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Registered Nurse Recruitment and Open Day
Published: 30 March 2017
Registered Nurses are invited to attend an Open Day on Friday 21st April at St Michael’s Hospice, St Leonards on Sea.
The Open Day will start at 10am with a tour of our newly refurbished Hospice In-Patient Unit followed by three teaching sessions, taking place between 11am – 12pm.
- ‘Meeting the needs of patients and their families’ with Maxine Clist, Hospice at Home Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Gold Standards Framework – what is it and what does it mean for palliative care?’ with Wendy Andrews, Hospice Education Manager
- ‘New NICE Guidelines on Care of the Dying Adult’ with Hospice Doctor, Dr Nicola Goss. All attendees will receive a one hour CPD certificate for use in their Revalidation portfolio.
Registered Nurses who are interested in joining our team, are encouraged to download and complete a job application form, prior to the Open Day, and submit it to Human resources before the day for a guaranteed interview in the afternoon. Application forms can be downloaded from www.stmichaelshospice.com/jobs
Lunch will be provided for all attendees. No booking necessary.
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Published: 27 March 2017
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of St Michael’s Hospice, we are inviting all our supporters to free celebratory teas, which are taking place in six locations throughout Hastings and Rother.
The events are completely free, with thanks to the Big Lottery Fund. There will be afternoon tea and live music for all to enjoy. The teas will be taking place throughout April, May and June in; St Leonards on Sea, Robertsbridge, Sedlescombe, Stonegate, Rye and Bexhill on Sea.
“The Celebratory Teas are a way for us to thank all of our supporters for the 30 years of loyal support we have received, for which we are immensely grateful and hugely dependent” said Kate Wellesley, Community Fundraiser at St Michael’s Hospice.
Spaces are limited, so booking early is recommended to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made at www.stmichaelshospice.com/teas
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Local schools create show-stoppers for the Hospice
Published: 23 March 2017
We are delighted to announce the winner of our Yellow Week cake design competition. As part of our Yellow Week celebrations, local schools were invited to put their cake designing skills to the test to design a cake to celebrate the Hospices’ 30th anniversary.
Laura Sully, Community Fundraiser at the Hospice said “We wanted to give schools the opportunity to get creative whilst celebrating our 30th anniversary. We asked pupils to design a 30th birthday cake, which would then be made and presented to the class of the winning pupil. The cake was kindly baked by Annie Starr who studies Patisserie at Sussex Coast College and makes very tasty cakes!
After receiving lots of fantastic entries, we are delighted to announce the winner is Ruby Grice from Beckley C of E Primary School, who’s entry not only looked amazing but also sounded delicious! We loved her idea of having a three tiered cake with different flavours for each cake and we thought the design was very well thought out and colourful.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Annie who made the cake to perfectly match Ruby’s design and a big well done to Ruby for her brilliant entry. We hope everyone enjoyed a slice of the cake!”
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Capture your moment for the Hospice
Published: 21 March 2017
We have launched an inspirational photography, poetry and short story competition ‘Capture the Moment’. The photography competition will be judged by world renowned photographer Rankin and Oliver McNeil from Legend Photography, the children’s short stories and poetry category will be judged by children’s poet Brian Moses and the adult category by Hospice Celebrity Ambassador, actor and thespian Mark Benton. The competition seeks to celebrate those magical moments which are often lost or become distant memories.
Rankin said: “Photography has the power to captivate people, communities and nations. It captures moments in time like no other medium and is used by charities across the UK to bring their cause to life and resonate with the general public. I am proud to be a judge for St Michael’s Hospice Capture the Moment photographic competition. The competition will provide a wonderful platform for local people to tell their stories and bring those extra special moments to life. I look forward to receiving all the great entries and picking the winner.”
The competition closes on Wednesday 31st May and has some fantastic prizes including theatre tickets from the White Rock Theatre, a book bundle from British Bookshop and Stationers in Bexhill, recording sessions with Oliver McNeil at World of Legend and book vouchers.
Entry is quick and easy on the Hospice Facebook page. Please visit the event page for further information and the full terms and conditions.
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Love yourself - wellbeing taster day!
Published: 20 March 2017
A big thank you to local therapists Sarah Corrie and Sandra Baker for holding a hugely successful 'Love Yourself' day in aid of the Hospice and The Sara Lee Trust. Visitors were treated to taster sessions for a variety of complementary therapies including yoga, reflexology and massage.
Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make the event possible, and everyone who attended, helping to raise an incredible £601.75!
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Published: 15 March 2017
The Renaissance Theatre Company will be presenting the classic musical ‘South Pacific’ in aid of St Michael’s Hospice on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th April at the beautiful St Mary in the Castle in Hastings.
The Renaissance Theatre Company have been performing as a group since 2009 when they came together in memory of two very special friends Sandra Woodhams and Sharon Guy Waller who sadly passed away that year. Every year they put on a wonderful production to support their two chosen charities, St Michael’s Hospice in memory of Sandra and The Shazzie Sparkle Trust in memory of Sharon. Since 2009 the Renaissance Theatre Company are extremely proud to have contributed and raised in excess of £27,189.50 for St Michael’s Hospice.
The production of ‘South Pacific’ promises to be fantastic and well worth seeing. Tickets are be available at the Hastings Information Centre, Breeds Place for £14.50 or by calling 01424 451111.
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Have you recently made a lifetime commitment? Have you made your Will?
Published: 13 March 2017
Make a Will month is a simple way to make your will while supporting the Hospice. Five respected Solicitors, throughout Hastings and Rother, have signed up to our Make a Will Month. Have your will written for free (basic will writing only, prices for more complex will available on discussion), and you will be invited to make a voluntary donation to the Hospice. Appointments to take place from April, please book in advance to avoid disappointment!
“We would like to thank all the generous Solicitors who have signed up to our Make a Will Month; EMD Law LLP, Percy Walker & Co, Janet Sinden & Co, Stephen Rimmer LLP and Gaby Hardwicke” said Kate Wellesley, Community Fundraiser at St Michael’s Hospice. “If you have recently made a lifetime commitment, expanded your family, bought a house or welcomed a new grandchild, and haven’t made a will, this initiative is a simply way to make a Will while supporting your local Hospice” continued Kate.
Visit the event page for further details.
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February Fit Mix
Published: 09 March 2017
We are absolutely delighted to announce that February Fit Mix 2017 has so far raised a fantastic £1,373!
February Fit Mix is designed to offer fitness taster sessions to people of all abilities, allowing them to try new classes or kick start a new fitness routine. This year’s classes varied from Pole Fitness to the popular Spin classes, which all took place at Freedom Leisure Helenswood Sports Centre, who kindly allowed us the free use of their venue for the day.
Over 100 Freedom Leisure members and non-members turned out to learn from some of the best local instructors who generously donated their time for free. Whether participants were simply enjoying their favourite class, trying out a new class or even taking on the challenge of multiple classes, there was nothing but good vibes, support, motivation and smiles all round.
Special thanks go to the instructors who made the event possible; Chris Hawkes and Hattie Cruttenden from Born Ready Fitness, Tomboogie, Jasmin Gray (Jasfit), Serena Berrett (Lose with LIFE), Paul McCleery, Micha Dawes, Nina Chhoeng, Zara Riseborough, Louise Penn (Lou P Fitness) and her Strong by Zumba colleague Karina Levere and Pam Greenstreet. Every class was amazing and thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.
Laura Sully, Community Fundraiser at the Hospice said “It was great to see so many people turn out to support the Hospice and enjoy the fantastic classes put on by the brilliant instructors. We’re already excited about next year’s event!”
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Local Tesco stores support Hospice
Published: 20 February 2017
We would like to thank local Bexhill and Hastings Tesco Express stores for generously donating £500 in gift cards.
Laura Sully, Community Fundraiser at the Hospice said “We are delighted to accept a generous donation of £500 in Tesco gift cards, which were kindly secured by Sean Butchers, Operations Support Manager at Tesco.
The gift cards will be used to buy essentials for at least four of our larger events this year, including the Big Easter Art Exhibition and Moonlight Walk. We have to raise approximately £3.7million a year, over £10,000 a day, to run the Hospice, so as they say, ‘every little helps’! Thank you!”
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Blacklands Winter Wonderland
Published: 02 February 2017
For the past five years, Paul and Rosina Brockington of 35 St Helen’s Park Road, have transformed their home in to a magical winter wonderland in aid of the Hospice. The couple have worked tirelessly to create the stunning display, which features a life-like Father Christmas hologram and a beautiful snow scene with penguins.
The 2016 grand switch on saw hundreds of people; including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, turn out to eagerly await the lights. In addition to the fantastic lights, visitors were treated to a spectacular firework display from Renegades Pyrotechnics, singing from the Melodians Choir, while children had the opportunity to meet Elsa and Anna from Frozen, who came along from Party Time Wishes and ride the Santa Express with thanks to Hastings Miniature Railway. There was also the opportunity to enjoy a delicious barbeque, which had been kindly supplied and manned, free of charge, by Eat@.
Jodie Cornford, Fundraising Team Leader at St Michael’s Hospice said “We are absolutely delighted to announce the total raised from Christmas 2016 is £9,402.30! This brings their overall total from the past five years to an incredible £24,481.33. We really can’t thank Paul and Rosina enough for their support, hard work and dedication. We would also like to thank everyone who has supported the lights, including the Hastings Round Table and everyone who generously donated. Blacklands Winter Wonderland has played a big part in Christmas for many local people and will be sorely missed, however we hope Paul and Rosina have a well-deserved, relaxing Christmas in 2017!”
There are plenty of ways to support and fundraise for the Hospice. If you would like to speak to a member of the Fundraising team, please call 01424 456379 or email us.
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