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Prize winning partnerships

When I launched our new strategy last month one of our three commitments was ‘working in partnership’, so it really means the world to me and the team that we won the Teamwork Award at last week’s Isle of Man Newspapers Awards For Excellence, along with our partners Isle of Man Post Office, Tel’s Skips and Ballaneven Compost.

The award was for our Christmas tree collection initiative that works in the following way:

  • The tree collection service is promoted by the marketing team here at Hospice, they also process the payments
  • Isle of Man Post Office then plan the routes for collections, and provide a willing group of over 30 volunteers to drive around in the Post Office vans collecting the trees
  • The trees are then taken to Tel’s Ltd where they are stored in large bins and put through the shredder
  • Finally the shredded trees get passed to Ballaneven who turn them into compost, some of which we then get back to use in our beautiful  gardens

It is an incredible process and one that requires a lot of collaboration and many hours of physical labour. I am so humbled that so many willing volunteers from these wonderful organisations so enthusiastically give up their time at a time of year that is so precious to most of us.

When we initially started this project we were doing everything ourselves which meant we were limited to collecting about 30-50 trees per year. The partnerships we have developed in recent years have enabled us to grow this initiative from one that brought in approximately £300 per year to one that now generates close to £5,000 per year. Putting this in to context, the partnership working has elevated this project from one that delivered an average of 15 hours of patient care to one that now provides an average of 250 hours of patient care each year. Meaning we are able to support more people to live well, their way until the end of their lives.

As far as I am concerned this is the blueprint for the next five years and beyond, and I’m not just talking about from a fundraising perspective. There are so many partnership opportunities that could support our communities in so many different ways, from training and research thorough Project ECHO to our Wallabies Gone Wild art trail, and everything in between.

Whatever your business, expertise or interest, I hope you are as excited about working in partnership as I am and if you would like to find out more then I would love to hear from you via this form

Lymphoedema Coffee Morning

Lymphoedema Coffee Morning

The Hospice Lymphoedema team held a drop in Coffee Morning and Raffle on the 14th September. It was great that so many people attended and patients old and new were able to share stories and advice. Everyone enjoyed the lovely cakes which were made by the catering team and there was lots of laughter.

Following the success of this, on the 7th December 2-4pm we are holding a Christmas themed Afternoon Tea followed by Carols in the Chapel, anyone affected by Lymphoedema is welcome to attend.

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

Hospice Isle of Man believes that kindness plays a big part in improving community wellbeing, citizenship and creating a sense of belonging, and were delighted to create compassionate opportunities Island wide on this year’s World Kindness Day, Tuesday 13th November 2018.

As world kindness day began, Hospice provided delicious, compassionate cards with sweet treats to all the primary and secondary school children across the Island  encouraging them to not only enjoy their treat, but to share them amongst their peers as  a random act of kindness. The hashtag #CompassionateIOM encouraged the young people and their parents to trend the event on social media platforms, and before we knew it both Facebook and Twitter soon saw a quick response to the gesture as photographs and thank you messages soon flooded in.

Along with this, 500 compassionate cards with Hospice pin badges were distributed to participating local businesses, who were encouraged to deliver random acts of kindness themselves. This saw many business giving out coffees, lunch time treats, flower deliveries, delicious goodies and many more fantastic acts of kindness. Stories and photographs were shared on social media and had such a positive response for both the local businesses and for the Hospice message.

Hospice is delighted that so many people joined in on World Kindness Day and helped spread the love across the Island, inspiring compassionate thoughts and actions to our community.


Hospice Nurses’ Journal Club

Hospice Nurses’ Journal Club

The Hospice Nurses’ Journal Club is an opportunity for our nursing team to update their skills in reading a journal article with a critical eye. Through developing this skill, we hope nurses will be able to integrate research into their work area and feel motivated to try out new concepts, or come up with ideas that they would like develop themselves. This is linked to our strategic goal to ‘Share, learn & educate’ and will ultimately improve the care that we can give to our patients, their families and their carers.

The club was designed and created by Nurse Consultant, Diane Corrin, along with support from the Scholl Academic Centre with the aim of creating a safe environment where nurses, healthcare assistants and researchers can explore and discuss ideas, methods and research. It aims to build on existing knowledge and understanding of research and improve staff confidence when reading, critiquing and conducting research.

The first of these meetings was successfully held on Thursday 13th September 2018 where presentations were delivered by the research team to welcome the club members and introduce concepts to critique journal articles. This was followed by a presentation from our own Dr. Hollie Quaye, a clinical psychologist at Hospice Isle of Man, where she discussed her research study, which is due to be published in the Journal of Mental Health. The research methods and findings were discussed as a group, which inspired further research questions and topics from the study.

Overall, the first Journal Club meeting was very successful. Feedback received from members was positive, and all who attended stated that they would recommend the Journal Club to colleagues. One member commented:

“It’s nice to have time to focus on research in our workplace. Also to meet the research team and for their experience to be shared”

Whilst another stated that there was lots of new information to reflect on. Members also offered suggestions and recommendations for future meeting topics.

The Journal Club will be evaluated by the research team through feedback forms and an online survey. The online survey was released four weeks prior to the first meeting and aimed to gain understanding of the knowledge and confidence of staff towards research and critiquing journal articles. The findings from the first survey were positive, revealing a good level of knowledge among staff already. Of the 22 nurses and healthcare assistants who completed the survey, 19 felt comfortable reading a journal article and 16 felt comfortable critiquing a journal article. Six respondents had already conducted a research study within their nursing role and 8 stated that they were interested in conducting research in their field. This initial survey will form as a benchmark, where it will be repeated every 6 months. Future survey responses will hopefully reveal a gradual improvement in member’s skills and confidence surrounding research.

It is hoped the club will help develop stronger relationships between researchers and nursing staff, where they will be able to learn from each other. With time, we hope to integrate research into practice, encouraging staff to further their knowledge or even undertake their own research projects.

Christmas Car Draw

Christmas Car Draw

The Hospice annual Christmas Car draw is back!

We are once again working in partnership with Athol Garage to bring to you the draw that everybody’s talking about!
With funds being raised to help people in our community to live well, their way, to the end of their lives.

One lucky winner will receive a beautiful Nissan Micra 0.9 Acenta in white, valued at £15,000

This year the draw will be taking place on Friday 28th December 2018, so why not use this as the perfect opportunity to surprise someone with this special Christmas present. Tickets are just£20 each with a limited draw of 1,300 tickets, available from Hospice, Hospice Shops, Athol Garage, Brown Bobby & Athol Car Hire.

We also welcome local businesses and community groups to “check out” a number of our tickets to sell to their employees, members, friends and families. For more information on this please email

Chief Executive of Hospice Isle of man, Anne Mills said “We are delighted once again to be working in partnership with Athol garage. David and the team have been so generous to Hospice over the years and their input really does go a long way to helping us provide our services both now and in the future.

The Nissan Micra is a cracking little car and a very grown up version of the much loved first one, some lucky person will really enjoy driving this car so please remember you need to be in it to win it to and also help us to continue to provide care for your loved ones at the end of their life.”

This prize draw in its 6th year is the a result of a fantastic working partnership between the Athol Garage team and Hospice.

David Quayle, Sales Director and co-owner of Athol Garage added “We are delighted to continue our working partnership with Hospice in as many different ways as we can, which we hope will make that small difference, to those within our Community who really do need their support”


Lottery Winners for October 2018

Hospice Strategy – Much More Than a Building 2018-2023

On Thursday 11th October 2018 we were delighted to launch our new 2018-2023 strategy ‘Much More Than a Building’. We were joined at our launch by many of the stakeholders that collaborated with us on the strategy, and it was very well received by all who attended.

We hope that everyone who engaged with us in our listening events, through surveys or in our focus groups, can see an element of their contribution within the document.

You can read the full document here.

2018-2023 Strategy

Lottery Winners for September 2018

Lottery Winners September 2018

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 below.

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

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.

From Vision to Reality

The Island Plan for Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care 2018-2023 was launched on the 14th September 2018 at the Island’s first Integrated Care Symposium at Noble’s Hospital.

We are proud to be working in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care and the Council of Voluntary Organisations, together aiming to learn and improve in order that people, families, communities, volunteers and professionals can deliver, where it matters and when required, the best possible palliative care and end of life care, to all who need it.

Download a copy of the complete plan below.

Island Plan for Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care


CEO’s Blog September 2018

Get ready to go wild for wallabies!

On Wednesday night I was delighted to be joined by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, the Deputy Mayor and so many of you from our schools, businesses and creative industries at the launch of our exciting new project ‘Wallabies Gone Wild’.

For 35 years Hospice Isle of Man has been an integral part of our Island’s community and in this special year I invite and encourage you to collaborate with us on what is set to be our most exciting and ambitious project to-date.

In short, Wallabies Gone Wild is a mass participation art event that will be held on the Island over 12 weeks from May to September 2019 when the Island will be brought to life by a mob of beautifully designed wallaby sculptures, painted by local artists. But it is much more than that.

Our focus at Hospice over the next five years is to respond to peoples’ wishes and support even more people to have their care in community settings. This project will provide the perfect opportunity for Hospice to work collaboratively in our community, to promote compassion and raise awareness of our services. This in turn will generate funds ensuring that we continue to be there for you when you need us.

The project has many exciting elements, and too many opportunities to list here, but our main objective is to work in partnership with as many of you as we can over the next 12 months and here’s how:

Working with businesses to encourage full participation and help us raise as much income as possible to support our patients and their families, there is a wide range of sponsorship, partnership and supporter opportunities available. Each level offers a variety of benefits to suit your business, marketing and corporate social responsibility objectives including a unique opportunity for brand exposure, staff engagement and sales promotions.

Working with schools to showcase the creativity of your students and create a treasured legacy of your involvement for future generations. Our education packs are  linked to the national curriculum and puts creativity at the heart of a programme of study, designed to complement key stage specific teaching for numerous subjects. Central to the pack is our Compassionate Communities Programme, which will include resources and training opportunities that will enable teachers and school staff to address issues surrounding bereavement in a sensitive and age appropriate way. We will also help develop citizenship and key life skills such as resilience and compassion whilst also providing opportunities for  students, teachers and parents to get directly involved in some of our community-centred projects.

Working with artists to showcase their talents and promote the importance of creativity and its value socially, culturally and economically. The event will introduce new businesses to the arts and will inject additional funds into the creative sector. it will also create new commissions and allow artists to engage with new audiences.

On a personal level, I am looking forward to getting to know more of you as we work together to deliver what is set to be a really exciting and rewarding project.

If you would like to know more about how you can ‘go wild’ and get involved in this project, please call our marketing team on 647434 or email 

or download one of our exciting information packs below

Artist Information Pack Business Information Pack Schools Information Pack