Author Archives: Rachel Watkins

Virtual Therapy

Working from home can present many challenges, this is especially difficult when your job involves providing Complimentary Therapy to our Hospice patients, however, at Mat explains he has been able to overcome this with some creative thinking……. My first week working as a complementary therapist ‘remotely’ I must admit, I wasn’t sure how things were…

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Shopping and Essential Deliveries

We had a great response to our appeal for businesses who are providing home shopping and essential services for us to share.   If you are self isolating this information may be helpful:       Cymru Creations 01495 711157 8am-4pm Collecting Shopping, Prescriptions and Vital essentials in vulnerable communities across Blaenau Gwent. Can also…

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HISP Launch

There is still a lot of stigma regarding the word Hospice; what it is and what it can offer and we continue to attempt to challenge that stigma. One of the ways that we are looking to address this is by launching our Hospice Information and Support Point (H.I.S.P.) in Ebbw Vale Library on Friday…

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Santa’s Festive Workshop

Following on from the success of our first festive workshop in 2018 on 17th December 2019 we once again hosted ‘Santa’s Festive Workshop’ inviting along children of families Hospice of the Valleys have supported. With the help of the Fundraising, Nursing and Family Support Teams and from our wonderful volunteers the workshop allowed the children…

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Day in the Life of Amanda Chard, Events Fundraising Manager

That’s it, we were all booked for Saturday 7th September 2019 and I was super excited, but will we get 10 supporters out there who are up for a challenge? After a few weeks of head in the paperwork making sure our booking forms, terms and conditions, welcome pack, communications and marketing materials are all…

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One Million Pounds

Having to hear bad news about your own or a loved one’s health can be difficult, and that news has a range of significant consequences that can have an enormous impact. Support with the financial consequences of living with, and dying from, a life limiting illness, has always been an integral part of the holistic…

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Royal Visit

On Wednesday 7th August Hospice of the Valleys were honoured to receive a royal visit from Princess’ Temaswati, Princess Tiyandza and Senior Princess Tsatsisiwe of Eswatini, (formerly known as Swaziland). The Princess’ were visiting on behalf of the King of Eswatini’s wife, Inkosagati, who is a Patron of Eswatini Hospice at Home. The two organisations were…

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Alana’s trip to The European Association for Palliative Care Conference in Berlin

From the President of the EAPC, Professor Philip J Larkin: “We who work in this field are as much about life as death, supporting patients and families to live and live well until the end. So, as the people of Berlin, we should embrace life and savour every moment that this Congress and this city…

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