SCORCHING temperatures and brilliant blue skies brought bumper crowds for the annual Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Summer Fair.
Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Sunday afternoon event held in the grounds of the Hospice on Turf Lane, Royton. There was something for all the family and a great atmosphere from the very start when the day kicked off with a performance from the Oldham Scottish Pipe Band.
The tartan pipers were greeted by warm applause and also gave an impromptu performance for some of the Hospice’s in-patients who were able to get a close-up view through the open windows.
Dance interludes were provided throughout the day by the Suzettes and the Street Jammers whilst visitors were able to sit amongst the gardens or stroll through the myriad of stalls.
The Lucky Dip and Tombola stalls proved as popular as ever and sold out whilst the new-look Café K was able to make good use of the sunshine to do a brisk trader as customers spilled out from the extended café and into the patio and gardens.
Home-made and home-baked goods also proved a hit while there was also plenty for the younger generations to keep them entertained including a bouncy castle and slide, a petting zoo with goats and chicks, face painting and henna.
Commercial stall holders also supported the Hospice by making donations whilst Hospice stalls boosted the monies raised – including young fundraiser Keira Arnold, who is in the running for a couple of national and regional awards, who raised nearly £200 by selling her popular range of Dreamcatchers.
Vicky Stackhouse, event organiser, paid tribute to the host of volunteers who made the event go smoothly and to the people of Oldham for their whole-hearted support.
And Joanne Sloan, the Hospice Chief Executive, added: “There was a really lovely atmosphere to the whole day and everybody seems to have a lovely time.”
Strains of 'The Wonder of You' rang out from the newly-refurbished Cafe K when the the Mayor of Oldham came to give civic approval.
For Councillor Shadab Qumer had turned up dressed as Elvis as part of a tribute to retiring nurse Kay O'Neill that saw day patients wearing specially-printed 'Elvis' T-shirts.
Kay is know for donning Elvis guise to lighten the mood and the Mayor was happy to join in the fun and conduct an impromptu sing-song prior to the official cutting of the ribbon.
The improvement work in the cafe and day services was praised by the Mayor and board chairman Mr Vernon Cressey while chief executive Joanne Sloan paid tribute to the staff who had worked so hard to get the doors of Day Services back open and how great it was to see the patients back at the Hospice.
HUNDREDS of Easter bunnies have been spotted running free in the borough.
The long-eared species was seen dashing around school fields in class groups to raise funds in the Hospice Bunny Hop.
Littlemoor School and Fir Bank Pre-school were amongst those taking part.
HOT pies brought a smile to the Hospice’s night shift nurses after they missed out on a tasty treat.
The Hospice won a delivery of delicious pies after being nominated as a worthy recipient for a Holland's pie drop during National Pie Week.
But such were the popularity of the savoury delights they had all gone in a day prompting the night staff to send a cheeky “who ate all the pies?” memo to bosses.
Cue the Baxendale bakers who got wind of the sad night nurses’ plight - and sent an extra-special delivery in one of their distinctive lorries, marked “for night staff only”.
The kitchen staff are now cooking up a few special pie nights for the late teams.
“We couldn’t see the night staff missing out when they are such a fantastic team at the Hospice. We were happy to send up some extra – glad the team enjoyed them,” said a spokesman for Holland’s Pies.
And the verdict from the night staff: “Delicious!”
COOKIES and cupcakes helped two young Delph girls show off their retail talents.
Matila Campbell-Dye and Molly McKimm, both aged 9, set about raising money for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice after deciding to do something worthwhile for charity.
Matila’s father Terry Dye passed away at the Royton hospice in 2015 after bowel cancer. He was 45.
The Delph Primary School pupils were delighted to raise £114.20 through their efforts and were rewarded with a headteacher’s award at the school.
Matilda’s mum Tricia, of Grains Road, Delph, said: “We are very proud of the girls. They did this on their own initiative and we were staggered that they raised so much from selling their cakes.”
Molly’s father Steve McKimm, of Marlewood Avenue, Uppermill, said the cake-baking on the Sunday had been so successful on the Monday that the girls came home from school and baked more for sale on the Tuesday!
The girls came to the Hospice to hand over the cash and tucked into a well-earned cookie each from the kitchens as they posed for a photograph with Staff Nurse Bianca Brown and their giant cheque.
OLDHAM shoppers tested their eye for fashion when they took part in a mannequin challenge as part of a charity awareness day at Spindles Town Square.
The dummies were part of the team from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice as shoppers dressed them for a Valentine’s night out from rails of clothes brought in from the Hospice’s five charity shops.
Sister Kelly Foster and nurse Bianca Brown were on hand to help the mannequins in and out of their clothes and to talk to visitors about the important work done at the Royton hospice.
Testing your taste in fashion certainly caught on as a wide age-range picked their favourite attire – some also tasted the excellent giveaway valentine’s Cup Cakes kindly donated by Arundel Bakery
Katie Bennet, marketing manager at Spindles Town Square said: “It was good to see the shoppers interacting with the Hospice staff and they certainly entered into the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
“We are committed to giving charities the platform to increase their awareness and we shall be doing a number of initiatives over 2018 in supporting Dr Kershaw’s and Maggie’s Oldham.”
Sister Foster added: “It is always great to get to chat to members of the public about what we do. We are always there to listen and talk and we know that so many good people of Oldham and beyond give us fantastic support.”
The competition entries were posted on the Hospice Facebook page and the most-liked images won prizes for: Under 18 male: Reece Bell; Over 18 male: Michael Dwayre; Under 18 female: Luke Jones; Over 18 female: Paul Broadbent.
The Hospice had a special visitor as the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham Councillor Shadab Qumer and Sobia Arshi called in to meet patients, staff and volunteers.
The Mayor and Mayoress were impressed with what they saw at the Hospice and made a substantial donation for new equipment in a family room and also gave five free tickets to the Under 50s group to come to the forthcoming Mayor’s Ball.
They are pictured with members of the Under 50's group.
The Days Services are now taking place in the Hospice's first-floor Learning Hub as the Cafe K and Day Services rooms are upgraded thanks to a grant from the Macmillan charity.
The Hospice’s new Walk and Talk Group got off to a successful start with over 20 participants for the stroll through Dunwood Park.
Those who have lost a loved one were able to talk about a variety of subjects whilst taking part in a 45-minute group walk through the park and back to Café Mandels for a well-earned cuppa where the chat continued.
Pauline Brierley, Spiritual Care Coordinator at Dr Kershaw’s said: “The group got on really well and for some it was a chance to get out and meet people. Isolation and loneliness can be a real problem following the loss of a loved one.”
The next Walk and Talk event meets at The Pavilion Café (11am) for a walk through Chadderton Hall Park, Chadderton on Friday, February 23.
FORMER Clinical Services Director Joanne Sloan has been confirmed as Chief Executive at the Hospice to lead a new-look senior management team.
Joanne takes over from Dr Paul Cook who has reverted to his seat on the board with a specific role as a special projects advisor.
The team will include Medical Director Dr Matthias Hohmann, Clinical Matron Adele Doherty, Quality and Governance Manager Lyndsey Donbavand and David Whaley as acting Business Development Manager.
The board expressed its appreciation to Dr Cook for the excellent way he had directed and driven the interim arrangements and helped the board and managers to progress change so quickly and effectively.
HOSPICE staff have now set up interviews after a hugely successful one-stop-shop.
Recruitment for the bank of Health Care Assistant posts has already begun for the numerous roles that will be required to establish the new ‘Kershaw’s Caring Hands’ project of community care.
Clinical Matron Adele Doherty said the Saturday morning one-stop-shop worked extremely well in getting information to would-be HCAs.
“We will continue to advertise for staff as this service is one that we hope will grow and grow throughout the year-long pilot project and beyond,” she added.
Hours are part-time on a flexible basis (£15,404-£18,157 pro rate – depending on experience - £7.90-£9.31 per hour).
Call Adele Doherty or Lindsey Harper on 0161-624 2727 if you require more information.
DR KERSHAW’S Hospice is to hold a second recruitment day for its new ‘Caring Hands’ community care initiative.
A first event in December went down well and interest in both the Home Care Co-ordinator role and in joining the bank of Community Health Care Assistants was encouraging.
However, senior staff at the Royton hospice realise that the first event was at a busy time for many in the run-up to Christmas and the demand for more information about the new services has prompted a second ‘One-Stop-Shop’ event which will be held at the Turf Lane hospice’s Café K on Saturday, January 13, starting at 11am.
Staff plan to give information about the new service, help fill out application forms and confirm interview dates.
Adele Doherty, Clinical Matron, said: “We know from what people have been telling us that many wanted to come to the December event but were just too busy. Now that the New Year is here, we want to give people the opportunity to join what will be a very dedicated team in delivering a worthwhile service to those who need it most.”
Adele has also asked people who have submitted electronic applications via the Hospice website to telephone 0161 624 2727 to speak to her or Lindsey Harper to check that the application has been received and processed.
“We have had two major computer system failures in the last couple of weeks that have caused issues with our emails.
“We have been made aware that some emails have not been received and we certainly want to make doubly-sure that all applicants are given every opportunity to join us.”
The new community care scheme is fully-funded for the one-year pilot and Joanne Sloan, Deputy Chief Executive at Dr Kershaw’s, is confident that by maintaining the high standards of the Hospice ‘Kershaw’s Caring Hands’ can follow in the footsteps of ‘Hospice at Home’ as an essential service for the community of Oldham.
“We will begin the pilot scheme once we have the right people in place. We will recruit suitable staff to provide the highest standards of individual care and our hospice’s not-for-profit setup will ensure that all the funds received are invested in high-quality staff.
“Recruited staff will receive a programme of training, incorporating all core mandatory training and a certificated of care, to ensure our staff are trained to a high standard to provide excellent quality of care for patients.”
Applicants unable to attend the One-Stop Shop are asked to telephone for an application form or to collect one from the Hospice reception.
DR KERSHAW’S Hospice has launched a Walk and Talk Group as part of its bereavement support network.
Open to all who have lost a loved one, the first walk will take place in Dunwood Park, Shaw, on Thursday, January 25 - 11am meet at Café Mandels.
Spiritual Care Coordinator Pauline Brierley is looking to vary the venue for the monthly gathering.
“It will be a 45-minute leisurely walk – gently exercise in the fresh air with lovely views and company,” said Pauline
“We hope to be able to give people the opportunity to share their bereavement experience with others, to meet new people, or to simply walk in silence with their thoughts but in companionship with others.”
The walks will be led by trained staff and are part of the National Walking for Health scheme.
A massive thank you goes out to the team of volunteers who came in from RBS to help make the Hospice feel festive ready for all our Christmas events.
The team of eight from the bank had a day off from their usual day to day routine. They came in and set to with all the Christmas decorations in our reception, Day Hospice and corridors to make the place look the part ready for December.
Thank you to Kevin King, Nick Millard, Andy Garth, Ash Harvey, Steve Randall, Andie Gilles, Leah Makin, and Clare Brown.
Bill, Dave and Graham decided to set out to do a coast to coast bike ride to raise money for the Hospice. Over the three gruelling days they would cover a whopping 226 miles in total.
The first day was grey and slightly blustery at the start of the Trans Pennine Trail on the Southport seafront, they set off on their epic journey across the country. They met several friends along the way to keep spirits high and to give them a boost of enthusiasm to get the end of the journey.
Just 12months earlier Bill had done his first ride of nine miles and thought that was a great achievement, after his legs had stopped aching. He made a throw away comment of ‘’shall we go across the country from coast to coast’’
This then became a reality and we would like to say a massive thank you to Bill, Graham and Dave for taking on this massive challenge in aid of the Hospice and raising an amazing £661.00!
We are proud to tell everyone that our Staff Nurse Kelly Foster, who has worked at the hospice for 18 months, has been asked to give a talk on end-of-life care at the trust.
Kelly attended the Bereavement and End-of-Life Care Study Days, a course run by the Pennine Acute Trust for all staff across the trust. The training has run since February and the last study day will be in December. Aimed at bringing together health professionals to discuss end-of-life care. Kelly was approached by the organiser and asked to give a talk on end-of-life care here at Dr Kershaw’s at the next study day in September.
She put together a short presentation on hospice care for end-of-life patients and about going the extra mile.
Kelly told a story of a gentleman who was with us late last year who had two young sons. Quite quickly the family realised he would not live until Christmas. The staff rallied round and made him and his two young boys a special early festive celebration. Decorations appeared like magic and our conservatory was transformed into Christmas time. The team really went the extra mile to not only care for the patient but for the family as well.
Well done Kelly on this amazing achievement!
Following a recent compliance visit by the Gambling Commission who Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery is licensed by, we are proud to announce that Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery has been awarded a rating of ‘Good’ by the Gambling Commission which is the highest rating achievable.
Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery is committed to providing a secure, fair and socially responsible service and to endorse responsible gambling amongst members of the public who support our lottery in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 and specifically the licence conditions and codes of practice which apply to our licence.
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