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St David’s Hospice AUTUMN/WINTER 2011 NEW!

NEWSLETTER

www.stdavidshospice.org.uk

Join hands

for your local Hospice

R APPEAL-O-METE

St David’s is appealing to the communities of North West Wales to form Friends of the Hospice groups and take our capital appeal to the next level. In the last edition of the newsletter, we explained what the development plans will mean for St David’s Hospice and the communities we serve. As a reminder, the plans include: • Improving patient privacy by converting 6 of our existing beds into singlebedroom accommodation • Adding an extra three bedrooms (making it a total of 14 bedrooms) • Enhancing our education and training facilities The Appeal was kick-started with legacy income and thanks to your support, the total now stands at over £400,000 and we are well on our way to reaching half of the target. To see the plans become a reality, we need to raise in the region of one million pounds. This can be achieved with your continued enthusiasm and passion for your local Hospice.

We are asking existing businesses and community groups to choose St David’s as their charity of the year. We’d also love to hear from new groups of people, of all ages, who wish to form a Friends of the Hospice and fundraise for the Appeal. This could be anything from one coffee morning, to a string of sponsored events and challenges or a weekly raffle. The opportunities are only limited by your own imagination and every penny will make a significant impact on the lives of local patients with a terminal illness and their families for years to come.

Donate £5 to our Helping Hands Appeal today! Text ‘Hand11 £5’ to 70070

By texting your donation we receive the full £5 to the Appeal. Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. Please ask the bill payer’s permission.


Bangor City FC lend support to new Hospice shop

Bargain hunters have a new destination in Upper Bangor with the opening of St David’s Hospice’s latest shop on Holyhead Road, near the well-known Greek Taverna. The venture is backed by local football team Bangor City FC and club Chairman Dilwyn Jones cut the ribbon at the shop’s opening ceremony last month. He wished the Hospice well saying “I’m sure both the shop and the team will have a successful season!” As with all of our network of charity shops, we rely heavily on our kind volunteers to man the tills as well as the supportive general public to donate stock to fill the shelves. Hospice Shops Co-ordinator, Caroline Thomas has launched an appeal for locals to spare a few hours a week for the Hospice. “We’re always in need of new people who can give a little time to keep the shop running successfully. Anybody interested can sign up during opening hours. We’ll also be in need of donations of good quality clothes, bric-a-brac, DVDs, CDs and small electrical goods. We are also looking for small pieces of furniture and other items suitable for students. It’s a lovely shop in a nice location and we are sure it’s going to be a success.”

For information, call Caroline on 07795531654 or learn more about our network of shops at www.stdavidshospice.org.uk

U F N Y T D I R N A U I S M I N M G O C When John Pritchard of Valley, Anglesey lost his nana Elsie at the Hospice in March last year, he wanted to say thank you to the staff for caring for her by raising funds in her memory. This year he has completed a number of half marathons, a triathlon and the Stratford Upon Avon marathon. His most recent achievement was the Great North Run in September, which he completed in 1h 55mins!

North Wales Events company Always Aim Higher chose St David’s Hospice as their nominated charity for their first ever Slateman Triathlon in Llanberis this year and more recently in the Sandman Triathlon on Anglesey.

Nigel Day and Roy Hartley of Llandudno Junction walked for 11 days, completing all 177-miles of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail and raising over £1200 for St David’s.

Our Hospice Patron Hon Christopher Mclaren at Maenan Hall, Llanrwst opened his gardens once again for the Hospice, raising £750 for us this year.

Inspired by the St David’s Dawn Walk in Llandudno, Emma Richards of Tywyn, Gwynedd decided to hold her own sponsored walk at first light around the Morfa Mawddach Estuary, raising £267 for the Hospice.

We also have supporters from further afield, including Dubai! Sian, a former Colwyn Bay girl who now lives in Dubai, recently married Alasdair Leven and donations were made to St David’s. Sian’s nana Agnes King was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and died later that year and the Hospice is a cause close to Sian’s heart.

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These are just a handful of our many loyal supporters, from across North Wales, who held community fundraising events for us this year. Thank you to each and every one of you. To learn more about holding an event, call the Fundraising Team on (01492) 873665 for a Community Pack.


NEW LEAFLETS & WEBSITE We want YOU to know all about the work of your local Hospice. This is why we have re-launched our website and have a new range of bilingual information leaflets available. The new-look website (still at www.stdavidshospice.org.uk) provides a fresh and friendly way of explaining how we might be able to help you or a member of your family at a time of need and, very importantly, you can find out how to help us raise the money needed to continue the vital work of the organisation. Donations can be made directly to our Helping Hands Appeal and you can even order your Hospice Christmas Cards at our online shop! If you prefer a hard copy of our publications, we have a selection of leaflets including Day Care, Patient Guidebook and General Leaflet, available at the Hospice.

LEAVE A FUTURE GIFT A word from our Finance Officer, Andrew Humphreys: “Legacies amount to a quarter of St David’s income. Writing a Will is the only way to ensure that what you leave behind is distributed according to your wishes. As well as supporting your family and friends, many people choose to leave a future gift to some charities close to their heart. Charitable legacies are the foundation for many good causes, including St David’s Hospice. By providing for your everyday needs now, but considering a gift in your Will for the Hospice in future, you will continue to ensure that we provide end of life care, free of charge, to all our patients for many years to come.”

Join Jean and volunteer for St David’s Hospice!

Please make an appointment with your solicitor to discuss your wishes further.

Jean Collins, from Llandudno, volunteers weekly at Café Dewi. She is one of 250 volunteers who give up their time for free to support their local Hospice in many ways, including at our shops, fundraising and in the Hospice building.

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Jean’s late husband, Peter, was cared for at St David’s during the last eight months of his life, in Day Care and the Inpatient Unit.

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There are many reasons why people give the gift of time to the Hospice. Jean enjoys chatting to customers as she serves refreshments at the Hospice’s café and feels that she is “giving back” to the place that cared for Peter in his time of need.

In The Grounds of Fugro Robertson, Llanrhos, Llandudno

Volunteering enables you to meet new people, learn new skills and make a real difference to the work that we do.

Tickets: £55 Per Person Dress Code: Black Tie

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities available to you, simply fill out a form by downloading it from www.stdavidshospice.org.uk and clicking ‘Support Us’ or calling the Hospice reception on (01492) 879058.

Includes: 3 course meal (with vegetarian option) with sparkling reception, wine on the table, live music plus disco. Set in a luxury marquee with dance floor, central heating, separate bar and integrated bathroom facilities. AUCTION, RAFFLE & GRAND PRIZE DRAW.

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Take a closer look...

▲ The picture shows an in-depth look at our development plans. We have been working with a team of architects to efficiently use the space we have at the Hospice. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

WORKING TOGETHER St David’s Hospice welcomes support from companies who wish to demonstrate their commitment to the care of local people with life limiting illnesses. Your organisation can have a great impact on the lives of the hundreds of people who need our help every year, by supporting the Hospice in a number of ways: • Nominate St David’s as your Charity of the Year (plan activity days and events). • Sponsor one of our fundraising events or book a table/place and take part. • Donate gifts in kind (for equipment and other items we need each year). • Organise a day when employees bring at least one unwanted item in to work to donate to our network of charity shops. • Offer a volunteer day for staff to give their time to St David’s for a day or two a year. • Sign-up a group of people to the St David’s Lottery for a chance to win cash prizes every week or help sell our new scratchcards! • Offer payroll giving to employees for quick and easy donations.

SHOP NEWS

A Charity Fashion Show is taking place on Wednesday, October 19th from 7pm at St John’s Church, Llandudno. The evening will showcase clothes and items from across our network of shops and refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there! The annual CSV Make a Difference Day takes place on Saturday, October 29th this year, with events running from October 22nd to November 6th. During the volunteering awareness week, St David’s Hospice is encouraging people to ‘give volunteering a go’ at one of their local Hospice shops by sparing just a few hours a week. Make some space in your home ahead of Christmas and consider donating your unwanted items of clothing, bric a brac and small items of furniture to the Hospice Distribution Centre on Builder Street, Llandudno (01492) 878935 or at one of our shops.

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CARE SERVICES Care given by St David’s Hospice inspired a local lady to fundraise for the charity. Kath Breen, set her early alarm clock along with 275 other walkers to take part in the annual Dawn Walk this year. Her motivation to raise funds for the Hospice comes from the support shown to her Dad and the whole family during his cancer diagnosis. Kath remembers her father: “My Dad was called Tom Jones and we used to joke about him being ‘the real Tom Jones’. He had an active, happy and healthy life and was already 92 when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. When things got really tough, he was fortunate enough to be given a bed at St David’s and was there for just a few days - but what an important few days they were.”

and her daughter in Sydney could donate via her JustGiving page. This year she has raised over £120 in sponsorship, including donations from friends, family and colleagues at Clare’s Department Store in Llandudno where she has a part time job.

St David’s offers end of life care for adult patients with a terminal or life limiting illness from across North West Wales. We also offer symptom control, so that patients can visit the Hospice, get their anxieties and pain relief under control and return home feeling happier. Kath said: “The Hospice gave him a pain free and dignified space in which to slip quietly away. It also offered us, his family, loving support at a time when we were quite mad with grief. Dad’s last words to me were ‘best hotel I’ve ever stayed in.’”

Kath and many other relatives have benefitted from the support St David’s Hospice extends to patients families and carers. There is advice available, complementary therapies and ongoing bereavement support and counselling on offer to loved ones, if they wish to access it. Kath added: “It is so important to keep the Hospice going from strength to strength, not just for people like my Dad who are at the very end of their lives but also for people who need support while living with ill health, for however long that might be.”

Kath was teaching in Belgium at the time of her Dad’s death and always said that if she came back to live in Llandudno she would do something to help the Hospice.

To learn more about the care services at St David’s, call (01492) 879058 or visit www.stdavidshospice.org.uk. Why not pop in for a lovely cuppa and cake at the popular Café Dewi based in the Hospice building itself?

On her return, the Dawn Walk appealed to her because of her love of walking and also the fact that her friends in Belgium

The Tree of Lights is branching out! We have been grateful, over many years, to the Rotary Club of Rhos-on-Sea for the tremendous effort they put in to organising the annual Tree of Lights on Cayley Promenade. The total raised by them is fast approaching an amazing £100,000. This year is no different, with the lighting and dedication ceremony taking place on Sunday, November 27th at 4.30 pm. This Christmas, to help more people than ever to attend a dedication ceremony, we are EXPANDING to include an ADDITIONAL tree in LLANDUDNO (at North Western Gardens, opposite the Post Office, at the lower end of Mostyn Street). The dedication service is on Saturday, December 10th at 4 pm – when the Llandudno Town Band will lead us in some rousing carol singing. Please complete the form, to dedicate a light to the memory of someone you may have lost or simply celebrate a special occasion, then join us in Rhos-on-Sea – or now in Llandudno – to light up a life.

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Send this form and your donation to: Fundraising Dept, St David’s Hospice, Abbey Rd, Llandudno, LL30 2EN

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Starting from scratch! We had a good hard think about new ways we could raise funds for the Hospice – starting from scratch… and came up with (what else!) Scratchcards. It’s a simple idea – and one that’s already proving popular. A one pound stake buys the chance to win a prize ranging from £1 up to £1000 ... or, thanks to the sponsorship of local business Forte’s of Llandudno, a free cup of coffee in their Mostyn Street café-restaurant.

Hospice Income Generation Manager, Steve Doherty, said “Forte’s sponsorship means that more of every pound played comes straight back into the Hospice. We’re delighted to be working with them on this project.” It couldn’t be easier to play: In game 1, simply rub off the silver panel – if you reveal three matching numbers, that’s your prize. In game 2, uncover the Helping Hands logo once to win £1, twice to win £5 and three time gets you £20. Find a letter “C” and you’ve got yourself a coffee “on the house”! David Forte, Managing Director of Forte’s café & restaurant, said: “We were delighted to sponsor the new scratchcard idea – the Hospice is an important part of the community around here and has been for many years.  £1 could win up to a thousand – and even if you don’t win, you know the money’s going to a good, local cause”

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES St David’s Hospice cares for over 400 local families each year. We are a registered charity and make no charge to our patients or their families for the services we provide. Over 73 pence of every £1 we spend goes directly on patient care, and our clinical services currently cost over £4,500 per day or £187.50 per hour.

What your donation could buy Although we do have to purchase new (or replace) equipment periodically, our biggest challenge is meeting the day-to-day running costs for the care of our patients. Here are some examples of what your gift could fund...

£10 £25 £50 £150 £187.50 £500 £1200

Part of the plan is to invite volunteers to help sell the Scratchcards at various events in the area (from hotel functions to football matches) and to “service” (ie, collect and deliver the cards and the cash) from independent retailers. If you’d like to put yourself forward to help, contact Steve on the Hospice number, or email igm@stdavidshospice. org.uk In the first instance, the cards will be available from our network of hospice shops – and from Café Dewi, here at the Hospice… but watch out for a vendor near you! If you’re organising an event for us, from a table top sale to a concert, why not add scratchcards to your fundraising money? Whether it’s coffee or cash that’s your prize: Get scratching for the Hospice!

Purchases oils for an aromatherapy session or Materials for the arts & crafts sessions in our day care unit pays for a morning or afternoon’s care from a support worker pays for a nurse’s uniform feeds all our patients for a day funds 1 hour of clinical time for all our patients provides on-going training for 5 nurses purchases a specialist mattress for an in patient bed

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FUNDRAISING ROUND UP “Another year draws to a close and again we are left thanking the many Hospice supporters who have organised their own events or joined one of our many fundraising events held throughout the year. Your passion, hard work and enthusiasm, never ceases to amaze us!” Marie Lidgett and Wendy Clark (Fundraising Co-ordinators).

Celebrity astrologer–come–dancer Russell Grant opened our Summer Fete this year and spent the afternoon greeting volunteers and speaking to our visitors. The event raised £7,400 for the Hospice. Take a look at Tudno TV’s video at http://vimeo.com/27108443. 275 women walked 9 miles at first light again this year for the Hospice Dawn Walk. Walker Lynnette Holden, 48, from Colwyn Bay describes her experience: “St David’s looked after my father-in-law during his final days, and gave us the support to cope. Without it I’m not sure how we would have got through. I can’t praise the Hospice enough, both the staff and the facilities are excellent. I’m not a great one for exercise but I decided to give the Dawn Walk a go and really enjoyed the experience. Knowing it was for a good cause spurred me on. I took part with colleagues from Capital Symonds Ltd in Colwyn Bay and we have raised over £400.” It was a record year for us at the Conwy River Festival for the St David’s Hospice Duck Race. The event raised £1,519. The Liverpool Arms were crowned champions of the Duck Race Challenge as the local business selling the most ducks for the event. Walkers, dressed as Bob the Builders, gathered at the Hospice recently for the annual Great Orme Walk. This year the event was in aid of our Helping Hands Appeal and families and friends of all ages joined in the fun.

Thank you!

Without you, St David ’s could not honour its pledge to provide the highest possible standard of care to the people of North West Wale s, free of charge.

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Celebrating the first Hospice Care Week

St David’s joined forces with hospices across the UK to launch the first Hospice Care Week. The aim of the week, from October 8th, was to raise awareness of hospice care and address the misconceptions that people may have about what hospice care is. “Hospice Care Week is an important opportunity to challenge the myths surrounding hospice care and show people that it is about living , not dying,” said Communications Officer, Rachel Owen. “From being there through the hard times to helping celebrate the good times, we help people across North West Wales with life-limiting and terminal illnesses to live well until they die, and suppo rt their families too.”

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To mark Hospice Care Week, members of St David ’s visited various towns and villages across the region to spread the word about our servic es. Please help us to tell as many people as possible about the care available at the Hospice and how to support us so that we can continue to provide it.

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Hospices across the UK, including St David’s, also asked local communities what hospice care means to them in one word.

St David’s Hospice Chairman, Gladys Harrison explains the role of Trustees at the charity: “I am often asked about the role of the trustees and their function within the Hospice. It is certainly an honour to be asked to become a trustee but with it comes the knowledge that you will be accepting a voluntary position with immense responsibility. The boards of trustees, sometimes known as directors or governors, have the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Hospice, ensuring it is well run and meeting the needs for which it has been set up. We

Visit our website www.stdavidshospice.org.uk for all the latest news.

To learn more about Hospice Care Week, visit www. besurprised.org.uk. We would love to hear your experiences, storie s and words about Hospice Care. Please email rachel.o@stdavidshospice.org.uk

meet as a team monthly where we discuss the overall future strategy we have decided upon and monitor financial reports, investments, clinical issues and our important fundraising departments. All decisions are made as a team although very occasionally a majority vote is accepted. Trustees come from all walks of life and are united by their wish to serve the charity and make a positive change by utilising their skills and merging with others to learn new ones. The work is enjoyable, challenging and rewarding. We always welcome people who put themselves forward for this role and appointments are made as skills and vacancies occur. We

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would be delighted to hear from you if you feel you can offer specific skills, time, and commitment to the governance of our very special Hospice.”

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Data Protection Policy St David’s Hospice and its lottery company St David’s Promotions Ltd. are registered under the Data Protection Act 1998. The Hospice does not pass personal data to any other organisations but may wish to keep you informed of Hospice news and activities. If you do not wish to receive this information, contact: St David’s Hospice. Abbey Road, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2EN. Email: enquiries@stdavidshospice.org.uk www.stdavidshospice.org.uk Telephone: 01492 879058 Fax: 01492 872081

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Emily Rosselli from Help the Hospices said: “This has different associations for different people – positive, challenging and somet imes very surprising. By asking thousands of people to choose just one word to represent what hospice care means to them, we were able to create a picture of what our work really means to our local community, and across the UK. Some of the words included ‘choice’, ‘life’, ‘laughter’ and ‘friends’.


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