Hospice hosts brand new corporate fundraiser – the Accumulator Challenge

St Barnabas Hospice have unveiled their brand new fundraiser for corporate supporters to get involved in

The Accumulator Challenge has been launched by St Barnabas Hospice, as a brand new and exciting way for their corporate supporters to raise more money for hospice care.

Each team who signs up will receive a £50 credit from St Barnabas, and is tasked with using innovative methods to raise as much money as possible over a period of three months. The challenge will begin on Tuesday 3rd April and finish on Sunday 30th June, but St Barnabas is asking local businesses to sign up by Friday 23rd March.

All the Hospice asks is that each business uses innovative methods to convert that £50 into at least £100, and there will be prizes and a celebration evening at the end of the three months.

Awards will be given to the team which raises the most money, the team with the most innovative fundraising idea, and the individual team member who has performed the best. These engraved trophies have been kindly donated to us by Viking Trophies in Grantham.

Tina Dingley, Corporate Fundraiser for St Barnabas in the South of Lincolnshire, said:

“We’re excited to be launching this brand new fundraising initiative, and I already have a few businesses who are planning what fundraising they will be doing with the £50.

“The celebration evening at the end of the three months will provide all of the participating businesses with the chance to share their successes and network with each other.”

For fairness, the final figure raised by each team will be converted into an average based on the number of employees in a company. For companies who wish to enter multiple teams, each team’s average will be determined by the number of participants in their team.

St Barnabas Corporate Fundraiser for North Lincolnshire, Caroline Swindin, said:

“We welcome our current corporate partners, as well new supporters to enter the Accumulator Challenge. It will be great to see all the different ways in which people can be ‘nifty with a fifty’ for hospice care.

“The money raised will make a real difference in helping us support people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers, across Lincolnshire.”

To sign up to the St Barnabas Accumulator Challenge, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/accumulator18. For more information, call Caroline on 07435 970 309 or Tina on 01476 513 542.

St Barnabas love birds have collectively worked over 9,600 days at St Barnabas

Love birds, David and Marie Pattison have collectively racked up around 9,600 working days at St Barnabas – that’s 40 years hard work!

Marie interviewed as an Office Junior aged 16, and began her role at St Barnabas in 1986 at the Norman House office on Steep Hill. Shortly afterwards, David’s mum (who worked in a St Barnabas shop) told him about a volunteering opportunity as a Van Driver there.

David decided to ask Marie out for a drink, so they went to a pub in Bracebridge Heath on their first date.

David said:

“It was definitely love at first sight. Marie was hard working and you could tell she was the sort of woman who would enjoy looking after me.”

One thing led to another, and 6 months down the line David decided that Marie was the lady he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. He proposed at the Carpenters Arms in Fiskerton after asking Marie’s dad for permission, but didn’t go down on one knee!

They got married two years later on 11th June 1988, aged 21 and 22. Funnily enough, St Barnabas also celebrates its anniversary on this date!

Marie and David now have a 25 year old daughter called Laura, a 5 year old grandchild called Owen, and a cat called Annie.

When asked what the secret to a happy marriage is, Marie said:

“We’re content in each other’s company and like to make sure we have enough space to do our own thing.”

Now aged 50 and 51, Marie and David have seen dramatic changes at St Barnabas since they first began working here.

Marie said:

“It has grown beyond recognition – there only used to be 3 people in my office and we did all the admin for the entire company.”

“I once had the pleasure of meeting Prince William, who was absolutely lovely. He seemed very interested in the work the Hospice does, and spent some time with a couple of children whose mother had died at the Hospice.”

David added:

I also met Richard Todd, who was an actor in The Dam Busters. He looked exactly the same as he did on screen, although his car was a bit of an old banger!”

Both Marie and David agree that St Barnabas Hospice has played an integral part in their lives all the way from bringing them both together, to the present day. In particular, St Barnabas has cared for Marie’s grandmother, David’s step-father and also David’s sister.

New St Barnabas wellbeing drop-in welcomes locals in Skegness

A Skegness-based drop-in group is opening and welcomes all to attend the weekly social gatherings.  

The drop-in is set to meet every Thursday morning 10am to 12noon at St Pauls Church, Beresford Avenue, Skegness. With the first drop-in taking place on Thursday 22nd February.

These drop-ins are free, offer people the chance to socialise and are the perfect opportunity for those experiencing loneliness or that feel isolated.

Those attending will offer support to each other for those feeling isolated that live in the coastal areas of Lincolnshire. Anyone can attend this group whether they have a connection with St Barnabas or whether they would just like to get out of the house. Each week of the month a different organisation attends to offer advice or support.

The first week of the month is tailored around Wellbeing advice and activities with St Barnabas Hospice. The St Barnabas Hospice team will offer support and advice around wellbeing in Lincolnshire.

Skegness will have representatives from T.E.D. in Skegness for the second week of the month. T.E.D. in East Lindsey is a project that will see older people getting out and about more locally, becoming more involved in social activities and helping people to age well.

The third week of the drop in is a Dementia Café hosted by Alzheimer’s Society. This provides a safe and supportive place to chat and share experiences of dementia and what it means with others and healthcare professionals.

The final week of the month will see St Barnabas Hospice offer a Bereavement Help Point. For anyone who has experienced bereavement no matter how long ago that was, it is an opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation and be offered support.

Lisa Gibson, Community Development Officer at St Barnabas Hospice said “Drop-in sessions like this offer a fantastic opportunity for the local community to meet up socially and interact with others in the coastal area of Lincolnshire.

We are delighted to be joining up with a number of local organisations to offer people in Skegness a variety of opportunities to get advice when it is needed, enjoy hot drinks and feel included in their community.”

For more information on St Barnabas Hospice’s Skegness drop-in contact Lisa Gibson on 01522 518 246.

New bereavement support drop-in group welcomes locals in Ruskington

Local independent charity, St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, is encouraging those who are experiencing grief, bereavement or loss in a local community to attend a new bereavement drop-in support group.

The group is led by specially trained St Barnabas Hospice volunteers and enables people in Ruskington and surrounding areas to attend a drop in support group to help talk about their loss in a safe environment.

The group met for the first time on Friday 19th January and was well received by all who attended. The group provides the opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation for friendship and bereavement support.

The next meeting will be held at 2.00pm, on Friday 2nd February 2018 at Ruskington Garden Centre which provides the perfect location as a result of the relaxed surroundings and the option of teas, coffees and cakes.

Mandy Irons, Head of Wellbeing for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“We are trying new ways to reach out to bereaved people in Lincolnshire and I am delighted that the first meeting in Ruskington was a success.

“Support for bereaved members of the community is much needed across South Lincolnshire. Our group is open to anyone who has experienced bereavement regardless of whether they have received care from the Hospice. We would not be able to run these drop-in groups without the help of our skilled and committed St Barnabas Hospice Bereavement Team volunteers.

“If you or someone you know would benefit from our help, please come along.”

Margaret Wiseman, Bereavement Support Volunteer, said:

“As trained volunteers for St Barnabas we are here to offer you our friendship and support and welcome you to our relaxed informal drop in meeting at Ruskington Garden Centre. The bereavement does not have to be recent, and quite often we find that people attend our groups many months and even years after a bereavement which they are struggling to come to terms with.”

For more information about St Barnabas Hospice’s Bereavement Care or to join a group contact 0845 055 0708.

St Barnabas Hospice Light up a Life road closures

Road closures announced in Lincoln for St Barnabas Hospice Light up a Life event.

Hundreds of families will come together tomorrow (28th November) to remember and celebrate the lives of those they love as part of the annual St Barnabas Hospice Light up a Life celebration.

Part of this celebration features the iconic Torchlight Procession, which begins at Clayton’s Sports Ground on Lee Road and ends at Lincoln Cathedral.

In order to ensure the safety of all those involved, a number of road closures and ‘no waiting/no loading at any time’ orders will be in place from 7pm to 8.30pm.

  • Bailgate
  • Castle Hill
  • Church Lane
  • Lee Road (Clayton Sports Field to Nettleham Road from 6pm to 7.20pm, and entirety of Lee Road from 7.20pm to 8pm)
  • Nettleham Road (Lee Road to Church Lane)
  • Newport (Bailgate to Rasen Lane)

Roads will re-open on a rolling basis, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We look forward to welcoming all those attending our annual Light up a Life celebration. Unfortunately with an event this size, a certain amount of disruption is unavoidable and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“We will endeavour to keep all closures to a minimum and re-open each road as soon as it is safe to do so.”

For further information on the road closures, contact the Greater Lincoln & Gainsborough Highways Division on 01522 782 070.

Lincoln’s Light up a Life celebration begins at 6pm at Our Lady of Lincoln Church, followed by a Torchlight Procession from Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, Lincoln, LN2 4BH at 7.30pm.

The event is free to attend and open to everyone, regardless of faith. There is no need to book in advance.

30ft Tree of Life installed at Lincoln Cathedral

St Barnabas have worked with local businesses to install a 30ft Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral.

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has worked alongside other local businesses to install a 30ft Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral, for their annual Light up a Life campaign and Torchlight Procession.

In the early hours of this morning, a dedicated team came together to transport, install and decorate the 30ft tree. The tree, which was generously donated by the Birch family at Doddington Hall & Gardens, was transported to the Cathedral by S. Lyon & Son (Haulage) Limited.

One person involved in this work was Warren Lyon, Transport Director at S. Lyon & Son. Warren said:

“We help out every year, but this year is even more special for me. Six years ago on Monday, I lost my beautiful sister (mother to two girls) to pancreatic cancer. She passed away at St Barnabas Hospice.

“In June this year, my father was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and after a short illness, he too passed away.”

Also involved in the hard work was the City of Lincoln Council, Continental Landscapes and Lincoln BIG.

Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said:

“It is wonderful that local businesses come together each year to help us install a magnificent Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral, and I am so thankful for the hard work put in by everyone.

“The Light up a Life campaign is such an important campaign in our calendar, and the Tree of Life provides people with a place in Lincoln where they can come and reflect and remember loved ones, as well as tie memory tags on the fencing surrounding it.”

Lincoln Cathedral and the Tree of Life will be the finishing point for the Torchlight Procession, happening on Tuesday 28th November from 7.30pm at Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, Lincoln, LN2 4BH.

The Torchlight Procession involves over 1,000 local residents joining forces to walk from Clayton’s Sports Ground to Lincoln Cathedral, carrying flaming torches in memory of loved ones.

If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of someone you will never forget, or for more information about the Light up a Life events, please go to www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/LUAL.

Lincolnshire Hospice joins forces with other UK hospices to celebrate hospice care

This week, St Barnabas Hospice will join forces with up to 200 other hospices across the UK to celebrate the diverse range of people involved in providing and supporting hospice care.

The theme for Hospice Care Week (9th – 15th October), led by national hospice and palliative care charity, Hospice UK, is “We are hospice care.”

From nurses to volunteers, chefs to chaplains, and corporate partners to carers, the awareness-raising week will celebrate the contribution of everyone involved in hospice care.

St Barnabas will be highlighting stories about their staff, volunteers and supporters during Hospice Care Week, and are encouraging members of the public to share these using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare

Hospice care supports adults and children living with life-limiting illness to live life as fully as possible. The wide-ranging support provided by local hospices includes medical care, wellbeing therapies, emotional support and volunteer-led support. Each year across the UK, 200,000 terminally ill people receive hospice care. St Barnabas supports more than 9,000 people across Lincolnshire each year.

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

“Hospice care is there to help a patient and their family to talk openly and honestly, and to come to terms with any fears they may be facing. Together with hospice support, those affected by a life-limiting illness can live their life as fully as they are able for however many days, weeks or months they have left.”

Hospice Care Week will be promoted across Lincolnshire with special coffee mornings and events taking place, which include:

  • School Photo Exhibition (Tuesday 10th October, 5.30pm) – St Michael’s C of E Primary School, Louth
  • Awareness Stand and Tombola (Tuesday 10th October, 9.30am – 12pm) – United Reformed Church, Gainsborough, DN21 2JR
  • Awareness Stand (Tuesday 10th October, 9am – 1pm) – Johnsons Fine Foods, Boston
  • Awareness Stand (Tuesday 10th October, 9am – 4pm) – Boston College, Boston
  • Big Birthday Get Together (Wednesday 11th October, 8am – 12pm) – Lincoln Day Therapy Centre, Hawthorn Road, Lincoln, LN2 4QX
  • Quiz Night (Wednesday 11th October, 7pm) – St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham
  • Coffee Morning (Thursday 12th October, 10am – 12pm) – Spalding Hospice, 2 Clover Way, PE11 3GD

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:

“Hospice care is so diverse, and involves many people with different skills are talents from all walks of life coming together to deliver incredible care. They are all united by their passionate commitment to the special ethos of hospice care, and ensuring that everyone they support is treated with kindness, dignity and respect.

“Hospice Care Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich and varied contribution of everyone who contributes to hospices across the UK, and we hope the public will join in the celebrations and help share more widely the many personal stories that make up hospice care.”

For further information about the services which St Barnabas provides, please call 01522 511 566 or email enquiries@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

Lincolnshire Hospice wins prestigious Carers Quality Award

Picture from left to right: Marie Cottam – Carers Quality Award Project Support Worker, Sue Carter – Ward Manager for St Barnabas, Julie Goy – Quality Development Lead for Every-One, Ruth O’Melia – Community Liaison Manager for St Barnabas, Chris Wheway – Chief Executive for St Barnabas

Following their application, St Barnabas Hospice Inpatient Unit and Day Therapy Centre in Lincoln have been accredited with the Lincolnshire Carers Quality Award – ‘You Care – We Care’

The St Barnabas Hospice Inpatient Unit and Day Therapy Centre in Lincoln have impressed the Carers Quality Award panel with their commitment to supporting carers needs, and has been given the ‘You Care – We Care’ award on 10th July 2017.

The ‘You Care – We Care’ award ensures that the profile of unpaid carers in Lincolnshire is raised, and the invaluable and essential contribution they make is recognised. This enables carers to live fulfilling lives, combined with their caring roles.

Ruth O’Melia, Community Liaison Manager for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We are delighted to have achieved this accreditation for the In-Patient Unit on Nettleham Road, and Day Therapy Centre on Hawthorn Road in Lincoln. It goes to show the amazing work that our Hospice staff and volunteers put in each day to help people care for their loved ones.

“I am very proud that we are able to empower families and carers to support loved ones living with a terminal or life-limiting illness. We want to ensure that these people feel as comfortable and in control as they can, during what is a very difficult time of their lives.”

St Barnabas supports carers through their services including financial help through the Welfare Team, counselling from the Family Support Team, practical advice from the Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists and support from the Spiritual Support and Wellbeing Team.

Julie Goy, Carer’s Quality Award Lead at Every-One, issuer of the award, said:

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with St Barnabas, and I am delighted to hand over this award to them.

“It’s about the journey, not just the recognition, and St Barnabas very much deserve the award after all the hard work which has been put in.”

For further details about services, please contact St Barnabas Hospice at enquiries@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or on 01522 511 566.

Star Wars actor Warwick Davis announced as St Barnabas Hospice patron

Warwick when he opened the pioneering Hospice in the Hospital

Film star Warwick Davis has been announced as St Barnabas Hospice’s new patron.

The TV and film actor, famous for his roles in Star Wars and Harry Potter, will make his first official appearance on behalf of the charity at their anniversary celebration at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday 11th June, from 3.30pm.

Warwick said: “I am humbled to have been asked to be the patron for St Barnabas Hospice, a charity that can make such a difference to the comfort of an individual and their family at such a difficult time. The environment and support they provide is second to none and a much needed part of the care system in this country.”

The anniversary event will celebrate St Barnabas Hospice’s 35th birthday and will include a special adapted Evensong to encapsulate a Service of Thanksgiving delivered by the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral followed by a drinks and canapes reception with special guests, long serving staff and volunteers exclusively invited.

The service is open to the public with a private reception to be held after.

Warwick has been a firm supporter of the Hospice for a number of years after holding stand-up fundraising events and officially opening the charity’s pioneering Hospice in the Hospital in Grantham.

Veronica McBain, Head of Fundraising and Marketing, said:

“We are thrilled to have Warwick’s support as our new St Barnabas Hospice patron. He has already demonstrated his commitment and understanding of our work and we are all really looking forward to working with him in the coming months.”