The Rosemary Foundation Hospice at Home
Autumn 2011 Newsletter
Petersfield Town Mayor supports The Rosemary Foundation Petersfield Town Mayor, Mr George Watkinson has chosen The Rosemary Foundation as the charity he will support for his year in office. Barbara and Julie attended a social gathering at The Festival Hall in Petersfield on the 10 August. Mr Watkinson thanked town councilors, officials and local people from commerce and other charitable organizations for their hard work over the previous year and hoped that they would support him in his efforts to raise funds for The Rosemary Foundation in the coming year. Julie said “We had a splendid evening and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet representatives from the local community, including some of the other Petersfield based charities and local churches. We are thrilled and honoured that
the Mayor has chosen The Rosemary Foundation as his charity for the year. Building on the extensive publicity generated by the Petersfield Post, we hope that most people have now heard of our charity”. Julie and Barbara are photographed with Mr & Mrs Watkinson.
Fund Raising at Liss Junior The year six pupils at Liss Junior School organize an annual Charity Day in the Summer Term as part of Health and Citizenship Week. Pupils nominate charities to support and then vote for their favourite. This time the overwhelming majority chose The Rosemary Foundation, largely because one pupil was able to explain how the nurses had helped his father so much during his last days. The children were completely responsible for the running of stalls and games and their ideas were most creative. The teachers were particularly impressed by the mature way in which groups responded to this challenge and their level of motivation. The remaining school population enjoyed an extended playtime in order that they could spend lots of money! As a consequence over £600 was raised in just over an hour, which represents an all time record for this activity and shows that the charity is highly valued, not only by adults but by children as well. Caroline Harwood – Deputy Headteacher 1
Chairmanâ€™s Letter On behalf of the trustees, welcome to the autumn Newsletter. You will enjoy reading the various reports, particularly those of the enterprising fundraisers. Financially the outlook is more positive, much better than had been foreseen at the end of last year and the nursing staff have continued to deliver an excellent standard of patient care for which the Rosemary Foundation is renowned. Our thanks go to all those who have ensured our continued success, our volunteer helpers, our fundraisers and all our supporters. The Rosemary Foundation welcomes the establishment of The Rowans Hospice at Home and looks forward to this service enhancing patient choice for those who wish to remain at home as life draws to a close. Since 2005, we have been pleased to provide support and shared care for patients at home who have had links either with The Rowans Hospice or the MacMillan service in Midhurst. Historically The Rowans Hospice has provided training programmes for our nurses, without charge, and in turn we are now assisting The Rowans to develop their new service, which will be working in Portsmouth and S.E. Hants, concentrating their efforts where the need is greatest. The Rosemary Foundation will continue to provide nursing and bereavement care for all those in our community who request it. It is only with on going public support that each of these individual charities can survive and in the current climate fundraising remains a challenge for both. You will read in the finance report of our long-term investment fund, set up by the Trustees, on the advice of our Patron Lord Bessborough. We will seek grants from charitable trusts to build up this fund and so secure income to provide guaranteed salaries in the future. We hope that when statutory funding becomes available, the Commissioning teams will look favourably on our competitive service. With best wishes,
Dr Patricia Golding, Chair of Trustees
Clinical Review When I wrote for the spring newsletter, I mentioned we were approaching caring for our 1000th patient. This actually happened at the beginning of April when a Petersfield patient was cared for by us, sadly, for only a short time. This week at our Thursday meeting we added the details of our 1078th patient! During the last financial year (I" July- 30th June) we received 168 new referrals. Sadly 12 cases required visits from us for only a very short duration (less than 24 hrs) whilst another 36 patients required visits for 3-4 months. As I write, this week has brought our first taste of winter weather and its difficult driving conditions and traffic chaos. For instance, last Tuesday saw heavy rain compounded by a large tree falling down and blocking the A272! As a result this caused a delay of 30 minutes and much manoeuvering of the car around the narrow lanes adjacent to and around Langrish in order to get to a patient. Adversities like this happen and become a part of the job: at the start of the day we are heading in one direction, but events overtake us only to find we are heading elsewhere! We have to be constantly ready to respond to a call from a patient or carer, this being our prime priority. This highlights for me just how unpredictable life with The Rosemary Foundation is and in no way boring, but we're never sure what we may have to do next. Julie Cotsell 2
The Kings Theatre Southsea The Kings is a Grade 2 Listed building which was built in 1907. It was designed by Frank Matcham who also has to his credit The London Palladium, Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the London Hippodrome. The Kings always has a charity show to open their new season, and this year, The Rosemary Foundation was chosen together with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Kings Restoration Fund. A party of Rosemary supporters thoroughly enjoyed an evening of splendid entertainment. We are very grateful to the management of the Kings for their on-going support. The Kings Theatre is now taking bookings for the Pantomime ‘Cinderella’. If you would like tickets for the performance on Sunday 11 December at 12:00 noon please telephone Jo on 02392 852232 or Sandra on 02392 852208 Tell them you are a supporter of The Rosemary Foundation and the Kings will donate £3 to us for every ticket purchased. More details of the autumn season at the Kings can be seen on their website www.kings-southsea.com
Life in Petersfield Awards
100 Mile Walk Every year for the last 14 years Tony Maxse from Selborne has organised a Sponsored Walk in aid of cancer and Children’s charities, causes very dear to his heart. Over that period Tony, his support team, and his walkers have raised over £380,000 for a variety of charities. This year the Rosemary Foundation was one of three charities to benefit. Over a week in Spring Tony’s route took the walkers from Litton in Somerset, through the Limpley Stoke Valley, past the Wilton Windmill, through the Candovers to a finish at Selborne – 100 miles in six days. Mike Cartmel was one of the walkers raising funds for the Rosemary Foundation. He wrote ”a really well organised walk – my first – but definitely not my last. I was amazed how well Tony Maxse could mobilise so many people across the South of England. What was great was the fact we hardly touched major routes – and often were crossing land closed to the general public!” Our grateful thanks are due to Tony and his support team and to Mike and all the walkers.
A packed audience for the annual Life in Petersfield Awards ceremony applauded The Rosemary Foundation as the nurses received the Professional Community Support in Petersfield Award. We also reached the final three in the category Not for Profit Organisation/Charity of the Year.
BUPA London Run We proudly wore our Rosemary Foundation T-shirts (please see picture attached of us looking knackered) and were really pleased with how much money we raised (which is still coming in) so hopefully we will get to the magic £700! Liz and I had lots of supporters there as well to push us home, one of which was our best friend Claire who lost her Dad last year. Claire always said that the care and support that the Rosemary Foundation nurses gave her Dad was excellent, which is why we so wanted to run for you, and it was all very emotional when we crossed the finishing line. We crossed it in 1 hour 21 minutes - very pleased as I wanted to do it in under an hour and a half. Didn't quite manage to run the whole distance but ran most of it, and most importantly we sprinted over the finishing line together! Louise Hider 3
On a warm Saturday in March the Cubs from Blackmoor and Whitehill Group did a street collection in the Forest Centre in Bordon. Part of their badge work is to help with community or charity work and as their Leader Norman Pearce had reason to be grateful to The Rosemary Foundation in the past, he decided we were a worthy cause to support. The Lavender Fields and Hartley Park Farm Businesses continue to support us and we will again receive part of the entrance money for their Open Days in July. The weather this year was not quite as hot as usual but the events were well supported. Meanwhile the children had a great time at the Fun Day just before Easter.
"Anne Butler and Georgie reviewing stock at the Lavender Farm"
Tea, Coffee, Lunch and Walkies!
Quilted with Kindness THE GRAND DRAW for the beautiful quilt, lovingly made by the Petersfield Craft Club took place on Saturday 2 July at East Meon Village Hall. It was a lovely afternoon with a very happy air about it and with a request to have one again! We shall certainly think about making a ‘cream teas’ afternoon an annual event so look out for information in our Spring Newsletter. Thank you so much for all who attended and bought the raffle tickets, especially the ones included in our Newsletter which reaches far and wide. The winner of the quilt was Mrs Patricia Manns of Cowplain
Fundraising set to reach new heights …....and heat John Dickson is very bravely undertaking a free-fall parachute jump, hopefully in October on Salisbury Plain; he intends to donate his sponsorship money to our funds Ade Oduyemi has begun training to cycle through Death Valley in California next March and is hoping to raise £10,000 for The Rosemary Foundation. To support Ade and to read about his reasons for making this journey, visit his JustGiving page – http:/ www.justgiving.com/Ade-Oduyemi 4
Our friends in the Horndean WI continue to raise funds for us as their charity for 2011. An afternoon tea and sale was very well attended by many ladies with scarcely a man in sight, which seemed puzzling until we realised it was Cup Final afternoon! The residents of Herne Farm were amongst other groups to support us with a coffee morning, our thanks to Ann Lemon, Jeanne Wiseman and John Phemister, and Petersfield Ladies Luncheon Club have also chosen us as their charity of the year. Organiser Gill Elmer decided to nominate The Rosemary Foundation as the beneficiary of the Annual Sponsored Walk from Liss Forest to Griggs Green and back. Nearly 50 walkers, many with their dogs, completed the six mile walk after a welcome drinks break at the Deer’s Hut. Our thanks go to everyone who has organised fundraising events. To list them would take up most of this Newsletter! We are so very grateful to you all.
Games! Cricket On Sunday 26 June, the hottest day of the year so far, Kingsley Cricket Club entertained The Rosemary Foundation to a return match. Family and friends were treated to a close, competitive match with the RF winning, revenge for last year. Refreshments, bar and BBQ, and the arrival of a very welcome ice cream van, plus raffle and stalls raised funds for us and kept everybody happy.
Steep Stoolball Club have had a good year again and have been successful in winning the Milland Charity Cup. The Ladies have again decided that they would like The Rosemary Foundation to receive the money and Elspeth Dixon and Penny Powell joined them at one of their matches to receive the cheque.
Football for Cancer ... Ray Ogilvie is the driving force behind Football For Cancer and thanks to his astonishing fundraising work, £20,000 has been presented to The Rosemary Foundation. The early stages of the tournament concluded with the finals at Petersfield Town’s Football Club, followed two weeks later by a match at Fratton Park where the teams consisted of players who had bid for their places, but also included the highest fundraiser. A memorable afternoon in Portsmouth led to a visit to Tiger Tiger in Gunwharf Quays for the presentation to be made. Our very grateful thanks go to Ray and all his team of fundraisers for their tireless work and support.
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This picture shows nurses Barbara and Julie chatting at the nightclub Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays. They were there for the cheque presentation….but what were they saying to each other? There is a bottle of wine for the best suggestion as judged by Barbara and Julie! Send your entry to Allison Price by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to our office address at 35 Lavant Street, Petersfield, GU32 3EL Closing date is Wednesday 16 November.
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Financial Review I wrote in the spring newsletter to tell you that we had high hopes for an improvement in our income during the remainder of our financial year which ends on 30 June. Well I am pleased to tell you that our hopes were not in vain. The Rosemary Foundation 2011 Campaign launched by the Petersfield Post in the spring succeeded in raising our profile and this together with legacies and some significant fundraising activities contributed to a much better end of year result than we feared. From a position of deficit towards the end of calendar 2010 we ended the financial year in June 2011 with a surplus of approximately £40,000 on expenditure for the year of about £210,000. This of course is excellent news and enables us to go forward with our plans to secure the future of the Foundation. Since we started in 1997, we have been supported wonderfully by many generous friends in our community through donations great and small and fundraising activities. However, it’s not a case of saying “Phew, that’s it”. We have to look to the future and the Trustees have decided, for the sustainability of the Foundation in the years ahead, to grow an investment fund which will eventually yield a reliable income to contribute significantly to the salaries of our nurses – our most important commitment and also our largest, just as it should be. The fund has been started with some safe investments (no Icelandic banks!) and will shortly be added to by some further amounts raised specifically for the purpose and not included in the £40,000 surplus above. So it is still a case of securing income to grow this fund which we are sure is the responsible thing to do so we can be certain of continuing to serve the community. In the last newsletter I mentioned the importance of Gift Aid. Luckily, many more people are aware now of the benefit to us if they Gift Aid their donations, but I would just like to draw your attention to a couple of points about Gift Aid. •
The donor must receive no benefit at all from his donation for it to be Gift Aided. Even money paid for a raffle ticket cannot be Gift Aided for example as the buyer gets the benefit of the chance of winning a prize.
Only the person actually giving the donation can Gift Aid it. So, for example, if someone kindly runs a fundraising event for us, or does a sponsored activity, they cannot themselves Gift Aid what is raised because it is not their money. The original donors/sponsors have to do the Gift Aiding.
There are other points to think about if, for example, you were to hold an auction. We will always be very happy to advise you – just get in touch before the event. Gift Aided donations are worth 25% more! Mike English, Trustee
...Money... You can now donate to the Rosemary Foundation without it costing you a penny! When shopping on-line, go via “www.easyfundraising.org.uk” which provides a FREE service where you can shop with your favourite online stores and at no extra cost raise funds for The Rosemary Foundation. You still shop directly with each retailer as you would normally, but simply by using the links from easyfundraising first, each purchase you make will generate a cash back donation to the Foundation, instantly raising money for us. Just register “The Rosemary Foundation” as your chosen cause. For example, spend £25 with WHSmith on books and 2.5% will be donated. You will have raised £0.63, at no extra cost to your purchase. Make any purchase from Amazon and 2.5% will be donated. Insure your car with Aviva and raise £30.00, or purchase a mobile phone from O2 and earn £17.50 and so on. You can shop with 2000+ brand name retailers and to raise funds you just use the links from the easyfundraising site first - it's that simple! If you ALREADY shop online, why not help good causes at no extra cost from purchases you would make anyway. You don't need to come up with any complex sponsorship ideas to raise funds; you just need to shop online via easyfundraising. 6
CommunityForce The Rosemary Foundation is one of the charities registered with the NatWest CommunityForce scheme, hoping to win one of the awards in the scheme. However, that depends on us collecting votes – your vote. You don’t have to be a NatWest customer to vote, which you can do between 26 September and 23 October. Voting is either on-line at www.natwest.com/communityforce or by ringing 0800 2100 246. Please vote for The Rosemary Foundation. Remember, every vote counts! Support has also come from the young musicians of Churcher’s College. Barbara, Elspeth, Julie, Lindy and Penny attended a school orchestra rehearsal to collect a cheque and were treated to a special performance of Pirates of the Caribbean. Money had been collected at a lunchtime concert at St Peter’s Church and through a 24 hour Music Marathon. Helen Purchase, Head of Instrumental Studies said “we wanted to support a charity, and I could think of none better than our local Hospice at Home”. Allison Price
...and Music! Local musicians have been singing and playing to raise funds during recent months. It has been a privilege to attend concerts by Petersfield Chamber Choir firstly with a memorable performance of Bach’s St John Passion in April, followed by an uplifting midsummer concert in June. The Choir’s Musical Director, Ann Pinhey, is a wonderful supporter of our charity and has raised a considerable sum during recent years.
Lights of Remembrance Service 2011
At the end of November our traditional Lights of Remembrance Service is held at Langrish House, by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Talbot-Ponsonby.
Sunday 27 November at 5.00pm Please complete your contact details in the box below and send it to us as soon as possible, but by 26 November at the latest.
Gift Aid Declaration I would like to dedicate a light in memory of: …………………………………………………………..…..
* Please accept my Donation of £…………….……...…
and I enclose a donation in aid of The Foundation’s Lights of Remembrance appeal.
* I wish The Rosemary Foundation to treat all donations
No. to attend Lights of Remembrance Service: ….………
I have made since 6 April 2000, and all donations I make from the date of this declaration until I notify you otherwise as Gift Aid donations.
I confirm that I am a UK Taxpayer and pay an amount of income tax and/or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax that The Rosemary Foundation reclaims on my donations in the tax year.
Post Code: ………………………………………………….………….....
Tel No: ……………………………………………………….………………
Please complete your details in the adjacent box and *delete as appropriate
The Rosemary Foundation - Hospice at Home in the UK 35 Lavant Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3EL ( 01730 266 329 (administration) or 01730 269 996 (clinical staff) www.rosemaryfoundation.wordpress.com firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 Diary of Events OCTOBER
NOVEMBER 27 Sunday
Lights of Remembrance Service —
Quiz Night – East Meon Village Hall 7.30pm start ‘til late
Langrish House at 5pm
Tickets £7 to include supper. Either bring a team of 8 or join a team on the night – call Lyn on 01730 823347 or leave a message on our office no: 01730 266329 to book a table, or tickets will be available on the door.
DECEMBER 3 Saturday
Christmas Bazaar – East Meon Village Hall doors open 10 until 12 noon.
Auction of Promises – 7.00pm Langrish House Hotel Tickets £25 –an absolute bargain for a 1st class meal.
Fundraising Support Network
Our new Website We have moved to a new website which we hope you will find more appealing and which is easier for us to maintain. While we are in the process of switching over, our website address of www.rosemaryfoundation.org.uk will still take you to the old website, but there you will find a link to the new one. The old website is no longer being maintained. The address of the new website is:
Lyn Blackman writes: “I have a vision! I would like to encourage new volunteers with a flare for fundraising to form some local groups. To start with, these could be very small, even just asking friends round for coffee and inviting donations. This could lead to events such as ‘Tea at Three or even ‘Wine at Nine’! This will be a new venture for us and plenty of support is available for anyone wishing to start up such a group. th
National Hospice Care Week takes place from 8 -14 October so this could be a great time to launch your group.
Because of the way Google and other search engines work, if you search for “Rosemary Foundation” you may for a while arrive at the old website but again you can use the link to access the new one.
Our current team of volunteers does a tremendous job but inevitably it is the same people who are always involved.
Our webmaster, Richard Burton would like to know if you have any comments about the new website and hopes to get some emails on the subject sent to email@example.com with your thoughts. If you have any problems, do let us know and we will do our best to sort them out.
If you think that you could take a local group forward or would like to help out at one of our events do please get in touch with me on 01730 823347 or through the Rosemary office 01730 266329.” 8
Published on Sep 21, 2011