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Lorraine Charlesworth, the hospice’s director of community and income, tells of all the exciting fundraising events being held by St Catherine’s this summer: The weather is getting warmer and we’re starting to see a bit more sunshine, which can only mean one thing – the St Catherine’s event season is rapidly approaching! We have already […]

lorraine charlesworth _6677Lorraine Charlesworth, the hospice’s director of community and income, tells of all the exciting fundraising events being held by St Catherine’s this summer:

The weather is getting warmer and we’re starting to see a bit more sunshine, which can only mean one thing – the St Catherine’s event season is rapidly approaching!

We have already had the annual Plant Sale and Car Boot, which saw a great turnout despite the downpours, and a couple of weeks ago we had our first Wiggle 4 Counties Cycle Ride – it  was exhausting just watching the cyclists return after their 100-mile challenge!

And there’s more to come, with an action-packed calendar of events lined up throughout June, featuring everything from a bling-tastic Bollywood Night to the 10th anniversary of our popular Moonlight and Memories Walk.

We are looking forward to once again welcoming the public into the grounds of St Catherine’s Park for a host of attractions, raising vital funds to care for people with life-shortening illnesses both at the hospice and in the Central Lancashire community.

Not only are our hospice events great fun – and sometimes very poignant – they’re an incredibly important part of our fundraising programme, as all the money generated helps St Catherine’s continue to provide specialist palliative and end-of-life care to local people, whilst also supporting their loved ones through a range of dedicated services.

It means the world to us that the public is so supportive of our work, and if you can enjoy yourself in the process, then all the better!

A garden marquee will be set up on the lawn to host a number of the events, following the popularity of the pop-up venue during our 30th anniversary celebrations last year.

Picture by Chris Bull for St Catherine's Hospice    31/3/16First on the agenda is a Bollywood Night on 3rd June, organised in partnership with Preston-based Neesh Events and featuring traditional Indian music, dancing, henna tattoo art and a mouth-watering buffet.

There’s a Yoga Retreat during the day on 4th June, before the poignant Moonlight and Memories Walk that evening. Walkers will take on a family-friendly four-mile trek or the full 10-mile route (one mile for every year the fundraiser has run) – both setting off and finishing at the hospice in Lostock Hall.

We’ve teamed up with Leyland’s Guest Boutique to host a Summer Fashion Fayre in our marquee on 8th June, and there’s our annual Quiz Night on the 9th.

The glittering Summer Ball on 11th June includes a drinks reception on the lawn, a delicious meal courtesy of The Mill Outside, fantastic entertainment from The Soul Convicts and a raffle and auction featuring a host of top prizes.

DSC_0412Another chance to dress to impress is at the Ascot Ladies’ Day on 16th June – to which gents are also welcome – featuring lunch, entertainment, the racing live on screen and the chance to have a flutter on the horses courtesy of BetSid.

Yellow Day on 19th June invites families to enjoy a host of attractions including garden games, crafts stalls, entertainment from Irish dancers and the Preston Pipe Band, a bouncy castle and giant inflatable slide, and even a slimey scientific fun station!

The yellow ribbon appeal has now launched for the occasion, which sees hundreds of ribbons tied in memory of loved ones to provide a poignant backdrop for the summer.

Each ribbon includes the name of the person a donation has been pledged for, with money raised going to support the specialised care of the hospice.

And the summer events season finishes on a high with the marvellous Symphony at the Tower shows at Hoghton Tower, featuring Pop Idol Will Young on Friday 1st July , blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa on 2nd July, and the Symphony Spectacular classical concert and fireworks on 3rd July.

For more details about all of our fantastic events, and to get tickets or to sign up, click here or call 01772 629171.

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Dr Claire Capewell, consultant in palliative medicine, speaks about the importance of planning for end-of-life this Dying Matters Awareness Week: I’m employed by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and work closely with St Catherine’s Hospice, particularly our wonderful team of community nurses. We want to help people discuss what’s important to them with their families […]

DSC_2433Dr Claire Capewell, consultant in palliative medicine, speaks about the importance of planning for end-of-life this Dying Matters Awareness Week:

I’m employed by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and work closely with St Catherine’s Hospice, particularly our wonderful team of community nurses.

We want to help people discuss what’s important to them with their families as well as with professionals, such as their GP or district nurse, or people like me who specialise in palliative care.

We refer to it as ‘advance care planning’, which includes subjects such as the individual’s concerns as they approach end-of-life, their values or personal goals for care, their understanding about their illness and prognosis, as well as particular preferences for types of care or treatment that may be beneficial in the future, and the availability of these treatments.

Advance care planning is a voluntary process of discussion; some people like to make detailed plans and others aren’t ready to talk about the end of life at all.

There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Often the role of the professional is simply to ‘kick start’ the process and families will continue the conversations in their own way and at their own pace.

We can also help give information about the ‘what ifs’ and advise people to think about practical and medical considerations, which may not have been at the forefront of their minds initially.

The most important thing is to discover more about each person’s wishes, such as where they would prefer to spend their final days, and how they would like to be remembered.

Planning for end-of-life is understandably a daunting experience, and in my experience people worry that the conversations will cause upset. But when patients speak to us and their families and friends about what’s important to them and their wishes for the future, it can feel like ‘a burden has been lifted’, can ease some pressure on their loved ones, and it helps us to carry out their personal requests should they be unable to communicate or make decisions for themselves in the future.

We encourage people to document what they want and we have different tools to help us do that – one used locally is called the ‘Preferred Priorities of Care’ document.

This isn’t legally binding but it might prompt people to look at ‘legal stuff’ like Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatments, or Lasting Power of Attorney.

Getting to know our patients as individuals is important to us and we are always happy to talk to people about these matters, individually or with loved ones. It’s good to talk!

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St Catherine’s Hospice relies on the hard work and support of its team of more than 700 dedicated volunteers. They are at the heart of the Hospice and play an essential role in enabling us to provide the services we do.

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For just £1 you could win the jackpot of £2,000! And the best bit? All profits raised through the lottery are spent directly on patient care delivered by St Catherine's at the hospice in Lostock Hall and in communities across Central Lancashire.

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