Author Archives: Rachel Watkins

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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Charity Golf Day

My name is Darren Richards from Tredegar and I helped to arrange a Charity Golf Day on Saturday 12th September 2020 as we do every year in honour of our beloved friend Matt Sandercock.  This year we also wanted to dedicate it to three other special people, my good friend Darren Snell and the late…

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Celebration of Life

Hospice of the Valleys is pleased to share news of another Celebration of Life Service to anyone that may appreciate a service of music, readings and words at this time. It is our  hope that it will bring comfort to many who  are feeling the loss of a loved one this Christmas period. Penhow Church…

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Annual General Meeting 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic and in line with the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 the Hospice of the Valleys Board of Trustees and it’s members held a virtual Annual General Meeting on 19th November 2020. We had planned to live-stream the meeting for the public but due to unforeseen technical issues this was…

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Reverend Watson

  Reverend Roy Watson has been Chaplain at Hospice of the Valleys since 2014. As part of his role he regularly visits the Day Centre at the Hospice to chat with our palliative and Dementia groups and will visit a patient in their own home to offer spiritual support if needed. Reverend Watson also conducts…

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Congratulations Emma!

Meet Emma, she is one of the Hospice’s Advanced Clinical Practitioner and has recently completed her Masters, receiving a non-medical prescribing qualification. Emma primarily works at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan (YAB) and is the link there for any Hospice patients that have been admitted to hospital.  Emma supports those patients who require palliative and also end…

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A Day in the Life of Hospice at Home

My name is Alison and I work as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) for the Hospice at Home (H@H) Team at Hospice of the Valleys, we care for patients overnight in their own homes, within the Blaenau Gwent area. I wanted to share my experience of working as a HCA for the hospice throughout the…

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