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Hospice Isle of Man needs to raise £3.5 million each and every year so the team always prides itself on being the forefront of different and innovative ways of raising funds.

So for 2012 the team have filmed an e-card which was launched at the Pearl Ball on Friday 2nd November. This fantastically funny e-card involved a huge amount of the staff at Hospice along with patients and volunteers.

The e-card filmed by Paul Moulton of PMC Television and took 1 day to film. The full version was played along with outtakes at the launch of 30 years of Hospice event at the Villa Marina on the 2nd November with a ‘snippet’ being available to download from Hospice’s website shortly after that.

To purchase the e-card the charity asks for a minimum donation of £5 for individuals with the hope that companies will purchase this e-card instead of sending out their printed cards. It is hoped that organisations will donate the money saved in this manner to the charity. Each year Hospice looks after 350 patients through their various services between the In Patient Unit, Day Unit or through Hospice at Home. In addition Rebecca House looks after 25 children on the island that require the services of a children’s Hospice.

As 4 in 10 people will be touched by cancer at some stage in their lives by purchasing this e-card they are supporting a much loved, valued and needed service on the Island. In addition Paul Moulton has cleverly added the Manx flag at the end of the e-card with a message from the Chief Executive, Margaret Simpson so it is hoped that the e-card will be sent to loved ones across the world with a Manx flavour.

Mrs Simpson added: “The e-card was a tremendous project to be part of.” “I would like to thank all the team at Hospice for getting involved.”

“Paul and his assistant Kym had the patience of saints – it was a real feat of filming.” “Paul has always been a great supporter of Hospice and this e-card definitely brought out his creative side.” “I would like to thank both of them for their fantastic efforts for Hospice.”

“I hope the e-card will not only raise lots of money for Hospice, it was a tremendous team-building day but perhaps it can also show local people that we have a lighter side to our organisation.” “I feel  this is not something people always associate with our charity.”

“As far as I am aware this is the first charity e-card on the Island and I hope that this fun way of raising funds will help us to continue to help others.” “This e-card can be sent out as many times as required although I would encourage the receiver to make a donation to Hospice if they wish to re-send it on.” “On average I think people send out about 40 Christmas cards and spend about £50 – so this is e-card is good for the environment by saving on paper, it will save them money and help a good cause – what could be better.”

“We would be thrilled if we went viral with it – Hospice is on Twitter at hospiceiom or on Facebook on hospiceiom. A trend would be excellent #hospiceiomecard

The “snippet” of the card is available to view below. The full e-card will be available to download from Monday. Once you have purchased the e-card it will state along the bottom of the screen a message “I have supported my local Hospice – Hospice Isle of Man.”. Individuals can, for a minimum donation of £5, send the card out to as many people as they want.

To  view the snippet go to:

To view the news story concerning this project:

For further details or to register your interest please contact Mary Doyle, PR and Marketing Manager for Hospice on 647431/490819 or email

Dwina Gibb supporting the children’s Hospice

The children’s hospice is celebrating 5 years of care for local children on the Isle of Man and is delighted to be launching a fun and innovative project of “The Rebecca House” calendar for 2013.

Prior Rebecca House opening children that required the specialist paediatric palliative care on the Island needed to go off island to Liverpool; this journey adding more stress to the patient and to their families. A trip off island, for respite or for medical treatment, often meant a long time away from their immediate family and relatives who often offered a huge amount of support.

The children’s hospice came about through a long campaign which started in 2003 primarily because of the family of a 2 year old Douglas boy called Ben Cowell. Ben sadly died before he could benefit from the care of a children’s hospice but his story raised the concerns for the services of for a children’s hospice on the Isle of Man.

There was a campaign called the Mighty Oak appeal which was aiming to raise funds for a new hospice so the children’s hospice need was even more pressing. One of the most significant donations was for £750,000 donation to the Mighty Oak Appeal with the sole purpose of paying for a Children’s Hospice in the Island.

This magnificent donation was given by the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust. ‘Rebecca House’, named after the wealthy benefactor’s wife.

The four-bedded children’s unit began building up this service in November 2007 with its official opening by Robin and Dwina Gibb in November 2008.

Sadly Robin Gibb has now died and his widow, Dwina, requested that all donations in lieu of flowers were donated to Rebecca House it was decided to use a small amount of the funds from this very generous gesture to fund a calendar for 2013. A beautiful piece of artwork from Dwina Gibb is the front page and is entitled “Peeping”.

Frances Bland, team leader for Rebecca House explained: “We are very grateful to Dwina for thinking of our children’s hospice at a very sad time in her life and felt it was appropriate to use these funds to generate even more income to continue to run our much needed services.”

She added: “We had an absolutely fantastic day putting everything together; it was a real team effort, to have the opportunity to dress up in fabulous dresses, have our hair and make up done, put on magnificent jewellery – it was a once in a lifetime experience and thoroughly enjoyed by myself and all the team.” “It is slightly embarrassing to have my photograph as the “poster girl” all over the island but as it is such a good cause I happily agreed!” “Thank you to all the team for also agreeing to have their photographs taken.”

Frances thanked photographers Marianne McCourt, Dave Silvester, the team at Utopia for doing the hair, make-up by Barbara Coney and Yvonne Donlan at Equilibrium, Nadine at Custom Made and Charles Alexander for the loan of the jewellery.

The team at Rebecca House are also grateful to the families of the children that come into the unit for doing all the fabulous artwork. The artwork is also included in the calendar.


Staying in the Driving Seat – conference downloads

Who is in control of palliative care?

Downloads of presentations by Hospice Isle of Man, Macmillan Cancer Support and Department of Health.

Thank you to all that attended this event.

An overview of cancer pain management

Driver or Navigator

Patient Life Reviews Sept 2012

Isle of Man Dr Cathy Hughes

I want to die well IOM PCMC 2012

Staying in the Driving Seat. who is in control of palliaitve care 2012

 Breatheasy and Fatigue Management


Your Hospice – Your Future – Supporting people to live and die with dignity


“Your Hospice – Your Future” – supporting people to live and die with dignity

 Hospice Isle of Man is celebrating 30 years of palliative care on the Island. As part of Hospice’s  commitment to the Island the Board of Governors and the Chief Executive Margaret Simpson have launched a new strategy for 2012 through to 2017. This strategy takes into account an ever-changing world both medically and financially.  There has never been a more appropriate time or need to manage all their resources wisely so as a charity Hospice continues to grow and evolve.

 From its beginning in 1983, Hospice Care has grown into a large organisation providing for  patients all aspects of palliative care. Hospice’s services include in patient’s beds, day care, a specialist nursing team, Hospice at Home, complementary therapy, lymphoedema service, social worker, bereavement service, counselling and a children’s hospice, Rebecca House.

 Approximately 200 people on the Isle of Man will die of cancer each year.  The majority, 95% or so are referred to Hospice at some stage of their illness, often following diagnosis.   Currently Hospice needs to raise £3.5m each year in a small island community and fundraising events, PR work and advertising ensures Hospice’s constant presence.

 Hospices are known for their significant social innovation in approaches to death and dying and  embody a holistic philosophy that combines high quality medical and nursing interventions with social activities, spiritual and psychological care. Hospice Isle of Man’s contribution to the Island’s healthcare and dying with dignity is profound.

 Community involvement is also a priority for Hospice and it is achieved in many ways:

Hospice’s Palliative Care Specialist Nurses (PCSN) offer advice and support to patients in the island’s hospital, in the community and in care homes.  They provide teaching programmes and have introduced the Liverpool Care Pathway (“LCP”) in all healthcare settings and compiled and distributed Palliative Care Resource files across the island. 

 Hospice’s 600 volunteers give invaluable support to the Hospice and additionally work with other charities bringing further benefits to Island residents. Indeed its presence in the community is also recognised by the involvement of many corporate organisations, the Isle of Man Government and working closely with the Island’s media.

 They have a strong presence and it’s identity is prominent, evidenced by an increasing number of people being aware of the Hospice’s work and by their wish and willingness to be associated with it.

 It is however vitally important that our well established Hospice does not stand still.  Hospice needs to look into the future and plan its development for at least five years ahead. Central to all Hospice care is the patient and their families.

 The key objectives are:  Continually improve existing service provision; Develop services for people dying with conditions other than cancer;  Extend and enhance community services in partnership with statutory, voluntary and charitable sector; Engage with Island’s community raising awareness of hospice care; Provide education for all those involved with people facing end of life; Work closely with the Isle of Man Government, other charities, trusts and corporate providers to secure growth in financial resources; Consider new commercial business opportunities to provide sustainable income; Build on existing volunteer workforce; Ensure adequate funding is in place to achieve the  objectives set; Deliver sustainable income



Pictured is Margaret Simpson, Chief Executive of Hospice with the Board of Governors of Hospice. Front row: Terry Groves, Margaret Simpson, Sir Miles Walker CBE (Chairman) and Alex Thompson. Back row: Heath Craig, Charles Crossley, Mike Bathgate, John Quinn and Alan Townsend. Other Governors unavailable for the photograph are: Mary Linehan, Philip Dearden, Dr Bob Fayle, Dr Frank Harding and Chris Hall.

 For a full copy of the strategy contact Mary Dunne, PA to the Chief Executive on 647400 or email or see attached document

Strategy Document 2012 to 2017(V5)




 Hospice Isle of Man is delighted to announce the launch of their 30th anniversary celebrations with a magnificent Pearl Ball to be held in November this year.

This prestigious event will be sponsored by Coutts & Co and will be held on Friday 2nd November 2012 at the Villa Marina, Douglas.

The event will be attended by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood.

Margaret Simpson, Chief Executive of Hospice expressed her pleasure that Coutts & Co are sponsoring this event and thanked the company for all their involvement with Hospice. “I think it will be a fabulous evening – a night of surprises and beautiful pearls.” “This event is our annual dinner, I do hope people come along to what will be a lovely night.” “The night will be a testament to all that has been over the last 29 years of Hospice Care and a look forward to lots of events, fundraising and awareness of the terrific work everyone involved in our charity has achieved.”

Chris Broadhead, Regional Chairman Coutts & Co Isle of Man said, “Coutts are proud to be the  sponsor for the Hospice Pearl Ball.  We have a long history of supporting local charities and are pleased to join with Hospice in celebrating their 30th anniversary.”

Tickets are £65 each and are available from Frances Moore, Corporate Events Fundraiser on 647434 or email

Robin Gibb – what a tremendous supporter of Rebecca House

Everyone at Hospice Isle of Man was very saddened to hear that Robin Gibb had sadly died. Our deepest sympathies go to all his family. As at today we are delighted to announce we have received just over £6,000.

It is a true testament to him, that we heard the news through the Robin Gibb official Facebook page that all donations in lieu of flowers in memory of Robin will be made to the Children’s Hospice Rebecca House, Hospice is deeply touched by this magnificent gesture.  It is completely fitting that this would happen during UK National Children’s Week – what a truly wonderful gesture. To make a donation please click the donate button on this website.

It is with great sadness that everyone at Hospice and in particular Rebecca House learned of the sad death of Robin Gibb and our condolences have been sent to his family.  Robin and his wife, Dwina, were tremendous supporters of our children’s hospice, Rebecca House since officially opening it in November 2008.

Margaret Simpson, Chief Executive of Hospice said “I clearly remember Robin, during the official opening, being keen to spend time with the children and their families at Rebecca House – indeed we have photographs of him and Dwina spending time interacting with the children during this visit.”

 Robin’s support also included a concert organised by the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust in conjunction with Isle of Man Newspapers. This concert raised funds for Oskar’s Dreams which in turn benefitted Rebecca House – it was truly great night with lots of dancing in the aisles.

 He also kindly recorded one of the Isle of Man’s national songs, Ellan Vannin with a local secondary school, King William’s College – this moving song is beautiful performed by Robin. Even today this atmospheric recording is still generating income for Hospice.  We have raised over £3,000 from the sales of this CD. These CD s are still available from fundraising on 647431 on to download on

 Margaret also went on to say “Having met Robin I truly felt for all his fame he was quite a shy man who had a definite empathy will our patients and their families – he will be sorely missed on the Isle of Man and remembered with kindness by everyone at Hospice and Rebecca House.”

“Words cannot express our appreciation to Robin and Dwina – these donations will make a massive difference to our children’s hospice – Rebecca House.”


Relaxtion CD for Hospice

Hospice’s Occupational Therapist Jo Beard has compiled a lovely CD to help you learn new ways of reducing stress and relaxing more easily.  The CD’s are £7 each and available from Hospice. Contact fundraising on 647434.  Fabulous front cover of CD – photograph taken by Liz Courtie. See below poster for more details. A wonderful gift for friends!

Relaxation CD