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Palliative Care Nurse of the Year

We are delighted to announce Nicola Kearney, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Hospice of the Valleys has been awarded the IJPC Award for Palliative Care Nurse of the Year 2021. The award was presented at the virtual European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) 17th Congress on 6th October 2021. Jane Hart, Head of Clinical Services made…

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Digital and E-commerce Volunteering

  Hi, my name is Laura, I’m 19, from Ebbw Vale and currently studying for a BA degree in Advertising Design at University of South Wales in Cardiff.  Like the majority of people living in and around the valleys, I’d heard of the Hospice of the Valleys and knew they were a charitable organisation who…

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Hospital Admission Avoidance Project

Hospice of the Valleys is working in partnership with ABUHB to prevent patients going into hospital by using the HAAP Project (Hospital Admission Avoidance Project).  The project involves keeping patients at home by providing extra support for the patient and their families.  This support is provided by a Health Care Support Worker who will provide…

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Bereavement Information Sessions

Most people do not require formal and professional bereavement support.  For the majority of us, the support that we get from our family, friends, pets, neighbours and other social connections ensure that we get to a point that we often begrudgingly and inevitably accept that our challenge now is how we learn to live with…

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Bernard and Sheila Bennett’s story

My name is Bernard Bennett. I am 82 and I have lung cancer. My wife Sheila is 79 and is living with Dementia. Myself and my family have a long history of illness and the Hospice has supported us all during these difficult times, whenever we have needed their support, they have always been there….

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CARIAD through COVID

It has been widely recognized that those living with a dementia diagnosis are amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic; sweeping closures of day services, families unable to visit, isolation due to shielding and many services being suspended have all played a part in creating significant challenges for those we support. Unfortunately, we have witnessed…

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How it all began!

I first met Dr Richard Lamerton in Nevill Hall Hospital when he came to talk to senior staff of Gwent Health Authority about his desire to expand Hospice of the Marches (which was based in Hereford) down to Abergavenny and Blaenau Gwent.  Dr Lamerton was the Medical Director of the Hospice and had vast experience in…

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Becci’s Story

This is Becci’s story, in her own words:- I have finally plucked up the courage to share my story a little more in depth. **Warning this is a long read but if you can just spare 5/10 mins to read it, this would mean the world 🌎 to me** I was diagnosed last May 2020…

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