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Life St David’s Hospice Newsletter Spring/Summer 2018

New Summer Events for 2018

Developing Day Therapy

Photography by Mike Shields

Keeping in touch – you’re in control!

Last September, the Hospice saw more than 300 ladies taking part in the first ever Llandudno Moonlight Memories Walk raising over £27,000 between them. This was enough to fund 77 hours of care, for patients and their families when they were at their most vulnerable. See Page 3 for more details.

01492 879058 Registered Charity Number: 1038543


St David’s Hospice and Hospice at Home, Gwynedd and Anglesey have merged to become one Hospice charity. This will ensure that the people of North West Wales receive the very best palliative and end of life care, in their preferred place.

Welcome to the Spring/Summer edition of ‘Life’ it helps to heal people; whatever pain or trauma or problem you have been through, it can help.

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome you to the latest edition of our newsletter. St David’s Hospice always strives to provide the very best specialist care for our patients. As we grow, we continue to look at innovative approaches to the therapies we provide.

Our patient physiotherapy gym is now in use, enabling us to promote well-being through exercise. Thanks to your donations, our gym is now equipped with a treadmill, an exercise bike and parallel bars, plus floor space for activities such as tai chi. Attending our supervised gym along with advice from our physiotherapist, we can now help people with their physical impairments or limitations and help to achieve psychological goals.

For patients attending our Day Therapy Unit, it is hoped that we can empower people to adapt to their new state of being with dignity, and provide support systems to help them anticipate and cope constructively with the loss of deteriorating health. Over the past year, we have introduced new therapeutic sessions to accompany our existing services. Social and Therapeutic Horticulture is one of these and is the process of using plants and gardens to improve physical and mental health, as well as communication and thinking skills. Horticultural therapy is considered to have physical, psychological and psychosocial health benefits and increases patient’s well-being. The Hospice garden is a safe and secure place to develop someone’s ability to mix socially, make friends and learn practical skills that will help them to be more independent and promote rehabilitation where appropriate.

Exciting plans are also in the pipeline to develop an outreach service. It is hoped that our specialist nurses will visit patients who are not well enough to attend the Day Therapy, in their home. The aim is to allow patients known to Day Therapy to stay in their home environment if they wish, for as long as practicably possible. To finish, I would like to use this opportunity to say a very big thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to support the work of St David’s Hospice. Your kindness, support and generosity ensures our patients, their families and carers receive the highest standard of care.

On Friday afternoons, we have introduced Music Therapy in conjunction with Nordoff Robbins. With an array of instruments to choose from, the Hospice Day Therapy lounge is full of the sounds of music and voices singing as patients interact. Music therapy brings people to life, just by picking up an instrument and joining together in music

Thank you, Glenys Sullivan Matron

Day Therapy Sat with a beaming smile after her music therapy session, Day Therapy patient Brenda Pritchard from Llandudno tells us about her experience.

I really enjoy the music therapy sessions. I used to be a member of the Trinity Players choir and travelled all around the world singing. My condition has stopped me doing the things that I enjoy. I’m not very mobile, I do too much sitting now - but I can join in with the music therapy. Charlotte, the Hospice’s music therapist is very talented. I may not be tuneful but I enjoy it!”

“I have been attending St David’s for the past six weeks and it has made such a difference to me. I have Multiple Sclerosis and leg pain which feels like constant toothache. I fall often. The Hospice is wonderful; there really is nothing else like it. The staff are kind and helpful, yet I am not the only person who benefits from the care. My husband is my carer, so when I go to Day Therapy it means he can have a break and have some time to rest.


Patient Matt Stanley enjoying the snare drum for the first time with Nordoff Robbins music therapist, Charlotte Bailey.

On 30th September 2017, more than 300 ladies took part in the Hospice’s first ever ladies only, 10km Moonlight Memories Walk, which raised over £27,000 in total. Moonlight Memories Walk 2018 The Moonlight Memories Walk 2018 is a ladies only, nighttime walk starting and finishing at Ysgol John Bright, Llandudno at 10pm on Saturday 23 June. Last year, a group of local Llandudno friends, including Stacie Flanagan, Helen, Hince, Ellen Crummie and Joanne Ridler took part in the walk to raise money in memory of beloved friend, Jackie McQueeny who was cared for at the Hospice before sadly passing away in June 2017, aged 52. Jackie’s friends and family wanted to show their appreciation for the kindness they received. Nicknamed ‘Witches & Co’, the group of twelve ladies donned their witch’s hats and took on the 10km around Llandudno. Family friend, Stacie Flanagan said: “We wanted to raise money for St David's Hospice to thank them for the incredible care and support they gave Jackie whilst she was there. They made things more comfortable for her and her boys through a heart-breaking time.” “This walk allowed the ‘Witches & Co’ to reminisce about all the happy memories of Jackie. She has a special place in all our hearts and always will.”

Ellen Crummie continued: “By the time we got to the Hospice after the first 5km of the route, the cup of tea and cake was very welcome but we didn’t expect that half of the Hospice would be lit up for the Moonlight Memories garden. It was just fab!” The Witches & Co raised a tremendous £4,500 through sponsorship in memory of Jackie, all of which has contributed to the Hospice being able to offer care to further patients and their families. Friend, Joanne Ridler, finished by saying: “We felt, in the moment of the event, that it was all for Jackie and entering the Hospice memories garden was really uplifting. It gave us a real sense of purpose and belonging. Jackie would have been buzzing to see us all laughing and dancing, puffing and panting during the warm up before we set off. Groups of families and fundraisers alike joined in and there was a real common understanding as to why we were taking part”.

JOIN US: Entry is £15 per person and participants must be aged 8 or over on Saturday 23 June 2018. The registration fee includes a t-shirt, half-way refreshments and a medal on completion, as well as a special butterfly tag to write messages on and place in the Moonlight Memories garden on the night. To register please visit: email: daisy.magill@ or call: 01492 873664

Donating your unwanted items to St David’s Hospice is easy-peasy! At the end of 2017, we opened our second Donation Centre in Mochdre making it much easier to donate goods for our Hospice shops.

There is plenty of free parking outside, you can drive right up to the door to drop off; plus our friendly team will be there to help you unload your car. Donating your unwanted items is a great way to support the Hospice, help us raise money and declutter your house at the same time. We rely on your donations to raise vital funds to care for our patients and their families. It is also open to the public. Come along and see our wide range of high quality donated furniture. A delivery service is available for large purchased items.


Our Donation Centres: MOCHDRE: Unit 1C, Quinton Hazell Enterprise Parc, Glan y Wern Rd, Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5BS Opening Times: Monday – Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm LLANDUDNO: St David’s Hospice Donation Centre, Unit 8, Roger Mostyn Court, Builder Street, Llandudno, LL30 1DR Opening Times: Monday – Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm Saturday 9am – 12pm To book a free collection of large items directly from your house, please call 01492 878935.

This year it will cost more than £3 million pounds to fund the Hospice and only 14% of this figure is funded by the Local Health Board. This means that we have to raise in excess of £2.5 million per year through community fundraising and our shops in order to keep our services open.

Hospice Awareness Month 2018 This June, St David’s Hospice will celebrate Hospice Awareness Month which is a month long campaign to raise the awareness of the invaluable hospice care we provide locally in North West Wales.

How can I get involved with Hospice Awareness Month? The easiest way you can support the Hospice this June, is to join our Coffee Morning campaign and get together with friends, family and colleagues to fundraise for the Hospice.

Did you know? • St David’s Hospice currently supports over 1000 patients living with advanced illnesses, such as cancer and Motor Neurone Disease, every year. • In collaboration with Hospice at Home, Gwynedd and Anglesey we ensure that hospice patients remain in control of their care preferences in North West Wales. • Our care is an entirely holistic service which is not provided by the NHS and is not provided by anyone one else in North West Wales.

Organising your event couldn’t be easier. Once you have chosen a venue, date and start time, the fundraising team will provide you with a Coffee Morning pack filled with posters, invitations, useful hints and tips to maximise your fundraising as well as homemade delicious recipes. To register your Coffee Morning or for more information, please contact Andrew Everley: or telephone the fundraising office on 01492 873664.

Hospice Challenge Events 2018 Have you thought about taking on a new challenge for yourself in 2018? Do you need some inspiration and ideas? Seek the daredevil in you in 2018 and link your event to fundraising for the Hospice. There is nothing more exhilarating than crossing a finish line knowing that every penny you raise will help somebody else that is living with an advanced illness locally. The Hospice is thrilled to offer a number of sporting challenges this year, with discounted entry rates for Hospice supporters:

St David’s Hospice supporter entry price

Minimum sponsorship



Skydive Skydiving/freefalling

Friday 1 June

10,000 feet



North Wales Half Marathon Running

Saturday 21 July

13 miles



Tour De Mon (Bach) Cycling

Sunday 19 August

46 miles

£20 – Adults £15 – Children

£80 £60

Bangor 10km Running

Saturday 6 October

10 km



Conwy Half Marathon Running

Sunday 18 November

13 miles



Event and type

In return for signing up to a Hospice challenge, or creating your own, you will receive the following benefits: • A Hospice branded buff • A Hospice tee shirt • Continuous help and support from the fundraising team to achieve your goal • A fundraising pack with hints and tips on how to maximise your fundraising • Knowledge that every penny you raise will be spent locally, on the highest standard of clinical care for patients, their families and carers • To register for your place, please visit the website or contact James Wilde, Community Fundraiser: - 01492 873664 *Please note that places are limited so to avoid disappointment, get in touch today.



LLANDUDNO: 9 Lloyd Street - 01492 871751

BEAUMARIS: 8 Castle Street - 01248 810536

LLANDUDNO: 23 Madoc Street

COLWYN BAY: 34 Penrhyn Road - 01492 533166

LLANDUDNO JUNCTION: 155 Conway Road - 01492 573917

COLWYN BAY: 15/19 Station Road - 01492 530471

LLANRWST: 3 Watling Street - 01492 641516

CONWY: 23 High Street - 01492 573628

PORTHMADOG: 142 High Street - 01766 513155

CRAIG Y DON: 14 Queens Road - 01492 870662

PWLLHELI: 84 High Street - 01758 703105

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RHOS ON SEA: 31 Penrhyn Avenue - 01492 544569

Volunteering watermarks and cup rings, plus mend anything broken. It is then French polished, wood stained or oiled depending on what it needs. The Donation Centre team are great, really friendly. It’s a pleasure volunteering and I get great job satisfaction. I love leaving at the end of the day and being able to say it looks good and of course, also knowing the money raised really does make a difference.”

There are many different reasons why people from across the whole of North West Wales become a St David’s Hospice

volunteer. Mally Edwards from Rhos-on-Sea found the benefits of his voluntary work were three-fold; to keep busy, making use of his lifelong skills and to support a local charity. After a year of retired life, Mally realised it wasn't for him. He joined the Hospice volunteering team in 2014 as a van driver, collecting donated items and delivering them to the donation centre. In the summer of 2017, the second Donation Centre opened in Mochdre and donations of furniture increased. As a retired joiner, Mally saw the potential of putting life back in to the items which may have been deemed flawed, broken or blemished and he knew he was the man for the job!

Our volunteers are vital to the work of St David’s Hospice. They help to raise money, welcome visitors, serve refreshments, assist nursing staff, highlight our work and help keep everything running smoothly.

If you would like to find out more about roles of a Hospice volunteer and register your interest please go to: or call 01492 879058.

Mally explains: “I love to restore and repair the donated furniture, particularly woodwork. When you see some items come in, you’d never dream of being able to resell it for a good price. It can take a couple of days to restore a piece. I sand it down, remove scratches,

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What would you do with the £1,000 prize money? The Hospice Lottery is one of the easiest and most regular ways you can support St David’s Hospice. For just £1 a week, you could be in with the chance of winning £1,000 every Friday. To sign up online, please visit the website: or for a paper form to be sent to you, please call the Lottery Office on 01492 877999. All proceeds from the Hospice Lottery go directly towards funding patient care at St David’s Hospice. For every £1 you give, 59p is spent directly on patients. The rest is invested wisely to increase our membership base as well as paying out the weekly prize funds.

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For every £1 you give to St David’s Hospice, 88p is spent directly on clinical care and servicing the Hospice building. A further 12p is invested wisely in our income generation team and shops to ensure we can meet the demands of our clinical services for the future.

For more information about any of our events or campaigns, or to register, please visit the website: calendar or contact the fundraising team on 01492 879058

Fundraising Events Diary...

Snowdon Sunrise Challenge

Test the Team,

Corporate Quiz Night

St David’s Hospice Skydive

Sunday 13 May

Thursday 17 May

Friday 1 June

Trek Wales’ highest mountain through the night to meet at the break of day at summit with this fully guided, unique opportunity. Entry - £25 per person, minimum sponsorship £100 - Meeting at Llanberis - 1am start

With quiz master, Rupert Moon - Venue Cymru, Llandudno - 6pm. Entry - £100 per team of four, includes a welcome drink and buffet supper

Tilstock Airfield, Whitchurch - 8am start. See the world from above as you freefall from the sky in this exhilarating 10,000 feet skydive. Entry - £70 deposit, minimum sponsorship £430

Moonlight Memories Walk

Dragon Boat Challenge

The Duck Race, Conwy

Saturday 23 June 10pm - This ladies only, 10km night time challenge is suitable for all abilities and invites you to walk in memory of loved ones. Entry - £15 per person

Saturday 30 June Padarn Lake, Llanberis - 10am start - A great team building exercise Entry - £250 per team of 20

Saturday 14 July Start time TBC - Conwy Quay -Take a corporate duck at this year’s event and decorate it as you wish to be in with the chance of winning a fantastic prize. Entry - £1 per duck, corporate ducks available for £50

Summer Fete

The Colour Run

Ladies Afternoon Tea

Saturday 28 July

Sunday 9 September

Wednesday 26 September

1pm - West Shore, Llandudno - 5km fun run with a difference as you get showered with coloured paint all the way around. Let’s get messy! Entry - Adults: £15, Children £10, family of two adults and two children: £45 - includes funky sunglasses, a medal and a paint sachet to throw

11:30am - The Wolfe Room, Eaton Park, Eccleston, Near Chester. By kind permission of Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Westminster, this ladies only event includes luxury shopping and afternoon tea, guest speaker Julie Summers, author of the bestselling book Jambusters. Tickets - £32.50 per ticket *coach transport available for a further £10 per person

1pm - 4pm at St David’s Hospice, Abbey Rd, Llandudno, LL30 2EN Entry - £1 per adult, 50p per child (under 16)

New walking challenge event for 2018 - Llyn Three Day Challenge The Hospice is delighted to announce a brand new three day sponsored walking challenge on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th July. (8:30am start each day) This event is not for the faint-hearted (over age 16 only) as each walking day is expected to be approximately 8 hours on tough terrain. For this reason, training is advised. Unfortunately due to the nature of the paths, dogs are not permitted to take part. The route follows the picturesque Welsh Coastal Path with panoramic views of the Llyn Peninsula and beyond. All funds raised will support local St David’s Hospice projects. £30 for all three days, £15 for one day. For information please visit the Hospice website:, call the Pwllheli Hospice Shop on 01758 703105 or email


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