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Lottery Winners for July 2018

Congratulations to our 3 winners!

The Hospice Lottery takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month with three lucky winners guaranteed either the first prize of £1,000, second prize of £300 and third prize of £150 with no rollovers.

We confirm the winning lottery numbers on the day of the draw live on Manx Radio at 11:40am and winners will also be announced on our website under the winners tab above. Here you can also view our Terms & Conditions.

To have a chance to win you or simply support your local hospice you can sign up to the Hospice Lottery by Direct Debit, Standing Order or by sending a cheque. To sign up by Direct Debit or download a Standing Order form please click here.

Players for the Hospice Lottery must be over the age of 16 and if you have any queries please contact the lottery office on 647435 or email lottery@hospice.org.im

All Monies made will be re-invested back into Hospice Isle of Man for us to continue providing care and support for our patients and their families.

June Celebration

June – Celebration Update

Each month we hold a celebration event to show our appreciation to those of you that support us with generous donations and fundraising efforts. This month we were joined by, and would like to thank, the following people:

James Cahill & Savahanna

Successfully completed the Liverpool ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ Marathon on Sunday 20th May. They completed the run in 4 hours 44 minutes and raised a £420 – Rock on, guys!

Jake Hodgson

Amazing support from this young 13 year old, who walked the 100 mile Raad By Foillan coastal path! Jake completed the walk in just 2.5 days in memory for his Granddad who attended Hospice and raised a staggering £7150 for Rebecca house Children’s Hospice in the process.

Matt Quine

Matt faced the big chop and decided to donate his long locks to Little Princess Trust. A fantastic £375 was raised through sponsorship for Hospice too, thank you Matt.

Sue Doodson & Sarah Anstey

Attended the celebration event on behalf of Royal Bank of Scotland International, who held a TT BBQ whilst raising £1050 as part of their ‘Go Yellow’ campaign for Hospice.

Rosanna Andrew

Raised £500 by swimming the length of the TT course in Peel Swimming Pool in memory of her late brother, Christopher Scott.

Keira Gray, Maisie Halsall, Georgie Boyd & Lena Coole

These innovative year 8 Ballakermeen students held a cake sale in May which raised £100 – great work!

Will Watterson

Successfully completed the Edinburgh Marathon for Hospice in 6 hours 7 minutes in May and raised a whopping £750!

Jackie Daly, Jaime Amedo, Angela Robson & Julie McClelland

Members of HSBC IOM took part in the 3 Island Walking Challenge – the team took on the Isle of Man leg in May walking 25 miles in total. The walk raised £260 and this will be matched by HSBC. In total a £520 was raised – amazing efforts from everyone!”

Hospice Bag for Life

Hospice Bag for Life

We are all familiar with the recent move to reduce single use plastic following increasing concerns about plastic pollution in the environment. Well, Hospice Isle of Man is taking an ethical stance and is delighted to announce its environmentally-friendly, reusable shopping bags. The Hospice “Bag for Life” demonstrates not only our care for the environment, but our care for the community and the ethical responsibility that we all share.

Working in community partnership, Hospice Isle of Man is collaborating with local artists and designers to bring to the Island a series of shopping bags, you can use time and time again, whilst supporting your local Hospice. Kim Gee, local artist and graphic designer at Kim Gee Studios, has produced the artwork for our very first shopping bag, featuring designs which beautifully represent some of our key values at Hospice, including support, warmth, dignity, community, compassion and care.

Similarly priced to other high street retailer’s bags, our “Bag for Life” is available to purchase for just £5, and in our instance the money is going to somewhere worthwhile, with proceeds coming back to patient care at Hospice Isle of Man.  Available in all of our Hospice shops, warehouse and here in our reception, join us in caring for our community AND our environment by purchasing your collectable, eco-friendly, reusable shopping bag today.

Lottery winners for June 2018

Congratulations to our 3 winners!

The Hospice Lottery takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month with three lucky winners guaranteed either the first prize of £1,000, second prize of £300 and third prize of £150 with no rollovers.

We confirm the winning lottery numbers on the day of the draw live on Manx Radio at 11:40am and winners will also be announced on our website under the winners tab above. Here you can also view our Terms & Conditions.

To have a chance to win you or simply support your local hospice you can sign up to the Hospice Lottery by Direct Debit, Standing Order or by sending a cheque. To sign up by Direct Debit or download a Standing Order form please click here.

Players for the Hospice Lottery must be over the age of 16 and if you have any queries please contact the lottery office on 647435 or email lottery@hospice.org.im

All Monies made will be re-invested back into Hospice Isle of Man for us to continue providing care and support for our patients and their families.

Hospice Isle of Man leading the way

On Wednesday 16th May, our CEO, Anne Mills, was Guest Host of the latest webinar in a series hosted by the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Scotland.

This series focuses on active and healthy ageing and prevention and management of frailty with presenters from around the world offering evidence, personal insights, practical tips and peer support as part of IFIC’s global community of practice.

As Lead for the IFIC Palliative and End of Life Care Specialist Interest Group, which Anne Mills Chairs, it was an exciting first for Hospice Isle of Man to guest host the webinar titled ‘A community approach to palliative and end of life care’.

IFIC are also working in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland, the Institute of Research and Innovation in Social Services, the Health and Social Care Alliance, and with ADVANTAGE Joint Action on the prevention and management of Frailty, co-funded by the European Union’s Health Programme.

For more information on the webinar series visit the IFIC website here

Anne Mills, CEO, Blog May 2018

‘Life’s Short’

Rarely a week goes by that we don’t see a quote like this on social media as justification for taking part in an extreme adventure, buying a new pair of shoes, or ordering that extra gin and tonic. But last week this familiar phrase took on a more poignant meaning for me, as the tagline for the Together for Short Lives’ 2018 Children’s Hospice Week campaign.

Rebecca House is the children’s wing of our Hospice and all the children that we care for there are living with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions. For these children and their families they do not have the same amount of time to work with as you or I, so to them ‘Life’s Short’ is all about making the most of every minute and doing more of what they love.

That is why providing the best care, support and experiences is at the heart of all that we do at Rebecca House. Whether it be through play, massage, relaxation or spending time on our multi-sensory equipment we make the time each child spends with us relaxing, fun and special to them.

Here are a few of our children telling us what they enjoy the most about Rebecca House:

Our team of Registered Nurses and Nursery Nurses work round-the-clock to provide day and overnight care and as CEO, I couldn’t be prouder than when I see the incredible relationships develop between our staff, children and families.

I was delighted that we were able to share some of these moments with you last week and I am sure that the video of our ‘staff band’ will have put a huge smile on the faces of the 1,800 people who viewed it.

 

As well as having excellent staff, we are also fortunate to benefit from a wide variety of specialist equipment that enable us to provide the services that we do. Whether this be the wheelchair swing in our garden, our multi-sensory equipment or our bath hoists, each piece of equipment enables us to offer our children an experience that they may not be able to get elsewhere.

So, on behalf of our staff, children and their families I would like to say thank you to those of you in our community who have made these experiences possible. You really are helping us make the most of the time that all of our children spend with us.

I would also like to say a special thank you to a very special young man, Jake Hodgson, who, aged 13, has just completed his 100 mile coastal walk challenge in under three days! You can find out more about his challenge here.

Dump Bin Map

Planning a summer sort out?

Did you know that a large proportion of the funds required to keep Hospice running each year (£4M) comes from the sale of donated goods through our seven shops and warehouse?

We appreciate that our shop opening times are not always convenient for those of you with busy lives, which is why we are trying to make donating to us as easy as possible.

As well as offering a collection service on some items, we also have a collection of dump bins dotted around the Island, so you can hand over your unwanted clothes and shoes at any time.

To help us sort your items and get them into the shops as quickly as possible it would be great if any clothing items not fit for re-sale could be placed in a bag and labelled as ‘rags’. This way we can send them straight to our recycling partner without needing to spend time sorting them, and we will still receive an income.

So next time you are having a clear out, please think of us and know that every donation will make a difference to the patient care we provide here on the Island, you will also be doing your bit to reduce your environmental footprint.

 

May Celebration

May – Celebration Update

Each month we hold a celebration event to show our appreciation to those of you that support us with generous donations and fundraising efforts. This month we were joined by, and would like to thank, the following people:

Cyclefest

Isle of Man Cyclefest was held on 21st & 22nd April and Jon cycled the Gran Fondo (82 mile) route and raised £700 for Rebecca House! Jon has also made a personal contribution of £1,000 to the charity. Additionally, Jon also won a Nokia 3 mobile phone from a Christmas Party and generously donated this as a prize for our Royal Get Together raffle.

Glynn Hargraves

Glynn wanted to support Rebecca House by organising a bowling competition at South Ramsey Bowling Club in memory of Sophie Kelly who attended Rebecca House for a period of time. Glynn’s employer Barclays also pound-for-pound matched his fundraising efforts up to £1,000, raising the total amount donated to £2,402!

London Marathon Runners

A huge thank you to those who ran the London Marathon in support of Hospice Isle of Man this year; Les Moorcroft, Paul Curphey, Daniel Corkill, Jamie Corkill,  Mike Crompton, Simon McNally, Anthony McNally & Haydn Cubbon  who collectively raised a whopping £17,973.60! We’d also like to thank Steve Cain, another London Marathon runner, who separately raised a fantastic £3,732.40 for us.

Lynn Nicolas

Lynn conquered Machu Picchu last month for Hospice and and raised a staggering £560 from the climb. Well done Lynn – what an achievement!

David Kneale

David recently celebrated a milestone birthday, and asked family and friends to donate to Hospice in lieu of birthday presents, raising a celebratory £600  – a wonderful & kind gesture.

Thought Journal

Thought Journal

A Journal to help manage emotional health and wellbeing

The Thought Journal is a support aid that was written by two sixth form students, Mary Podmore and Alex Ollier, as a part of their Junior Achievement project, ‘Free Your Mind’ in 2016. The journal encourages users to self-reflect and set goals, whilst also providing guidance on living with problems such as stress, anxiety, or bullying.

We were so impressed with the journal that we have decided to make it available to Hospice patients, their families and carers to help them manage their emotional health and well-being.

Many hours of research and advice from professionals has informed the journal’s content, which includes relaxing “colour-me-in” pages, hand-drawn by Mary. The journal also contains “quotes of the day” set to inspire, motivate and uplift the user as they work through the journal.

 “Start everyday with new hope, leave bad memories behind and have faith in a better tomorrow.”
Kindly sponsored by Contractor Service Group, the journals will be available to our service users later this month.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gifts that support Hospice

Wondering what to get your dad for Father’s day? We have a few ideas for unique gifts that your Dads will love that will help support your Island Hospice too.

For the Dad that “doesn’t need anything”

Why not buy a Gift of Care for one of our patients in your Dad’s name, in lieu of giving a wrapped present? Choose from a variety of care gifts, such as an In Patient Unit Celebration Meal, or a Day Trip for one of our Rebecca House children. Once you have decided just place your order online we’ll pop a Gift of Care certificate card in the post for you to give to your proud parent. You can view all of our Gifts of Care here.

For the Dad that “just wants to spend a nice day with the family”

If your Dad enjoys fun, quality family time, we have just the present…tickets to Bubble Rush! Spend the afternoon making your way around our Mooragh Park course, diving into 4ft mountains of different coloured bubbles, then treat him to an ice cream in our food village afterwards. With a 10% discount for groups of four or more, why not bring the rest of the family along too? To find out more about Bubble Rush or to purchase tickets, click here.

For the Dad that “has enough socks and mugs to last a lifetime”

Step away from the socks, mugs and golf balls and instead pay a visit to the Neal’s Yard Remedies Hospice website. NYR offer a range of men’s products from skin care to general well-being items and 25% of every NYR purchase you make, using our personalised link, comes to Hospice. So as well as buying a gift for your Dad you will also be helping to provide care to our patients an families. All you need to do is follow our unique link here.

For the Dad that “wants a bit of peace and quiet”

Why not give him a reason to escape for a few hours? ‘Our Island Hospice’ is a fantastic book, written by Derek Winterbottom, that details the social movement and history behind our existence, and really is a reader’s delight. Derek’s book is available in the following locations on the Isle of Man: WH Smiths, Card Factory, The Book Company, Waterstones, The Sound, The Tea Junction, Noa Bakehouse, Bay Room, Starbucks, Spill the Beans, The Alpine and Cafe Republic. You can also pop into our Scholl Wellbeing Centre reception to pick up a copy.

For the Dad that believes “food is the way to the heart”

Elaine’s Coffee shop, situated in our Scholl Wellbeing Centre reception, is open Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays & TT Week) and serves a delicious range of sandwiches, salads, soups, daily specials and much more. So pop in for a scrumptious lunch, and even if you go for the chips you can enjoy them guilt-free knowing that with each bite you will be helping us to provide patient care.

For the Dad that you would like to lovingly remember

We appreciate that these times of the year can be difficult for many families and will always do our best to support any ideas you have to celebrate or remember a loved one.  Whether you would like to know more about placing a personal message on a beautifully inscribed leaf or apple for one of our everlasting trees, or have another way that you would like to remember a loved one, you can contact us on 01624 647433 to discuss.