The Pendleside Post - Winter 2021

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“When my husband, David, went into Pendleside Hospice on December 21, 2020, he knew that because of the Covid situation it would be the last time he ever saw his g ra n d c h i l d r e n . T h a t w a s extremely tough and harrowing, but it was 100 times better than him going into hospital where he wouldn’t have been able to have any visitors.

It had been his dream to buy a motorhome and travel around France, and that’s what we did during his final year. With advice from his doctors on worst-case scenarios, we set off down to Devon and Cornwall first and,


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Welcome and reflection Thank you for all of the support that you continue to give to Pendleside Hospice. Without you, we would not be able to continue to enhance the quality of life for people living in our community with advancing long term and life-limiting illnesses, through to the end of life and in bereavement.

David, Catherine and family

when that went well, we carried on to France, making our way down to the south and then meandering back up, with our children and grandchildren joining us at one stage. I’m so glad we did it. We made happy memories at the worst possible time and David actually said it was the best year of his life.

David and Catherine Turner


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David was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer in June 2019 and given a prognosis of 18 months to two years. He’d had throat cancer five years previously and recovered, but the two were unrelated.



to be discharged, I had Covid so Pendleside took him back again while I recovered. When he went in for end-of-life care in December, restrictions were still in place around visiting but everyone at the hospice made it as nice as possible for him. I was with him when he died on January 12, 2021.

In autumn 2020, David went into hospital after contracting pneumonia, going to recover at Pe n d l e s i d e a f te r h e wa s discharged.

After David’s death, I started having counselling offered by Pendleside, available whenever I needed it, which was amazing.

When he came home, the hospice’s home carers and Macmillan nurses came to visit every day, but he was admitted to the hospital again after contracting pneumonia for a second time. As he was about

Because of our experience, our family and friends raised £3,000 for the hospice after David’s funeral, which included our son-in-law, Jason Fyles, asking for donations instead of birthday presents. We’re having

While our fundraising activities have been hit hard over the past 18 months, we are now planning ahead and you will find information about different ways in which you can lend your support, including plans for our Light up a Life event and our Jingle Bell Jog. I hope that you enjoy reading this edition of the Pendleside Post and thank you once again for continuing your support.

The demand for our services grows year on year, we are now caring for patients with a more diverse range of needs and medical conditions, having to respond to increased regulation and operating our services in an uncertain financial climate. This winter edition of the Pendleside Post shares some adaptions that we have made to ensure that we provide the highest quality services possible to our local community, which are easily accessible by all who need them. Helen McVey, Chief Executive

a celebration of his life in January because we couldn’t hold a wake, and I’m hoping that will raise as much money as possible. Light up a Life will be emotional – it will be the first time I’ve been back to the hospice since

David died. Although our hospice journey was different because of Covid, everyone was just wonderful with us – they really are angels in uniform – so I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of the campaign and fundraising.”

Thank you to staff and volunteers for all of your hard work over the last 18 months.

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Day Services reopening Pendleside’s day services reopen but with a change of emphasis Day services for outpatients have been relaunched at Pendleside with a new emphasis on how it operates. The services were closed at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 when restrictions made it impossible to operate group sessions. Some services were maintained virtually, whilst some of the department’s floor space was converted into eight extra bedrooms for the emergency increase in the number of inpatient beds when the hospice eased the burden on hospital bed space. We have now reopened with the emphasis now on the

wellbeing and rehabilitation being at the core of what the day services offer. Helen McVey, Pendleside’s chief executive said: “During the pandemic, we reviewed the services we were offering and have adapted them to fall in line with the national guidance around palliative care for the future which looks at empowering people to help deal with their illnesses and end of life care.”

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Helen added: “Right across the hospice it has been great to be in a position where we are helping lots of people actually in the building again. Just hearing voices and laughter down the corridors and in the various rooms is very moving.” Before the pandemic day services were giving care to around 100 patients a week and in the first week of the return 80 patients attended sessions.

We are appealing for more volunteer drivers to come forward to help outpatients attend the day services. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lisa Clarke by emailing or call 01282 440159.

Lindsay Sharples with her Mayor’s Medal

Jubilant patients and staff members at the reopening of the Day Services

Retired teacher Chrissy given a lifeline Bereavement Group by Pendleside’s health, wellbeing and rehabilitation service Holt, and her friend John Ireland, last December that led to Chrissie seeking therapy at the hospice. She said: “As you can imagine I was at a low ebb and after receiving some counselling from the hospice’s psychotherapist Jeanette Chambers I decided to join the sessions on a Monday and Thursday. And they have worked wonders.”

Chrissy Holt at Mosaic Monday

Retired primary school teacher Chrissy Holt turned to the health, wellbeing and rehabilitation team at Pendleside Hospice after losing both her father and a close friend around Christmas time last year. Attending Mosaic Monday and Shabby Shed sessions on Thursdays has helped her deal with the grief she has suffered. Chrissy is being treated for CML (chronic myeloid leukaemia) and has been receiving chemotherapy medication since it was diagnosed in 2018. But it was losing her dad George

Carers Group The Carers Group meets twice a month between 10am and 12 midday and welcomes anyone to attend who is caring for someone with a life-limiting condition. We recognise that

Chrissy, who enjoys swimming and walking in the pool at Crow Wood leisure centre, added: “The sessions at Pendleside are so very peaceful and tranquil and already I have started to make new friends and acquaintances. “Everyone is so friendly and when you realise that they are suffering from life-limiting illnesses it makes you realise you are not on your own and sometimes actually makes you feel how lucky you are. “Apart from general chit chat we share our experiences and learn how each other is coping. And, of course, the staff and volunteers are so helpful and cheerful they make the sessions

people who are in a caring role are often managing in very difficult circumstances. The group provides invaluable peer support and educational sessions in relation to the caring role from members of the

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so enjoyable.” The health, wellbeing and rehabilitation service aims to improve the quality of life for people age 17 years or older living with a life-limiting condition by offering therapeutic care and a range of activities to support them, their family, carers or friends. They are tailored to meet people’s individual needs focusing on how they are coping and helping to ease some of the physical and emotional difficulties they may be experiencing as a result of their illness. The health, wellbeing and rehabilitation unit is the coordination hub for all hospice outpatient services including medical outpatients, co m p l e m e n t a r y t h e ra p y, psychological support and rehabilitation Referrals are accepted from any healthcare professional, patient, relative or carer. When referrals are received contact may be made with relevant health care professionals to obtain clinical information.

health, wellbeing and rehabilitation team. For more information and to book a place at the next carers group please call the health, wellbeing and rehabilitation team on 01282 440127.

Pendleside Counsellors Simon Frauts (left) and Ken Mitchell (right)

Our bereavement group relaunched on the 6th September to help people who have lost a family member or a close friend and are suffering from grief. The bereavement group takes place on the first Monday of every month starting at 6pm and finishing at 7.30pm. Pendleside counsellor, Ken Mitchell said, “Everyone’s grief is different but through peer

support and listening to others experiences we have found that people in the bereavement group take great comfort from the meetings giving them more confidence to approach their daily routine.” Anyone who has suffered a loss either in the family or of a close friend, whether they were connected to the hospice or not, can apply to join the bereavement group by ringing 01282 440102.

To find out more about the support groups we offer please call us on 01282 440100.

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Celebration Giving Whether you’re getting married, celebrating a birthday or commemorating an anniversary we’d love to be part of your special occasion. Tell us about your celebration by contacting Jo on 01282 440136; and let us make your day extra special. Wedding Ashley and Deborah Thomas chose to celebrate their wedding in August at Crow Wood Hotel by purchasing wedding favours from Pendleside Hospice and asking for donations in lieu of gifts. The couple decided to include Pendleside in their special day after the care Deborah’s uncle, Gwyn North received there. Gwyn was cared for on our inpatient unit in July and August 2019. Deborah said, ‘My Uncle was very poorly but Pendleside helped to improve his quality of life during the time he was with them. He particularly enjoyed the massage therapies and Pendleside helped him with his pain management, it was almost like he was getting better; we felt like we had got Uncle Gwyn back although we knew he was Birthday Neil Welsh decided to mark his 50th birthday this year by asking for donations to Pendleside

Neil Walsh celebrating his 50th birthday

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still very unwell’. Gwyn sadly passed away after leaving Pendleside in September 2019. Ashley and Deborah chose to make their special occasion extra special by celebrating with Pendleside Hospice.

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Pendleside Hospice simply couldn’t survive without the generosity of the local communities of Burnley and Pendle. On behalf of patients, past, present and those yet to come, thank you for your support!

David presses the keys to open Pendleside’s new online store To gain back some of the retail losses that we’ve had during covid we have opened an online shop selling items donated by the people of Burnley and Pendle. David Austin has been appointed Pendleside’s online marketplace team leader to take on this new venture.

opened a dedicated eBay shop and intend to populate it with up to 500 items at a time. The plan is to use the Royal Mail for deliveries around the UK with the intention that goods reach buyers within 24 hours of them making their purchase.”

He will also oversee the new donation and distribution centre based in the Hospice grounds adjacent to the main building at Reedley and the Pendleside furniture store in Church Street, Burnley. David said: “While the hospice has sold individual items on eBay previously we have now


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The new donation and distribution centre will now be the main drop off centre for goods donated with plenty of parking space directly outside the main door. While this is the recommended drop off centre you can still take your donations to any of the Pendleside shops.

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David said: “Working at the hospice is fantastic because I feel I am now doing a job that makes a difference to people’s lives. It feels to be much more than a job. And if everything goes to plan then it should make the financial future even better for Pendleside.”

Check out our eBay shop by entering our username ‘pendlesidehospiceshop’ in the eBay search bar or by searching on google.

Dingbats Over the last 21 years, Mike and Maureen Smith have raised over £20,000 for Pendleside Hospice by creating Film and Christmas Dingbats. This year Mike and Maureen have already raised an incredible £582 by selling the Film Dingbats. The Christmas Dingbats quiz sheets are available to purchase from the Hospice Reception, our shops or on our

The Christmas Dingbats quiz sheets cost £1 with all proceeds going to Pendleside Hospice. Complete the official Christmas Dingbats quiz sheet to be in with a chance of winning £30!

Community Champion Carl's Epic Challenge Raises £9,000 for Pendleside Hospice Carl Hodgson has raised £9,000 for Pendleside by completing an epic challenge that culminated the day before his 50th birthday.

truly believe this is the community’s way of saying a big thank you.” Previously, Carl has walked in memory of his mum Maureen,

who was cared for at Pendleside in 2019. He has together raised £40,000 for Pendleside through his fundraising challenges.

From the 1st of March, Carl committed to walking up Pendle every day for 117 days, until his birthday weekend. He completed the challenge on the weekend of the 26th of June by walking 50 laps of landmark hill.

Mike and Mauren Smith, with Helen McVey

Thank you to everyone who has donated in lieu of wedding, birthday, and anniversary gifts. If you would like to ask your friends and family for donations to the Hospice instead of gifts for a birthday or anniversary, please contact the fundraising team on 01282 440120.

Carl said: “It really was a mental battle getting through the laps, but I was determined to break the halfway mark on Saturday and I did, walking 26 laps in 17 hours. On Sunday I was determined to step up a gear, which I did with the help and support of my amazing family and friends. The final lap saw 40 of us walking to the summit together. It really was an emotional moment that I won’t ever forget.” Carl was overwhelmed by just how generous people have been and is thrilled with the amount he has managed to raise for the Hospice. He said ''The Hospice has helped and continues to help so many families within the area and I Carl Hodgson with cheque

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