Lincoln IMP Trail organisers announce only ‘a handful of’ Sponsorship Packages remain.

Lincoln IMP Sculpture Sponsorship opportunities are being snapped up, with only a few chances remaining for businesses to support the popular initiative. The Trail is the third of its kind for Lincoln and is set to be the most popular yet. The city’s adopted mascot will be showcased from 4th July 2020 in a two month art exhibition around Lincoln city centre and the historic quarter.

Business Sponsorship will go towards the purchase of the bespoke fiberglass IMPS, the artist’s materials and in support of reputable local charity St Barnabas Hospice who offer Lincolnshire people free, compassionate end of life care when and where they require it.

Sarah Loftus, Lincoln BIG Chief Executive says;

“We have been overwhelmed with bookings to sponsor the 30 full size IMP sculptures, with only a handful still available. I would urge anyone considering sponsorship to come forward and speak to us. The benefits of sponsorship are far and wide, including national exposure, increased brand awareness, networking and great staff engagement and team building opportunities.

All our sponsors will join us throughout the process from choosing artists, supporting new fundraising and promotional activities and invitations to the launch event, IMPS reunion at the Lincoln Castle and the final auction. Packages start from £4,500 for Official Sponsor, Education Sponsor, Presenting Partner and Digital Partner.”

The Trail has been one of Lincoln BIG’s most successful initiatives with the Barons and Knights welcoming over 490,000 visitors to the city. The arts project has spring boarded 52 artists to the national stage, encouraged over 43 Lincolnshire schools to get involved and promoted 65 businesses.

Steve Gelder, MBE, Chief Executive of Gelders Group speaks highly of his previous experience as Sponsor of the Lincoln Knights Trail.

“Lincoln Knights’ Trail was a great initiative and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved. From staff and customer engagement, to taking our Knight on tour to London in his own Gelders livered van, it was great fun to engage with people countrywide.”

Confirmed IMP Sponsors, St Marks Shopping Centre Manager Valerie Johnson said:

“St Marks will be sponsoring an IMP in next year’s IMP Trail. This is the third trail that we have been involved with in the city. We believe that taking part provides businesses with a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with other stakeholders across Lincoln. The trails have proved to be immensely popular with customers and visitors and have raised a fantastic amount of money for local charities.”

The new look design for the Trail and print production has been Sponsored by longstanding Lincolnshire firm, Ruddocks. Director Paul Banton is equality positive about the plans.

“We are really excited to be involved in a project which is going to bring a lot of local people and visitors to the city. This will also support a fabulous charity.”

St Barnabas Hospice Income Generation and People Director Michele Duggan says;

“Over the past three decades more than 85,000 patients and their families have received care or financial and bereavement support from St Barnabas across the county. That service is free to anyone in Lincolnshire who needs it.But that comes at a cost and all these years later it now takes nearly £12 million to run our organisation.

As you may know we currently get some funding from the NHS but it isn’t enough. The rest we raise ourselves and increasingly with an uncertain climate the pressure on us to secure these much needed funds has never been greater.

This is why the opportunity to be involved in such a fantastic, high profile and positive campaign across Lincolnshire is so important to us and it is where people like you can help.

With that in mind, we are overwhelmed to have been chosen as charity partner for the Imp Trail and very much look forward to working alongside Lincoln Big, Wild In Art and The EBP to yet again put Lincolnshire on the map.”

Sarah Loftus concludes;

“We anticipate Sponsorship packages to be confirmed by December.  If you would like to speak to me about becoming a key player in making this the best, most successful and rewarding Trail yet for Lincoln then I need you to do so in the next few weeks.”

Local Hospice launches recruitment drive for Louth and Skegness area

St Barnabas Hospice is recruiting for several clinical roles based in the Louth and Skegness area.

St Barnabas Hospice has launched a recruitment drive to bring more clinical staff to the Louth and Skegness area. The Hospice is looking to hire a Clinical Service Manager and several Staff Nurses to cope with demand.

With an ageing and growing population, there are now more people than ever living in Lincolnshire with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. These people require a range of personalised services which St Barnabas can provide across the county.

The Louth Day Therapy Centre is available for patients to visit and access clinical support, relaxation sessions, exercise groups, psychological support, singing for health, welfare benefits advice and access to alternative therapies. It has treatment rooms, quiet areas, a large lounge and a clinical room for outpatient appointments. Additionally, it acts as a base for the Louth and Skegness Hospice at Home team.

The Hospice at Home team visit patients in their own homes. This is where the majority of St Barnabas care is provided, as people often prefer to die in their own homes surrounded by loved ones.

Due to local demand, St Barnabas staff in Louth and Skegness are now finding they are becoming more stretched when trying to deliver care to everyone who needs it. Therefore, the Hospice is recruiting for new staff members.

Marie Wootton, Hospice at Home Nurse in Louth, said:

“My role enables me to meet so many lovely people around the county, and I love the variety it offers. Sometimes one patient will take up my whole day if there aren’t any ‘just in case’ meds or if they need to be written up for a syringe driver. Other days, I can see three or four patients. It’s so important to manage my time wisely so that I’m always doing best by my patients.

“I wouldn’t change my team for the world. We look out for each other, we support each other, and everyone is just so lovely.

“My passion for hospice care definitely comes from Sue Carter, my first manager at St Barnabas. She has empowered me to better myself and I see her as such an inspiration. The whole ethos at St Barnabas is amazing. We have good practice, good communication, and our ability to support patients and families with life-limiting illnesses is second to none.”

The Clinical Service Manager vacancy is a full-time role with a salary of £30,006 to £35,336. The Staff Nurse vacancies are a mix of full time and part-time with a pro-rata salary of £23,144 to £29,014.

Applications for all vacancies close on Sunday 24th November. To view the roles and apply, please visit:

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St Barnabas Hospice is delighted to announce their recent CQC inspection result of ‘Outstanding’

St Barnabas Hospice has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by a recent CQC inspection of their services.

Following a recent CQC inspection at St Barnabas Hospice, it has been announced that they have received an overall rating of Outstanding.

St Barnabas Hospice supports more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire. They deliver free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their family and carers.

Just a few of the outstanding services provided by the Hospice are: specialist inpatient care, care for patients in their own homes, day therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, welfare advice and bereavement support. All of these services are free of charge, but St Barnabas must raise over £5.5 million each year to fund this support and care.

Comments in the CQC report revealed:

“There was a very strong, patient-centred culture from all staff. Staff were motivated and inspired to offer care for patients with kindness, compassion, dignity and respect through supportive relationships with patients and their families, care givers and loved ones.”

“One of the patients told us, “the staff are all fantastic.” Another patient told us. “I simply cannot fault them” and another patient told us, “the care here is second to none.””

“Staff cared for patients with compassion, empathy and respect. Feedback from all patients confirmed that staff treated them exceptionally well and with kindness and told us that staff went over and above what was expected of them. People were truly respected and valued as individuals and empowered as partners in their care, practically and emotionally, by an exceptional and distinctive service.”

“There was an embedded and extensive team of volunteers who helped support the service. There was a separate volunteer induction and training programme. Volunteers were valued members of the service who were provided with support and who felt part of the hospice team.”

Chris Wheway, Chief Executive at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“I cannot begin to say how proud I am of all the staff and volunteers at the Hospice for the hard work they put in day after day. This rating is confirmation of what I have believed since I started work at St Barnabas four years ago. We are an outstanding organisation – what we deliver, how we operate and how we treat each other is outstanding.

“This achievement is a wonderful confirmation that all aspects of our organisation work together to ensure that those facing the end of life in Lincolnshire receive the highest quality of care and support.

“St Barnabas is a community owned organisation which exists to provide a service back to that community. We have incredible supporters and would not be able to continue providing our support and care without them. Everyone really has played a part in this Outstanding rating.”

Michelle Webb, Director of Patient Care, added:

“As Director of Patient Care I am extremely proud of all the clinical and support staff and volunteers. Quite rightly, the CQC inspection is a rigorous process to prepare for, and to achieve Outstanding is a real testament to the care and support delivered by our highly skilled staff and volunteers.”

St Barnabas employs over 300 members of staff and almost 1,000 volunteers give their time to help support their work. This CQC rating has been extremely well received and the Hospice are looking to maintain this going forward.

If you or someone you know need to access St Barnabas services, visit or call the referral line on 0300 020 0694.

Secondary Breast Cancer Group launched in Lincoln Centre

St Barnabas Hospice has launched a Secondary Breast Cancer Group, taking place at 200 Degrees in Lincoln City Centre

The group will meet on the second Thursday of each month, from 2-4pm at the 200 Degrees coffee shop in Lincoln (Sincil Street). It is open to any member of the public who has been affected by secondary breast cancer.

Secondary breast cancer happens when breast cancer spreads to other areas of the body, and can also be known as metastatic, stage four or advanced breast cancer. There are around 35,000 people in the UK currently living with it.

A diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can mean adjusting to difficult life changes which can have a big physical and emotional impact. It is hoped that this support group will go some way to easing worries and providing a friendly environment where people can share their experiences.

Christine Kirk and Sue Ford volunteer as Facilitators for the Lincoln Secondary Breast Cancer Group. Christine said:

“People can often feel alone and isolated when they get a diagnosis like secondary breast cancer. Although family and friends are always very supportive, it can be a big help to be able to discuss things with others who are going through them.

The group is open to anyone currently going through secondary breast cancer, or who is supporting a friend or relative through secondary breast cancer.”

Both Christine and Sue recently received recognition from St Barnabas Hospice for their outstanding commitment to volunteering, for supporting vulnerable patients, bringing them connection and a place to find hope, peace and unconditional care.

Laura Stones, Community Engagement Project Lead at St Barnabas Hospice, added:

“As far as we are aware, there are no other secondary breast cancer support groups in Lincolnshire, so I’m really proud of Christine and Sue for enabling St Barnabas to offer this service free of charge.

I would also like to say a big thank you to 200 Degrees for generously donating a meeting space for this group. We are delighted to work in partnership with this local coffee shop, and we are grateful for their continued support of the Hospice.”

People can attend the groups on an ad hoc basis, whenever they feel the need to go. For further information on the group or any of our services, please call our Wellbeing team on 01522 518 246 or email

St Barnabas Hospice announced as Charity Partner for the next Trail

We are delighted to announce that St Barnabas Hospice has been chosen as the charity partner of the Lincoln Imp Trail.

Following the success of the Barons and Knights, Lincoln Big have decided the next trail will include one of Lincoln’s most treasured symbols and mascots – the Imp.

Widely associated with Lincoln Cathedral, the Lincoln Imp has been adopted by Lincoln City Football Club and many other Lincolnshire businesses and organisations as their own. We will be working closely with Lincoln Big to make the Summer 2020 trail around Lincoln the best yet. The plans have already begun with businesses bidding to sponsor an Imp and artists are enthusiastically designing artwork to cover each one.

“This is a great opportunity for St Barnabas, not only to raise vital funds to secure more care for patients and families but we hope more people will know how and where to access our free care. St Barnabas is a local charity and we hope people who are based in Lincolnshire or plan to visit will get involved, donate and enjoy spotting the Imps.”


Hospice fundraiser urges supporters to join him in trekking Mount Toubkal for St Barnabas

Mike Pastor, St Barnabas Hospice Challenge Fundraiser, will be trekking Mount Toubkal, Morocco on 7th – 11th October 2020 and he is rallying St Barnabas supporters to join him for this adventure.

Mount Toubkal is North Africa’s highest mountain at 4,167m tall and is situated in the heart of Toubkal National Park just south of Marrakech.

The trip consists of three days trekking and allows plenty of time to take in the unique culture of Morocco. The ascent up Mount Toubkal is a great introduction to mountaineering adventure and it is an excellent experience for those with good health and fitness.

As you ascend, you’ll hike through juniper forests and alpine meadows. The views from the summit are spectacular; you will experience stunning 360-degree panoramic views that extend as far as the Sahara Desert.

Mike said:

The Toubkal Trek promises to be a once in a lifetime challenge. We will experience the most beautiful views on our ascent to the summit, and we can really immerse ourselves into the culture with village visits and hearty, locally-cooked meals. Come and join the team, let’s climb a mountain together!”

If you would like to join Mike in taking part in the Toubkal Trek, you might be surprised at the low registration fees.

Mike said:

“It will only cost you £99 to register for the Toubkal Trek, we will cover the rest: flights, camping, food, guides and any support that you will need. All we ask is that you raise a minimum of £1,650 for the Hospice.

“With a whole year to fundraise, you can easily smash this target and have a lot of fun with it in the process. I will be there every step of the way to support you with fundraising materials, ideas, advice and training.”

“Thanks to the courage and kindness of people like you, we are able to continue to provide dignified and compassionate end-of-life care to those who need it in Lincolnshire. By taking part in a challenge like this you are making memories and making a difference to the hospice care St Barnabas can provide.”

If you would like to register for the Toubkal Trek, you can sign up on our website here or alternatively, contact Mike Pastor at or 01522 540 300.

Margaret, volunteer urges people to take part in this year’s Light up a Life campaign to remember loved ones

At Christmas time each year, St Barnabas Hospice encourages people to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one, which will go on one of their Trees of Life across Lincolnshire. This year, Hospice volunteer and supporter, Margaret Norton, is inviting members of the public to join her in remembering a loved one and sharing their Christmas memories.

Margaret has volunteered in the St Barnabas Hospice Inpatient Unit in Lincoln for 25 years, and her husband, John, sadly died in the Hospice three years ago – just a year before their 60th wedding anniversary. Margaret said:

“John had been ill for some time with bowel cancer, which then spread to his spine. He was in so much pain and I was struggling to lift him, so it was such a relief when he went into the Hospice. I have volunteered in the Inpatient Unit for 25 years, so I knew he would be in good hands. At first it was strange to be on the other side of the cups of tea, but it really was the nearest thing to being at home. I felt so cared for and John’s pain was finally under control.

“John was at the Hospice when the Torchlight Procession took place that year. I remember going outside as hundreds of families came past with torches lit for loved ones. Nurses and patients came outside, and the doors were left open so that other patients on the ward, like my John, could still hear the pipe band.

“I have always known about Light up a Life and the Torchlight Procession, but after losing John they took on a whole new meaning for me. I now donate to shine a light in John’s memory at Christmas – the time of the year when family means the most to me. I also like to attend the Light up a Life church celebration in Lincoln with my family. We take so much comfort from attending the celebration and having our light, and it gives us the time and space to think about our special memories with John.”

Members of the public can join Margaret this year in remembering special Christmas memories of loved ones. St Barnabas Hospice is once again placing Trees of Life at various locations across Lincolnshire. They are encouraging members of the public to dedicate a light on one of those trees, where the memory of their loved one(s) will shine brightly.

Once you have dedicated your light, the Hospice will send out a personalised card and Light up a Life decoration for your Christmas tree at home.

Margaret said:

“My special Christmas memory of John is the makeshift Christmas trees that he would always bring in from the garden. He would cut the top off our Leylandii tree, wedge it in a bucket with bricks, and tie bits together with string!”

To join Margaret and dedicate a light in memory of a loved one this Christmas, visit

New service for Lincoln’s homeless helps get to grips with grief

Lincoln’s homeless are to receive one-to-one bereavement support following a successful bid for funding by St Barnabas Hospice Trust.

The Lincolnshire hospice group partnered with YMCA Lincolnshire to bid for a Masonic Charitable Foundation and Hospice UK grant of £19,240 for the city’s first initiative for homeless people who have lost loved ones.  Its aim is to provide one-to-one specialist counselling to work with them through the difficulties, challenges and emotions that can accompany bereavement.

Although there are no exact figures of how many of Lincoln’s homeless are struggling with bereavement, there is research that shows it is a problem on a national scale and there is strong circumstantial evidence that indicates it is prevalent in Lincoln. YMCA and Lincoln Baptist Church independently contacted St Barnabas Hospice to discuss the problem, which lead to the hospice putting together a bid to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for funding.

Freemason Dave Wheeler, Lincolnshire’s Provincial Grand Master of the county’s 3,500 Freemasons, said:

“People can find themselves living on the street for a variety of reasons. Life is already tough enough for the homeless, and the last thing they need is the extra burden of being alone whilst having to cope with the grief of bereavement. The Masonic Foundation’s donation means that counsellors with the right kind of skills can be available to support them at such times, and I find it reassuring that we have made this wonderful initiative possible.”

The sessions are held at the YMCA accommodation on St Rumbold Street and at Nomad emergency homeless accommodation on Monk’s Road. Caroline Killeavy, CEO of YMCA Lincolnshire, added:

“I am delighted that we can work in partnership with St Barnabas on this project. People become homeless for many reasons but one we repeatedly see is bereavement and loss. This Autumn, we will also be opening the doors of our new Nomad Centre on St Rumbolds St, the only specialist facility of its kind in Lincolnshire. We are working with a range of partners who will come together to support the wide range of needs of the homeless in this project; the bereavement sessions provided by St Barnabas will continue in this new 24 hour facility ”

Pete Crosby, Lincoln Baptist Church community coordinator, said:

“Bereavement among the homeless community is a reoccurring issue. In my opinion, without specialist bereavement support these people and people like them, will not overcome their grief and be able to get on with their lives.”

“Homeless people in Lincoln are being offered support with bereavement issues thanks to a ground-breaking service made possible by a donation of almost £20,000 from the county’s Freemasons.”

YMCA Project counsellor St Barnabas bereavement counsellor Cat Rodda, who is leading the year-long project which launched in May, has already seen positive changes in those taking part.

“These sessions provide a confidential and accessible space for homeless people, who traditionally haven’t felt able to access the hospice’s bereavement support. We are already seeing individuals start to work through and better cope with their grief and taking steps to move forward with their lives.”

In addition to the counselling, the project aims to provide bereavement training for staff at partner organisations and for homeless peer mentors in order to widen the impact of the project.