Mon 13 May 2013
YOUNG PEOPLE’S SERVICES
Shakespeare Hospice and The Stratford Town Trust launched their new young
people’s services partnership at a magical tea party on Friday 10th
new partnership was celebrated by local young people; community groups; health,
social care and education professionals. There was light hearted entertainment
from comedy magician Mel Harvey, better known as ‘The Grate Mozzarella’ and
beautiful piano music from Andrew Henderson of King Edward VI School.
new Young People’s Services provided by the Hospice include support for young
carers, bereaved children, and teenagers with life limiting illnesses as well
as a volunteering and education programme with local schools. The Town Trust
has agreed to fund 40% of the project, a total of £208,000 over 3 years,
subject to achievement of set targets.
Executive of the Hospice, Angie Arnold, said: ‘We’re delighted with the support
of the Town Trust which has enabled us to kick-start the new Young People’s
Services. We look forward to working with our partners in the community so that
no one affected by life limiting illness as a patient, carer or family member
ever feels they have to cope alone.’
you would like to find out more about the new services and how they can help you,
or someone you know, please contact the Hospice on 01789 266852.
Fri 26 April 2013
FAMILIES GET ON THEIR BIKES FOR THE HOSPICE
is now open for The Shakespeare Hospice’s family friendly cycle event and
picnic on Sunday 7th July 2013.
The Leisure Ride starts at NFU Mutual
in Tiddington at 10.00am and offers families and individuals the option of 2
distances of 10 and 25 miles, each with fantastic support along the way
from an army of volunteers and event organisers. The courses have been
specially designed to give ALL a fantastic day out on their bikes in the heart
of the beautiful Warwickshire and Cotswolds countryside. The 25 mile
route takes in a picnic stop at Walton Hall. Riders must be over 10 years old,
with entry costing £10 for under 16s and £15 for adults.
All sponsorship raised will go to The
Shakespeare Hospice, and cyclists are encouraged to raise as much sponsorship
as possible to enable us to support more patients and their families.
out more about how your family can take part in this fantastic day out for the
Hospice click here. You can also call the Fundraising team on 01789 266852 or
if you’d like more information.
Mon 22 April 2013
NIFTY 50 BUSINESS CHALLENGE LAUNCHED
The Shakespeare Hospice has
launched its first Business Challenge, calling for local businesses or
individuals to transform £50 into as much money as possible over a 90 days
period – the only rule is that activities must be legal!
“We are looking to our local
business community to help us raise much needed funds” explains Amy Rollason,
Corporate Fundraiser. “You can be as creative and inspirational as you like
with your fundraising, this is a fun and uplifting way to support your local
Activities already planned
by the teams involved include cake sales, raft races and other fantastic
The Stratford Business Forum
is proudly supporting this campaign and encouraging members to register teams.
Jonathan Smith, who established the Forum in 2010, added, “We are pleased to be
supporting the Hospice raising vital funds in such a creative way.”
you would also like to join in this fun Business Challenge and do something
wonderful for your local community please contact Amy Rollason or Ali Gray on
01789 266 852 or see more information here
Fri 12 April 2013
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GRANT FOR HOSPICE EXPANSION
Department of Health has granted The Shakespeare Hospice £510,000 for expansion
of the Hospice building to accommodate services for children and young people.
across the UK are benefitting from the Department of Health scheme, which
invited applications last year.
Executive of The Shakespeare Hospice, Angie Arnold, said, ‘We are delighted
with the grant from The Department of Health which will enable us to provide
bespoke young people and family support. We already have planning
permission for our expansion, which involves creating first floor space. The
new young people’s hub will include a wet room, therapy room, consulting room,
teenage social “hub” and children’s play area. The grant will not cover all the
work we need to carry out so we will be appealing to our local community to
support us in this endeavour.’
Shakespeare Hospice announced its new services for children and young people
last month. These include support for young carers, bereavement support for
children, Day Hospice care for teenagers and a volunteering and education
programme in local schools. To find out more about the Hospice’s expansion, new
services for children and existing services for adults, call us on 01789
Wed 3 April 2013
SUPPORTER OPEN EVENING - APRIL 11TH
The Shakespeare Hospice will be holding our first supporter open evening of 2013 on Thursday April 11th between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. There will be the opportunity to find out about the range of services we offer to our community and the developments we are planning, as well as the chance to ask any questions that you may have. Light refreshments will be provided and parking is available.
If are you are interested in joining us, please email email@example.com or call Claire on 01789 266852
Thu 21 March 2013
STRATFORD TOWN TRUST
Stratford Town Trust has awarded The Shakespeare Hospice
a grant towards the development of support services for children, young people
and their families affected by life limiting illness.
Hospice Chief Executive, Angie Arnold, said: ‘We’re
delighted the Town Trust is contributing towards our new project. Their grant
towards the new services will help us to build on the support we have already
started to give to Stratford’s young people. We still need more funds to make
the whole project happen but the Town Trust have given us a great start.’
The Hospice will provide 4 new services for young people
– support for young carers, pre and post bereavement support for children and
young people, Day Hospice support for transitional care patients (16-24 year
olds with life limiting conditions), and a volunteering/education programme for
Development of the services is on going. The Children’s Bereavement Service is already
up and running and work has begun with young carers and local schools. If you
would like to find out more about the new services, how they can help you, or
someone you know, please contact the Hospice on 01789 266852.
Fri 8 March 2013
NEW HOSPICE SHOP IN WELLESBOURNE
The Shakespeare Hospice is delighted to announce the opening of a new shop at 3, The Precinct, Wellesbourne on Saturday 9th March 2013 at 10am. The shop will stock ladies’ and children’s clothing, home accessories, books, jewellery and knitting wool.
The shop will be opened by Di Walden, Stratford upon Avon Deputy Mayor and Manager of The Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop.
Di explained: ‘This will be the Hospice’s 7th shop in South Warwickshire and will raise much needed funds towards caring for local families affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses.’
The Hospice would love to hear from anyone who has questions, items to donate or time to spare to volunteer in the shop. Please contact Caroline Larson, Wellesbourne Shop Manager on 01789 470027 or click here to find out more.
Mon 4 March 2013
Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop in Rother Street, Stratford upon Avon, will be
celebrating its 5th Birthday on World Book Day, Thursday 7th
March 2013. You are invited to come along for coffee and cake and enter our
competitions. Take advantage of our 5 for £5 offer on selected paperbacks which
runs until Saturday 9th March 2013. To mark this special birthday
the shop volunteers will be in fancy dress, as 5 year olds!
Di Walden said ‘Over the past 5 years, we have built up a loyal clientele of
regulars and tourists who visit us from all over the country. I have a
wonderful team of dedicated volunteers without whom none of this would have
been possible. I hope people will join us to celebrate the success of our
fabulous shop! We are looking forward to the next 5 years and would like to
thank all our customers and people who donate so generously to help our local
Shakespeare Hospice Bookshop helps to raise much needed funds towards caring
for local families affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses. The
shop would be delighted to hear from anyone who has time to volunteer on
Saturdays. Call Di on 01789 209232 or pop in. For more information about all our shops click here.
Thu 21 February 2013
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire kindly donated
£1,500 to The Shakespeare Hospice at a charity luncheon on 19th
February. Head of Fundraising and Communications, Sarah Davies, said: ‘We are
delighted with the continued support of our local Freemasons. The grant from
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire will enable us to help more local
patients and their families affected by life limiting illness.’
Mon 4 February 2013
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR 2013
One of The Shakespeare Hospice’s founders and trustees,
Francis Prentice MBE, was awarded ‘Citizen of the Year’ in the Pride of
Stratford Awards on Friday night. Francis, who received an MBE last year, has
worked tirelessly to support the Hospice for more than 20 years. He has also been
involved with many other community initiatives including The Shakespeare
Marathon. Francis shared the award with joint-winner, Martin Gorick.
Head of Fundraising at the Hospice, Sarah Davies, said, ‘It
was a wonderful evening celebrating the best of Stratford. We’re thrilled that
Francis has won this well deserved award. His commitment to the Hospice and the
wider community of Stratford is outstanding.’
For a full list of winners from this fabulous night, and to
view photos, visit http://www2.102touchfm.co.uk/pride-of-stratford-awards-2013/home/
Thu 31 January 2013
NEW WELLESBOURNE SHOP
Our new shop at 3, The Precinct, Wellesbourne, is opening on
Saturday 9th March (more details about our opening day coming soon!)
The shop will stock ladies clothing, bags, shoes and accessories, jewellery,
home decoration, paperbacks and wool.
If you'd like to find out more please come along to our
special open day at Wellesbourne Village Hall on Wednesday 13th February
2.30pm-5.30pm. Whether you're a potential customer, or you might like to
volunteer in store, or you just want to donate some of your unwanted good quality
items, we'd love to meet you.
Shopping That Matters:
By supporting your local Hospice shop you are helping us to
support hundreds of local families affected by life limiting illnesses, such as
cancer. Our specialist care and support helps to improve quality of life for
patients as well as providing much needed assistance to their carers, friends and
family members. Each year it costs more
than £1.4million to provide the services our community need, with only 5% of
that coming from the NHS, so every penny really does matter to us.
For more information about the shop, our open day and our
first day of trading, please contact Adrienne on 01789 266852. To find out more
about all our shops go to www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/retail and for more information about our care and how we
can help you, visit www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/hospicecare
Thu 24 January 2013
CHRISTMAS CHEER DVD
There’s still time to grab a copy of our Christmas Cheer Concert DVD, available
for just £7 including postage and packing. It’s a great memento of a special
night and another fantastic way to support local families affected by life
limiting illness. To order your copy, download an order form or call Linda on
Fri 18 January 2013
HOSPICE AT HOME PLOUGH ON
Despite the snowy conditions, our Hospice at Home service is continuing to operate. Our dedicated team of nurses are making home visits, providing care and support to patients and their families. If you are a Hospice at Home patient, please be assured the team are checking their phone messages regularly and are continuing to work.
Well done Hospice at Home team!
Tue 8 January 2013
CARE QUALITY COMMISSION
At a recent unannounced routine inspection by the Care
Quality Commission (CQC) the Hospice was found to be compliant in all
areas. The purpose of the visit was to
check that the essential standards of quality and safety were being met. The inspector
interviewed patients and staff and found that people were safe and well cared
The Hospice prides itself on providing the highest standards
of specialist care to local families affected by life limiting illnesses.
To find out more about the Hospice’s latest CQC inspection,
contact Head of Clinical Services, Bev Ballinger, on 01789 266852.
Mon 7 January 2013
Fancy a Challenge for 2013?
We’ve got a whole programme of
UK and overseas challenges that you can take part in to raise funds for the
Hospice. From taking on 24 peaks in the Lake District to jumping from a plane
at 10,000ft , to trekking in Little Tibet, we’ve got something for everyone.
visit our new Challenges Page to find out more.
Thu 3 January 2013
We’d like to thank everyone who donated to our 12 Days of Christmas appeal. The aim was to raise £7,200 to fund all the home visits our nurses would make over the Christmas period. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we reached our target.
The Hospice at Home team cared for 15 local families over Christmas, helping those families to stay together at home. The specialist care they provide to patients at the end of life can prevent unnecessary and stressful hospital admission and can help to maintain dignity and comfort. The support they give to family members can help them to cope and is often described by those families as ‘a life-line.’
Sadly, there were 7 bereavements over the Christmas period, but thanks to your support, our team were able to be there for those families when they were needed most. Thank you.
Mon 31 December 2012
LORD DIGBY JONES
We are delighted to be hosting a business lunch, as our first event of the New Year, with Lord Digby Jones as speaker.
'No one can do without business' is a networking lunch and talk at The Welcombe Hotel in Stratford on 25th January. Tickets are just £35 and are selling quickly. To book, or for more information including table sponsorship opportunities, contact Ali Gray at the Hospice on 01789 266852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri 21 December 2012
All of us at The Shakespeare Hospice would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!
Thank you for your kind support this year - without the generosity of our volunteers, supporters and partners we would not be able to support local families affected by life limiting illness.
One of the families we helped this year told us:
we have done without you? Felt frightened at night when the other services had
gone to bed! Instead, you were our back stop from early on in Mum’s illness and
towards the end you raced to the rescue. You are an amazing team. I will always
be grateful to you for helping Mum remain at home to the end.’
Thank you for helping us to be there for this family and hundreds of others. Enjoy the festive season and we hope to see you in the New Year. Keep an eye on the website for new events and exciting challenges for 2013...
Mon 17 December 2012
SANTA FUN RUN
Thank you to everyone who took part in our first ever Santa Fun Run this Sunday morning at Stratford High School. The 5km event saw a whole herd of Santas complete twelve laps of the running track, one for each day of Christmas. The jolly Santas were accompanied by seasonal music and much cheering from supporters, Santa fans and some little elves and reindeers.
Hospice Fundraiser Deborah Jones said: 'It was a great festive event and we were delighted to have patients and families we are supporting taking part. Sponsorship monies are still coming in and all the funds raised will go towards helping more local families affected by life limiting illness. Thank you to everyone who took part and supported the event.'
To see more photos of the Santa Fun Run please visit our Flickr pages.
Tue 11 December 2012
KES CHAPEL CHOIR
We're in Christmassy spirits in the Day Hospice with our programme of festive entertainment in full swing. Thank you to Orchestra of the Swan's Naomi and Matthew who entertained us yesterday and to members of KES School's Chapel Choir who sang for us today (pictured right).
Mon 10 December 2012
12 DAYS APPEAL
Each December, The Shakespeare Hospice at Home team support 10 or more local families sharing their last Christmas with a loved one.
The Hospice at Home service is provided to patients with any illness who are no longer receiving active treatment and are in the final stage of life. It enables those patients to choose to die at home, with their loved ones and in their own familiar surroundings.
Over the 12 days of Christmas this year the team expect to make 60 visits to local families at a cost of £120 each time. Please could you consider donating to our '12 Days of Christmas Appeal' to help us raise £7,200 and enable more patients to spend their last days at home with their family this Christmas?
To find out more and donate, visit www.justgiving.com/12days or call us on 01789 266852.
Tue 4 December 2012
THANK YOU ESMEE
We would like to thank Esmee Menzies for reading the poem she wrote about hope at our Light up a Life service on Sunday 2nd December. Here is Esmee's poem:
H is for hospice, the people who listen and care. We can ask the questions and are not scared.
O is for outspoken, make people aware, the signs to look out for, to know where to go, be aware.
P is for peace for us all when times are hard and we are feeling sad. Times of happiness too when my Grandad kept dropping his teeth and when he moaned about the nurses cold hands!
E is for enjoy. The times we share are so important, because the memories will always be there.
My Mamar and Grandad are not here in body but they are around me.
I hope this gives hope to keep going and remember you won't be lonely.
This is for my Mamar and Grandad.
Esmee, age 8.
Don't forget - it's not too late to make a dedication in memory of a loved one as part of Light up a Life. Visit http://www.theshakespearehospice.org.uk/lightupalife/ to find out more.
Tue 4 December 2012
Join us at The Hospice on Thursday evening at 6.30pm (6th December) for our second Light up a Life service. There will be a short outdoor service of readings, carols and poems in the Hospice gardens followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Hospice. You can make a dedication to a loved one in our Books of Remembrance, or online if you prefer: Light up a Life Online Dedication. To find out more, contact us on 01789 266852. We looking forward to seeing you.
Fri 30 November 2012
Join us this weekend on the 2nd December at the Great Gardens in the New Place for our Light up a Life service. Time 4.00pm. Afterwards join us for a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine in the Town Hall.
Wed 24 October 2012
SANTA FUN RUN
Start the festive season with a swing - join hundreds of Santas at Stratford upon Avon High School on Sunday 16th December, walking, running or jogging, the 12 days of Christmas 5k Santa Fun Run to raise funds for your local hospice.
Seasonal music and cheer will keep you going as you enjoy 12 days of Christmas (each day of Christmas is one lap of the track and the total will be approximately 5k) with festive nibbles and a drink at the finish line. In addition to having fun, the objective is to raise as much money as possible for The Shakespeare Hospice.
All entrants will receive a Santa suit and hat (yours to keep!) and a 12 days of Christmas Card which must be ticked on completion of each lap.
Please join us for this fabulous event to get into the spirit of Christmas and support your local Hospice.
To find out more click here or contact Amanda on 01789 266852.
Wed 26 September 2012
FOGGY AND WHIT
Two legends from the world of motorsport are revving up support for The Shakespeare Hospice.
As part of 'Foggy and Whit: Givin' It Gas', the 2012/13 UK chat show tour, which visits Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 October, four-times World Superbike Champion Carl Fogarty, and his good friend and former British Champion James Whitham, have committed to raising funds for The Shakespeare Hospice.
The event will feature a charity raffle and the chance to win some amazing prizes.
The top prize on offer is a once-in-a-lifetime flight in James’ private plane!
There will also be an opportunity to win selected Carl Fogarty merchandise, and an overnight stay in a top hotel.
Carl and James are set to appear at the Stratford Holiday Inn on Tuesday October 23.
Carl said: “The Shakespeare Hospice is a brilliant charity that provides specialist care for people affected by life limiting illnesses in the Warwickshire area.
“After hearing of the fantastic work they do, we knew we wanted to raise money for them.
“We try to support a different cause in every town that we go to, and the charity raffles have always gone down a storm in the past. We’ve raised more than £10,000 for various good causes over the course of the last two tours.
“The top prize up for grabs this time is a flight in James’ plane, piloted by the man himself!”
Sarah Davies, from The Shakespeare Hospice, said: “We’re really pleased that Carl and his team have decided to support us.
“We hope the night is a real success and obviously the more people who support the raffle, the better.
“The Shakespeare Hospice offers nursing care and support to patients, enabling them to continue living at home while receiving active treatment. Most of our patients are living with cancer, but we also help patients with heart problems and HIV/AIDS.
“The Hospice is not just for patients however, we have services in place to help carers and family members too.”
The 'Foggy and Whit: Givin It Gas' UK tour is being staged at six venues across England. It starts on Oct 23 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, moves to Nottingham on Oct 24, and then Newcastle on Oct 25. Three further nights are being staged in Chelmsford (Jan 15), Stoke (Jan 16) and Blackburn (Jan 17).
On-stage chat and questions will last around two hours, followed by the charity prize draw and a chance for autographs from Carl and James.
For more details about how to buy tickets for the shows, which are priced at £20, visit www.foggyandwhit.co.uk
Mon 17 September 2012
Stratford Town Trust has awarded The Shakespeare Hospice a grant of £50,000 towards the ‘Hospice at Home’ service. The continued support of the Town Trust has been welcomed by the Hospice and will make a positive difference to families in Stratford Town. Gillian Trench, Clinical Coordinator of Hospice at Home, said: ‘Our nursing care enables families to stay together in their own homes. Given the choice, most people would prefer to die at home and our care supports people who make that choice. Thanks to the continued support of the Town Trust we will be able to help more local families at some of the most difficult times in their lives.’
Mon 17 September 2012
Join us at Stratford Academy (the High School) on Saturday 6th October for the 15th Annual Auction organised by The Stratford Friends of The Shakespeare Hospice. Doors open at 12.30pm for vewing the auction lots and buying from the sales tables. The auction begins at 2pm. For more information please visit http://www.strathospfriends.wordpress.com
Fri 20 July 2012
Join us at the Hospice in Shottery for our family Fete on Saturday 1st
September 2012 and meet Claude, the Recycling Dragon! This event has been
planned at short notice after the wet weather cancellation of our Carnival,
which was due to take place in early July.
Many of the stall holders who would
have been at the Carnival will be joining us at the fete, so come along for family
fun, crafts, gifts, games and
refreshments. Plus, Claude, our
Recycling Dragon, was due to make his first appearance at the Carnival but is
now going to be at the Fete - he can't wait to meet you all! The Fete will start at 11am and finish at 4pm.
After the rainy
conditions all summer we're expecting a scorching sunny September! Please come
along and support your local Hospice Fete. If you have any queries please
contact Linda or Diane on 01789 266852. Thank you.
Wed 11 July 2012
Congratulations to The Shakespeare Hospice’s President, actor David Bradley. David is being awarded with an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Warwick University, later this month.
David’s work spans stage and screen, including parts in Shakespeare and award winning television shows. Perhaps his most famous role in recent years has been as Argus Filch in the Harry Potter Films.
Fri 6 July 2012
It is with our deepest regret that we have been forced to cancel our Carnival (Saturday 7th July) and the Dragon Boat Race. Unfortunately the rain has beaten us this time and we do not feel that it is fair on our traders, volunteers or visitors to go ahead in these adverse weather conditions.Please accept our sincerest apologies for any disruption or disappointment this may cause.
Our Summer Cash Raffle was due to be drawn at the Carnival but due to these unforseen circumstances the draw will now take place at the Hospice on Monday. Please note that no persons will be disadvantaged by this unavoidable change. Thank you.
Tue 26 June 2012
We are delighted to congratulate Francis Prentice, a Trustee of The Shakespeare Hospice, on his recent MBE award for services to the Stratford community.
Francis was central to the original appeal to build The Shakespeare Hospice and has remained dedicated to developing the Hospice’s services. Hospice Chief Executive, Angie Arnold, said, ‘we are very proud of the work Francis has done for the Hospice and the community we serve. This is a wonderful way for his hard work to be recognised and we congratulate Francis on this and thank him for all he has done, and continues to do.’
Photograph: Angie Arnold and Francis Prentice in the Hospice garden
Tue 19 June 2012
We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by a data mix-up in our latest newsletter mailing. Some supporters have received incorrectly addressed mail and others have not received anything.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about these errors.
If you have not received our newsletter and you would like to, please contact us on 01789 266852. If you would like to buy raffle tickets, we can post them to you or you can get them from the Hospice in Shottery.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Mon 18 June 2012
BEST OF BRITISH
Join us on Saturday 23rd June for our Best of British, red, white and blue Moonlit Walk. We start at Stratford High School - registration from 8.30pm, walking starts at 10pm. Enjoy a 10k route around Stratford including a celebratory fizz stop at Budgens Trinity Mead. Back at the High School indulge in a very British breakfast bun before heading home. Register online or call us on 01789 266852.
Mon 14 May 2012
CHOOSE CHARITY SHOPS
This is a nationwide campaign to encourage more people to donate directly to charity shops.
Charity shops thrive on donations, but their number one concern at the moment is not having enough second-hand items to sell. We know that most people have items they aren’t using in their homes and that the majority of people have at least one bag of unused clothing in their wardrobes. These items could be put to use by charity shops – adding to the £200 million of annual income they already generate for a huge range of charitable causes.
To find out more about donating to The Shakespeare Hospice shops, call Adrienne on 01789 266852.
Tue 24 April 2012
FURNITURE STORE GRAND OPENING
The Shakespeare Hospice Furniture Store opened on 21st April 2012 at 10am. Lord Digby Jones made the opening speech to an eager crowd of shoppers as the sun shone. Touch FM broadcast live from the event with interviews from Lord Jones, Angie Arnold, management, staff and volunteers which really showcased The Shakespeare Hospice and its’ services as well as promoting the store. We took an amazing £5500 on our first day which was a tremendous result and thank you to everyone from staff and volunteers to our generous donors for making this such a success.
If you would like to donate any unwanted items, please call 01789 205333 or call in and see our wonderful range of furniture. We also need volunteers to work in the store. For more details, see the retail section of the website.