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!
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.
I have always been a keen gardener and interested in nature and the outdoor life. So when I retired eight years ago, part of my retirement plan was to join the team of volunteer gardeners at Saint Francis Hospice.
We are supporting the National Day of Reflection (23 March 2021) which marks one year since the start of the first lockdown. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on our community - especially those who lost loved ones but have been unable to process their grief. Here Shahina Haque, our Family Support Services Manager, gives us an insight into how her team responded to the growing need for bereavement support. And although written in June last year, Shahina's words are still very relevant nine months later.
I started at the Hospice in the heat of the pandemic in April last year. I had worked in the NHS for 32 years and although I had retired and continued working part-time, I was ready for a change.
This week Ella received a Gold Star Award by the Jack Petchey Foundation in recognition of her volunteering work on the ward at Saint Francis Hospice. Along with a certificate, Ella also received £50 from the Foundation to spend on herself.
I had only been in post as team leader for 6 months when the whole country was put into lockdown for the first time back in March.
My nursing career started at the age of 21 when the Bee Gees were high in the charts.
One of the greatest pleasures of my work at the Hospice is my work with the tissue donation group.
Having been an OrangeLine volunteer for the past two years, I know how much the organisation does to support our local community.
In 2008 I began volunteering for Saint Francis Hospice after my eldest son died in a traffic accident and I wanted to help somehow, for some worthy cause
I have been a volunteer at Saint Francis Hospice for five years and I helped on reception, in the volunteer hub and I now work two days from home for our confidential telephone service OrangeLine.
This time last year I was starting a new and exciting role with Saint Francis Hospice as their Events Manager and I couldn’t wait to get my teeth stuck into hosting some great events and raising funds for such a well-loved local charity.