Today it’s the turn of our 15 Housekeeping staff to feature in our #AdventCalendar.

This team play a vital part in maintaining the very high standards of cleanliness and hygiene required throughout the clinical and non-clinical areas of all our sites.  Thank you to all our Housekeepers!

Lisa Hoogervorst, our Hotel Services Manager says “The housekeepers are incredibly passionate about their work and have a completely selfless attitude knowing the importance of the care our patients need, even over Christmas.  I would like to thank them personally for their hard work and loyalty to the hospice.”


We have 14 Fundraising Support Groups across Cornwall.

These amazing groups give their time freely to support Cornwall Hospice Care. They organise and manage events in their respective areas. These wonderful and indispensable groups often raise in excess of £100,000 per year and we simply could not be without them.

Pictured above are some of the members of our St Austell Fundraising Group, along with Fundraising Group Coordinator Angela Flamank, gathered around one of the Christmas Trees at our Mount Edgcumbe Hospice this December.

Click on the group names listed below to find out about your local group and scroll down to the bottom of this page to hear from one group member about her motivations.

Today we look at some of our committed staff that have worked for Cornwall Hospice Care for 13 years. 


Elaine Potter: Senior Staff Nurse at St Julia’s Hospice


Allan Foster: Maintenance


Terri Lightfoot: Lymphoedema Clinical Nurse Specialist

We spoke to Allan (pictured above) about how his employment at Cornwall Hospice Care started.

``I came to Mount Edgcumbe Hospice to work on the refurbishment with Gilbert and Goode, and shortly after a maintenance role was advertised for the hospice so I applied. I'm here to support the nurses doing their jobs. It's my job to make sure they have everything they need to do their job - that's why I come to work every day.``

We are incredibly proud of our workforce across our clinical, community, education, volunteer services, maintenance, retail and fundraising teams we have a wealth of experience and knowledge that come together to produce amazing things.

Think you would like to work for our charity? Keep an eye on our work for us page where all our vacancies are listed. Work for us.

12 – The average amount of items sold via our eBay store every day!


Below are just 12 of the donated items we have sold on eBay in the last 6 months.


These 12 items sold for a combined £1804.85

Day 10 of our Advent Calendar reveals a very special 10th Anniversary for Cornwall Hospice Care and it’s Penryn Furniture shop, or Homestyle as it’s now known.

May 2007 saw our first ever dedicated Furniture shop open on Commercial Road, Penryn.  Lindsay Taylor, Business Development Manager for our Homestyle and Retro shops, was there on opening day and recalls the photograph of the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

She says “I remember the photo being taken but I’m not sure of all the names!  From the left,  Abbi Moseley who still volunteers in Falmouth all these years later, the guy in green was our driver John (who is now an extra in Doc Martin!) the lady cutting the ribbon is Gill Grant the then Lady Mayor,  me in the dress (with very short hair!), our Chief Executive Paul Brinsley and the chap behind is colleague Mark Scott who has sadly passed away since that photo was taken.”


If you were there that day, or can name any others in the photograph please give our PR & Communications Team a call on 01726 839156 or email – we’d love to put names to all the faces!

You can find out more about our Penryn Homestyle shop HERE.  Our shops cover the whole county from Bude all the way down to Penzance – you can browse and view information about all our shops including addresses, phone numbers and opening hours on our website HERE.

Day 9 of our Advent Calendar gives us the opportunity to talk about our 9 trustees who have a vital role to play in the governance, setting the strategy and overseeing the vital work of our Cornish charity.

Our Board of Directors  (Trustees), all give their time in a voluntary capacity to ensure that the charity is run appropriately and according to Charity Law and they have overall financial and legal responsibility for the organisation.  They formally meet every three months and come from medical, financial and commercial backgrounds.

Our Chief Executive and Executive Team are responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity and its associated trading companies, however they all report on a regular basis to the Board of Trustees.

Find out more about who our Trustees are HERE.


We are also currently actively seeking applications from individuals interested in joining our high performing Board of Trustees. These roles would suit people with energy and skills to contribute to the governance role of the Board that sets the strategy and oversees the vital work of our Charity.

We are particularly interested in hearing from you if you have experience in any of the following areas of expertise:

  • Finance with formal accountancy qualifications and commercial experience.
  • Income generation skills which could come from retail, fund raising or marketing and media experience.
  • Clinical knowledge in a medical, nursing or therapies field of expertise.

For an informal discussion please contact Paul Brinsley, Chief Executive by email at: or by telephone on 01726 65711.

Can you give Cornwall Hospice Care 8 days?

September 2018 will see a group of trekkers giving 8 days to take on our Grand Canyon Trek, raising money to help fund our specialist care, and you could be part of that group.  Overseas treks are a great opportunity to realise dreams of taking up that challenge you’ve always thought about, as well as making a difference to our patients and their loved ones.



Hear from two of our previous trekkers, David and Sally talking about their motivations and experiences taking on both the physical challenges of a trek and how they chose to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care.

David's Story

Sally's Story

Find out more about our 2018 Grand Canyon Trek HERE. Don’t fancy the Grand Canyon? See what other challenges we have planned for 2018 HERE.

On day 7 we have an interesting fact for you!

On average we serve 7 customers an hour in each shop.

Cornwall Hospice Care shoppers contributed £720,000 in the last financial year! If you have shopped with us or donated to us – thank you!

The next time you need a new outfit, a book, a DVD or want to hunt for some treasures visit your nearest Cornwall Hospice Care shop. You can find your nearest store using our online locator.

If you still have Christmas shopping to do we stock a range of gifts across our stores.

Here are some £5 ideas secret santa, be a good cause Santa Claus and purchase your gifts from us.

Cornwall Hospice Care has at it’s heart 6 core values.


We aim to –


· Care by delivering the highest quality, holistic, compassionate and individualised care to people in Cornwall.

· Value everyone, behaving with honesty and integrity and unlocking the potential of staff and volunteers so they can deliver a high standard of care, ethically generate funds and support the patients, families, friends and carers who rely on us.

· Listen carefully to what patients, families and professionals are telling us about the services we provide.

· Communicate in a timely and transparent manner with both internal and external audiences, ensuring we engage, consult and inform everyone in Cornwall and beyond of what we are doing and why.

· Collaborate working in partnership with others to broaden our scope and deliver services to those who are hard to reach.

· Innovate by encouraging creativity and development of ideas to ensure we are as efficient and effective as we can be in everything we do.



Our vision is for all people living with terminal illness in Cornwall to be able to access the care and support they may need at the time and in the place that is right for them and their families.


We aspire to deliver the highest possible quality care and support to our patients and their families. We will strive to develop and secure the resources necessary to achieve this, now and in the future.

There are 5 members of our executive team.

Our Cornish charity is managed by a remarkably small, by charity standards, and effective team of 5 Directors. They represent the key areas of our operation and include Dr Deborah Stevens our Medical Director, Dawn Tame-Battell who is Director of Patient Services, Paddy Dummett who leads our Human Resources and Organisational Development team, Graham Clarke our Finance Director and Paul Brinsley who is our Chief Executive.

They lead our charity from day to day and work with our governing Board of Trustees.  On day 5 of our Advent Calendar we feature our Executive Team so you can see who the brains are behind our many achievements in the area of hospice care in Cornwall.


Dr Deborah Stevens our Medical Director


Dawn Tame-Battell our Director of Patient Services


Graham Clarke our Finance Director


Director of HR & Organisational Development


Paul Brinsley our Chief Executive