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!

Liberty Childs Team SFH 1

Liberty's Marathon Blog: Month 2

05-07-2021
Liberty Childs

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 on one of regular Zoom meetings with patients and external mediical team who go on

Sister Philomena's starts virtual support group for patients during pandemic

22-06-2021
Sister Philomena Purcell

Sister Philomena had been supporting our patients since 2009, but when COVID-19 hit, she took her weekly support group online. 

Julie Nevett before she became a carer (cropped)

COVID-19 caused me to become my husband's carer

14-06-2021
Julie Nevett

Julie Nevett was cared for by her husband until their roles were reversed when he contracted COVID-19 last year

Tansy Josey 2

My experience of my Art Therapy Placement at the Hospice

09-06-2021
Tansy Josey Barber

Tansy has just finished her work placement in Art Therapy at Saint Francis Hospice. Here's how she got on...

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Liberty's Marathon: Running my first marathon

08-06-2021
Liberty Childs

Follow our fundraiser, Liberty, as she goes from novice runner to London Marathon finisher in 4 months

Adjoa

Digital Educator hopes to extend the reach of Hospice learning

04-06-2021
Adjoa Nsiah-Jennings

Adjoa Nsiah-Jennings hopes to support the learning for more people through digital education

Ann Taylor 1 (cropped)

Volunteering helped me focus on something else while my mum was ill

03-06-2021
Ann Taylor

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 week (cropped)

Mollie volunteers to develop skills that benefit her career

03-06-2021
Mollie Pidgeon

Mollie Pidgeon volunteers her time so she can find a job in her dream career

Holly Willis

Volunteering helps me raise awareness about a subject that's close to my heart

02-06-2021
Holly Willis

Our volunteer, Holly, uses her filming and photography skills to help raise awareness about grief and make a positive impact

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Therapies team see light at the end of the tunnel with new normal

28-05-2021
Sharon Williams

In May, the Therapies team encouraged staff and volunteers to take part in a wellbeing challenge to raise money for the Hospice.

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Hitting the high notes for the Hospice

18-05-2021
Rita Gersh

When Rita joined the Hospice as a volunteer, she couldn't have dreamed of the success she would have with the choir she founded. 

Tes Smith crop

Preparing the hospice for the new normal

18-05-2021
Tes Smith

Our director of Quality and Care talks about how Saint Francis Hospice is adapting its services to the new normal, post COVID-19

Tina with her parents Maisie and Stanley Burke resized

Mum was in the right place to die

05-05-2021
Tina Briden

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

Relieved to be re-opening charity shops after lockdown

30-04-2021
Michelle Nicholls

Michelle Nicholls, Director of Retail, is delighted to finally be able to reopen our charity shops

Andy furneaux Fundraiser2

Fundraising during Covid-19

27-04-2021
Andy Furneaux

Andy Furneaux has worked at the hospice for 10 years, but none have been as challenging as the last. 

Katy Marling at her desk (cropped)

Missing the chance to say goodbye

22-04-2021
Katy Marling 

Over the past year, we haven’t said “hello” to people in the ways that we are used to.

Lisa Denison (cropped)

Do you have the next best fundraising idea?

17-04-2021
Lisa Denison 

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.

Linda - the last time she weas with her grandchildren in Catalonia in January 2020 (cropped)

Why OrangeLine has been a lifeline for me during the pandemic

12-04-2021
Linda 

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.

Anne Bender, OrangeLine volunteer (cropped)

OrangeLine - A service I'm proud to be part of

04-04-2021
Anne Bender

My association with Saint Francis Hospice goes back to Nov 2001, when my mum was looked after by Hospice at Home.

Alan Kingsford 2 (cropped)

Making our gardens a haven to remember

01-04-2021
Alan Kingsford

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.

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National Day of Reflection - bereavement and loss during a pandemic

23-03-2021
Shahina Haque

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. 

Christine Ezediuno (cropped)

My priority is making a difference to patients' lives

15-03-2021
Christine Ezediuno

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.

Ella Vanderhook - Jack Petchey Award (cropped)

How volunteering on the ward has boosted my CV

13-03-2021
Ella Vanderhook 

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.  

simone Sims - Hospice at Home (cropped)

Looking to the future and a new norm

05-03-2021
Simone Sims

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.

Julia Bryan CNS (cropped)

Reflecting on my time at Saint Francis Hospice

05-03-2021
Julia Bryan, Community Nurse Specialist

My nursing career started at the age of 21 when the Bee Gees were high in the charts.

Dr Pia (cropped)

Corneal donation and the gift of sight

04-03-2021
Dr Pia Amsler, Consultant in Palliative Medicine.

One of the greatest pleasures of my work at the Hospice is my work with the tissue donation group.

Ashley Midmer - OrangeLine and Fundraising (cropped)

My pride at raising over £1,500 in first fundraiser

04-03-2021
Ashley Midmer

Having been an OrangeLine volunteer for the past two years, I know how much the organisation does to support our local community.

Helen Kingsford resized (cropped)

Keeping my skills up to date is rewarding and exciting

19-02-2021
Helen Kingsford

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

Collage of pics (cropped)

Volunteering and fundraising at SFH

14-02-2021
Jan Smith

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.

Rosie Wren, Events Manager Jan 2021 (cropped)

Event organising during a pandemic

09-02-2021
Rosie Wren 

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.

Archive
2015
May
20th - End of life care
26th - Aches, pains & blistered feet from non-stop 145 mile race are worth it.
June
4th - Volunteers' week
9th - Carers Week
25th - Four days at Saint Francis Hospice has taught me never to judge a book by its cover.
30th - End of life care
July
7th - Ironman training
10th - Charity criticism
10th - My work experience
17th - Prudential 100
30th - End of life care
31st - Lourdes Pilgrimage
August
19th - Bereavement support
October
6th - End of life care
22nd - End of life care
28th - Great Wall of China Trek
November
19th - Children's Grief Awareness Week
20th - Children's Grief Awareness Week
23rd - Children's Grief Awareness Week
25th - Children's Grief Awareness Week
2016
January
24th - Run Nurse Run
26th - Charity criticism
February
2nd - National Storytelling Week
3rd - National Storytelling Week
4th - National Storytelling Week
12th - Run Nurse Run
March
15th - World Social Work Day
15th - World Social Work Day
25th - Run Nurse Run
April
29th - Run Nurse Rest
May
9th - "I feel incredibly lucky, because I've been given the chance to sort things out."
12th - Ten reasons to say thank you to Saint Francis Hospice nurses on International Nurses Day.
July
15th - CQC Inspection
25th - My 'thank you' to Dr Kate Granger
27th - Walking for Nanny - Brenda's Babes
August
2nd - 'Connectedness is an antidote to loneliness'
October
14th - A beautiful way to remember my mum at Christmas
December
7th - SFH Writing & Talking Group
2017
February
10th - Julia Bell's first Mud N Madness experience!
March
13th - Children in Need
14th - Children In Need
28th - Children In Need
April
25th - Spencer's Marathon Day - Part 2
25th - Spencer's Marathon Day - Part 1
October
31st - Why I love volunteering
31st - My view of Santathon
2018
January
26th - Sue's on the run again!
February
13th - Sue's Marathon Challenge - part 2!
March
14th - Sue's Marathon Challenge - Bursitis, bruises and the Dartford Half Marathon
April
4th - Sue completes Liverpool Half Marathon - blog 4
23rd - Marathon day finally arrives!
27th - Why I ran the Brighton Half Marathon...
July
11th - Volunteering with PRIDE
October
15th - How Saint Francis Hospice changed our lives.
November
5th - A day in the life of an Occupational Therapist
8th - I started life as an Occupational Therapist
15th - Children's Grief Awareness Week
16th - Thank you Children in Need for helping us to support 110 young people every year
19th - My daughter received the right support at the right time
2019
January
22nd - London Marathon 2019 - Serene and Kelly's story
February
4th - London Marathon 2019 - Sue Spong and the Family Support Services team - Part 1
12th - A day in the life of a Community Nurse Specialist
March
8th - London Marathon 2019 - Sue Spong and the Family Support Services team - part 2
15th - London Marathon 2019 - Sue Spong and the Family Support Services team - Part 2
April
5th - 100,000 steps in 24 hours
9th - Rebecca Parker - My role as a bereavement volunteer
May
9th - Sue's fabulous 2019 London Marathon achievement
13th - Dying Matters Week - Mimi's story
June
3rd - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Bernard Murphy
3rd - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Doreen Northfield
4th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Rakesh Silliara
4th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - John Brocklehurst
4th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Hans De Vrind
5th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Melita Milsom
6th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Rita Gersh
6th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Robert Phillips
7th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Christine Clifford
July
9th - Creative therapy at Saint Francis Hospice
August
8th - How your Lottery money is helping bereaved children
October
7th - Saint Francis Hospice
8th - Mimi's motto
November
1st - Howdy, Malcolm
13th - Bridging the age gap
27th - Sprinkle magic on your CV by volunteering at Saint Francis Hospice
28th - Us and Mrs Jones
December
3rd - Iris lucks out with volunteering
4th - Dr Corinna Midgley
5th - The love of Saint Francis Hospice
12th - Christmas in June
13th - Terry's happy place
17th - Art therapy
19th - Gemma’s back in the loop
24th - Saint Francis Hospice
27th - Dave's ladies
2020
January
2nd - Dr Corinna Midgley
8th - Hello January, my old friend...
13th - Dr Corinna's plea for us to pull together
24th - Fulfilment at last
27th - Elsie's magical place
February
5th - Respite for Wallace
5th - Anne's honour
5th - Brian's reward
7th - A new outlook on life
12th - A force in volunteering
18th - Lending a listening ear
20th - This is our oasis
24th - Bernie's love for volunteering
March
2nd - June's little miracle
5th - How honesty helps bereaved children heal
17th - The summer of volunteering
April
11th - Hospice at Home - caring for patients during COVID-19 crisis
20th - SCCS - Supporting patients and families via telephone
29th - Empowering patients and families
May
5th - OrangeLine - Our phonecalls are a lifeline to the lonely
5th - Bereavement Support - My work at Saint Francis Hospice is all about relationship
17th - Dying Matters Week - Talking about death without shame or fear
18th - Community team - Caring for a covid-19 patient
24th - Therapies Team - Finding new ways to deliver care
29th - Domestic team - Our role is more important than ever
June
4th - 6 reasons you should volunteer for Saint Francis Hospice
9th - Education - How we responded to the national crisis
12th - Therapies - reflexology and massage on the ward
25th - Bereavment service - "People have had to hold their grief"
July
1st - From day service coordinator to managing logistics
3rd - "It makes my day telling people they've won our Lottery"
10th - "What we'd do for our mums, we'd do for our patients"
29th - "The pandemic has reinforced why I wanted to specialise in end of life care"
30th - "We have had some fantastic support from the community we care for."
August
7th - "If there’s one positive thing to come out of the pandemic, it’s the community spirit"
25th - Saint Francis Hospice
25th - A new dawn for Saint Francis Hospice
September
10th - Keep calm and carry on!
30th - Providing occupational therapy from a distance
30th - Adapting amid the pandemic
October
1st - Our shops and shoppers are back!
1st - "Thank you to everyone who continues to support us; you really are amazing"
1st - Going digital
1st - "If you’re thinking about holding a coffee morning, please choose us, go orange and go local"
November
12th - By Emily Gray, Art therapist at Saint Francis Hospice
23rd - On the run for #TeamSFH
23rd - Volunteering is the most rewarding thing I've ever done
December
4th - Digital ways to fundraise and remember loved ones
4th - Looking after mental health of a workforce has never been so important
4th - OrangeLine volunteers are making more support calls than ever
4th - Why volunteering gives me a purpose
4th - I'm privileged to offer my services to Saint Francis Hospice
4th - New ways of working are here to stay
2021
January
2nd - Christmas shop brings a touch of magic
4th - The patient and their loved ones are the driving force at the centre of our holistic approach
9th - How covid changed life on the ward
10th - Our top priority remains to give excellent end of life care both at the hospice and in the home.
11th - Coping with cancer, chemotherapy and covid-19
14th - From ward volunteer to trustee
16th - Hands off approach to reiki
February
1st - The Sky's the limit for Tina
2nd - It takes courage to ask for help sometimes
9th - Event organising during a pandemic
9th - Student Volunteer thrives in multiple roles at the Hospice
14th - Volunteering and fundraising at SFH
19th - Keeping my skills up to date is rewarding and exciting
March
4th - Corneal donation and the gift of sight
4th - My pride at raising over £1,500 in first fundraiser
5th - Looking to the future and a new norm
5th - Reflecting on my time at Saint Francis Hospice
13th - How volunteering on the ward has boosted my CV
15th - My priority is making a difference to patients' lives
23rd - National Day of Reflection - bereavement and loss during a pandemic
April
1st - Making our gardens a haven to remember
4th - OrangeLine - A service I'm proud to be part of
12th - Why OrangeLine has been a lifeline for me during the pandemic
17th - Do you have the next best fundraising idea?
22nd - Missing the chance to say goodbye
27th - Fundraising during Covid-19
30th - Relieved to be re-opening charity shops after lockdown
May
5th - Mum was in the right place to die
18th - Hitting the high notes for the Hospice
18th - Preparing the hospice for the new normal
28th - Therapies team see light at the end of the tunnel with new normal
June
2nd - Volunteering helps me raise awareness about a subject that's close to my heart
3rd - Volunteering helped me focus on something else while my mum was ill
3rd - Mollie volunteers to develop skills that benefit her career
4th - Digital Educator hopes to extend the reach of Hospice learning
8th - Liberty's Marathon
9th - My experience of my Art Therapy Placement at the Hospice
14th - COVID-19 caused me to become my husband's carer
22nd - Sister Philomena's starts virtual support group for patients during pandemic
July
5th - Liberty's Marathon Blog