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Winter / n m u t u A : r e t Newslet e ic p s o H e r a e The Shakesp

2015

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What have we achieved in the last six months?

Supporting 16-24 year olds

Chance to win our Christmas Jumper!

What’s happening in 2016


Welcome

The year 2015 is flying by and we have settled in well to our newly refurbished building. Our Young People’s Services have brought a different dimension to us and we love the sound of young voices every Wednesday evening as the Young Carers’ Groups use the Young People’s Hub. We have had a few staff changes at the Hospice throughout the year and I would like to welcome all the new faces. Vikki Calcutt, our new Head of Income Generation, started in May, joining us from Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Fundraising team have been busier than ever through the summer months with events including our fairy themed Twilight Walk and our increasingly popular Great Shakespeare Ride, which welcomes cyclists from all over the country. Thank you to everyone who has supported our fundraising, either by taking part or volunteering their time at the events.

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I am very pleased to report that we have formed a strong alliance with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust ahead of the new Stratford Hospital opening in 2017. Our innovative outreach facility at the hospital will improve access to our services for patients and their families, ensuring that holistic care is available at the time they need it most. We are looking forward to working with the clinical team at Stratford Hospital on this exciting development. My sincere thanks to all of our teams for their hard work and commitment during the busy year, as well as our volunteers who continue to be an amazing support across all areas of the Hospice. Finally, thank you to YOU for everything you do for the Hospice, we really couldn’t exist without your support. Angie Arnold, Chief Executive

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The hospice were wonderful with my mum the last week of mum’s life I couldn’t have coped without them. I can’t thank them enough.

Stratford VIC @StratfordVIC Our colleague Malcolm on the @StagecoachMids desk will be donning his best tutu for @TheBardsHospice Twilight Walk!

You all do such a grand job… not just for patients but for their families too… so BIG thank you to all. Xx I would not be where I am today had I not had the support of The Shakespeare Hospice and Hospice at Home for my husband. Angels one and all xx

Wendy O’Hare Skin Care @Wendyohare Thank You @TheBardsHospice for inviting us to your #CarersWeek event it was lovely to meet you all DSA @dsalive Thank you to all who supported our #DSA cake sale today in aid of @TheBardsHospice, we raised a fantastic £115.45!

Letters “Where to start with my thanks and gratitude for so many things… your support, guidance, wonderful therapies, lovely lunches, many opportunities to learn, socialise, chat to others also on my journey, laughs and tears!” - from a Day Hospice patient.

“Your ministrations enabled my wife to stay at home, and for us, her family to spend some very special extra time with her in a place she loved. Without your care and skill this could never have happened.” - From the family of a patient.

“There are no words to express my gratitude to all of you, all your kindness and care gave me the will to carry on, the peace and calm I felt whilst in your care was unbelievable. I have never known such kindness as I received from your wonderful hospice” – Day Hospice patient

Tell us why you love The Shakespeare Hospice by emailing fundraising@theshakespearehospice.org.uk.

Give with confidence

You may have seen in the media recently that some charities sell details of their donors to other parties. We’re proud to say that The Shakespeare Hospice NEVER sells or passes on names and addresses of donors to any other organisation. Our donors are so important to us and we want you to know that we value and respect you and treat your details confidentially, so much so that we have recently been awarded the tick of approval from the Fundraising Standards Board.

Thank you to… • Andrew Llewellyn Designer Photography and Sally Crane Photography for many of the photos throughout this Newsletter. • Jo, Tracey, Olivia and Becx trekked the Great Wall of China - £18,700

• Wayne Weatherhead and 50 friends ran Stratford 10k in memory of Louise Weatherhead - £4,765.61 • Sitel held dress down days and bake sales - £1,068.86


In the last six months Barbara told us: “I wanted to be involved in the appeal as sunflowers always make me think of happy times.”

April We were very excited to open our new Kenilworth Furniture Store in the heart of the town. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the store and supported us over our first few months, we have settled in to the community really well and have received some fantastic donations. Our first Transitional Care patient, Amanda, was welcomed to the Hospice. The Transitional Care Service is for 16-24 year olds with a life limiting illness, providing support for patients and their families.

June As part of National Carers’ Week we held a special Carers’ Day to acknowledge and celebrate the work our carers do. A visit from Shakespeares Puppies was just one part of the day!

August There was lots of fun for all the family at the annual Summer Fete, which was opened by the High Sheriff of Warwickshire Janet Bell Smith. Children had pony rides and a go on the bouncy castle while their adults enjoyed a cream tea and won prizes on the games.

September To celebrate the partnership between The Shakespeare Hospice and Stratford Hospital, Loxleys Restaurant hosted a gourmet meal with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, raising over £5,000 during the evening.

Hundreds of fairies took to the streets of Stratford in our Twilight Walk, raising over £12,200 for our Twilight Service.

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May Our 12 week Slim Gym Challenge finished, with Barbara Craig named winner after losing 10.3kg! Over £6,200 was raised through sponsorship.

Our Chief Executive Angie visited the Queen when she was invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, where she represented the Hospice.

July Our first Children’s Bereavement Group ended with a weekend away at Hill End Outdoor Centre where they enjoyed camp fires, archery and den building. One grandparent told us that the group had had a really positive impact on their grandchild, “He has been able to talk more freely about his mummy. He seems to have better concepts about death.” Also, our community voted for us to be the charity of the year for the Sainsbury’s store on Bridge Street, Stratford upon Avon. So far staff from the store have held a volunteering day at the Hospice, planting and painting in the garden.

• Harry who took on the Marathon des Sables in aid of the

Hospice and Médecins Sans Frontières - £922.50 • Bob Johnson who ran the London Marathon dressed as an ostrich - £602.50

666 cyclists got in the saddle at the Great Shakespeare Ride, cycling 40 mile, 100 km or 100 mile routes around the beautiful countryside. The ride raised a staggering £35,000. Thank you to Taylor Wimpey for sponsoring the event.

Over 100 sunflowers were dedicated in our first Sunflower Memory Meadow.

24 teams took part in our Dragon Boat Race on the River Avon. Thank you to Western Power Distribution for sponsoring the event.

Nearly 600 people took part in our second Colour Blast, turning into human rainbows and raising over £11,200 in the process!

• Club Moativation who collected 68 Easter Eggs for patients

and carers


One minute interview Our Transitional Care Nurse, Hazel Godwin tells us why our Transitional Care Service will mean so much to young people and their families. What difference does the new Transitional Care Service make? It makes a huge difference to young people with life limiting illnesses and their families as well. The young people get time away from home to be themselves. They can do things they might not normally do, have the opportunity to develop, expand their learning or learn something about themselves.

How does fundraising help the Transitional Care Service? Without the support from our community through fundraising we wouldn’t have been able to have so much equipment which really helps the young people. Warwickshire Freemasons Lodges kindly donated the funds recently to purchase an Acheeva Bed, which makes a great difference.

How big is our catchment area for Transitional Care patients? The nearest services for Transitional Care patients are Oxford or Loughborough, so our area has expanded greatly to fill the gaps in between and is much bigger than anticipated. We see patients from Birmingham, Worcester, Rugby, Coventry, and even further afield. Stratford upon Avon is a good area to be in, as families can have the chance for a day out while their young person is with us. For a family to have the facilities which we have here would require them to find grants, possibly have an extension, and costs a lot of money. We have it all set up here for them to use. Fundraising helps bring awareness to the community that even one piece of equipment can cost thousands of pounds, but makes such a big difference to the patients who use it.

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What is the best thing about your job? Providing the care for the young people, seeing them smile and get something out of the day. Even with those patients who can’t move as much and are more limited, if they give you a positive response or a smile it can really make your day.

What have parents said about the service? I haven’t heard a bad word about it! They’ve said it’s an excellent service, that the Hospice has a lovely atmosphere, and that they know their young person is being cared for when they are here.

What is Transitional Care? We support 16-24 year olds with a life limiting illness and their families. The service is the first of its kind in an adult hospice setting, bridging the gap between children’s and adult hospices.

Thank you… • Shakespeare 300 cycled 300 miles in memory of their friend Steve £12,957.86 • DCS chose the Hospice as Charity of the Month in August - £183.00

• Stalls Lifestyle, Preston on Stour, held an open evening - £401.20 • Stratford Rotary donated proceeds from the Shakespeare Marathon £13,000


Spotlight on Physiotherapy Lucinda was diagnosed with breast cancer five and a half years ago. Almost five years to the day after that first diagnosis she was re-diagnosed with incurable cancer, which has started spreading to her lungs. Since she has been coming to The Shakespeare Hospice, Lucinda has worked with both our Physiotherapist and our Occupational Therapist who have helped physically but who have also helped her make her home life easier by completing assessments to get a shower fitted. Lucinda says, “The Hospice has a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s nice to have the garden and all the other areas where you can go. All the things the Hospice offers are great, there’s nothing else you could need and if there was they would be able to provide for it! It is like a little community. “Sue is by far the best Physio I’ve had, and the shower and getting a wheelchair have made a great difference to my freedom. “I was very apprehensive about coming to the Hospice at first. I never wanted to be in a Hospice situation, and felt that I would be better off with my circle of friends. But the support from the staff here has been amazing. They introduce themselves and get to know you, so you are treated as an individual. I would say to anyone just give it a go. Even if you think you don’t need the support, it is amazing what they offer that you haven’t thought of.”

Give Romeo a home for Christmas Our Christmas jumpers feature our Christmas mascot Romeo the Reindeer! Get yours from our shops or the Hospice website for £19.95. Perfect for Jolly Jumper Day on December 11!

Keeping families together at Christmas

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• Stratford Friends Dog Walk, sponsored by Family Paws and Jollyes £1,101.04 • Marion and The Inspirations Line Dancing displays - £150

• Aviva Community Fund supported our Children’s Bereavement Group - £1,000

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Did you know?

COMPETITION We are giving one lucky reader the chance to get their hands on one of our Christmas Jumpers featuring our festive mascot Romeo the Reindeer. To be in with the chance of winning, simply complete the wordsearch below and send your entry back to the Hospice: Together 2015 Winter Competition, Fundraising Department, The Shakespeare Hospice, Church Lane, Shottery, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 9UL by Friday 18th December 2015.

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•  Last year we supported 900 patients and their families who are living with a life limiting illness in our community. •  Our care is free of charge to everyone. •  The Day Hospice is now open five days a week. •  Our Hospice at Home service is 24/7, 365 days a year. •  We are continually reaching out to isolated groups in our community and finding innovative ways to help support them. •  Last year we introduced a new group for survivors of Cancer •  2,811 visits were made to patients’ homes last year. •  82 young carers benefitted last year from group and one to one sessions at our Hospice. •  We have nearly 400 volunteers supporting all areas of our work.

Are you a fan of Romeo? If you are a fan of Romeo the Reindeer, you can also find him on our pin badges and Christmas cards, available to buy in our shops or on the Hospice website at www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk!

ESPEARE HOSPIC E HAK ES TH

Words to find: REINDEER

HOSPICE

JUMPER

CARDS

TREE

MISTLETOE

TINSEL

STOCKING

(words can appear vertically, horizontally or diagonally)

CANDLE Name: Address: Daytime Telephone Number: Email: □ Please tick if you would like to receive further information from The Shakespeare Hospice.

Thank you to… • Stratford Oaks Golf Club Senior Section held a Golf Day - £1,500 • A group of fundraisers cycled from London to Paris, including Hospice staff Lily and Carole - £6,885.88 • Warwickshire Freemasons Lodges donated for the purchase of an Acheeva Bed for the Transitional Care Service - £5,000 • Snitterfield Tennis Club held a tennis tournament £230.25


Every night after we close the doors and turn off the lights at our Hospice in Shottery, our Hospice at Home Nurses are still out in our community, delivering some of the most difficult care to people who have chosen to spend what little time they have in their own homes, surrounded by people they love. Never is this more poignant or important than at Christmas, a time of family and togetherness. Our Hospice at Home service aims to keep families together in a safe and comfortable environment, so they

can spend what will probably be their last Christmas together. Our Hospice at Home service costs £27,000 to run throughout December. This year our Christmas Appeal is aiming to raise enough to fund this service in December so that we can ensure patients can stay with their families for the festive season.

Complete this form to make a donation and dedicate a light in memory of your loved one(s). All names will appear in our Book of Remembrance, on the Christmas Tree in Stratford upon Avon town centre and will be read out at one of our four Light Up a Life ceremonies. Upon receiving your dedication we will send you a Christmas Tree decoration in the name of your loved one(s).

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Please tick to receive future mailings from The Shakespeare Hospice, including our Newsletter and e-news. Your dedication: I would like to dedicate a light to shine in memory of (Please print in capitals) Your donation: I enclose a donation of £ (please tick one) Cash

Please visit www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk to read our Gift Aid statement Cheque (please make payable to The Shakespeare Hospice)

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Card Number: Start Date: /

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Card Holder’s Address: (if different from above) Light Up a Life Service: I will be attending the Light Up a Life service on and bringing

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Please return in freepost envelope provided

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Events Calendar For more information or to sign up to any of these events please visit The Shakespeare Hospice website www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk or call the Fundraising team on 01789 266852. A full list of events can be found on the website. Light Up a Life

Jolly Jumper Day

Big Swim

Sunday November 29, Mickleton Methodist Church, 3pm Sunday December 6, The Shakespeare Hospice, 4pm Sunday December 6, St James Church Southam, 3pm Sunday December 13, Holy Trinity Church Stratford upon Avon, 3pm

Friday December 11 Get festive in your best (or worst!) Christmas jumper! Sign up your school, company or group to take part.

Saturday March 5 Teams of 10 are sponsored to complete a 10,000 metre relay swim. Is your swimming club up to the challenge?

Slim Gym Challenge

Ladies’ Lunch

February Sign up to our 12 week programme to get healthy and happy! Along with free gym membership you will receive expert fitness and nutritional advice, in return for raising sponsorship to support the care we provide.

Tuesday March 8 A 3 course lunch hosted by Joanne Malin at Mallory Court on International Women’s Day.

Remember a loved one this Christmas. Dedicate a light on our Christmas Tree and join us at one of our Light Up a Life services.

Coach Trip - Bath Christmas Markets Wednesday December 2 Kindly supported by Johnson’s Coaches, our exclusive trip to Bath gives you a chance to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the renowned Christmas markets and do your festive shopping.

Ghost Hunt Friday February 5 Do you dare to spend the evening in the haunted tower at the Castle Inn Edgehill?

Firewalk Friday February 19 If you can do this, you can do anything! A motivational psychology course is followed by a thrilling Firewalk at the Hospice.

Stratforward Fashion Show Wednesday March 16 Fashion Show and Swishing Event. All fashion outlets in Stratford upon Avon are getting behind the Hospice for one night only!

Vintage Fayre Friday 25 - Saturday 26 March We are hosting our first Vintage Fayre and Auction. We are looking for donations of unwanted vintage furniture, clothes and pictures to auction.

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The Shakespeare Hospice, Church Lane, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9UL 01789 266852 01789 415081 enquiries@theshakespearehospice.org.uk www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk Registered Charity No. 1064091

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