The Rosemary Foundation Hospice at Home Registered Charity No 1064723
Spring 2014 Newsletter
Flint Family 50 Fundraisers One evening at a family supper, while debating how to celebrate our 50th Birthdays, the slightly mad idea to raise money for 5 charities that are very close to our hearts by undergoing 50 challenges/ fundraising events over the course of a year was decided on. So the 4 of us, Paul, Melanie, Camilla and Florence embarked on a mission to raise as much money as possible for The Rosemary Foundation, Beat, Mind, Epilepsy Research and Riding for the Disabled. Deciding on 50 challenges/events was a challenge in itself. Once decided, we had to organise all the events, book time out to complete them, book more time out to get fit for them and generally keep the ball rolling so we could complete our mission within the timescale.
events at the end of the year. However, as the word got out that we were serious, by October, we were fortunate enough to have friends and colleagues offering us help in running the events, and friends, colleagues and the general public attending events we were running. We featured in the Petersfield Post and local parish magazines, various local companies offered their support, and the events kept rolling on; production of our calendar, Christmas Wreath making day, Boxing Day swim in the sea, no sending or receiving of Starting the year off in July 2012, we completed a 24 Christmas presents and pilates morning (run by hour tennis marathon, held a cake sale, walked the Petersfield Pilates). Hangers Way and set up a swear box for us and visiting guests! We put on a Fashion Show in Town with the help Wearing a onesie for a week was funny and raised a few of Mel’s employer – ‘Nutmeg’ in Petersfield and ran the wry smiles, and giving up the car and alcohol for a Great South Run. Our year wasn’t without casualties, month was a challenge!!! A massive event of Florence broke her ankle falling from a climbing wall, orienteering where we had over 100 turn out on a and Paul had to forget the running as his knee decided freezing cold day to trudge around the countryside, all to protest. These were challenges of their own to get for some soup on their return, was our biggest money back up to fitness in order to complete the sporting raiser at over £1100. Coast to Coast on a tandem, and 1
an open‐water swim kept the challenges going, along with very long walks (our feet have yet to recover) in Scottish hills, over Downs and through Hangers. 3 Peaks challenge, Santa runs, bridge teas, living off £5 for a week, coffee and crepes morning, film night, kayaking around Hayling Island, running an old fashioned sports day, sea cliff climbing, dog competition and we were beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
weary but happy Flint Family.
We are indebted to all those friends and colleagues and people who just wanted to be part of our task by joining in, donating or helping, and without whom our challenge would not have been so AMAZING. We have learnt so much about people and our charities, and embarked and achieved things we would never have done if we hadn’t come up with our mad scheme, but we know our Just a few to go and the money just kept rolling in. Home charities are grateful, so why not take up perhaps a sales, triathlons, and cycle rides too and we could see couple of our challenges and see what you can raise, for the finishing line. those out there needing help. 50 challenges/events and 1 year later = £24,000 raised, a Melanie Flint
Chairman’s Letter Dear Readers, Welcome to the Spring 2014 Newsletter. Our commiserations to those readers who have suffered from the havoc caused by the recent storms. We wish you well. As always during the winter months, the nursing staff have been very busy, perhaps more so this year because of the lack of resources available to the community for district nursing and social care services. Attempting to bridge the gap, our nurses will often spend additional time with their patients helping in whatever way they can. The Portsmouth, Fareham & Gosport and South East Hants Care Commissioning Groups have now published their Adult End of Life Strategy. The Rosemary Foundation has been represented at the Steering Group meetings. The aim will be to work collaboratively to provide an integrated package of care that treats every patient with dignity and respect. Commissioning of end of life care is unlikely to be fully implemented before 2015. There is a consensus on best practice but with no extra NHS funding this cannot possibly be accomplished without considerable input from the voluntary sector. The Foundation owes an enormous debt of gratitude to the team of volunteers who not only carry out important administrative tasks in the office but who also ensure the success of many in‐house fund‐raising events. We thank those who organise special fundraising events and those who attempt sponsored feats of endurance on our behalf. Publicity in the local press is always much appreciated and our thanks are due to all our supporters who give so very generously year on year. Faced with an almost certain increase in demand for our hospice at home service, the Trustees made the decision in October 2013 to sign up to an Out of House fundraising programme with the hope that over the next 2 years this would attract sufficient funds to enable recruitment of new staff and ensure the future wellbeing of our excellent nursing / bereavement service. Finally, on behalf of the trustees and nursing staff I should like to say how delighted we are to welcome Lady Shauna Gosling, who has agreed to join Lord and Lady Bessborough as a Patron of The Rosemary Foundation. For many years, Lady Shauna has been an admirer and most generous supporter of our nursing service, besides devoting considerable time to a number of other charities close to her heart. We shall greatly value her advice. Without all of your support and friendship, The Rosemary Foundation could never have been where it is today. Long may it continue. With many thanks and very best wishes to you all. Dr Patricia Golding, Chair of Trustees THE ROSEMARY FOUNDATION IS VERY GRATEFUL TO THOSE KIND PEOPLE WHO HAVE REMEMBERED THE FOUNDATION IN THEIR WILL If you would like to leave a legacy to The Rosemary Foundation, just ask your solicitor to add the appropriate clause stating The Rosemary Foundation’s name and Charity Number 1064723 2
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News from the Nurses... Julie Cotsell writes: “I usually write an article for each Newsletter, but this time I wanted to share this letter that we have received. As always, if there is anyone you think who may need our input then please pass on our contact details”
“I want to record our family’s thanks and deep appreciation for the wonderful care which both our parents received from The Rosemary Foundation team. Mum was your first patient way back in 1997 and Dad, 16 years later, was your 1374th, an amazing statistic in itself. Losing Mum at the early age of 62 was a huge blow to us all and as my sister, brother and I all had young families at that stage, it was an especially difficult time. Your newly formed team enabled us to keep Mum at home and both nursed her, and helped us and Dad through a traumatic few months. I think we all realised then how special this organisation is and over the intervening 16 years Dad became an ardent supporter and fundraiser. So, when the time came back in April for him to request your help for himself, it was just like calling on old friends. The care was just the same, we’d all just got a bit greyer! We had wonderful support right from the first “planning” meeting and were given your numbers for 24 hour contact. This gave us huge peace of mind knowing we could just pick up the phone and get advice or practical help at short notice. You all became nurse and friend. All the necessary personal care was taken care of with the minimum of fuss, while conducting a cheerful conversation with Dad. Your practical expertise and emotional support for my brother, sister and myself was invaluable. Great liaison with GP and district nursing team meant we had the necessary drugs for pain relief if required and essential equipment was quickly organised. Meticulous record keeping meant everyone knew exactly what was happening from day to day. No doubt being able to die with dignity in their own home with the family around them was a huge comfort to both Mum, and especially Dad. As I said to you afterwards he was totally confident and comfortable with you all which I’m sure contributed to his amazingly gracious acceptance of his situation, and as partings go, it was, with your help, a pretty good one. It is an invaluable service you offer, giving palliative care with kindness and empathy. Yours is a truly inspirational organisation.” Mrs R Caudwell
A Helping Hand The Rosemary Foundation would like to expand the services it offers to our patients and their families. It could be what to us seem small things but to them could be major concerns. They may not be able to use the vacuum cleaner, or put the washing in the machine. The garden may have been their joy and they are sad as it is now neglected. They may live on their own and shopping is an issue, or they would like someone to talk to occasionally. Do you feel that this is something that you would be willing as a volunteer to do? If you feel that light housework or gardening, or being a good “listening ear” are your forte and you have a few hours a week to spare, please contact us on 01730 266329 or email manager@rosemary‐foundation.org.uk Training will be available to enable you to cope with any situation that may arise. 3
www.Petersfield‐cam.co.uk – a proud supporter of The Rosemary Foundation as The Petersfield Community web site
Waterlooville Motor Cycle Club The club was founded in 1928 and apart from the war years, when many members were used as couriers, it has been in existence ever since. Over the years the Club has been involved in all aspects of motorcycle sport including Scrambles (now known as Motocross) with events run at international, national and club levels, in particular, the prestigious Waterlooville Ken Hall Trophy first run in 1966. Throughout the club’s history, members have chosen a variety of charities to support, raising significant funds. These charities have included British Red Cross, NSPCC, MS Society and Langrish Village Hall for a new roof. Most recently our efforts have focussed on The Rowans Hospice and over the years we have raised in excess of £30,000. We now raise funds for two additional charities, The Rosemary Foundation and Hounds for Heroes; all three touch the lives of those in our community. Recently we were delighted to present £1,200 to The Rosemary Foundation. We continue to focus on motorcycle and social events and in May 2013 organised our 2nd successful Bike Show with local businesses and retailers displaying new bikes, equipment and parts. We have also established the popular and extremely well supported Old Fossils Charity Weekend. Now in its 10th year, this event includes a 50s/60s dance with the band Forever Young that this year is on Saturday 26 July and open to everyone, and on Sunday 27 July, a Bike Run of approximately 50 miles around Hampshire and West Sussex. Last year the dance was attended by 170 members, family and friends and on the Sunday we had an excellent turnout of 240 bikers and 48 passengers. We currently have approximately 100 members and our overall and continued strength remains our shared interest of motorcycling and the Waterlooville Motor Cycle Club. In support of The Rosemary Foundation and our two other charities we currently have raffle tickets for sale with the first prize of a balloon flight for two. If you would like more information about our club, our website address is www.waterlooville‐mcc.co.uk Joy Sang
Great South Run Every year in October, some 28,000 runners take part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth and every year some of these runners raise funds for The Rosemary Foundation. The weather forecast was right – not much rain but the mother and father of a westerly wind, and the last two miles are westwards along the front at Southsea! This last section is always challenging but this time it was described as like hitting a brick wall with a feeling of going backwards. The runners had been advised to keep something in reserve to battle out the last stretch and they certainly needed it. This was the first run of this length for Dan English, son of Trustee Mike English, who says there was no arm twisting to get him to run! Dan says that he now has the bug and is looking for other running challenges to take on, but hopes that the weather will be kinder next time. Another runner, Patricia Edwards from Liss, urges others to have a go at the Great South Run. She said “it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are as you will be cheered on the whole way round the course, which has the added bonus of no hills!” We are grateful to all the runners for their heroic efforts in raising funds for us. 4
The Emsworth Local Produce Market is proud to be supporting the work of The Rosemary Foundation Nurses
Football for Cancer
It was in March 2010 when out of the blue we had an email from our friends at FFC ‐ Football for Cancer ‐ saying “we have heard of the amazing work you all do and have had a look at your website. What you offer the community and the dedication you all have is amazing; we would like to meet with you to discuss next year’s event, which we would like to do for The Rosemary Foundation”. FFC had already raised remarkable amounts for Marie Curie and The Rowans, so we were naturally more than keen to meet. Since then, they have given the Foundation the funds raised for their 2010/2011 football tournament, and as we reported in our Spring 2013 newsletter, Mick Wait, one of the members of FFC, organised the 2012 Rosemary Ramble. He then followed that up by organising the 2013 Ramble, which was held in conjunction with the Petersfield Food Festival. And, they didn’t stop there. On top of all they have done for us, they have told us they will be giving the Foundation 10% of all the money they raise each year. In 2013 they chose Macmillan Cancer Support as the main focus for their support and we were invited to go along to receive a cheque for all that had been raised during the year. Julie Cotsell from the Foundation had the chance to tell the members of FFC a little of the work we do and to explain how their efforts make such a difference. FFC are now registering themselves formally with the Charities Commission and they have our very best wishes for all that they do, not just for our patients, but for so many cancer suffers and their families in our area. For more information about the great work of FFC their website is http:// www.ffcevents.com Katharyn Cann from Liss and her team raised a Team Katharyn’s 15 Years superb £1,600 for The Rosemary Foundation in the latest LiDBA bike ride. The team have taken part in in the LiDBA Bike Ride the ride for over 15 years, supporting The Rosemary Foundation for the last three. Their cycling started as a way to get out on the bikes and get fit. They then decided to raise funds towards their children’s schools. Sponsor money was used to help with the building of a new swimming pool at Rake Primary School and for outside play equipment at Greatham Primary School. They were introduced to The Rosemary Foundation when Katharyn’s mother‐in‐law was diagnosed with cancer. Katharyn said “we wanted to care for her in her own home, as that was what she really wanted. We couldn’t have done that without the help of the Rosemary nurses, they were fantastic.” The team usually start their training when the clocks go forward and start with one evening a week of 10‐14 miles, increasing to twice a week after a few weeks. The Cann Family run Cobwebs in Liss, specialising in House Clearance and the company van is used to transport all the riders’ bikes and gear to Liphook on the day of the ride.
Our grateful thanks to an anonymous individual for sponsoring the printing costs of this newsletter.
Financial Review As you may have read in the local Petersfield press at the end of January, our financial position deteriorated over the first half of our financial year – July to December 2013 that is.
case this raises alarm bells with you, we’d like to emphasise that the security of the information we have is of prime importance and we will take very careful measures indeed to safeguard it. We are also planning We were cheered by higher than usual income in to use video conferencing so that nurses can join in December, but this could not completely offset the case meetings from home to reduce travel. deficits of earlier months. I’d also like to mention that we give great attention to The good news is that as a result of reading the maximising our claims for Gift Aid refunds. This Petersfield Herald and the Petersfield Post, a number of depends on us having valid Gift Aid declarations from our kind supporters have sent us generous donations. our donors; HMRC are now strict on the form of words No doubt some have also donated without telling us it these should take. The latest text is available from our is a result of reading the newspapers, but we are very website or from the office, but one thing we would grateful to all those who responded and indeed to all stress here is that we must have the donor’s first name, surname, HOME address (house number or name and our supporters. postcode is sufficient) or we lose the 25% refund. Over Although this is called a Financial Report we’d like to the year this can really tot up! share with you news of some of the other “back room” activity going on which will help to support the valuable Lastly, we hear that some are having problems donating by text from a mobile phone. To donate using your work our nurses are doing. mobile phone just: text “ROFO99 £10″ to 70070 – you We provide our care over a wide area – some 700 can change the amount of course. It’s ROFO in letters, square miles in fact. We strive to keep travel costs not ROF with a zero – perhaps that’s been the problem. down and one way of doing this is to exploit the Think ROFO for ROsemary Foundation technologies that are now available. We are enhancing our IT capability so that information will be available to Mike English, Trustee staff without having to make unnecessary journeys. In
Worldham Golf Club chose The Rosemary Foundation as their Charity of the Year 2013 and proceeded to raise £5,000. All the members of the club were involved in this magnificent effort which was made possible through their generosity at Golf Days and social events.
Goodbye to Richard Our good friend Richard Burton (not that one!) and his wife Chris have moved to the Cotswolds after some years living in Waterlooville, to be nearer family and friends. Richard generously gave much to the Foundation, being at various times Newsletter Editor, Webmaster and on‐line Merchandiser, selling things for us on the internet. In all of which he was strongly supported by Chris. We are so very grateful for his valuable work over several years helping the Foundation to grow. His contribution together with his unfailing good humour will be very much missed. We hope it will be just a good‐bye and not farewell and that we will keep in touch! Thank goodness for Skype. Mike English 6
Would you like to help with the printing costs of this newsletter? For sponsorship queries please e mail fundraising @rosemary‐foundation.org.uk
6000km CHALLENGE EUROPE | JULY‐ AUGUST 2014 When Bill Budd from Greatham celebrates his 60th birthday this summer, he plans to mark the occasion by embarking on a 6,000 kilometre (3,728 miles) cycling challenge around Europe. Not content with taking on the Alps and the Pyrenees during the 6,000 kilometre solo ride through 16 countries, Bill has set himself a limit of 60 days cycling in which to complete his birthday marathon. Bill will be away for 66 days, of which 60 days will be spent cycling, 4 days have been set aside for mechanical issues if required and 2 days will be spent in Vienna. Here, Bill will not only celebrate his 60th birthday, but his wife Jill will join him for their Silver Wedding Anniversary. Bill will be almost self‐sufficient during this adventure, towing a trailer containing a hi‐spec lightweight tent plus all the necessary equipment he is likely to need during the journey ‐ from tyre puncture repair kit to toothbrush. Although this is a test Bill has set himself, there is also a charitable angle to this self‐funded journey ‐ Bill is raising money for The Rosemary Foundation. During his epic ride he will be fitted with a tracking system so that anyone can see where he is at any time! If you are filled with admiration for this remarkable man and would like to find out more, his website can be found at www.oldgitonabike.org and if you would like to support his fundraising he has a page on JustGiving www.justgiving.com/bill‐budd
A visit to Lavender Fields Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Every year since 2001 for five weeks in the summer, Tim and Ann Butler and their family have opened their garden and farm. Most afternoons during these weeks they host a variety of clubs and groups such as gardeners, the W.I. and U3A, and receive two coach parties a week. In July there are two open weekends. Before these visitors arrive, the garden is transformed with a large marquee which includes a fully equipped kitchen run by Ann. Extra staff are recruited, mainly friends and family who know the drill for what can be a hectic time. During the visit, Tim explains how they started, which involved changing from hops to lavender. The visitors are then taken to the lavender field, where, weather permitting (lavender does like the sun to help it blossom) there will be a colourful display of lavender and also wild flowers. This year will include a display of poppies to commemorate 100 years since the start of WW1. This is followed by a visit to the distillery where the process of obtaining the oil is explained. Attractions at the open weekends include country crafts, willow work, decorating chocolates, the opportunity to have a massage, and a tractor ride with a talk about the farm from Simon Butler. This year it is hoped that there will also be a display of bee keeping. Visitors are welcome to have a browse among the other businesses that are on the farm. Before leaving, a visit to the shop is a must, where there is a treasure trove of anything to do with lavender. Finally, a few facts and figures: over the five weeks nearly 2,000 cream teas can use 4,000 scones, 100 pints of cream, 200 lbs of jam and 120 pints of milk. In addition during the Open Days, a very good ploughman's lunch can be enjoyed, plus cakes and lavender biscuits. This year’s Open Days are on July 5, 6, 12 and 13. Further information about Lavender Fields can be found on their website www.thelavenderfields.co.uk Penny Powell 7
The Rosemary Foundation ‐ Hospice at Home 35 Lavant Street, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3EL ( 01730 266 329 (administration) or 01730 269 996 (clinical staff) www.rosemary‐foundation.org.uk info@rosemary‐foundation.org.uk
2014 Calendar of Fundraising Events APRIL 5 Saturday
Rosemary Foundation Easter Coffee Morning with Crafts
6 Sunday 12 Saturday 13 Sunday
Open Days at Lavender Fields, Selborne
East Meon Village Hall 10.00‐12.30pm
Bucket Collection for The Rosemary Foundation Petersfield Town Centre 9:00‐4:00
Herne Farm Coffee Morning
Herne Farm Community Hall 10.00‐12.00 noon
17 Wednesday JUNE
Lavender Talk followed by Tea
Salvation Army Hall, Petersfield 3.00‐5.00 pm
LiDBA Charity Bike Ride, Liphook OCTOBER
Petersfield Food Festival, Petersfield Town Centre With bucket collection 10:00‐4:00 for
Rosemary Foundation Annual Quiz Night
The Rosemary Foundation
East Meon Village Hall, 7.00 for 7.30 pm
5 Saturday Rosemary Foundation
Craft Fayre & Cream Tea
Liphook Village Hall, 11:00 ‐ 2.00 pm
East Meon Village Hall 1.00‐4.00pm
Bill Budd’s 6000K Bike Ride Departure Party
Rosemary Foundation Christmas Fayre
The Greatham Inn, Evening 11 Friday
East Meon Village Hall, 10.00 ‐ 12.30pm
“Iolanthe” Costume performance by Havant Light Opera
St Mary’s Church, Liss, 7:30pm Admission free, retiring collection
Lights of Remembrance Langrish House at 5.00pm
Joanna Weeks and Benedict Lewis‐Smith
acknowledge the applause at their superb evening of music making at St Lawrence’s Church, Alton. The concert Prayer, Passion and Painted Women – The Soprano’s Vocation which raised £1,200 was given to support The Rosemary Foundation and Home Start Butser. Our grateful thanks to Joanna’s mum Jane whose idea it was and who did all the hard work to ensure the success of this wonderful concert. 8