The Saint Francis Hospice Blog

Welcome to the Saint Francis Hospice blog.
We'll be bringing 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!

Elsie

Elsie's magical place

27-01-2020
Joe Emery

When Elsie Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer at 60 years old, she was determined not to let it bother her.

Sue Mansfield

Fulfilment at last

24-01-2020
Joe Emery

Sue Mansfield is an OrangeLine volunteer at Saint Francis Hospice.

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Dr Corinna's plea for us to pull together

13-01-2020
Joe Emery

Saint Francis Hospice's Medical Director, Dr Corinna Midgley, has a wealth of experience in hospital palliative care.

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Hello January, my old friend...

08-01-2020
Joe Emery

The Christmas decorations are back in the loft, and it's cold and dark outside. Your bank balance has taken a pounding, and you're struggling to fasten the button on your jeans. To top it off: summer seems a billion light-years away.

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Dr Corinna Midgley: flying the Saint Francis Hospice flag

02-01-2020
Joe Emery
Twenty-five years ago, Dr Corinna Midgley made the transition from general practice to palliative care. In 2006, she became Saint Francis Hospice's Medical Director.
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Dave's ladies

27-12-2019
Joe Emery
Though Saint Francis Hospice first opened its doors to the public in July 1984, our story begins much earlier: in July 1975.
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Saint Francis Hospice: meeting the ever-growing demand

24-12-2019
Joe Emery
Dr Corinna Midgley's work with Saint Francis Hospice started 19 years ago. She's now in her 13th year as our Medical Director.
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Gemma’s back in the loop

19-12-2019
Joe Emery
Having lived with cerebral palsy since birth, Gemma Bailey admits that her condition has made securing long-term employment a challenge.
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Art therapy: helping young people as they face life without a loved one

17-12-2019
Joe Emery
At Saint Francis Hospice, we don't only care for the person who is ill, but everyone around them.
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Terry's happy place

13-12-2019
Joe Emery
Terry Carroll admits that when he first became a volunteer driver for Saint Francis Hospice, he was thinking about himself.
Tania

Christmas in June

12-12-2019
Joe Emery
Steve Kirby was a gentle giant. At 6ft 5”, he towered over his wife, Tania: a little over five feet tall.
Clasina

The love of Saint Francis Hospice

05-12-2019
Joe Emery
Clasina Ball received her first cancer diagnosis at the tender age of 24. By the time she was 50, she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, melanoma cancer, and Hodgkin's lymphoma — but had beaten them all.
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Dr Corinna Midgley: on the frontline

04-12-2019
Joe Emery

For many, the title 'Director' can conjure up an image of the big boss reclining on a leather swivel chair — not too keen on getting their hands dirty. At Saint Francis Hospice, that couldn't be further from the truth. Our Medical Director is very much on the frontline. 

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Iris lucks out with volunteering

03-12-2019
Joe Emery
Iris Lucke has been volunteering at Saint Francis Hospice's charity retail store in Hornchurch for 10 years.
Pat Jones

Us and Mrs Jones

28-11-2019
Joe Emery

In 1984, there was a dream: to open a hospice on a hill 344 feet above sea level in Greater London.

Catherine Green

Sprinkle magic on your CV by volunteering at Saint Francis Hospice

27-11-2019
Joe Emery

Catherine Green volunteers at Saint Francis Hospice's day unit, Pemberton Place. It's our social hub for people who all have at least one thing in common: a life-limiting illness. 

Angela Bridge

Bridging the age gap

13-11-2019
Joe Emery
Angela was 30 years old when she married Tony Bridge 20 years her senior. People gawped. "It will never work", they scoffed.
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Howdy, Malcolm

01-11-2019
Joe Emery
Barbara Taylor has been helping people living with life-limiting illnesses for decades.
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Mimi's motto

08-10-2019
Joe Emery
Mimi Franklin was a devoted wife and mother, planning to follow on from her law degree with a master's.
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Saint Francis Hospice: 15 myths and myth busters

07-10-2019
Joe Emery
For many people, the word 'hospice' conjures up images of a gloomy building where people go to die. This couldn't be further from the truth.  
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How your Lottery money is helping bereaved children: you could win up to 25,000 in our weekly draw

08-08-2019
Joe Emery
Nine years after being given only months to live, Rob Mottram lost his life to brain cancer. He was 31.
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Creative therapy at Saint Francis Hospice: patients paint homes for feathered friends

09-07-2019
Joe Emery
Creative therapy is one of the many natural techniques used here at the Hospice. 
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National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Christine Clifford

07-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
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National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Rita Gersh

06-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
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National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Robert Phillips

06-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
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National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Melita Milsom

05-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
Rakesh Silliara on the ward

National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Rakesh Silliara

04-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
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National Volunteers' Week 2019 - John Brocklehurst

04-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
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National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Hans De Vrind

04-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
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National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Doreen Northfield

03-06-2019
Sarah Lucia Lowers
This week is National Volunteers' Week 2019. We thank all of our volunteers for their continued support. This week we will be sharing case study's on just a few of our volunteers...
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 - My view of Santathon
31st - Why I love volunteering
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 2019 - Mimi's story
June
3rd - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Doreen Northfield
3rd - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Bernard Murphy
4th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - John Brocklehurst
4th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Hans De Vrind
4th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Rakesh Silliara
5th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Melita Milsom
6th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Robert Phillips
6th - National Volunteers' Week 2019 - Rita Gersh
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