Your support is a lifeline

My name is Teresa and I’ve been a nurse here at St Barnabas for 12 years.

My job is hugely rewarding – even though it’s become so much harder since COVID-19 arrived.

One thing we nurses hear from families all the time is, “You’re amazing – we could not have done this without you!” I  know how absolutely true it is – because when the nurses, my colleagues, looked after my dad a couple of years ago, they lifted a massive weight off my shoulders. The staff in the Hospice in the Hospital were amazing with my him, myself and my family. They were so kind, caring and looked after us all so well.

I’m a trained nurse with years of experience but those final weeks with Dad were mentally and emotionally exhausting, even with St Barnabas to help me. I always knew that looking after someone who was dying was hard work.

I always knew that your heart breaks and it’s so painful. But I don’t think you can really know until you experience it. Now I feel I have a much deeper insight into how hard it is – and how this past year has been even more difficult for so many families.

I hope, if you can, you’ll help me and my colleagues to keep caring for local families, helping to lift the weight off their shoulders when it really matters.

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Heroes of hospice care

During these unprecedented times we saw our staff and volunteers working very differently and staying at home where possible. Our latest edition of Inside St Barnabas contains some of the stories behind the fundraising, care and support that we would like to recognise.

Here are just some of the incredible heroes of hospice care in Lincolnshire.

Boston Wellbeing Hub Appeal

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Novak House will give the people of South Lincolnshire a safe and welcoming space where they can receive the best support and care from specialists. We must raise around £234,250 to complete this vital project. Please make a donation if you are able to.

Legacy gift enables new Wellbeing Hub


Last year we received a legacy gift of £400,000 from philanthropist, Stefan Novak, to open a state-of-the-art Wellbeing Hub in Boston. Stefan Novak was known in Lincolnshire for his zest for life despite losing his sight at the age of 10. His accomplishments included a successful career in investment banking, creating audiobooks for the blind and charity fundraising.

The new site, to be named ‘Novak House’, will see a complete renovation and repurposing of the existing site and will be dedicated to Mr Novak in recognition of his work and his gift to the Hospice.

Mandy Irons, Head of Wellbeing at St Barnabas Hospice, said, “Stefan Novak and his family have enabled us to create a custom-designed hub that brings our wellbeing and clinical care together, which will help us to achieve the very best we can for local people. Novak House will be our flagship wellbeing hub and our blueprint for developing further hubs across the county.”

The Wellbeing Hub will support patients and their families with physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological needs through its community and wellbeing teams. The Hospice’s welfare and benefits team will also provide advice and guidance through the hub. Appointments will also be available with palliative care consultants, palliative rehabilitation teams and talking therapies teams. The hub will also boast relaxation areas and outdoor space for families to take some much-needed time out.

The new facility will also provide a base for the St Barnabas community team to care for patients and their families in their own homes. Professionals from many different organisations are involved in a patient’s care, and the hub will also host space for other services, such as Macmillan, Marie Curie and the NHS community teams to come together to support patients and their families through the specialist palliative care multidisciplinary team approach.

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Vision

Our Vision is a world where dying with dignity, compassion and having choices is a fundamental part of a life.

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Mission

Our Mission is to ensure all individuals facing the end of their life in Lincolnshire receive dignified, compassionate care when they require it and where they ask for it.

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