After our 30th anniversary celebrations in 2021, it is a good time to reflect on our roots, and those roots are embedded in the local community. Most of our staff, our patients and our supporters all come from the local area. Hospice of the Valleys wouldn’t exist if local people hadn’t worked together to start the organisation and it is crucial that we keep the voice of those we support as an intrinsic part of the way we adapt to the challenges moving forward.
There was so much change following the pandemic, but for us at the Hospice, nothing changed, we adapted the ways in which we worked to continue supporting our patients and their loved ones, at a time when they needed us the most. We remained at the heart of our community and stepped forward when other services took a step back.
We are here for you, providing Specialist Palliative Care services, including community nursing, an in-reach service to community hospitals, bereavement support, physiotherapy, welfare rights advice, complementary therapy, emotional support and a dedicated service for patients living with a dementia diagnosis.
Would pay for an hour of specialist nursing care for a patient in their own home.
Would cover the cost of an hours Bereavement Support from our Family Support Team.
Would pay for a Healthcare Assistant to provide care and support for a night at a patient’s home, allowing their carers and family the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep.
After a few months of preparation, psyching themselves up and raising a tremendous £23,449 along the way, 31 amazing supporters with their bags packed excitedly and apprehensively piled into the Parc Bryn Bach mini bus and van kindly donated by David Spears Commercial Vehicles and were driven to Snowdon by our wonderful drivers first group…Read more
Well what another ‘ACE’ day we had for our third Hospice Charity Golf Day. Albeit hot and humid, it remained dry and players were all in great spirits. Joined by 64 golfing enthusiasts the competition was on to see who would be crowned Hospice Corporate Golf Day Champions 2023! After sinking the final ball in…Read more
Come together and make Children’s Grief this November the month to remember. Grief is never time limited though this November we are shining the light on the importance of children’s grief as part of Children’s Grief Awareness Week 16th – 23rd November 2023. This could be one of the most traumatic experiences a…Read more
Join with us for a night of song and festive cheer as we welcome special guests; MC Chris Smith Ebbw Vale Male Choir Tredegar Operatic Society Louise Luke “Merry Christmas Everyone” The exquisite voices of the…Read more
‘You treated us like Family’
“Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, listen with patience and act with compassion” RAKtivist.
Whoever spoke these words is a stranger to me. For what reason they were spoken no one can say. But I find myself grateful to a stranger for giving me the words to express how I feel about the staff and volunteers at Hospice of the Valleys.
They came to us at our most difficult time when my mother had been diagnosed with cancer.
Kindness, patience and compassion was in abundance along with an expert duty of care and a gentle and professional demeanour towards tasks that needed to be done.
They came to us at all hours of the day and night giving us the help and support we needed and putting our minds at rest knowing my mother was in good hands.
Jonathan, from the Family Support team, supported me in a way that no one else has ever done, and our chats together helped me overcome some anxieties and come to terms with my mother’s passing. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we spoke outside under a shelter at the Hospice and his calming words seemed to blend with the scenery. The hills, the trees, and the leaves seemed to rustle and speak in calming whispers.
The Hospice refused to let the pandemic hinder either treatment or care and whenever new restrictions or regulations threatened them in carrying out their duties, they found a way around it. Nurses and carers still came, and we slept at night because they continued to provide the support we needed.
The staff and volunteers at the Hospice were once strangers to us, but they treated us like their family.
Written by Lynsey Wheeler on behalf of her late mother Ann Wheeler, her father Brian Wheeler and sister Catherine Wheeler