Anne Mills, CEO, Blog April 2018

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Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow

It was back in the 1980s when Nadene Crowther first approached the National Society for Cancer Relief regarding the establishment of a Hospice Care service on the Island. Hospice Isle of Man was established in 1983 and 35 years on I feel honoured to continue to drive Nadene’s vision for the provision of care for people as they approach the end of their lives.

‘The oak has for centuries been a national symbol of strength, morale and knowledge’

The oak tree has been a symbolic part of our journey over the 35 years, from the grand tree that shaded the entrance to our previous residence at St Bridget’s, to ‘The Mighty Oak Appeal’ that enabled us to build our current home – neighbouring the Millennium Oakwood.  And just like the oak, over time Hospice has become a source of strength, morale and knowledge on the Island. Our services have developed significantly and we are now an integral part of and leader in the provision of Specialist Palliative Care for the terminally ill on the Isle of Man.

However, we wouldn’t be where we are today without the generous support and commitment that our community has provided over the years. That is why in our 35th year we are reaching out to say thank you. Thank you for the financial support, thank you for the value in kind donations, thank you for your gifts of time, thank you for shopping with us, thank you for engaging with us, thank you for attending our events and thank you for educating people about our services.

Over the last couple of months you may have seen us out and about in the community carrying out some market research. We have been asking people ‘What Matters To You?’, and I have been blown away by the levels of engagement and interest. We have had an overwhelming number of positive comments about the work that we provide and some really valuable suggestions for ways in which we can develop in the future. We are working through your suggestions and will be incorporating them into our new strategy, I look forward to sharing this with you when we launch in the Autumn.

‘As common oaks mature they form a broad and spreading crown with sturdy branches beneath’

Our patients are at the centre of all that we do and I believe that we have established an excellent range of services that really meet their emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs. Hospice is more than just a building or ‘a place to die’ and 2018 is about us sharing our philosophy with you by opening our doors and telling you stories that span the breadth of these services. By the end of this year we want each of you to appreciate the value of the therapeutic care offered at our Scholl Wellbeing Centre, to understand how our Hospice at Home team provide care and support out in the community and to know what bereavement services we offer within Hospice and Rebecca House, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“Their open canopy enables light to penetrate through to the woodland floor, allowing bluebells and primroses to grow below”

As well as providing direct patient support we are also leading the way in Specialist Palliative Care Education on the Island and have some exciting announcements coming up later in the year regarding projects that are going to enable us to extend our educative reach even further. So watch this space!






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