people affected by life threatening illness in the family. It has been set up across 3 Hospices, St Vincent’s, Ardgowan in Greenock and The Prince & Princess of Wales in Glasgow. Children and young people often feel forgotten about when a death occurs. Parents, rightly so, want to protect their children from the pain they are experiencing yet grief is a natural part of life after death. Children appear to dip in and out of grief, at times they may seem happy then sad and this can be confusing for parents and carers. However if they are allowed to talk about their feelings with those closest to them in a natural way, we have found they can move through their grief and engage with life again. Our project aims to support families and professionals in achieving this goal. Debbie Brownlee, the Project Coordinator, has had many years

experience in children’s community palliative care and she is also a trained counsellor. Butterflies @ St Vincent’s aims to develop a community service that offers: • Individual support • Group therapeutic support • Family support • Advice and information for parents and professionals • Education and training for volunteers and professionals • Signposting/referral to other services where appropriate During the summer – beginning of May till June 2010 – with the help of St Benedict’s High School in Linwood, we were able to run our very first bereavement


A Truly Precious Gift … Leaving a Legacy in your Will is a wonderful way to benefit the people and causes you care about.

support group for young people. Over 8 weeks, it was well attended and received by the young people involved and was voted a success by them, their carers and educational staff. Presently the Butterfly project aims to recruit new volunteers we can train to work with us in offering a service to the communities around the Hospices and to schools. If you feel you could be a Butterfly volunteer and have children or young people’s experience and/or counselling experience and would like to be involved please contact Debbie on 07527 297 824.

What did the children think? “I enjoyed talking to people who have been through the same thing.” “My friend was asked but didn’t come, she should have come along she would have enjoyed it.” “At the beginning didn’t really want to go but enjoyed it and stayed.” “Should continue to help others.” “Really helped me to get through it.”

When it comes to making a Will it’s only fair that your family and friends come first. However, many people wish to find a place in their Will for a cause dear to their heart: a cause like St Vincent’s Hospice. A gift in your Will could make a huge difference. Without donations left through legacies many charities and valued facilities like St Vincent’s Hospice would simply not exist. Here at the Hospice we witness daily, the bravery and strength of our patients and their families. Their courage inspires us to provide support, wellbeing and care for all. Every Legacy is precious and vital in ensuring that all the fantastic work we do here may continue, now and in years to come. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference. A gift, large or small, is valuable and can ensure our continued dedication and support to everyone who needs us. For further information please contact the Lorraine Valentine from the Fundraising Team on 01505 705635 or email


The Community Nurse Specialist Team

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Where? The nurses are based in the Hospice itself and are very much part of St Vincent’s team.

What? The Community Nurse Specialist Team (CNS) provides specialist palliative care advice and support for patients with life-threatening conditions and their families. The service embraces the overall ethos of the Hospice and is provided in the patient’s own home. The C.N.S. facilitates specialist palliative care interventions in tandem with Community Health Providers and liaises closely with the Hospice medical team, the interdisciplinary team and wider multidisciplinary hospital teams. The role includes support for local care homes and offers education for other disciplines within and out with the Hospice. The team consists of three specialist nurses who have extensive experience in palliative care and who, collectively, have Post Graduate Qualifications in Palliative Care, the Specialist Practitioner Qualification and Advanced Communication/Counselling Skills Accreditation. Each team member is committed to ongoing professional education and development in keeping with change and improvement to care provision and service efficacy.

Patients are referred to the service via GP’s, District Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, hospital and community professionals. They can also self refer providing the GP is in support of this.

problems can arise at any time of the day or night. With this in mind, collaboration with all relevant health professionals is crucial to our aim of providing individual, holistic care and the maximisation of Quality of Life.

“Each team member is committed to ongoing professional education and development.”

Referral Criteria: • Advice on symptom management • The patients condition is deteriorating • Complex psychological, spiritual or social issues are detrimental to the patient and family’s wellbeing • Short term intervention by the team during a transitional or challenging period in the patient’s disease trajectory eg. following diagnosis, during chemotherapy People with life limiting disease can have long periods of stability and remission. They are, however, often faced with continual change and adjustment as the disease progresses. Although planning ahead is essential to avoid crisis, unexpected

Living with a life limiting illness can cause emotional turmoil as those affected struggle with the effects of grief, loss, adjustment and change. Being with and supporting people who are experiencing emotional and spiritual pain forms a large part of the C.N.S. role and this requires skill, sensitivity and compassion. Ongoing support from colleagues coupled with Clinical Supervision is crucial to the maintenance of their personal and professional integrity and this enables them to maintain the highest standard of care for which the Hospice is renowned.

Barn Tearoom

Visit our Tea Room where a warm welcome awaits you… Open from 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday For lunch, you can choose from a range of delicious goods including soup of the day, baked potatoes, toasties, sandwiches and much more. Our chief specialises in delicious home baking – we’re sure you’ll find hard to resist. If the temptation proves too much


for you, then you have the opportunity to purchase them to order from the Tea Room. We are now taking orders for our delicious Cheesecakes for Christmas – for more information and to pick up an order form, just ask a member of staff to assist you or call us for more details.

h Santa Lunch Wit December 2010 to 3pm. m th Sunday 5 .30am to 1pm or 1.30opr 2 for £18. 11

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A great Christmas party for the kids including, Lunch with Santa Claus, writing letters to Santa, party games, dancing and a gift from Santa. Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

Slightly more than 60 minute makeover... Our charity shop in Lochwinnoch has undergone substantial refurbishment and was recently re-launched with ’60 Minute Makeover’ star John Amabile doing the honours. A fantastic crowd braved the wet weather on Friday 9th July and bagged some great bargains while enjoying a glass of bubbly and some fabulous home baking! To ensure continued success the shop requires a plentiful supply of good quality donations including clothes, bric-a-brac and handbags. So Donate... don’t Dump!

We are always seeking new shop volunteers! Can you spare 3 hours a week to help out? If you are interested please pop into the shop and pick up an application form or contact Christine Haddock our Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Hospice for more details.

St Vincent’s Hospice is always in need of good quality donations for its furniture shops in Johnstone and Linwood. All furniture must be in good condition and suites must have their fire retardant labels. To find out more about our collection service please contact Lorna Speirs on 01505 705635.

We have 8 shops throughout the Renfrewshire area. All donations welcome! Paisley Paisley Johnstone Renfrew Barrhead Linwood Bridge of Weir Lochwinnoch

53 Neilston Road Moss Street 42 High Street 11 Dunlop Crescent 28 Cochrane Street 77 Clippens Road 21 Livery Walk 6 High Street

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Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm Saturday 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday 10.00am – 3.30pm NEW SHOP NOW OPEN Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm Monday – Friday 10.00am – 3pm CAN YOU VOLUNTEER Monday – Friday 11am – 3pm ON A SATURDAY? Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3pm CALL - 01505 705635 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri 9.30am – 3.00pm, Wed 9.30am–12.30pm, Sat 9.30am –1pm

It’s A Knockout – It Certainly Was... This year saw St. Vincent’s Hospice holding their first ever It’s A Knockout event on Saturday 31st July at St. James Playing Fields in Paisley. There were a total of 18 teams taking part in the day over 3 sessions. We had teams from local corporate supporters such as William Tracey Limited, McAlpines, Johnstone Fire Brigade, Morrisons Johnstone and Erskine and teams from the RAH. Teams made up of family and friends of the Hospice also joined in the day. The day was set to be Wet, Wild and Wacky and it certainly lived up to that expectation. The weather was not completely in our favour as there were showers during the day. But this did not seem to dampen the spirits of the competitors who got right into the mood of the day and threw themselves into each and every game. Thanks to everyone who took part and supported our first It’s a Knockout raising over £10,000 for our work.

Next year’s event is already in the diary at Shanks Park Johnstone, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May 2011 and it will be bigger and better, and we’re sure it will be wetter and wilder! Teams should be between 6 – 10 players. £10 registration per player with each player aiming to raise a suggested minimum of £50 in sponsorship. For all events, contact Lorraine Valentine on 01505 705635 or by email at

Don’t Miss Out!

Up & Coming Events Call now for more information on 01505 705 635

Light Up A Life – Sunday 28th November

Christmas Fayre – Saturday 6th November

On Sunday 28th November, this year’s Light Up A Life service will take place during which our Christmas tree will be illuminated. After this short service hot drinks and homemade mince pies will be served. The lights on the tree will continue to shine throughout the Christmas period.

11am – 3.00pm at Johnstone Town Hall

We invite you to join us to the lighting ceremony in the Hospice courtyard. For your convenience, parking will be available in the grounds of Johnstone High School. Transport will once again be provided by our friends at Arriva, from the school to the Hospice, returning after the service. Please arrive at the Hospice for the service starting at 5.00pm. To sponsor a light on the tree, please complete and return the form on the back page of this Newsletter. All dedications will be entered in the annual Book of Remembrance which will be on display at the Hospice from the end of January.

Bag Packs & Collections

The Christmas Season is approaching and St Vincent’s Hospice is already preparing for this year’s Christmas Fayre. There will be a variety of stalls to come and browse through including home baking, handbags, fancy goods and a Christmas stall. Santa will also be in attendance at the Grotto for the children. There will also be a tearoom with a selection of goodies. So why not pop along and see what bargains you can pick up in the run up to Christmas.

Ladies Lunch – Sunday 5th December Following on from the success of last year’s Ladies Lunch, this year’s is set to be just as fabulous. This year’s lunch will be held in the fantastic location of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.

Braehead Collection – Sunday 21st November Sainsbury’s Braehead Bag Pack – Thursday 2nd December

Entertainment on the day will be provided by the fantastic Craig McMurdo and the amazing Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Marks and Spencer Braehead Bag Pack Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December

It’s a day for the ladies to get dolled up and have a wonderful day in aid of a very good cause.

Asda Linwood Bag Pack – Saturday 18th December

Tickets £60.00 Call 01505 705635 or email

Morrisons Johnstone Bag Pack – Sunday 19th December If you can spare a some time to help out at these collections to help raise as much money as possible for our funds, please contact the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email


A big thank you to Johnstone Fire Brigade who raised a wonderful £150 at their St. Andrews Dinner for the Hospice.

Elderslie Wallace Bowling Club show their support for the Hospice by raising a fantastic £2,000 at their first Sportsmans Dinner. Thanks to everyone who attended.

EVEN MORE THANKS: • Mr WB Smith, Kilbarchan • Border Aggregates, Stevenson • William Tracey Limited, Linwood • Mr Alan Torans, Paisley • Reddance Building, Dalry For making donations to the Hospice to help improve our gardens & outdoor areas.


2011 Dates for your Diary ANGEL DELIGHT - A Night of Music & Dance Saturday 5th February, Lynnhurst Hotel Johnstone. Tickets £25.00 BERRY TWEED AND THE CHASERS - Saturday 19th February, Johnstone Town Hall. Tickets £TBC. Call for more details. LADIES NIGHT - Friday 4th March. Tickets £TBC. Call for more details.

Old Ranfurly Golf Club continue to support the Hospice and its work by raising a wonderful £400 at the Club’s Annual Sports Dinner. Many thanks to everyone involved.

Thank you to the pupils of Mearns Castle High School for raising a brilliant £500 for the Hospice through their fundraising efforts. Thanks to the pupils for nominating the Hospice to benefit from all their hard work!

• The Piazza Shopping Centre • Kenneth Edwards Hairdressers • The Watermill Hotel For Raising £500 for the Hospice at the Piazza Autumn Winter Fashion Show.

MOSS STREET, PAISLEY SHOP OPENING • Reid Kerr College • Foxbar Contracts, • A. Electricians • The Piazza Shopping Centre For all their help and support in getting the shop open and of course John Amabile for opening the shop.

A very big thank you to Trinity High Schools Pro Life Group who raised a fantastic £500 from their participation in a 5k. Well done to all those who took part and helped raised such a great sum for the Hospice.

Card No.2 Dove of Peace

Card No.3 The Christmas Tree

Card No.4 Away in a Manger





Card No.5 Santa Silhouette

Card No.6 The Christmas Story

Card No.7 Fun & Games

Card No.8 Shepherds Visit Jesus





Card No.9 Reindeer Silhouette

Card No.10 The Nativity

Card No.11 Gifts For All

Card No.12 Robin & Holly





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Light Up A Life 2010 On Sunday 28th November, this year’s Christmas tree will be illuminated during a short service, after which hot drinks and homemade mince pies will be served. The lights on the tree will continue to shine throughout the Christmas period. We invite you to join us to the lighting ceremony in the Hospice courtyard. For your convenience, parking will be available in the grounds of Johnstone High School. Transport will once again be provided by our friends at Arriva, from the school to the Hospice, returning after the service. Please arrive at the Hospice for the service starting at 5.00pm. To sponsor a light on the tree, please complete the form below and return it to the Hospice in the enclosed reply paid envelope.

Remember or honour a loved one by donating and helping others. To remember a loved one gone before, please use the In Memory section. For other dedications, for example, to celebrate the birth of a new grandchild, or to honour someone special, please use the In Honour section.


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I wish to sponsor ______ lights @ £______ per light (donation) Total donation enclosed £________

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Please regard the enclosed gift as a Gift Aid donation.

To qualify for Gift Aid, you must pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax in this year at least equal to the tax that St Vincent’s will claim from HM Revenue & Customs from your donation (currently 25p for every £1 Donated) The Government will pay St Vincent’s an additional 3p on every £1 you donate between 6 April 2008 and 5 April 2011. This transitional relief for the charity does not affect your personal tax position.




I would like St Vincent’s to treat all donation I make from the date of this declaration, until I notify you otherwise, as Gift Aid donations. Midton Road, Howwood, Renfrewshire PA9 1AF

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St. Vincent’s Hospice Ltd trading as St. Vincent’s Hospice is a company limited by guarantee Company Number 150148 Scottish Charity Number SC006888 Published by Branding Boutique. The publisher cannot accept liability for error or misinterpretation of articles contained in this publication.

St. Vincent's Newsletter Winter 2010  
St. Vincent's Newsletter Winter 2010  

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