Hospice in need of Wellbeing volunteers to support patients in Lincolnshire

St Barnabas Hospice is holding a wellbeing volunteer recruitment open evening at the Inpatient Unit on Nettleham Road Lincoln

 St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is on a recruitment drive to fill volunteer wellbeing posts at the Inpatient Unit.

The charity has the support of over 1,000 volunteers across the county and is looking to grow the support of specific wellbeing volunteers to help patients, their families and carers.

At the Inpatient Unit the wellbeing volunteers, alongside professionals offer the patients and their loved ones, complementary therapies such as Reiki, hand massage, and spiritual and pastoral care.

The volunteers also lend a listening ear whenever it is needed and champion the St Barnabas Hospice vision of a world with dignified and compassion end-of-life care.

The volunteer recruitment open evening will take place on Wednesday 27th June 5 – 7.30 pm at St Barnabas Inpatient Unit, 36 Nettleham Road, Lincoln, LN2 1RE.

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

“We are recruiting wellbeing volunteers to support the staff, patients, their families at carers at our Inpatient Unit in Lincoln. This is an opportunity to make a difference to patients in the IPU and their families by providing a range of wellbeing support.

“It is an exciting opportunity to join a local charity and really make a difference to the patients, and their loved ones in the Inpatient Unit by providing a range of wellbeing support.  The volunteers will be an integral part of the ward team and work closely with the staff.

“We are looking for anyone who has experience providing complementary therapies, counselling, a background in spiritual or pastoral care, art therapists, social workers, occupational therapists, health and social care or physiotherapists. More than that we are looking for people that are good listeners, as sometimes just having someone to speak to is all the therapy our patients need.”

In return for a couple of hours of volunteered time each week between 5 -7pm, St Barnabas Hospice will offer support, a core training programme and help the individuals develop their skillset.

If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming a wellbeing support volunteer for St Barnabas Hospice contact the wellbeing team on 01522 518 225 or turn up on the evening.

Lincolnshire community encouraged to talk about death during national Dying Matters week

St Barnabas Hospice staff are preparing to talk with local people about death, dying and bereavement as part of a national campaign week

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice will be encouraging the local community to raise awareness of the importance of talking about dying and how to best prepare.

There are events across the county, including the infamous Death Café which will be held at Angel Café, Free School Lane, LN2 1EY on Sunday 20th May 4 – 6pm.

Members of staff from St Barnabas have once again teamed up with the Waterside Shopping Centre in Lincoln, LN2 1AP. From 14th – 20th May, those visiting the centre will be offered the chance to answer three emotive questions about their lives. It not only offers the opportunity to discuss end-of-life and gain more awareness of talking about dying.

The awareness week continues across the county on Monday 14th May with a Nurse-led coffee morning at Grantham Day Therapy, Barrowby Road, NG31 8AF, from 10am – 12 noon. On Tuesday 15th May St Barnabas Hospice will be at the Burgh Le Marsh friendship group at Windmill Café, Skegness, PE24 5JT, from 10.30am – 12 noon.

Lisa Gibson, Community Development Officer for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“Over half a million people die in the UK each year; yet talking about dying, death and bereavement is something that many people find challenging. We are hoping that the boards will get people talking and start conversations around dying, death and bereavement.

“Death will have an impact on everyone’s lives at some point and talking about it means we are better prepared to support each other when it does happen. People may think it sounds morbid but the boards and the coffin project are as much about life as they are death.

“It is about encouraging people to make the most of the time they have and to put plans in place so that they can get on with living.”

The community coffin project will return for 2018 as part of a wider initiative to promote Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs from 14th – 20th May. The annual campaign urges people to talk more openly and make plans for the end of life.

LILP launches ‘Overcoming Loneliness’ art competition

Lincs Independent Living Partnership (LILP) has launched an art competition on the theme ‘Overcoming Loneliness’ to help bring this key issue to the fore.

Residents of Lincolnshire aged 18 and over, who have a passion for photography, drawing or painting, are asked to submit entries on the theme by 1st June 2018. People of all abilities are encouraged to participate.

Winning entries will be included in a LILP calendar 2019, circulated throughout the community. The top three entries will be showcased in the LILP marquee at the Lincolnshire Show 2018 (8th Avenue, Stand 11), where members of the public will be asked to vote for an overall winner.

LILP is a consortium of five local charitable organisations – Age UK Lincoln & Kesteven, LACE Housing, LHP, Lincolnshire Home Independence Agency, and St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice – bound by a common mission to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of vulnerable local people and promote independent living.

Nick Chambers, CEO of LACE Housing and Chair of LILP’s Joint Steering Board, comments:

“Loneliness is a real problem for people living in the often sparsely-populated and rural communities of Lincolnshire and its impact on health and wellbeing is well documented. The art competition is one of the ways my fellow LILP colleagues and I hope to spark reflection and dialogue on the issue. At the same time, we’re keen to celebrate Lincolnshire’s photographic and artistic talent, and very much look forward to receiving entries!”

If you would like to participate, or you if you know someone or a community group who might be interested, further information, downloadable competition entry forms and rules are available at www.lilp.org.uk

New members encouraged to join St Barnabas bereavement group

A Lincoln-based drop-in group for people who have been bereaved is inviting new members to join their weekly social gatherings in the north of the city

The group, called New Beginnings, meets every Tuesday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm, at Our Lady of Lincoln Church on Laughton Way, Lincoln. These meetings offer people the chance to socialise and support each other following a bereavement, regardless of how long ago they were bereaved.

Anyone can attend this group if they have been bereaved – whether they have a connection with St Barnabas or not. Many rely on this group to provide them with continued support and the chance to socialise and go out for meals with other people.

Most importantly for some members, Laughton Way is on a main bus route in Lincoln, and the group meets in daylight hours. This means that people without transport are also able to drop-in to the weekly meetings easily.

Stuart Pearson, aged 65, joined the group over two years ago after his wife died in 2013 from cervical cancer. Stuart said:

“This group has been absolutely fantastic for me; it has been such a support over the years. It makes a huge difference because when you lose your partner, you suddenly find you’re on your own.

“I urge anybody who is considering coming along to take the plunge and join us.”

The group regularly raises an amazing amount of money for St Barnabas Hospice, and their overall fundraising total is over £9,000 since they were formed seven years ago.

The group is run by volunteer, Brenda Page, whose husband died at the Hospice in 2009, following a two year battle with Leukaemia. Brenda said:

“This group is so important, as some people can’t talk to counsellors in the same way as they feel they can talk to us. We just want people to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Our groups are full of fun and laughter, and we all agree that we have made friends for life by attending each week.

“Although we discuss bereavement and support each other with it, we also have tea and biscuits, play games, run quizzes and take part in a raffle! All we ask is that each person brings £2 and a small raffle prize each week to keep this going.

“Raising money for St Barnabas is our way of giving back to a charity which has helped many of our members and their loved ones. My advice would be that if you’re struggling by yourself, give us a call or drop-in to one of our sessions and see what you think!”

For further details about joining this group, please contact Brenda Page on 01522 883 941.

Lincolnshire Hospice to host Cream Tea & Plant Sale in Lincoln

St Barnabas Hospice will be hosting a Cream Tea & Plant Sale on Saturday 26th May, from 1.30pm to 4pm at the Day Therapy Centre, Hawthorn Road, Lincoln, LN2 4QX.

Throughout the afternoon the Day Therapy Centre will be open to all, where there will be an opportunity to purchase a wide selection of plants, as well as browsing some of the best local craft stalls. New for 2018, the Hospice will also be serving a homemade cream tea to enjoy in their beautiful garden.

Ella Beale, Community Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We are delighted to welcome members of the public to our annual Cream Tea & Plant Sale, and we hope the cream tea will prove a popular addition to this year’s event.

“The plant sale wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of local people and garden centres donating plants to support the event.

“Since our plant sales began back in 2001, they have raised over £50,000 for St Barnabas Hospice, which is the equivalent of funding 73 overnight stays in our Inpatient Unit.”

St Barnabas would appreciate any plant donations for this event, so please get in contact if you would like to help. You can also apply to host a stall on the day, which will cost £20.

For further information or to make a donation please contact Ella Beale on 01522 559 509 or email ella.beale@stbarnabashospice.co.uk. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/lincoln-plant-sale.

St Barnabas Hospice ask local people to make their Will this May and support hospice care into the future

Local people are being encouraged to make or amend their Will free of charge this May, and in return, are asked to support their local Hospice

Throughout May this year, St Barnabas Hospice have teamed up with local Solicitor firms to give Lincolnshire residents the chance to make or amend their Will free of charge. In return, they are asking for a gift in their Will or donation to St Barnabas.

The Solicitors which are involved in this campaign are: Dale & Co Solicitors, Hodgkinsons Solicitors, Langleys Solicitors, Ringrose Law and Sills & Betteridge Solicitors.

Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“A lot of people think they don’t need a Will early on in life, but it’s amazing what assets people realise they have when they write them down. If you’re married, have kids or own a business or home and don’t have a Will, now is definitely the right time to make one.

“It is also good to review your current Will every five years, as a lot can change in a short space of time.

Tina Hill, Chartered Legal Executive at Hodgkinsons Solicitors, said:

“Many people don’t like the thought of making a Will because they think it’s tempting fate, yet they are happy to take out life insurance to cover a mortgage or a loan

“It is important to make a Will at any time of life, even if you think you have nothing to leave there is always something to sort out, whether it be wealth, beloved pets or just to outline funeral arrangements.

“When making a Will you can appoint who you want to administer your estate and sort out arrangements as you wish them to be done. What better time to do it than during Make a Will Month?”

St Barnabas is lucky to receive many gifts in Wills from their supporters. These gifts help St Barnabas care for more people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.

As well as supporting the future of your local Hospice, Make a Will Month also encourages people to make plans, and to think about the end of their life.

Sam said:

“Although the end of your life can be difficult to think about, it can be even more difficult for your friends and family if nothing is in place when it comes around.

“Make a Will Month helps people to create their Legacy and decide what happens to the people and things they care about the most after they are gone.”

There is no obligation to leave a gift in your Will for St Barnabas as part of Make a Will Month. However, once you have provided for your loved ones, any gift you are able to leave will help to ensure that the Hospice can continue their care and support in the local community into the future.

For more information on Make a Will Month or to receive your free pack, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/MAWM. Alternatively, you can contact Sam Waterer at sam.waterer@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call 01522 540 300.

Lottery Raffle Winners

Here is the list of winners for the 2018 Spring Raffle at St Barnabas Hospice.

The Raffle was drawn on 28th March 2018 at 10am in our Louth Bookshop. Shop Volunteer, Jean, and Shop Manager, Sandy, were there to help us with the draw.

Amount Ticket No. Location
£3,000 043747 Ermine East
£500 135892 Market Rasen
£50 164508 Spalding
£50 130615 South Hykeham
£50 055241 Cherry Willingham
£50 050129 Scothern
£50 036359 North Hykeham
£50 100358 Welton
£50 114907 Walcott
£50 025471 Lincoln
£50 065188 Heighington
£50 029905 Brant Road

Click here to join the St Barnabas Lottery!

St Barnabas Hospice has a new telephone number

Following enquiries and feedback on their referral system, St Barnabas Hospice has got a new telephone number.

The Palliative Care Co-ordination Centre (PCCC) at St Barnabas Hospice will now operate as a Single Point of Access for any St Barnabas Community Service referrals.

A Single Point of Access will allow the Hospice to build packages of care for patients in receipt of health funding and Bereavement Counselling and Support.

To offer the best service St Barnabas have moved to a more cost effective telephone number specifically for charities and non-profit organisations.


The PCCC will now take calls from Health and Social Care Professionals, from patients and their families and carers. To centre will offer advice and support for those living with a life-limiting or terminal condition. The referral will then be passed on to the relevant St Barnabas department who will be able to provide the correct assistance.

The Palliative Care Co-ordination Centre can take referrals for patients who are diagnosed with a life limiting or terminal condition, who are registered with a Lincolnshire GP and are aged 18 years and over.

The Palliative Care Co-Ordination Centre is able to assist those wanting to make a referral as long as they are registered with a Lincolnshire GP, aged 18 years or over and diagnosed with a life-limiting or terminal condition.

Julie Bishop, Clinical Lead Nurse for the PCCC, said:

“Launching a new number for St Barnabas Hospice has enabled us to use a 0300 number which means those charges that you used to get no, which means the cost of all calls to the centre will now be much lower.

“The new number has also timed perfectly with our updated referral process, and the launch of our Single Point of Access offering one number for referrals, support and signposting to improve quality of life for those living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and to promote dignified end-of-life care.”

You can find more information about St Barnabas Hospice’s new number by visiting their website on StBarnabasHospice.co.uk, email at enquiries@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call 0300 020 0694.

Local beauty salon supports Grantham Ladies Lunch

Tickets are selling fast for the St Barnabas Grantham Ladies Lunch, including a special talk and free treatments from Enhance Beauty

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

Enhance Beauty have chosen to be the headline sponsor for this event held at Belton Woods Hotel on Friday 20th April, and will be 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 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 local vocalist, Bryony Parker, and guest speaker, Edward Peel. Edward is a well-known British actor known for Lassiter, Breakaway and Shakespeare’s Globe: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also appeared on Doctor Who, Heartbeat, Shogun, Juliet Bravo, Cracker and Emmerdale Farm.

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 www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/granthamlunch18.

For more information about the Ladies Lunch Grantham, call Amelia Mochan on 01522 540 300, or email amelia.mochan@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

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.