Anniversary Series episode 2 released

Inspired by the moving online video series ‘humans of New York’ where over the course of 3-4 years over 1200 people were interviewed on the streets of New York; last year we set out to capture the ‘humans of the hospice’. Our first video ‘tales from my holidays by Carole Pidduck’ released in April and …

‘Time to celebrate’ Volunteers Week!

Local charity St Mary’s Hospice will be celebrating the difference volunteers make to their organisation and thanking them for all their time and dedication during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June. Volunteers at St Mary’s Hospice will be celebrating along with staff at a celebratory afternoon tea and coffee morning to mark …

Every grain of sand

Read below our CEO Val Stangoe’s thoughts on today’s Dying Matters Theme ‘Diversity and Inclusion at end of life’.   Death comes to everyone. You read it here. No, you won’t be spared because of religion or race, there is no different option depending on income, sex or sexuality. You can’t halt progress and you can’t …

Grieving for a pet

My family role is a proud wife, mum to two teenagers and two Cairn terriers. Working for a hospice I understand life and these times are so precious. In October 2018 our family changed forever when our naughty and loving Cairn Maggie died. It has hurt so much. This character who was a huge part …

Advanced Care Planning

Read below our Legacy and individual giving Fundraiser Geoff Steele’s thoughts on today’s Dying Matters Theme ‘Funeral costs’.    The financial and emotional stress involved in planning a funeral can never be underestimated. Thinking and talking openly about the issues involved along with your personal preferences is essential in ensuring your wishes are met and …