The Saint Francis Hospice Blog
Welcome to the Saint Francis Hospice blog.
We'll bring you thoughts, views and insight from our staff, volunteers, supporters and patients. If you have an idea for a blog, please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!
Sarah Maan, a Junior Doctor at the Hospice, reflects on the importance of representation and diversity at the Hospice as part of Black History Month
Julie Kelly was thrilled when she won the £1,000 jackpot on the Saint Francis Hospice Lottery in August. Here the mum of three from Hutton tells us why she is supporting the charity and wants to make sure it can continue caring for local people who are seriously ill…..
Tahnee Howard has recently taken on the Practice Development Nurse role to help our medical team continue to deliver the best possible care
Marathon training stepped up for Liberty this month as the runs got longer and more regular and the blisters started to come
As part of Remember a Charity in your Will Week, Anne Brown, Head of Major Gifts and Partnerships, explains how leaving a gift in your will can benefit the Hospice.
As part of Remember a Charity in your Will week, our partners, Taylors Legal, give the lowdown on why it is so important to make a will.
Karl Bostock, has been so inspired by the Hospice's work, that he has decided to take on Mission Mud in October
Lauren Josman works in the Major Gifts Team to encourage large donations that help many families
After one year in the role, Reverend Paula Graham reflects on her role as Pastoral Team Co-ordinator
Julie Dods is a Volunteer Bereavement Counsellor at St Francis Hospice supporting patients, families and friends.
Liberty's marathon prep could never have prepared her for what happened this month....
Our fundraiser, Liberty, is running the London Marathon. Here is blog 2 in her series as she goes from novice runner to London Marathon finisher in 4 months.
Sister Philomena had been supporting our patients since 2009, but when COVID-19 hit, she took her weekly support group online.
Julie Nevett was cared for by her husband until their roles were reversed when he contracted COVID-19 last year
Tansy has just finished her work placement in Art Therapy at Saint Francis Hospice. Here's how she got on...
Follow our fundraiser, Liberty, as she goes from novice runner to London Marathon finisher in 4 months
Adjoa Nsiah-Jennings hopes to support the learning for more people through digital education
Ann has volunteered in our finance team for over 20 years, and has been the stability she needs during the good times and the bad.
Mollie Pidgeon volunteers her time so she can find a job in her dream career
Our volunteer, Holly, uses her filming and photography skills to help raise awareness about grief and make a positive impact
In May, the Therapies team encouraged staff and volunteers to take part in a wellbeing challenge to raise money for the Hospice.
When Rita joined the Hospice as a volunteer, she couldn't have dreamed of the success she would have with the choir she founded.
Our director of Quality and Care talks about how Saint Francis Hospice is adapting its services to the new normal, post COVID-19
Tina Briden's mum died at home in 2018, and the Hospice at Home team made sure she was in the right place
Michelle Nicholls, Director of Retail, is delighted to finally be able to reopen our charity shops
Andy Furneaux has worked at the hospice for 10 years, but none have been as challenging as the last.
Over the past year, we haven’t said “hello” to people in the ways that we are used to.
I have been part of the Saint Francis Hospice Fundraising Team for almost 3 years. I work with wonderful people in our local community, supporting them whilst they raise vital funds for their hospice.
A listening ear, a friendly chat, and being able to share how you feel without the fear of being judged, is something we all need from time to time.
My association with Saint Francis Hospice goes back to Nov 2001, when my mum was looked after by Hospice at Home.