FOCUS Staff and Volunteer Bulletin March/April 2013 HEALTH MINISTER’S VISIT At the end of February, the Hospice welcomed Health Minister Lesley Griffiths AM. The visit was to announce that the Hospice had recently been awarded the £250,000 of capital funding by the Welsh Government to assist in the Helping Hands Appeal. The money is the final instalment of the £1.2m redevelopment, which has been successfully completed and has provided an environment of privacy and comfort for patients and families who have requested the expert care that the Hospice provides. Mrs Griffiths said “I am delighted that the Welsh Government could assist St David’s Hospice to complete the redevelopment of the building, which will undoubtedly improve the experiences of both patients and their families.” Chairman Gladys Harrison and Chief Executive Alun Davies again wishes to express a huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers for all the hard work that was put in last year and to date with the redevelopment and for putting up with some difficult occasions that arose during that time. We are always very grateful for all the support that is given by everyone. Since the Health Minister’s visit, Mrs Griffiths has now moved onto a new role after a reshuffle of the Welsh Assembly Government. We are very fortunate to have secured the capital funding grant whilst Mrs Griffiths was Health Minister as she is such a supporter of the Hospice and all its work within the local communities. Further Photographs from the Health Minister’s visit can be found at: http://stdavidshospice.org.uk/hospice-redevelopment.htm
THANK YOU Please can we have some more wool and safety pins? Drop into fundraising with Agnes. Thank you.
A huge THANK YOU goes to Val Whittington and Joan Bailey and their team of knitters who have been really busy knitting the Easter Chicks that are on sale across the Hospice. I’m sure you’ll agree that they make wonderful Easter gifts for friends and family and at only £1.50 each.
VOLUNTEERS Without our volunteers, St David’s Hospice would not be able to carry out its vital work free of charge to the communities. We value our team of kind and loyal volunteers and it’s their gift of time, experience and energy that really helps others. In each edition we are going to meet a different volunteer who is going to share those experiences and give us an insight into the Voluntary role that they undertake at the Hospice. VOLUNTEER IN PROFILE Name: Muriel Dowell Department: Tea Room at Llandudno Magistrates Court How long have you volunteered at St David’s Hospice? I have been volunteering at the court cafe since 2003. Why did you decide to volunteer at St David’s Hospice? It is something to do, to help occupy my time. As I got older I didn’t feel as needed or wanted and this gave me that. What is your favourite aspect of your volunteer work? I like being with people, mixing and chatting to them. What difference has your volunteering made to you? It gives me something to look forward to, and a reason to go out. What has been the highlight of your time here so far? Being in the environment of the court has provided some memorable moments! The highlight for me is to know that I am able to be of use to someone. Can you sum up the Hospice in five words? Wouldn’t be without the hospice.
CATERING Our very own thrill seeker Llinos is taking on not one but two challenges to raise money for the Hospice! Llinos is going to be completing the Zip Wire Challenge on the 18th May and also Skydiving on 8th June. You can sponsor Llinos at the Hospice reception or by visiting her just giving page http://www.justgiving.com/Llinos-Hughes1
CHAPLAINCY Chaplaincy Just a reminder that there is a short Holy Communion Service on the first Wednesday of each month in the chapel - so the next Service will be on the 3rd April at 2:30pm. Everyone is welcome - patients, families, staff, volunteers, visitors. Also, the Chaplaincy Leaflet has just been updated - if you want any information about the Chaplaincy, please pick up a copy from Reception. Hospice Friendship Support Group The Group enjoyed a very successful coach outing to Betws-y-Coed in March, even though the weather was very cold and it was actually snowing! The next meeting of the Group will be held in the Hospice on 8th April at 3.00 pm. A leaflet about the Group is now available in Reception - do pick up a copy if you would like some more information.
STAFF NEWS Welcome to all the new staff joining the Team. Dr. Gwyn Griffiths (Hospice Doctor)(pictured left) Julie Hughes (Lottery Manager) Kathryn Morgan-Jones (Communications Officer/Corporate Fundraiser) Susan Jones has moved from housekeeping to team leader at the Colwyn Bay Hospice shop and we wish her luck in her new role. Goodbye and good luck to Steve Doherty, Income Generation Manager and Tracy Tate, Lymphoedema Nurse. A very special farewell needs to go to Tom Williams, Lottery Coordinator who retires at the end of March. On Tuesday 26th March a lunch buffet has been arranged for Tom to celebrate his forthcoming retirement and to give us an opportunity to say “thank you” to Tom for all his hard work in the Lottery over the past 15 years. This will be held in the Plaza at about 12.00pm. Do please join us if you are able to.
SHOPS New Hospice Shop opens The new Hospice Charity shop on the High Street, Conwy will officially open its doors on Monday 25th March by the Mayor of Conwy, Cllr Cedric Rigal. The charity shop has moved up the road to bigger premises and can now hold an extensive range of items including clothing, books, music, bric-a-brac and small items of furniture. The original hospice shop, two doors down, will run in tandem until June 2013 until the lease expires. Expansion of Distribution Centre We have also recently expanded the Hospice Shop distribution facilities. By renting a neighbouring unit (Unit 6) in Builder Street, Llandudno and the addition of a new van, we are now able to sell a wider range of items such as good quality furniture. With parking outside the units, they are an ideal location to drop off any donations and view the furniture we have for sale. Stock Appeal We are in need of good quality donations to sell in our charity shops; CDs, DVDs, clean clothing for all ages, toys and games, household items and linens, jewellery, small electrical items in working order and small items of furniture. Please drop your donations off at our Distribution Centre, Roger Mostyn Court, Builder Street, Llandudno or call 01492 878935 for a collection.
LOTTERY A New Hand on the Steering Wheel Julie Hughes is now in post as Lottery Manager and has for the past few weeks been working with Tom Williams in the Lottery Office ready to take over when Tom retires from his role at the end of March. This is not the last that we will see of Tom as he will continue to support the Hospice by going out on a regular basis to collect Lottery Subscriptions from members in and around the area. We are considering the possibility of staff playing the lottery by having subscriptions deducted from Salary payments at source – you will never miss another Lottery game!! Further details of this will be circulated in the near future.
Many of you will have already met our latest Dewi Bear who, for 2013 has decided to dress up as a Pirate. Dewi is given free to anyone that subscribes to the lottery and pays for a full year in advance. Come and see us for details if you are interested.
FUNDRAISING Fundraising Diary
A Spring Fair & Coffee Morning is being held at the Orme View Care Home, Great Ormes Road, Llandudno on Saturday 6th April at 11:30am -1:00pm.There will be cakes /coffee, Bric a Brac ,book stall and a raffle. If anyone can help with donations of Bric a Brac /plants or raffle prizes please call in to the Hospice and ask for Agnes. 60’s, 70’s & Motown Charity Disco at Langtry’s, Grand Hotel, Llandudno. Saturday 20th April, 8pm until late. Disco is being hosted by DJ Dave Hanson. Tickets are £5 and are available from the main reception at St David's Hospice. Dragon Boat Race Join in the fun and enter a team in our first ever St David's Hospice Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday 12th May 10am - 5pm. Great fun for friends and family. To enter a team please call the fundraising department. Zip Wire Challenge Try the longest Zip Wire in Europe on Saturday 18th May. Strapped into a harness you will travel 1 mile along the zip wire, 700ft above a mountain lake. This really is the ride of a lifetime. Book your place by calling the fundraising department. Tree of Lights Book 2012 is now available. It can be found in the Chapel and can be viewed anytime between Monday and Friday, 9am – 5pm. Dates for your diary: Lots of events coming up over the Summer, For further information go to www.stdavidshospice.org.uk/events or contact the Fundraising Team on 01492 873665. Saturday 22nd June, Black Tie BBQ at Caer Rhun Hall, Conwy. Tickets £40 per person. Saturday 13th July, Hospice Hoedown at Marl Farm, Llandudno Junction. Tickets are £22 per person. Saturday 27th July, Summer Fete in the grounds of St David’s Hospice Sunday 4th August, Dawn Walk the 6th ladies only walk from Conwy to Llandudno, starting at first light. Saturday 21st September, Skydiving event at Tilstock (near Whitchurch) Airfield. 10 places available!
OTHER NEWS Did you guess correctly? The cutest little baby was of course our new mummy to be Marie Lidgett. Marie is currently our Communications Officer and is due to commence her maternity leave early April. We all wish her all the best and good luck with the new baby. Marie is going to be on leave for 12 months and her role will be covered by me, Kathryn Morgan-Jones. I’ll be covering Marie’s role for 12 months and then I’ll be undertaking a Corporate Fundraising role within the Hospice. I have come to the Hospice after working nearly 17 years for Barclays Bank as an Assistant Manager. I live in Penrhyn Bay with my husband Richard and my daughter Jessica. I am really looking forward to being part of the Hospice team and I’m really hoping to make a difference. The Hospice DVD is now available to view online at www.stdavidshospice.org.uk/about-us/hospicedvd or you can borrow a copy from the Hospice. Anyone wishing to view the DVD can call me direct on 01492 873655 to arrange. The next edition of the FOCUS will be available 20th May.