Family cycles 136 miles in memory of treasured Boston Grandad

A family will be taking on a bike ride and walk in aid of St Barnabas and in memory of their treasured Boston Grandad 

Lauren Shephard, along with her family (ages ranging from 4 to 60), will be completing a Boston bike ride and walk in memory of her Grandad, to boost funds for the charity who helped care for him in his final days.

Ron Baring, 85, was diagnosed with tongue cancer and secondary lung cancer shortly after his 85th birthday, and sadly died on June 1st 2018.

Lauren decided to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice to thank them for their support. She said:

“We are so grateful for all the help that all the nurses gave my Grandad. It really does mean a lot. Watching someone you love with cancer is truly one of the hardest things to watch. You feel helpless and all you want is to take their pain away. When the nurses turn up they ease not just their patient, but the whole family too.

“St Barnabas always kept my Grandad’s dignity and put him at ease. They understood how scared he was feeling and they managed to put him at ease and keep him comfortable.”

On Saturday 20th October, Lauren’s father and brother will be cycling 136 miles from Orpington to Boston. The rest of the family will join the challenge on Sunday 21st October as they take on a walk from Skegness, a place their Grandad loved to eat Fish and Chips, to Burton House in Boston, where their Grandad often treated the whole family to meals out.

Lauren said:

“We wanted to do something special for Grandad, something to really push ourselves. He was a family orientated man; he had seven kids and lots of grandchildren – he doted on all of them!

“A memory that sticks out when I think of him is from when I was a kid. He’d make us ice creams dipped in hundreds and thousands as a special treat. Everyone loved visiting Nan and Grandad because Grandad would make everyone smile.”

If you wish to support Lauren and her family during their cycling and walking challenge, please click here to donate.

Lauren said:

“If Grandad knew about what we were doing for him he’d tell us that we were bonkers but he would be really proud. He’d pack us a basket full of food, definitely including pork pies!”

If you would like to take on a challenging event in support of St Barnabas Hospice, please view our challenge page or contact Mike Pastor at or call 01522 540 300.

St Barnabas Hospice recognised as star employer

Local Hospice recognised as top Lincoln employer in prestigious new scheme

St Barnabas Hospice has been recognised as a star employer in Lincoln’s Social Responsibility Charter. The accolade was awarded as part of the city’s new initiative to recognise and encourage good employers in the city.

The Lincoln Social Responsibility Charter assessed St Barnabas’ socially responsible activities which went above and beyond any statutory minimum requirement. The activities were split into two groups – those which benefit the employee and those which benefit the local community in the City of Lincoln.

Chris Wheway, Chief Executive for St Barnabas Hospice, commented:

“Our staff and volunteers are a crucial part of our organisation and nurturing them enables us to be better placed to care for those who need us across the county. Over the past 18 months we have introduced a number of new benefits including annual awards, flexible working, buying and selling of annual leave and a comprehensive training programme.

“The award is reflective of the ethos of the Hospice when it comes to our most valuable resource – people. It also recognises the strong culture and values which are woven throughout our organisation.”

The local independent charity employs more than 330 staff and is supported by 1,100 volunteers across the county.

Lisa Phillips, Head of People and Development for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We were really pleased to have been recognised as a star employer in Lincoln and we understand that we will need to continue to work hard to retain this prestigious title. We take this accolade seriously as not only does it help us to benchmark our development as an organisation but we hope that it will also help us to attract a new generation of talent.

To find out more about joining St Barnabas Hospice and for the latest vacancies visit

Lincoln City Football Club make Hospice patient’s last wish a reality

Lincoln City Football Club have gone above and beyond to facilitate final wish for St Barnabas Hospice patient

On Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd September, Lincoln City Football Club pulled out all the stops to help make the final wish of St Barnabas patient, Tim Smith, come true.

Tim, age 49 from Lincoln, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in June. Upon talking to Tim about his Advanced Care Plan, staff at St Barnabas Hospice discovered his love of football, in particular Lincoln City FC, and decided to get in touch with the football club.

Mary Hall, Specialist Nurse Practitioner at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“When I spoke with Tim and his family about what matters to him, it became really obvious that football was one of his lifelong passions – specifically Lincoln City Football Club.

“He had attended matches with his father since he was five-years-old and both himself and his son are still regular attendees at every match.”

Football club have gone above and beyond to facilitate final wish

Caroline Swindin, Corporate Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“The football club have been so overwhelmingly kind in helping us to sort out such a special experience for Tim and his family and I can’t thank them enough for going the extra mile.

“We have been working closely with Lincoln City FC over the course of the year as one of their Charity Partners. It has been wonderful to build relationships with both the club and their supporters and has given us a great opportunity to further raise awareness of the work we do across Lincolnshire.”

Tim had initially thought he would be attending Thursday’s press conference to meet Harry Toffolo and Danny Cowley with his family and good friend, but he was surprised further when Harry organised for the squad to come and see him. This resulted in Lee Frecklington inviting Tim to lead the squad out of the tunnel during Saturday’s game vs. MK Dons. Danny Cowley took things a step further by arranging a whole VIP day for Tim and his guests, including meeting the squad in the changing room before the game, match tickets, VIP lounge access, the chance to sit in on the post-match press conference, photos with the Checkatrade Trophy and drinks with the manager.

Football club have gone above and beyond to facilitate final wish

When talking about the win during the post-match press conference, Danny Cowley said:

“That was for Tim Smith. We met him on Thursday and [his story] really touched all of us. We were really determined as a group to get a win for him and it felt right.

“It was a pleasure for us to have Tim and his family with us and it felt really special before the game.”

Tim said:

“The care at St Barnabas has been second to none. Mary, Caroline and their team have all been magnificent.

“It’s sad to say, but it’s not until you need them that you realise how important this organisation is. The Hospice at Home girls just can’t do enough for me. They’re lovely, genuine people.”

St Barnabas cannot thank Lincoln City Football Club enough for the time they have taken to ensure Tim’s final wish has come true. The Hospice is now looking at ways of working more closely with the Club to support the wellbeing of staff and fans.

If you would like more information about this, please contact Caroline Swindin on 01522 540 300 or email

Awards evening celebrates outstanding achievements at Lincolnshire Hospice

St Barnabas has celebrated staff, volunteer and supporter achievements at their annual Staff Awards evening in Lincoln

Held on Thursday 13th September at Bishop Grosseteste University, the St Barnabas Hospice Staff Awards have highlighted outstanding achievements of staff members, volunteers and corporate partners over the past year.

Now in its second year, this special awards ceremony is the Hospice’s way of showing gratitude for all the hard work which goes into helping to provide outstanding palliative care and generating further income at St Barnabas.

Michele Duggan, Director of Income Generation and People at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“The organisation has achieved a lot over the last twelve months and the evening was our way of saying thank you and recognising our staff. So many of them have taken part and volunteered at events, helped out in our shops in their spare time, as well as supporting colleagues in our Inpatient Unit during the bad weather. We are really proud of them.

“The evening was also an opportunity to thank our Trustees, volunteers, supporters and a number of local organisations who have given so much to St Barnabas. We could not do what we do without their amazing support.”

Around 115 guests attended the evening which was hosted by Michele Duggan, Director of Income Generation and People. Guests were played in by Chris Dodsworth on piano and then entertained later on in the evening by Gary Barlow tribute, Dan Hadfield.

St Barnabas staff and volunteers were given a month to nominate their colleagues for one of seven awards. A judging panel comprising of four of the Executive team then shortlisted the top three in each category and a team of three Trustees picked a winner.

The staff award winners are as follows:

  • Rising Star Award – Annie Penrice (Staff Nurse)
  • Team Award – The IM&T Team
  • Outstanding Leadership Award – Jenny Streather (Allied Health Professional Lead)
  • Outstanding Innovation Award – Emma-Jayne Parker (New Goods Buyer)
  • Service Excellence Award – Minnie Haigh (Graphic Designer)
  • Exceptional Contribution to the Patient Experience Award – Sarah Carr (Day Therapy Coordinator)
  • Unsung Hero Award – Caroline Swindin (Corporate Fundraiser)

Several volunteers were thanked for their long service, together with other supporters and corporate organisations who have been nominated by our Fundraising team.

The 20 Years Long Service Volunteer Award winners are as follows:

  • Sandra Clack
  • Barbara Jones
  • Lesley Pitt
  • Daphne Luke

The supporter award winners are as follows:

  • Jules King Young Fundraiser of the Year – Harriet Burke
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution – Ali Cormack

The Corporate Award winners are as follows:

  • Hodgkinsons Solicitors
  • John Kaberry Ltd.
  • Rapid Relief
  • Turbine Efficiency
  • Belton Park Golf Club
  • Knipfest Committee

Special awards were also given out to several of our staff and volunteers in recognition of their work for the Hospice.

Winners of these awards are as follows:

  • Director of Patient Care Special Award – Wendy Herridge and Mandy Tapfield
  • Director of Income Generation Special Award – Lisa Phillips
  • Chief Executive Special Award – Debbie Watson

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

“Never have I been more proud to be attending an event like this. This is about celebrating what it is to deliver the hospice approach to care in Lincolnshire.

“We should be very proud in this county that we have a brilliant Hospice that has brilliant support, brilliant clinicians, brilliant shops and more.”

St Barnabas Hospice would like to thank everyone who has supported their work over the past year. Without the amazing efforts made by staff, volunteers and external supporters, they would not be able to continue caring for people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.

Runner completes 50K “Ultra Marathon” in memory of his Aunt

Hugh Risebrow has taken on the Salisbury 50K “Ultra Marathon” and so far raised £980 for St Barnabas Hospice

Hugh Risebrow (56) successfully completed the “Salisbury 5,4,3,2,1 50K Trail Ultra Marathon” in memory of his Aunt, Sheila Creasey. He has raised an amazing £980 for St Barnabas Hospice so far.

Hugh’s Aunt, Sheila, was diagnosed with Dementia, and sadly died in January 2018 following a two-week stay at the St Barnabas Hospice in the Hospital in Grantham.

Hugh said:

“My Aunt was always laughing and joking. She was sporty and fun, representing her county in hockey and tennis, which inspired me to be sporty too. She had no kids of her own and me and my siblings were her surrogate children.

“She lived a full and happy life and died at 94. The Hospice allowed her to spend her final weeks still laughing and joking while being genuinely cared for.”

This was Hugh’s first fundraising activity for St Barnabas Hospice. To add to his sponsorship amount, please visit

When asked about the care his Aunt received at St Barnabas Hospice, Hugh said:

“If I was in her shoes it’s what I’d want for myself. She was treated as a person, by people who genuinely cared for her. I remember her laughing and joking when I was young, and she was laughing and joking in the Hospice too.”

If you would like to take on a challenge event in support of St Barnabas Hospice, please contact Mike Pastor at or call 01522 540 300.

Hospice dog brings comfort to patients in Lincoln and Gainsborough

St Barnabas Hospice Canine Concern dog has supported patients and families for over three years

Since 2015, Jess the Canine Concern dog has been a regular face at the St Barnabas Day Therapy Centre in Gainsborough, as well as the Inpatient Unit in Lincoln. She has supported many patients and their families during what is one of the most difficult times in their lives, and provides comfort to those who need it the most.

Pat, Jess’s owner, who is also a Hospice Chaplain and volunteer at the Gainsborough Day Therapy Centre, said:

“Because our patients are all experiencing life-limiting or terminal illnesses, this sometimes means that their current situation has meant they can no longer look after their own dog. Therefore when they meet Jess, it can often bring them some comfort and gives them an outlet.

“We also find that Jess gives patients the opportunity to talk about something outside of their diagnosis, which can be very difficult at times. She brings a touch of normality to our service, which we find increases the therapeutic value of our treatments immensely.”

Jess was born in Cyprus around thirteen years ago, before a rescue charity brought her over to England. Her breed is unknown, but she is thought to have some spaniel and pomeranian in her. Her temperament is very laid back, although she is very intuitive and is able to pick up on people’s body language well. Many patients have commented on how calming her presence is.

Pat said:

“Jess has helped so many patients and families and I will always remember how she helped a particular patient in our Lincoln Inpatient Unit. The patient had moved to England from South Africa three years before she was diagnosed with a terminal illness and was really missing her dog, which was still in South Africa.

“Knowing this, I took Jess to see the patient, who immediately appeared more at ease. In the following days, the patient who was no longer able to talk much spoke to the nurses at length about Jess’s visit and it occupied much of her conversation in the week leading up to her death.

“Jess has also helped a patient who had become unresponsive. She put her paws on the frame of the patient’s bed and within a few minutes it became apparent that the patient was aware of Jess. The patient reached out to stroke her, saying the word “soft,” which was the first word she had spoken in some time.”

Jess is part of the furniture at the Gainsborough Day Therapy Centre, and is adored by all who meet her. She is often the first port of call for patients when they enter the building, as she is able to put them at ease before they meet with a Nurse for their treatment. Many people are able to open-up and feel more comfortable with their surroundings with the support of Jess.

To find out more about the palliative services which St Barnabas Hospice provides free of charge across Lincolnshire, visit

Couple run 50 miles in memory of treasured mum

A couple have taken on the Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 Miler and raised £3,700 for St Barnabas Hospice

Zoe Francis (38), along with her partner, Russell Broster (35), have successfully completely the Westcountry Ultra Flat 50 Miler in memory of Zoe’s mum, Brenda Francis. They have raised an amazing £3,700 for St Barnabas Hospice.

Zoe’s mum, Brenda, was diagnosed with anal canal cancer and lymph nodes secondary, and sadly died on 16th December 2016 following a seven-week stay at the St Barnabas Inpatient Unit in Lincoln.

Brenda was diagnosed with the cancer shortly after the family returned from a surprise family cruise around the Caribbean to celebrate her 70th birthday in 2015.

Zoe said:

“Mum fought the cancer initially with fierce determination. She went through rounds of invasive radiotherapy and chemotherapy, sadly with neither treatment showing any sign of improvement.

“When we found out the cancer was terminal, Mum tried to carry on as normal. In time, the side effects of the cancer began to restrict her daily activities and we had no choice but to admit her to St Barnabas Hospice.

“I couldn’t wish what Mum went through on anyone, but in that awful situation we found ourselves in, St Barnabas Hospice was the best place she could have been.

“The whole team were amazing. They went over and above anything we could have imagined to make Mum as welcome and comfortable as possible through those last seven weeks. As well as being there for Mum 24/7, they comforted and supported my siblings and I on many occasion, and nothing was ever too much to ask.”

This was the couple’s first fundraising activity for St Barnabas Hospice, and the money they raised was increased by a generous donation of £1,000 from DPD, Russell’s place of work. To add to their sponsorship amount, please visit

Zoe said:

“We are so happy to be giving something back to St Barnabas for all that they did for our family. The charity wouldn’t be able to run and do such amazing things for families like ours without financial support.

“Mum was always so full of life, and her diagnosis made us so close as a family. She would be so proud for what we have done in her memory. She is truly one in a million.”

Zoe’ brother, Mark, has also taken on an ‘Ultra’ run for St Barnabas. Mark completed the 52 mile Race to the Tower last month. Jobi, Zoe’s nephew, added to the fundraising pot by completing the Three Peaks Challenge. In total, the family have raised around £5,000 for St Barnabas Hospice.

If you would like to take on a challenging event in support of St Barnabas Hospice, please contact Mike Pastor at or call 01522 540 300.

Grantham father beats trained cage fighter in charity boxing match

A 45-year-old Grantham father has taken on a trained cage fighter in support of St Barnabas and won

Steve Atkin, a 45-year-old father and construction worker from Grantham, has recently taken part in a charity boxing match to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice. Steve did this in memory of his dad, Terry Atkin.

Boxing novice, Steve, had originally been paired with a 42-year-old of similar ability. Three hours before his match was due to start, he was given notice of a change of opponent. Steve’s new opponent was a 32-year-old cage fighter with 37 wins out of 47 fights under his belt!

After a tough three-round match, Steve won convincingly on points.

Steve, who works for Daniel Charles Construction, said:

“My dad was everything to me. I worked with him on building sites and he taught me everything I know. He was my best mate as well as a dad, and a true hero.

“I had been training with Russ Brown at Browny’s Boxing Gym to keep fit but had no previous experience of a boxing match, so my wife suggested I take on this challenge to raise money for St Barnabas.

“The care Dad received from St Barnabas Hospice was excellent, and I can’t thank them enough.”

Steve has previously fundraised in memory of a friend by taking on a 10k race and the Tough Mudder, and is excited to continue fundraising in the future.

Mike Pastor, Challenge Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We are so proud of what Steve has achieved in memory of his dad, and his story just goes to show the huge lengths people will go to in memory of their loved ones.

“I would encourage more people to step out of their comfort zone like Steve has, and take on a challenge in support of St Barnabas Hospice.”

If you would like to take on a challenging event in support of St Barnabas Hospice, please contact Mike Pastor at or call 01522 540 300.

Grantham Bubble Rush raises almost £25,000 for local Hospice

Almost £25,000 has been raised at the successful Bubble Rush hosted by St Barnabas Hospice on Sunday 8th July

On Sunday 8th July, around 550 people came together to run the 5k Bubble Rush at Stoke Rochford Hall in support of St Barnabas Hospice. These inspiring runners have collectively raised almost £25,000 for the Hospice.

People young and old joined forces at Stoke Rochford Hall, with the youngest participant being just a toddler and the oldest participant being 79-years-old!

The Bubble Rush is a 5km route around Stoke Rochford Hall, with bubble cannons pumping out brightly coloured foam at each kilometre. Although the weather was hot, it didn’t stop the first runner back completing the course in less than 30 minutes!

79-year-old Helen Smith from Croxton Kerrial near Grantham completed the Bubble Rush in less than two hours, with the help of a walking frame. Helen was taking part in memory of her husband, John, who sadly died a couple of years ago in the St Barnabas Hospice in the Hospital from metastatic cancer of the lung. Prior to his fifteen days spent in the Hospice, he received Hospice at Home care from St Barnabas, as well as attending Day Therapy sessions in Grantham.

Before setting off, Helen said:

“I read a story about a five-year-old who took part in last year’s St Barnabas Bubble Rush, and she really inspired me. If she can do it, then why can’t I?

“I have been very unwell myself and cannot walk without the use of sticks, so I see this as a goal to help get my life back to normal.

“John will definitely be looking down on me and chuckling the whole way round, but I know he’d be very proud.”

Amelia Mochan, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“It was such an emotional moment when Helen crossed the finish line, and the spectators had all gathered to cheer in her amazing effort. I couldn’t be prouder of the lengths our supporters go to when fundraising for our Hospice.

“The money raised from the Bubble Rush is crucial in helping St Barnabas deliver care and support across Lincolnshire. With it, we can care for more patients living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.”

“A lot of our mass participation events involve a level of activeness – whether that be running, walking or climbing over inflatables!

To get in touch with the Events team about this event or future events, call 01522 540 300 or email You can see a full list of the Hospice events at

New date set for Grantham Ladies Lunch

A new date has been set for the St Barnabas Grantham Ladies Lunch, featuring a special talk and free beauty treatments

At this year’s St Barnabas Ladies Lunch in Grantham, the Hospice is delighted to welcome Enhance Beauty to do a 20 minute talk, offer free treatments and donate £300 worth of prizes to the luxury raffle!

Enhance Beauty will be the headline sponsor for this event held at Belton Woods Hotel on Friday 19th October from 11.30am, and are doing a lucky dip to offer those in attendance a free mini treatment. They will be giving £300 worth of prizes to the raffle, which include CACI anti-ageing treatments, massage and shellac nail varnish.

Also included in the luxury raffle is a spa day at Belton Woods Hotel, a photoshoot with Instinctive Photography and a mini-break from Janet Sprigg at Your Holiday Booking.

Lorna Worsley, Owner of Enhance Beauty, said:

“The Hospice touches so many of our clients’ lives, so it is an obvious choice to lend our support. It is great to be able to support such a giving organisation.

“We know a lot is self-funded, so it’s important for us to remain focussed on doing all we can to retain this important local service.”

Also in attendance at this popular Grantham event will be guest speaker, Judith Holder. Judith will entertain guests with her talk, ‘Grey Pride,’ so expect lots of laughter.

Amelia Mochan, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said:

“We are delighted that Enhance Beauty will be joining us for this year’s Ladies Lunch, and can’t wait to treat our guests to a bit of pampering.

“Whether you bring your mum, grandma, sister or friends, you’re guaranteed to have a fun-filled girly afternoon of relaxation, whilst raising money for your local Hospice.”

As well as guest speakers and headline sponsors, there will also be several stalls on the day. Guests are welcome to browse an array of jewellery, handbags, crafts and gifts and indulge in some retail therapy.

Tickets cost £26 per person, and include a two-course meal and complimentary tea and coffee. To buy your tickets, visit

For more information about the Ladies Lunch Grantham, call Amelia Mochan on 01522 540 300, or email