#ChallengingPerceptions

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.”

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“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 www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk 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 tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

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Saturday 7th October will mark the first weekend that dogs are allowed back on Marazion beach after the summer season ban and to celebrate Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care is hosting a special event. The Great Western Dog Walk, now in its second year, will start with a fun dog show at 10am and then a walk to Penzance at 11.45am.

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The walk was first suggested by local MP, Derek Thomas who is once again supporting the event along with sponsors St Aubyn Estates, the Godolphin Arms, Penzance Pet Alliance, Great Western Railway and Headland Printers. Sarah Newton is the Community Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care;

“We had such great feedback from last year’s event that we knew we had to do it again. This year we’ve added a fun dog show that will take place on Marazion beach from 10am. The idea is that people register for the walk at the Godolphin Arms first and then head for the fun dog show, which is being organised by The Pet Spa. Entry will be by donation with some great prizes on offer for the winning categories.“

“Registration for the walk will open at 9am and close at 11.30am with the walkers and their assembled four legged friends setting off at 11.45am. Entry has stayed at £3 per person, or £6 per family (two adults and two children). The route takes in Marazion Beach and follows the coast round to the War memorial on Battery Road by the Jubilee Pool and Penzance Prom. Walkers will be asked to de-register at the Cornwall Hospice Care stand where they will also receive a free Doggy Goody Bag. Refreshments will also be available.”

“It costs more than £5 million a year to provide the many support services we offer to people in Cornwall who are terminally ill and to their families. It means fundraising it vital to us and what better way to help us make a difference than to take a refreshing walk with your pets along some of West Cornwall’s stunning coastal landscapes? Collectively all this can’t help but give you the feel good factor!”

A registration form and the terms and conditions of entry are available at the Cornwall Hospice Care website – https://www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/support-us/events/

You can also pick up a form at the veterinary surgeries in Hayle (Animal Vets and Hayle Vets), and also in Penzance from Regents Court Vets, the Pets Spa, Pets Boutique and Malins Pet Foods.

Car parking at Marazion will be in the Folly Field Car Park and return travel will be available from Penzance Bus Station for those feet and paws that are too tired to walk back, kindly provided by the First Group.

Notes to editors:

Please find attached two pictures taken at last year’s Great Western Dog Walk. Please credit Greg Martin.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Sarah Newton on 01736 755770 or email snewton@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care is this October (2017) launching a new service aimed at offering support in the community to people with a terminal diagnosis. The first two weekly Neighbourhood Hubs will open in Penzance and Wadebridge on Thursday 12th October and will offer a range of advice, support and information for patients, their carers and families. As with all the services offered by the charity, the Hubs will be free.

The first Hubs will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm every Thursday at the John Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge and Clarence House in Penzance. Dawn Tame-Battell is Cornwall Hospice Care’s Director of Patient Services, “the aim of our charity is to make as much difference as we can to as many people as possible who are coping with a terminal illness. Times are changing and patients are now demanding, quite rightly, better services nearer to home. The Hubs will allow us to take the expertise currently only available to our ‘in-patients’, to others in the community and much earlier in their disease. We hope to reach upwards of a thousand extra people a year via the Hubs.”

The idea of the Neighbourhood Hubs is to encourage patients and their carers to manage their symptoms, reducing dependency and increasing independence, and to help answer their questions. A number of staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide a range of therapies, specialist support and advice and a cup of tea or coffee. Dawn Tame-Battell again; “We aim to build confidence, helping people to live as well as possible. We want to provide people with a chance to come and talk, to have both their physical and emotional issues addressed, including discussing ‘advanced care planning’ where patients can detail how they want to be treated and cared for going forward.”

“Whilst our intensive care beds at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice and St Julia’s Hospice, remain central to what we do, by reaching out into the community we believe many more people can be supported by our charity. Our plan is to introduce further Hubs in the coming months so we cover the whole of Cornwall, and we will also be running Hub services from the two hospices for people in the St Austell and Hayle areas.”

Patients can be referred to the Neighbourhood Hubs via their GP or they and their families and carers, can pop in and have a look at what we are offering.

Further information is available on our website at www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk or by telephoning 01726 829874 and contact can be made by email to referrals@cornwallhospice.co.uk

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures are of Cornwall Hospice Care staff who will support the Neighbourhood Hubs, including Sarah Barrett, Occupational Therapist (in green uniform) and Bridget Prusik, Complementary Therapist. The third picture is Dawn Tame-Battell, Cornwall Hospice Care’s Director of Patient Services.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

 

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140

Liana Clough from Truro has just had the surprise of her life, winning £4,000 on the Cornwall Hospice Care Lottery. The rollover prize was handed to her during a surprise presentation at the charity’s Truro Department Store today (Monday 26th June).

Liana signed up as a regular player of the charity’s lottery 15 months ago knowing that each week there’s a £1,000 winner, a £50 prize and 50 chances to win a fiver. There’s also a rollover which grows by £200 each week, rising to a total of £10,000 if not won along the way.

On Friday 23rd July Liana’s number came up but her Mum Lynette kept the secret of how much the prize total was so that Sarah Vincent, Cornwall Hospice Care’s Lottery Manager could surprise Liana face to face today. It turns out she’s been an avid computer game player for 11 years and has recently been saving to attend a gaming convention in London this September. After Sarah presented her with the money a tearful Liana said, “That’s just amazing. It’s wonderful, wonderful timing. Thank you so much.”

Sarah Vincent said after the emotional presentation, “It was lovely to hear of Liana’s plans and to know this win has made a big difference to her. All this celebration for just £1 a line! In the last financial year our lottery contributed £192,500 towards the cost of the care we provide to patients with terminal illnesses and their families.”

Notes to editors:

The picture shows Liana Clough (right) with her Mum, Lynette at Cornwall Hospice Care’s Truro Department Store.

To find out more about the Cornwall Hospice Care lottery visit; https://lottery.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk/lottery/cornwall-hospice-care-lottery-ltd/

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140

Do you have a favourite cake? Perhaps it’s one your Mum always used to make. Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care has discovered that behind every scrumptious recipe there’s a story just waiting to be told and have produced a book to prove the point.

The Great Cornish Cake Bake Cake Book is the brainchild of Community Fundraiser, Judy Lawton who runs the charity’s annual Great Cornish Cake Bake Day, “I had the idea two years ago when I realised many people have favourite recipes that have been handed down by relatives. It’s been a huge privilege to meet those who have contributed to the book and for many it’s been both emotional and magical to put their memories and their delicious dishes in writing.”

The book, which is on sale for £6.99, introduces such delights as Fat Nanna’s Dundee Cake and Eastbourne Pier donuts and features people like Doreen Donnithorne who’s still baking in her 91st year. “Doreen’s Marmalade Thatch Cake is one I had never heard of before”, says Judy, “and is as appealing as Sheila’s Sticky Ginger Cake and Graham’s Gypsy Tart.

The book’s eye catching cover was designed by Sally Eustice from Newquay who donated her time and skill. Cleverly woven in to the artwork is the Cornish crest and the Rodda’s logo as they are generous supporters of many Cornwall Hospice Care events.   The book with its wipeable pages, has been printed by the St Austell Printing Company and is raising money to help fund the care provided by the charity to terminally ill people in Cornwall and their families. “Some of those who’ve provided stories and recipes have a link to our charity, but others just wanted to help a Cornish charity providing support for people in the county. All the money raised will stay here to help us continue to do what we do best” says Judy the self-styled Great Cornish Cake Bake Cake Book Co-ordinator.

The book is now on sale in all Cornwall Hospice Care’s shops, there’s 31 of them stretching from Bude to Penzance, and on Amazon. “The book first appeared on Amazon on Wednesday 21st June and within an hour we’d sold two copies, one of which was heading to Bristol!”

The book also features pencil drawings of the charity’s two hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in     St Austell and St Julia’s in Hayle, donated to Judy by architecture student Paul Lynch. They accompany a slightly different recipe showing what makes Cornwall Hospice Care the charity that it is.

Notes to editors:

Copies of the book are available for review. Please contact Judy Lawton on 01726 66868 (option 3) or email jlawton@cornwallhospice.co.uk

The attached picture shows Judy with the new Great Cornish Cake Bake Cake Book.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140

As part of the national Volunteers Week campaign (1st to 8th June), Cornwall Hospice Care are celebrating the many who give their time to the Cornish charity. Around a thousand people volunteer in a wide range of roles at Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s Hospices, in the shops, offices and at fundraising events.

The charity is celebrating the commitment of its volunteers by featuring a series of short films made with just some of those who donate their time. Also involved are the staff members who support them, all of whom reinforce the fact that the charity simply couldn’t achieve all it does without voluntary help.

Elaine volunteers in Cornwall Hospice Care’s lottery department at Holmbush in St Austell, “I wanted to give something back, making a small contribution to the wonderful work that the hospices do.” Her manager is Sarah Vincent, “Elaine does marvellous work for us in the lottery team. We couldn’t do what we do without her.”

Jane volunteers on the ward at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, “I have a nursing background so felt I would be able to come in to the hospice and offer help and support to the staff, patients and relatives. Volunteering makes me feel elated and I would urge anyone to try it.” Lizzie Hotton is the Ward Sister, “Our ward volunteers undertake a variety of roles and bring a cheerful smile. We really value everything they do and would be lost without them.”

During the week Cornwall Hospice Care will also be featuring short films with volunteers who fundraise, support the van drivers, help in one of the charity’s community shops and on the reception at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.

To watch the short films and to find out more about volunteering with Cornwall Hospice Care visit www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures are of Elaine, the lottery volunteer, and Jane who helps on the ward at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140

This summer Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care is delighted to be returning to the stunning Trebah Garden on the Helford River for Reflections. This annual event offers people the chance to come together and remember their loved ones in peaceful outdoor surroundings.

The event, which is supported by WJ Beswetherick and Sons Funeral Directors, is being held on Sunday 25th June. Anyone who would like to take part is invited to write a personal message of remembrance and attach their tag to a Gerbera flower, which is then in turn placed on a wicker raft in the shape of an open lotus flower. With some gentle background music provided by classical guitarist, David Hayes, the raft is gently rowed away.

Clare Bray, Tribute and In Memory Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care says, “This year we have moved our Reflections event from a midweek afternoon to a Sunday, meaning that hopefully more people will be able to personally attach their messages to the raft. It’s a very moving but beautiful afternoon spent on the tranquil beach at the bottom of Trebah Garden. I’m looking forward to seeing as many people there as possible, but if you are unable to make it, please let me know and we can make sure your message is put on the raft.”

Despite the event being organised by Cornwall Hospice Care, anyone is welcome to take part and those being remembered don’t have to have been cared for by the hospices. Clare adds, “As with all of our remembrance events, we would love anyone to join in, but by remembering your loved ones with us you’re also supporting the work of a truly Cornish charity. Your donation will help us to continue caring for patients living with a terminal illness and their families.”

Trebah Garden will be open free of charge to participants from 4pm, the raft will float at approximately 5pm on Sunday 25th June. To find out more, or to write your message please visit www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk or call Clare on 01726 66868 (option 3). 

Notes to editors:

The two pictures were taken at last year’s event on the beach at Trebah and show the raft ready to be rowed away.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Clare Bray on 01726 66868 (option 3) or email cbray@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140

Mark Richards has set himself an extraordinary aquatic challenge that will see him swim round Cornwall over the next two summers. He’ll tackle the 470 km challenge in bite sized chunks and all to say thank you to the Cornish charity that cared for his father-in-law at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell.

Mark, who’s about to retire from a career as a Civil Engineer, had considered swimming the channel or the Straits of Gibraltar and then realised there was an ideal opportunity on his doorstep, “I’ve swum in many beautiful spots around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and it suddenly occurred to me that we have a perfect challenge right here. I can’t do the swim in one go, so plan to tackle it piece by piece over the next two years. The distance is the swimming equivalent of 46 marathons, but I’ll swim between five and ten kilometres each time and can wait for suitable and safe conditions.”

Mark’s inspiration comes from the nursing teams who cared for his wife Gill’s father, Peter Saville. “He was a very brave man and was superbly cared for at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice. He received amazing support, which I was stunned to find is funded mostly by charitable donations. I hope we never need the team there again but our community most certainly will and I really think fundraising for them is worth all the effort.”

Mark has already started the 2017 season, taking his trusty camper van to the end point of each swim, then cycling back to the start, swimming and then driving to collect the bike. “It’s a great way to see Cornwall up close and personal” he says with a grin. “I‘ve also enlisted the support of local sea kayakers and friends and professionals with rigid inflatable boats (RIB’s) to support me, more especially for the exposed sections of coast around Land’s End and The Lizard. I’d be delighted to welcome any serious sea swimmers who’d like to join me on any of the legs too.”

To support Mark’s marathon sea swimming adventure, you can donate on his fundraising page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/droskynsurfer

You can also follow his challenge and see the schedule of swims on his Facebook page – @roundcornwallswim

Cornwall Hospice Care will also be reporting on his adventures via their website and social media channels.

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures show Mark with his dog, Dylan on Perranporth Beach and one of Mark ready for action in his wetsuit.

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140

 

St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust have presented Cornish charity, Cornwall Hospice Care with £10,000 towards the refurbishment of two bedrooms at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle. The money will help fund the updating of the rooms and their two en-suite bathrooms, and the modernisation of disabled toilets within the hospice.

St Julia’s is one of two adult hospices run by the charity and opened in 1999, with further extensions added in 2011. The phased refurbishment is aimed at ensuring they comply with stringent infection control standards and will also make sure they are fit for purpose well in to the future. Debbie Henshaw is the charity’s Legacies, Trusts and Grants Officer;

“As a 24/7 charity providing intensive care for people will terminal illnesses we need to maintain the highest standards in all areas, including the surroundings in which patients stay. We’ve taken a phased approach to the refurbishment at St Julia’s Hospice, updating two rooms at a time. This very kind donation from the St Austell Brewery’s Charitable Trust will allow us to move forward with phase 2 and for that we are extremely grateful.”

Micci Cooper is the Administrator of the Brewery’s Charitable Trust;

“Nobody ever wants to experience the care offered by Cornwall Hospice Care, but we all realise we need the two adult hospices in the county. In fact it’s good to know they’re here and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and at no charge to those who need the support offered. It’s also rewarding to know that this gift will make a difference to a lot of people in the future.”

Debbie Henshaw again, “we hope the work will begin in late summer and will be completed in up to 10 weeks. Fortunately we have spare capacity so we can update the two rooms while still keeping all eight of the intensive care beds at St Julia’s Hospice open.”

Notes to editors:

The attached pictures, one with cheque and one without, show from left to right, Graham Clarke (Cornwall Hospice Care Finance Director), Micci Cooper (Administrator for the          St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust), Claire Collings (Senior Staff Nurse) and Debbie Henshaw (Cornwall Hospice Care Legacies, Trusts and Grants Officer).

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a 24/7 Cornish charity that provides specialist care for people with terminal illnesses. Our nursing teams support patients and their families at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell, St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and in Cornwall’s hospitals, care homes and where necessary, in the community. The charity also runs a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave us legacies, support fundraising events, play our lottery and visit our 31 shops.

Charity number: 1113140

Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care is launching its annual Make a Will Week (15th to 19th May) with the help of the Teagle family of Blackwater. Dinah Teagle was a founding volunteer member of the charity’s St Agnes Support Group and left a gift in her Will to help Cornwall Hospice Care continue its caring work with patients and their families.

“Dinah was always busy” explains her devoted widower Fred, “she was a Mum and wife and very involved in the family business.” Sitting in the conference centre at Teagle Machinery, Fred and his youngest son Colin are reminiscing. “Mum looked after us really well” explains Colin. “She was caring, she worried about everyone else and loved to help those less fortunate than herself.”

Fred and his brothers run the family business, producing farm machinery for customers across the world. Today their sons oversee the firm that employs around 150 people and exports to more than 40 countries.

Semi-retired now, Fred is full of admiration for his late wife who was also volunteer Treasurer of our St Agnes Support Group, “Dinah was a founding member and for 25 years worked extremely hard as a fundraiser so it wasn’t a surprise when she left some money in her Will to help ensure the comfort of patients. A legacy is about making a difference and it certainly will for Cornwall Hospice Care as the NHS contribution is so small. It’s a great comfort to the family that Dinah left this gift, doing something positive for a Cornish charity that she loved.”

Colin, who says he has happy memories of his Mum dressed up for local carnivals as part of the Cornwall Hospice Care fundraising group, says everyone should have a Will, “It’s so important for the person and for those who are left behind and it provides an opportunity to remember family, friends and good causes. Mum would want Cornwall Hospice Care to carry on and flourish and this is her way of contributing to the charity’s future.”

“Legacies are vital to us” explains Debbie Henshaw who is the Legacy, Trust and Grants Officer for Cornwall Hospice Care. “They fund nearly 5 months of care a year for the in and out patients supported through Mount Edgcumbe and St Julia’s hospices. For us it’s important that after people have remembered their family and friends they perhaps consider leaving a gift for a charity such as ours. Make A Will Week (15th to 19th May) gives you an opportunity to work with a number of local solicitors who have kindly given their time to support our initiative. In return for helping with your Wills the Solicitor will ask for a donation for Cornwall Hospice Care of not less than £100 for a single Will, £150 for mirror Wills and £55 for a Codicil.”

Notes to editors:

Cornwall Hospice Care contact:

For more information please contact Tamsin Thomas on 01726 65711 (ext. 254) or 07970 232505 or email tthomas@cornwallhospice.co.uk

About Cornwall Hospice Care:

Cornwall Hospice Care is a Cornish charity that provides specialist care for adults with a terminal illness and their families. It runs two hospices, Mount Edgcumbe in St Austell and    St Julia’s in Hayle, a 24 hour advice line for other healthcare professionals and provides Consultant support and training in the acute hospital and in other care settings.

It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care to in and out patients. Only 20% of this is funded through a contribution from Cornwall’s NHS Commissioners. The other £4million is raised via the support of people in Cornwall who leave the charity legacies, support fundraising events, play the charity’s lottery and visit its 32 shops.

Charity number: 1113140