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Summer Family Fest to including Flog It Day

Hospice Isle of Man is planning a Summer Family Fest event this summer.

The family day of fun will include lots of activities such as junior football, bouncy castles, craft stalls, a BBQ plus lots of entertainment. The event is on Sunday 29th June at Ballafletcher Sports Ground. Hospice’s infamous cake stall will also be there.

This year the Hospice shops Flog it Day will also be part of all the fun! To book a pitch contact 615055.

Welcome letter



The event will start at 11am and finishes by 4pm and promises to be a day of entertainment – a real Summer family Fest – you wouldn’t want to miss it!

For further details re the event please contact Terri Cook on 647433 or email All car pitches are booked through Hospice shops on 615055. Hospice is grateful to Ballasfletcher Sports Ground team for their support with all their events.

Hospice Care report and consolidated financial statements

Prior to our AGM on Wednesday 11th June please click on the below links to view our annual report and accounts for 2013.

Hospice Care Report and Consolidated Financial Statements 2013

Annual Report 2013

Hospice is providing more care than ever! Help us to help others

Hospice Isle of Man has announced that following the 2013 Year End, they will need to utilise some of their financial reserves for 2014.

 The local charity was set up in 1983 and last year marked 30 years of care to the Manx community, but like so many businesses and charities on the Island Hospice is facing tough times in this economic climate. Download your supporters form and help us to help others by becoming a regular supporter. 56535 HIOM SH Form

Sir Miles Walker CBE, Chairman of Hospice Care explained,   “2013 was another busy year for Hospice.  There has been an increase of 59% in referrals to Hospice since the move to new premises in 2007 and admissions to IPU have increased by 38%.  Hospice continues to offer all palliative care services whilst at the same time tightly controlling expenditure.  One of the key funding sources for Hospice is legacies and over the last 5 years we have received 33% of our annual funding (excluding exceptional items) from legacies.   However in 2013 we saw the lowest level of legacies for 4 years.   As a result of this, there was a £1m budget shortfall in 2013 which will be shown in our Annual Accounts when presented at the Annual General Meeting in June.

Sir Miles continued:  “Hospice holds reserves which are for that rainy day and therefore we have decided to use some of our reserves to cover this deficit rather than look at reducing services.”   “Hospice continues to employ 98 permanent staff the majority of which are highly trained nursing and medical staff that are crucial to our services.  We are also very fortunate to have over 500 volunteers who do a wide variety of jobs for the charity and we have calculated that our volunteer workforce saves the charity just over £1 million per year.”

“The fundraising team, our regional committees, our shops and lots of supporters on the Island work hard to generate income to continue these services. They have worked tirelessly and are always trying to find ways of working better and smarter in order to lower expenditure.”

“As a charity we have had to be more creative, flexible and adaptable in terms of what we do and what we provide, supporting patients and their families either in the adult wing or at Rebecca House, the children’s hospice.”

“83p of every £1 donated to Hospice is spent on patient care. We are very fortunate that the Department of Health supports our services with a £600,000 cash grant made up to approximately another £100,000 with additional support. This kind support represents 19% of the £3.6m we need to raise each year.”

“Hospice has always had a policy of being open and transparent with the Island’s community therefore we felt it was appropriate to inform the Manx public of our need to use our reserves.  Whilst the Board feels it is appropriate to use these reserves I would hasten to add we could not continue to use these funds year in, year out without a serious impact to our services.  We are grateful to the Manx public for their help and support, without which we would be unable to continue to provide, free of charge, the care that we do for our Island Community and we would ask for their continued support through these difficult times.”

Mrs Margaret Simpson, Chief Executive of Hospice added: “All staff and volunteers work very hard to be innovative in developing new areas of care to ensure the patients are provided with the highest professional care possible.  We are grateful to the Manx public for their help and support, without which we would be unable to continue to provide, free of charge, the care that we do for our Island Community and we would ask for their continued support through these difficult times.”


Don’t just watch the ads – donate through them!

The day has arrived for the first airing of our television advert about hospice care! Catch it in between Coronation Street tonight around 7.45pm on ITV. We’ve joined with 25 other hospices in the north west to reach out across the region – sharing the cost between us to bring the reality of hospice care into people’s living rooms. Please share to help raise awareness.

Have you seen our amazing ITV advert yet? We’ve joined with 25 other hospices in the area to launch the campaign, which aims to bust myths about hospice care whilst raising valuable funds to support our work. Click here for more info and to donate £5: or text HOSPICE to 70660.

The Sunday Times Best Not-for-Profit organisations to work for 2014

We are delighted to receive 12th place overall in the prestigious Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit awards held recently.

The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For were announced at the Awards Celebration in Battersea in front of a packed audience of over 1,300 people. BBC presenter Kate Silverton announced the winners.

Hospice was competing with 897 other organisations. During this process 250,000 employees were surveyed. This makes it the largest survey of workplace engagement in the UK.

The organisation behind this award, Best Companies congratulated Hospice on the 3 star rating (highest available) and for achieving position 12 on The Sunday Times Best 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For list 2014 particularly as this is the charities first time entry. 

The team added: “You should be truly proud of your organisation and the fact that your people feel it’s one of the UK’s best workplaces”.

Chief Executive of Hospice Margaret Simpson, who attended the awards dinner, on behalf of the charity said: “This is the first time we entered this award and were absolutely delighted to be shortlisted to the final 100.” “Guests don’t find out until the night where they have finally come, so it was with butterflies and in trepidation that when they started calling out the final 20 it dawned on us how well Hospice had done.” “When position 12 was announced I was absolutely delighted – this is a true accolade to the Board of Governors, staff and all volunteers that support our charity.” “Well done to everyone involved in making Hospice a terrific place to work or volunteer within and for being so involved in workplace engagement – this award is for everyone.”

Pictured are Chief Executive Margaret Simpson and Chairman Sir Miles Walker CBE with the Sunday Times award.

Hospice shops sold lots of Christmas cards

Pictured is Steve Babb and Doreen Noble with the PR and Marketing Manager for Hospice Mary Doyle. Both had donated their artwork to Hospice to be used as Christmas Cards for 2013. Steve had taken a fabulous photograph of the Lady Isabella, Laxey and surrounding area covered in snow while Doreen had painted a beautiful scene at Cregneash, also covered in snow. Just under 5,000 cards were sold and sent as far away as New Zealand.

Hospice shops sold just over £9,000 worth of cards. Mary thanked the Manx public for the support. She also thanked Steve and Doreen for being terrific supporters of the local charity.

Photo credit: Steve Babb Photography


The Scholl Centre Day Unit

The Scholl Centre Day Unit drop in day is proving very useful for local people with opportunity to call in and get advice, take part in activities or get support from health care professionals. This service  is available every Monday from 10am until 7pm at the Scholl Centre at Hospice. No appointment is necessary.

 The drop in day facility is being offered as a free and open service to provide advice and support to anyone who needs it, either patients or carers.  It is not necessary to be a Hospice patient nor to have any involvement with Hospice. This is a separate service that does not need any referral or appointment, all you need to do is simply ‘drop in’.

 There will be access to a program of activities including benefit advice, anxiety management or psychological support. There will also be support sessions for carers, or bereavement support if required.  The team may also be able to direct you to other services and facilities that may be of benefit to you. You can have free access to our computer facility for information gathering and look at a library of patient/carer booklets and leaflets.

The drop in day also welcomes patients and carers who would like to relax and call in for something to eat or drink whilst they are waiting for oncology appointments or afterwards. We can also offer support if you need to have results or treatments explained further. There will be registered nurses on hand to give help and advice to anyone who needs it.

The drop in day also welcomes those who have finished their treatment regimes and will support cancer survivors for as long as they need it.

Above all this new service aims to give a welcoming, friendly experience with the emphasis on providing a relaxing and helpful environment to all those who attend.

The next 6 week timetable can be viewed by clicking the below link

 Scholl Centre Drop In 06.01.2014

For further information call Wendy on 647426 or just drop in!

Hospice’s Bereavement Group also meet on Mondays from 3 – 4.30pm, in conjunction with Cruse Bereavement. This is an informal session for bereaved people to meet for tea/coffee and a chat.

People can find this time useful to be able to share with others who are in a similar position.

It is held on the same day as the Drop-In, but separately from it. People can come and share and benefit from time at both if they feel they would like to.

We realise that not everyone will feel comfortable in a group setting, so 1to1 sessions can also be arranged, either through Cruse or Hospice.

Feel free to contact:- Kathy Darnill – Hospice Counsellor on 647449 for more information.


Hospice Just Helping

Thank you to everyone that donated to Hospice and arranged for their christmas tree to be collected. Hospice staff and volunteers collected nearly 400 trees raising £2,500 for your local hospice.


A Gift of Care for your local Hospice

Have you bought your Christmas presents yet? Stuck for ideas but want to help a great local cause?

Why not consider purchasing one of Hospice’s Gifts of Care for that special someone this Christmas? The beautiful cards are divided between 4 key areas – The Scholl Day Centre, Hospice at Home, the In Patient Unit and the children’s hospice Rebecca House.

Every price range is available starting as little as £20 for one hour of care by a nurse in Hospice’s In patient Unit through to a full night’s care in Rebecca House for £450. In all there are 19 different cards with every price range catered for.

To view the cards click below links. The cards can be purchased by following the donate button and referencing the card you would like. Once payment has gone through the actual card will be posted out. The cards are also available to purchase from Hospice Isle of Man.  

Pictured at the launch of the gift cards is Mary Doyle, PR and Marketing manager, Dr Ben Harris, Clinical Director, Christine Bloomer, Community Services Manager and Diane Corrin, Matron of the In Patient unit. To find out further details please call 647433.

The perfect solution for the person that has everything while helping to make a difference to Hospice patients and their families. These cards are not just for Christmas but can be used for anniversaries, birthdays or any time of celebration where a gift card is needed!

Gifts of Care Cards descriptions – click links below for individual details.

IPU:- 1 Hour of Care  – £20; Flowers – £30; Celebration Meal – £20; Day Shift – £180

Hospice at Home:- Night Shift – £ 180; Lymphoedema Treatment – £75; 3 Hours of Care – £60; Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Visit – £50; Complementary Therapy – £40

Scholl Day Centre:- Day Trip Out – £40;  Equipment and Materials – £25; Day Therapy Session – £140; Recruit and Train a New Volunteer – £100

Rebecca House:- Day Trip Out – £25; Day Time Shift – £300; Night Shift – £450; Tea Time Session – £160; Sibling Group – £70

Scholl Day Centre Recruit Voucher Front

Scholl Day Centre Equipment Voucher Front

Scholl Day Centre Day Trip Voucher Front

Scholl Day Centre Day Therapy Voucher Front

Rebecca House Tea Time Voucher

Rebecca House Sibling Voucher

Rebecca House Night Shift Voucher

Rebecca House Day Trip Voucher

Rebecca House Day Shift Voucher

In Patient Meal Voucher Front

In Patient Flowers Voucher Front

In Patient Day Shift Voucher Front

In Patient 1 Hour of Care Voucher Front

Hospice at Home Palliative Nurse Voucher Front

Hospice at Home Night Shift Voucher Front

Hospice at Home Lymphoedema Voucher Front

Hospice at Home Complementary Voucher Front

Hospice at Home 3 Hours Voucher



Win my twin for 2014 – White Pearl Prize draw – tickets are all sold out!

We are delighted to announce our White Pearl Prize tickets are all sold out!  Thank you to every one that bought a ticket – the draw will take place on Saturday 1st February 2014 live on Manx Radio. It will be broadcast live from Hospice’s day unit.

One lucky person will win a  brand new Nissan Micra 1.2 Tekna 12v 80PS 5-door in Pearl White Pearlescent paint with panoramic glass roof. The vehicle will be registered in 2014.

We would like to thank Athol Garage for their support with this initiative.