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Light Up a Life 2013

Hospice Isle of Man’s Light up a Life will be on n Sunday 8th December at 5pm when a magnificent Christmas Tree in front of the building will be illuminated by hundreds of lights shining like stars.

Hospice is inviting you to sponsor a light on the tree in memory of a loved one, as a Christmas gift for a friend or family member, or in celebration of a special Anniversary or Birthday.

Please join us for the illumination ceremony, when we will raise our voices in song at this very special time. To download a form please click below:


 Once received by Hospice you will then receive a Light Up A Life Commemorative Card as confirmation of your light.

As per the previous years there will be additional Light Up a Life Ceremonies held at:

 St. Mary’s on the Harbour, Castletown – Saturday 14th December 2013, 7pm

 St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Peel – Sunday 15th December 2013, 5pm

 Trinity United Reformed Church, Ramsey – Monday 16th December 2013, 7pm

 To find out further details please ring 647433.

Hospice and the Department of Health sign five-year Service Level Agreement

The Department of Health and Hospice Isle of Man are delighted to announce the signing of a new five-year Service Level Agreement.  This is the third service level agreement (SLA) between Hospice Isle of Man and the Department of Health since 2001.  The new Agreement comes into effect from Wednesday, 1 November 2013 and is the result of a continuing dialogue between the Department of Health and Hospice Isle of Man. The SLA reflects the joint wish of both the Department and Hospice Isle of Man to provide an integrated comprehensive Palliative Care Service to residents across the Island.

 Hospice agrees to continue to provide a comprehensive Palliative Care Service, maintaining the excellent standard of patient care, showing full consideration of partners, family and friends wellbeing and emotional support needs, as well as those of the patient.

In acknowledgement of the services that the Hospice offers to the community and the considerable expense incurred, the Department agrees to supply along with various other support, an equal cash contribution each year for the next five years, including carrying out auditing and benchmarking of the financial and activity data supplied by the Hospice.

The Department will continue to supply a number of facilities and support such as professional indemnity and continuing professional education for Hospice staff; medicines, clinical and sterile supplies, laundry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, radiology and pathology, anaesthetic and ambulance services for patients in their care.

Chairman of Hospice, Sir Miles Walker said: “We are pleased to be able to sign this Service Level Agreement today.  I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of Hospice Isle of Man to thank the Minister for Health Mr David Anderson MHK, Chief Executive Mr David Killip, Deputy Chief Executive Mrs Lesley Keenan and Director of Finance Mr Simon Jackson for all their hard work in bringing about this Agreement.

“I would also like to thank the Hospice Chief Executive, Mrs Margaret Simpson and the Board of Governors for their involvement and on-going work.  As a charity we are particularly pleased to have reached an agreement as we are aware that this grant is given in what is recognisably a cautious financial climate on the Isle of Man.  I would like to thank the Isle of Man Government and the Isle of Man Treasury for their support as this grant will help Hospice to continue to provide the excellent standard of care and allow our specialist staff to continue to develop both their skills and their education.”

Minister for Health, Mr David Anderson MHK said: “In signing this Agreement, we record that the Department recognises the significant contribution Hospice Isle of Man makes to the Island’s health service. The Department is fully aware of the challenges facing Hospice Isle of Man to raise the £3.5m each year that is needed to continue to deliver vital patient care.  That is why their outstanding effort is supported by the Department; it is hoped to be able to offer continuous assistance not just now but in the future. I would add my thanks to those of Sir Miles Walker, to all the staff of Hospice Isle of Man for the delivery of the specialist Palliative Care Service which continues to improve the quality of life of the patients and their families.”


What a great find at our shops – glass vases

This vase is a great find by volunteer Olwen Jelfs in Douglas shop, we cannot find a original price for this vase but similar ones are on sale for £1,500. It is now currently listed on our EBay under number 111195927962

Something about the artist for your reference – Charlie Macpherson creates unique pieces of hand blown contemporary glass. His approach balances the simplicity of his forms with more complicated use of line and pattern. He incorporates cane techniques in the blowing process, which are enhanced by polishing to highlight areas of interest. He enjoys designing work that invites the viewer to look more closely at the intricate details, seeing more than at first glance. Working with blown glass is a very hand’s on experience, and the challenge has always been to make work that uses the natural qualities of light, colour and transparency, creating pieces that are both stimulating and aesthetic. Charlie exhibits internationally and has pieces in both private and public collections. As well as winning awards for his work, he has completed commissions for a number of major UK organisations.


Hospice’s Black Pearl Ball raises £20,000

We celebrated the wrap up of its 30 years of palliative care on the Isle of Man with a fabulous Black Pearl ball held at the Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino recently.

Over 200 guests enjoyed an action-packed night of entertainment ranging from the Jersey Boys, some of whom specially flown in from the UK, from the very successful show Viva Manx Vegas. The singers consisted of Jack Divers, Joe Hillard, Damian Kneale and Lewis Kelly. The lads really got the night off to a flying start! They will also be appearing at the Dancing in the Streets show on 26th July 2014 raising funds for Hospice.

Further entertainment consisted of the soulful and truly wonderful young singer Coral Amphlett, Coral, aged 17, won the Next Big Thing earlier this year. Her version of “At Last” by Etta James, was stunningly moving with guests on their feet at the end of her performance.

Guest speaker Christine Hamilton entertained everyone with her tales of British Battleaxes regaling the audience with her very wicked sense of humour and serious ribbing of her poor husband Neil. Both Christine and Neil were terrific guests and definitely added to Hospice’s 30s theme dinner.

The event formed part of a series of events held during the last 12 months marking 30 years of specialist palliative care on the Isle of Man. Funds are still being counted but it is anticipated that well over £20,000 was raised on the night for the charity.

We are very proud of the fact that Nadene Crowther MBE was present at the dinner as it was with great honour that Nadene was awarded the Tynwald Honour in July of this year. Nadene is synonymous with the charity and was very touched to receive this magnificent award evoking significant memories of dedicated staff and volunteers, generous and thoughtful supporters, patients and their families.

The event was held at the end of the UK national Hospice Care week which was themed “making every moment count”.  Saturday night certainly added to that theme.

Hospice would like to thank John Morphet, Retrospect, Coral Amphlett, Steve McGowan of SMP Partners for covering the costs of bringing the Jersey Boys to the Island, Tracy Christian of Embellished Elegance for making the room so beautiful, Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino for their exceptional hard work during the day setting up and on the night itself. Hospice would further like to thank Rossborough Insurance, David Silvester of The Studio, Colby, Simon Smith of Woodsmith Bespoke Artisan Furniture, Christina Horrox, Charles Alexander Jewellery and Peter Sutton for being the compere on the evening and keeping some order on the event.

Music was provided splendidly by Retrospect, the well known local band which have been firm favourites of Hospice over the years. They definitely had everyone up dancing!

Hospice’s next event will be on Sunday 24th November 2013 with their Night Before Christmas fair between noon-5pm at the Villa Marina, Douglas.

Pictured left to right: Lady Mary Walker, Sir Miles Walker CBE (Chairman of Hospice), Margaret Simpson (Chief Executive of Hospice) Andrew Simpson, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton, Venerable Brian Partington OBE (President of Hospice) and Val Partington.


Oh what a night!

A massive thank you to everyone that took part in the fourth annual midnight walk – it was a terrific event. A vision of pink descended over Douglas with 870 walkers strutting their stuff along Douglas Promenade, along the Peel Road and finishing with a galss of pink fizz and a lovely cupcake.

The Celtic Kingdom Festival of silk 2013

Hospice is delighted to be involved in this weekend’s Festival of Silk

On Saturday 21st September the team are doing, ‘paint a butterfly’  between the hours of 10.30 -5.00 in the Villa Marina Arcade

The team will then be participating in the fashion show, commencing at 8.45pm in the Atrium at the Sefton. Come along and support this lovely event between 10.30am-5pm on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September.

Micky Swindale supports our charity

Well known local business lady, Micky Swindale is running the BUPA Great North Run on Sunday 15th September 2013 for the local children’s hospice, Rebecca House. Micky, an associate director at local accountants KPMG has been training hard. She competed in the KPMG Promenade relay held last April which raised an amazing £13,000 for the local hospice and has stopped training since. The KPMG relay was organised by Paul Cawley, a tax manager in KPMG. Rebecca House is the corporate charity for KPMG for 2013. Micky is pictured sprinting towards the finish line!

To make things a little more interesting, she have agreed that the largest single donor (be it an individual or a corporate entity) to give to her just giving page can chose what she wears (as long as it is within the bounds of legality and mobility!) on Sunday 15th September for the Great North run. She is asking people to please dig deep and give generously! Micky’s Just Giving page is


Lottery winners for August

Many thanks to everyone that took part in this month prize draw. The prize pot was £1,034.

The first prize winner won £517 and is from the Bride area. The 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive £258.50 each. They are from the Douglas and Port St Mary area.

Would you like to win over £500 next month – download a lottery form from that section on this website.

Hospice has made over £20,000 profit from this initative which will be re-invested back into Hospice. 83p of every £1 raised is used to look after our patients.

contact for further details. You can also pick up a form from any the hospice shops around the Island.


Robin’s Run – event wrap up on the Isle of Man

Will Graydon will arrive on the Isle of Man running from Rebecca House to Peel and back to the children’s hospice tomorrow morning –  please show your support. He will start from Rebecca House at 10am arriving back around 3.30pm approximately

Will set off on his 200 mile endeavour last Saturday 10th August 2013 a run in memory of the late musical genius Robin Gibb. He started from his family home in Thame, Oxfordshire.

William Graydon, son of Gibb’s manager Ken Graydon, has now run over 200 miles in seven days in pink Y-fronts to raise money for three charities; two of which the Bee Gees singer supported throughout his life. William’s pink Y-fronts were decorated by the staff and families of the children at Rebecca House.

Live updates are available from!/RobinsRun200?fref=ts

The run will conclude at the children’s hospice on Saturday 17th August at around 3.30pm. Local runners are invited to run the last 25 miles with William. To get involved ring fundraising on 647431 or 490819. He will start from Rebecca House at 10am.

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Hospice report and consolidated accounts 2012

Our 30th annual general meeting was held at The Gough Ritchie Education Suite recently. The meeting opening with a moment of silence to remember John Crellin, who had been Hospice vice president for many years and who sadly died in 2012.

Hospice was delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas Mr and Mrs Cain along with several MHKs and representative from various organisations along with members of the charity.

The meeting heard from Hospice’s Treasurer Phillip Dearden who reflected that 2012 had been a good year  for the charity with expenses kept to a low level with donations at a steady flow but re-emphasised the need to continue to strive to raise £3.5 million to cover all the services that Hospice offers to the Isle of Man residents. All services are free and will always continue to be.

Nine staff who gained professional qualifications during 2012 were presented with Award Certificates a by Hospice Chairman Sir Miles Walker CBE. Senior staff delivered presentations on key subjects. Chief Executive presented the quality accounts of services offered by Hospice, a copy of which is enclosed below along with 2012 annual report and accounts for Hospice Care.

You can view our accounts with our download section.