The St Austell Fundraising Group for Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care want to thank everyone that supported their various fundraising events throughout 2017, including those that attended their very successful Christmas Fayre that raised over £4,000!

The end of 2017 saw three dedicated group members step down from their roles on the committee -twins Jean Metherell and Joan Chapman who have given almost 60 years between them and Ruth Hocking who has served for an amazing 35 years.

The volunteer group dedicate its time year after year arranging an array of events from quiz nights to ladies’ lunches to raise vital money for the charity.

Group member Faith Geake said “We should like to thank every single person who attended our events in 2017. Every cream tea and raffle ticket sold has helped us raise money to help make a difference. We hope to see you all again in 2018!” It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care that Cornwall Hospice Care offers to its patients and their loved ones.

Their first events for 2018 are a lunch at Cloisters restaurant on Thursday 1st February, a wine and cheese evening at Lanjeth Village Hall on Saturday 3rd March and their annual quiz night returns to Charlestown Church Hall on Thursday 19th April. You can find information on these events as they become available at

Angela Flamank, Fundraising Groups Co-ordinator for Cornwall Hospice Care had this to say “We have 14 amazing Fundraising Support Groups across Cornwall, they give their time freely to support Cornwall Hospice Care. They organise and manage successful events in their respective areas. These wonderful and indispensable volunteers often raise in excess of £100,000 per year and we simply could not be without them.”

We're Jammin' ....

Dr Sarah Ashley who works at our St Julia’s Hospice sent us this piece from her 13 year old son, Peter, who has been very busy of the last few months, making jams, marmalades and curds to sell.  Here is the initial blog that Peter sent to us in October 2017.

I am taking part in a business competition at Camborne Science and International Academy and have created a Jam Making Business, called Ashley Jam.
My idea for a business was sparked when I was trying to find something to do and my mum suggested Jam. She enjoys making various jams, and has fruit in the freezer
from our garden that was picked over the summer. I made a test batch of marmalade before the competition began, and it tasted so good I couldn’t refuse. So my venture started there, an idea sparked by my toast.

The competition is called ‘The Tenner Challenge’ – we are each given 10 pounds and encouraged to create or upcycle with the 10 pounds as the start-up. The aim is to
make the most amount of profit we can. A proportion of my profit will be donated to the hospice, as I am aware of all the good work they do, with my mum working at
St Julia’s Hospice. The competition runs between October and Christmas, I have already started well and have made a few batches, including marmalade, lemon curd, raspberry jam and blackberry jam. We have been planning some themed Jam, such as a delicious spiced marmalade for Christmas, which will be available in a month or so. I need some help – we are eco-friendly and are using recycled jars, but these are in short supply at home and will soon run out, so if you have any empty ones, with
metal lids that you can spare, please get them to St Julia’s Hospice, for Sarah Ashley.  Equally if you would like to order any jam, please contact Sarah, who can tell you prices, and arrange orders for you.

Peter's Update - January 2018

Peter was delighted to give an update on how his enterprise is thriving, with a second blog;

I was asked to start up a business back in October only using a tenner. Of course one thing led to another and my business was booming. Many flavours were created,
including menace, lemon curd and spiced marmalade. The competition ended on the last Thursday of school before Christmas. After I counted up my money, it was clear I had done rather well when my total profit was £201.75.  Some of that total came from the staff and volunteers of Cornwall Hospice Care, so I thank every single one of you who supported me by either buying jam or giving jars.  I originally reported that some of my profit would go to the hospice, and that is a
promise I have kept. £80 has been presented to the hospice from the Ashley Jam Incorporated Company. I hope this is all spent well and overall wisely.  Even though
the competition is over, I enjoyed making and selling jam so much, I’ll still be making and selling to those who would like it.  Please let my hyper wonderful, better than
anyone mother know if you should like to order a jar or five.
Best wishes
Peter Ashley (CEO*, CFO** and CJM*** of the Ashley Jam Incorporated Company)
*Chief Executive Officer, **Chief Financial Officer, ***Chief Jam Maker”

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Elliott, Stuart Beaumont’s son and Darren, Stuart Beaumont’s Brother in Law took on the London to Paris cycle in July 2017. They cycled the gruelling 300 miles to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care in memory of Stuart who was cared for at the Cornish charity’s Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.

They trained for months in preparation for the challenge and their fundraising efforts raised an incredible £3,000! This amount was then increased to £5,000 by a generous £2,000 contribution from high street retailer TK Maxx.

Stuart’s sister Bev works for TK Maxx so approached them with the story and they kindly donated. Bev had this to say as to why Elliot and Darren took on this challenge. “My family are grateful to Cornwall Hospice Care for their kindness and care of Stuart. Elliott and Darren wanted to do something for them, I think it’s just a need to say thank you with more than just words. They achieved their goal and the aches and pains were soon forgotten but what the hospice did for Stuart never will be.”

Cornwall Hospice Care Community Fundraiser Jane Appleton thanked them both for their efforts saying “We cannot provide our specialist care to patients and their loved ones without the people who kindly fundraise for us. I would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to Elliott and Darren from everyone at Cornwall Hospice Care.

Photo: Elliott, Darren and Bev present the TK Maxx donation to staff at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice.

The county-wide team of carers involved in supporting terminally ill people in Cornwall has won a prestigious award. The Excellence and Innovation in Clinical Teaching Team Award was voted for by students at the University of Exeter Medical School.


The award was voted for by students who have been on placement with the palliative care teams in Cornwall, covering work in the community, at the acute hospital and at Cornwall Hospice Care. The citation reflected their appreciation;

“Staff made us feel very welcome on placements, it was well organised and well structured. We received excellent teaching about all different aspects of death and dying and palliative care. We were involved on placement, knew exactly what was expected of us and felt a valued member of the team. All the doctors were fantastic examples to us, especially in terms of their communication skills. They made time for us even when they had lots on themselves.”

A collective win

The award was received by Andy Shury, Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse, based in Camborne, and Doctors Deborah Stevens, Jane Gibbins and Kirsty Scott from Cornwall Hospice Care. They accepted it on behalf of all palliative care teams across the county.      Dr Stevens says it was a real honour;

“It was particularly special as the students themselves had voted for us to receive this award. It highlights the importance of our work supporting the health care providers of the future and promoting the value of the work being done to ensure the best possible end of life care for patients in Cornwall. It’s good to know we are making a difference to the students and ensuring they are aware of what’s involved in palliative care. It means they will start their medical careers better briefed on this specialist area and aware of its importance to terminally ill patients and their families.

The award also reflects the many ways in which Cornwall provides for terminally ill people and recognises both our charity and those NHS staff we work alongside when it comes to end of life care.”

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows (from left to right), Dr Kirsty Scott of Cornwall Hospice Care,       Dr Deborah Stevens Medical Director at Cornwall Hospice Care, Andy Shury, Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse from Camborne, Dr Clive Ballard Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at the University of Exeter Medical School and Dr Jane Gibbins from Cornwall Hospice Care. The photograph is kindly provided by the University of Exeter Medical School.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email

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The Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management Santa Series 2017 for Cornwall Hospice Care started with a burst of red and white on Sunday 3rd December. Santas of all sizes dashed around the streets of Truro to raise money for the Cornish charity that cares for adults with terminal illness and their families.

A record 142 people pulled up their red trousers and tightened their Santa belts to run, jog or walk the 3.3km route. These events aren’t just for those on two legs! Dogs are also welcome to join in the festive fun with a prize for the best dressed pooch.

One of the runners in Truro was Lizzie Hotton, Cornwall Hospice Care’s very own Ward Sister at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice. “Taking part was so much fun! My husband ran with me and our dog Freddie joined in too. It was good to have been able to raise some money for our charity and I must thank all my friends and colleagues who supported me.”

Rob Baylis, from title sponsor for the Santa Series 2017, Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management, had this to say: “This was a fantastic and a well organised event for a great cause. Well done to all of those who participated in what was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for all.”

Claire Lyden, Events & Community Manager at Cornwall Hospice Care added “We would like to thank everyone who has supported us at the Truro Santa Run including our title sponsor Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management for supporting us this year in the Santa Series. Thanks also to the Co-op for the mince pies, Rowe’s for the pasties and the Truro Methodist Church for providing a well deserved treat for all runners at the end of the race. We would also like to thank the many volunteers who came along and helped at registration and marshalling the route.”

Still to come in the Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management Santa Series are the Santa Cycle in Wadebridge and Santa Run in Padstow on 9th December, the Santa Run in Falmouth on 16th December and the final Santa Run in Helston on 17th December. To sign up please visit our running page.

Cornish shanty singing group, Boscastle Buoys have raised over £30,000 so far with fundraising set to continue! The Buoys decided to use their music to raise funds for the Cornish charity that runs both Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.

The Boscastle Buoys formed in 2009 after a group of locals, mainly from Boscastle discovered that as well as sharing a drink in the local pub, the Napoleon Inn in Boscastle, they also enjoyed singing. One of the Buoys was treated and supported at Cornwall Hospice Care’s Mount Edgcumbe Hospice. As he received such great care the Boscastle Buoys pledged to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care and collect donations wherever they sing.

They have performed at various venues over the years including music festivals – Falmouth Music Festival, Looe Music Festival and Boardmasters.

Pete, a Boscastle Buoy said; “We are very proud to have raised over £30,000 for Cornwall Hospice Care. We know that the Hospice is very compassionate, the staff that work there are exceptionally good carers and nurses and we just know that every penny, every pound that gets put in the bucket is put to a very good cause and used most efficiently. We would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everybody who has supported us since we’ve been raising money for the Hospice.”

Catherine Robins, Community Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care said “The amount raised over the last few years is incredible. We are very grateful for their dedication to help fund the care. All the money raised by the Boscastle Buoys in Cornwall, stays in Cornwall. £30,000 is the equivalent of care in one intensive care bed for 50 days. Well done and thank you for making a difference!”

Cornwall Hospice Care has launched its new ladies fashion and accessories boutique on St Nicholas Street, Truro. Here are 5 reasons why it is worth visiting:

  1. To fund the care – All the money raised goes directly to funding the specialist care the Cornish charity provides across it’s 2 hospices and Neighbourhood Hubs.
  2. Recycle – By buying used items you are helping to protect our environment by giving the donated goods a new home.
  3. Get a bargain – You’ll be amazed at the quality of items on offer. With brands such as Joules, Seasalt & Mantaray all at a fraction of the price brand new.
  4. Get a gift – It’s not all donated goods. There are new goods in store that will make perfect gifts for Christmas or birthdays.
  5. Keep it Cornish – All the money raised for Cornwall Hospice Care stays in Cornwall.

Paul Brinsley, Chief Executive of Cornwall Hospice Care opened the store to customers and had this to say “‘We are delighted to open our new store in St Nicholas Street, Truro. It’s a great location and so convenient for our customers. This is now our third store in Truro, with the Department Store on Pydar Street and our Pop Up Christmas Shop on Lemon Street. Jackie, the Boutique Manager and her team look forward to welcoming customers regular and new to this great charity shop.”

Frazer Hopkins, Business Development Manager at Cornwall Hospice Care urged shoppers to come and have a browse at all the items on offer. “We have some high quality donations thanks to the generous people of Cornwall. I’d like to thank all our supporters; we look forward to welcoming you to our new shop!”

The shop can be found at 15 St Nicholas Street in the premises that was Shoe Zone. It is open Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Details of all of Cornwall Hospice Care’s shops are available here.

Christmas is a special time of year when thoughts turn to spending time with friends and family. It can also be a time for remembering loved ones who are no longer here. Light up a Life, organised by Cornwall Hospice Care, offers people the chance to enter the names of loved ones in the Books of Remembrance and to attend a special celebration service.

This year introduces 2 brand new services in Wadebridge and Newquay alongside our familiar services. Starting at Truro Cathedral on Friday 1st December; St Austell at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday 3rd December; Launceston at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday 5th December; Wadebridge at Egloshayle Church on Wednesday 6th December; Penzance at Chapel Street Methodist Church on Thursday 7th December; Hayle at St Elwyn’s Church on Saturday 9th December and Newquay on Sunday 10th December at the Bowgie Inn. The Newquay service is unique as it has a non-religious format.

The celebration services will include carols, readings and prayers. The Books of Remembrance featuring your dedication will be available to view. The Books are also posted on Cornwall Hospice Care’s website.

Clare Bray, Tribute Fundraiser from Cornwall Hospice Care says, “Light up a Life is a much loved hospice campaign which gives people the opportunity to remember loved ones at this special time of year. It is completely up to you who you choose to remember, whether it’s a friend, family member or work colleague. They don’t have to have been cared for by one of our hospices in order for you to make a dedication.”

To take part in Light up a Life and for more details on the services simply go to Cornwall Hospice Care’s website or call Clare on 01726 66868 (option 3). Light up a Life Leaflets are also available in all Cornwall Hospice Care shops.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Clare Bray on 01726 66868 (3) or email



Cornwall Hospice Care's Santa Series is here!

Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care will kick off its 2017 Santa Series in Truro on Sunday 3rd December. This year’s Santa Series sponsored by Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management includes four Santa Fun Runs in Truro, Padstow, Helston and Falmouth, as well as a Santa Cycle from Wadebridge.

Hundreds of people are already signed up to put on the red suit and raise money for the charity that provides 24/7 specialist care across St Julia’s Hospice, Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and in the community with their new Neighbourhood Hubs. You can sign up to join them at Truro on Sunday 3rd December, Wadebridge and Padstow on Saturday 9th December, Falmouth on Saturday 16th December and Helston on Sunday 17th December.

Oli Hoare, Head of Fundraising at Cornwall Hospice care says “We are very excited about this year’s Santa Series. These events are always full of festive cheer! Seeing hundreds of people come together to raise money for our charity is always inspiring. To all those who have already signed up I would like to say a huge thank you for helping to fund the specialist care we provide. To all those thinking about it, it really is a case of the more the merrier! Funds raised from your registration fee and sponsorship will go directly towards funding our bereavement counsellors, nursing staff, doctors, catering staff, therapists and housekeepers that make our hospices safe and supportive places to be during difficult times.”

All ages are invited to take part in the events. Registration costs £12 for an adult and £7 for a child, this includes your Santa suit, with under 5’s taking part for free – there’s a mince pie and a medal for every Santa across the finish line. Cornwall Hospice Care look forward to seeing you soon. You can sign up at or telephone 01726 66868 (option 3).


For more information please contact Megan O’Connell on 01726 65711 or 07976863409 or email



There are many myths around hospice care; once in a hospice you never come out, they’re dark and dingy and full of gloom and doom. Preconceived views are hard to change but Cornwall Hospice Care is determined to prove the myths are far from the truth. As part of national Hospice Care Week (9th to 15th October), the Cornish charity is, on Monday 9th October, launching a campaign called #ChallengingPerceptions aimed at busting the myths about adult hospice care.

At the centre of our project is Caroline Brown from Par. Caroline had breast cancer five years ago, she’s a survivor and she isn’t dying, but she does need to visit Mount Edgcumbe Hospice once a week. After having a lump removed and her breast reconstructed, Caroline developed a condition called Lymphoedema. It’s a swelling in the body’s tissues associated with her cancer. A Train Guard, Caroline has a very physical job and some of the work can aggravate her symptoms, so she visits Clinical Nurse Specialist Helen Treleaven for treatment. “It’s a lifeline for me” says Caroline, “it keeps me going in every way and I can carry on working, which is important to me.”


“My perception of the hospice before coming here was probably similar to everyone else in that I thought you just come here and don’t leave again. I didn’t realise just what was here because as well as the Lymphoedema support, I also had physiotherapy here after my operation. Now I just come in, I see Helen for half an hour and I go again. It’s absolutely brilliant and much needed.”

“I get mixed reactions when I tell people I come to the hospice. To others it’s a place where people die. For me it’s a happy place and the support here gives me a quality of life. People also need to understand that when they give money it’s not for one thing, it’s for all the services the charity provides to both in and out patients.”

Medical student support

The initial stages of the #ChallengingPerceptions campaign were developed with two third year medical students from Exeter University, Ellie Webb and Rebecca Norman. They spent two weeks with Cornwall Hospice Care earlier this year as part of the charity’s education work, offering training to the healthcare workers of the future.

For Ellie, the experience certainly changed her perceptions, “I’d never been to a hospice and didn’t really understand what they were for. I think the only idea I had was that they’re places people come to at the end of their life for specialist care. I was quite apprehensive about coming and thought it was going to be a very sad place. It’s not though, there’s a lot of joy here and a lot of hope. It’s a realistic hope as people do have terminal illnesses, but there’s such a lovely atmosphere.”

#ChallengingPerceptions begins in the same week that Cornwall Hospice Care is opening the charity’s first two Neighbourhood Hubs in Wadebridge and Penzance in a determined effort to reach out and support people with terminal illnesses nearer to their homes – another myth busted!   The charity will address a myth a day for seven days. Follow #ChallengingPerceptions at or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages – Twitter – @cornwallhospice, Facebook – Cornwall Hospice Care


Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email

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