Busy and changing times

I’ve been to lots of meeting and discussions with the 5 CCG’s who support the Hospice as their 5 year plans are being shared. I have set up an internal clinical planning group so we can consider the CCG plans and develop our services. It’s an exciting time in the Hospice as we continue to deliver our high quality services and plan new areas of work. Our own new strategy is to be published in the spring of 2015, and we will continue to work with the public, users,carers, supporters , GPs and other health and social care providers including our local hospital and community services in developing our new strategy.

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Dying Matters

Dying matters week was a really important time to encourage people to talk about death, their plans and wishes. We had many events at the Hospice as well as with partners, and we held a great concert where the Hospice choir sang as well as a jazz singer from our local radio station .

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Help the Hospice Roadshow

Myself and other members of staff attended 2 of the help the hospice road shows at Trinity and St Helena’s Hospice. This is a time of great change for Hospices and it’s really important we work with local and national partners to plan and delivery high quality end of life services to our communities

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House of Commons

I joined the Hospice family support team for a tour of the House of Commons which was provided by our local MP Andrew Rosindell who is a great supporter of the Hospice.

Outside the House of Commons

Outside the House of Commons

It was a really interesting tour and we were lucky with the weather to be on the terrace for photos. A big thankful to Andrew for showing up around and Paul the head of department at the Hospice for organising the evening for staff and volunteers.

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Choir Concert

We held a choir concert at St Mary’s church in Stapleford Abbots which was a great success. This was the first full concert we had done on our own. We loved it as did the audience and funds were raised for the church and the hospice.

The Saint Francis Hospice Choir

The Saint Francis Hospice Choir

A very big thanks to John our choir master and Ray who played the piano so well.

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Big Brew

The fundraising team launched our very own Big Brew initiative. This is for community groups to have a Big Brew and raise funds for us. It’s been very well received. Thank you everyone who is taking part. Look out for the orange Big Brew mugs! We launched this at our Board meeting, senior management team and heads of department.

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Royal Visit

We had an amazing Royal visit by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra who visited the Hospice to official launch our beautiful memory tree. The Princess talked to families, patients and staff and was delighted to see the leaf on the memory she had purchased for her late husband Sir Angus Olgilvy.

HRH Princess Alexandra

HRH Princess Alexandra

Despite the downfall of rain, the families who have supported the funding of the memory tree which came rom America and those who had bought leaves for their loved ones were able to enjoy the Princess’s visit and cream teas.

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Thorndon Golf day

Another great day of golf was played at Thorndon Golf club, organised by one of our major supporters Barry Hearn. Steve Davis and Sir Trevor Brooking were part of the teams, and the auction at night was a huge success. Thank you Barry for your continued support.

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Planning with Partners

As we continue to strive to expand and develop our services it’s very important we work with other partners such as the Hospitals, community providers, GP’s , clinical commissioning groups and Councils to name just a few. Several meetings are taking place across East London and Essex to make sure we are all working to improve services for patients and families.

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Carers tea

There was a lovely warm day for our summer carers tea, which was really well attended. The schoolchildren from Hall Mead school came to sing and show their incredible talents. This year was extra special as James Smith who was on the final of ‘Britain’s got Talent’ gave a special appearance, which was really appreciated by everyone. Thank you Hall Mead School who support us very year . Your musical talents are amazing. Good luck to James in the future. I hope we will be seeing a lot of him.

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