Hospice of the Valleys

Published: 10 July 2020

We wanted to update you on a few things and share some good news, and who doesn’t like good news especially with the sun shining on this lovely morning! Let's hope this weather stays for a while!
Good News – Fundraising
We have had a good response to our Go The Extra Mile challenge for July, with runners, bikers, walkers, individuals, families and junior teams, all going the extra mile to help support patients and their loved ones who are experiencing their own challenges and personal journeys at the moment. So far, over £2,000 has been raised which is fantastic with 3 weeks left to go!
This money will go towards supporting families who have experienced a loved one dying. This is never an easy time, however during this current pandemic, being able to say good-bye and begin a grieving process has been most challenging. Our Family Support Team is on hand to meet with families and provide over the phone support to try to help with the grief and loss. Typically £2,000 would pay for 80 support sessions.
We have been most grateful to our wonderful fundraisers who have been pushing themselves to and through their limits and comfort zones. We have seen staircase climbs of some of the biggest mountains in the world, 24-hour workouts, 12-hour boxathons, teams and friends covering thousands of kilometres in their local communities, selling merchandise and gameathons to mention a few.
We are tired just reading about it but they have raised an incredible amount of money which will go towards supporting our patients and loved ones with Hospice at Home service. Our Hospice at Home service allows carers to have a well-deserved nights rest and break, knowing that their loved ones are in the wonderful caring and helpful hands of the Hospice staff.
If you have sponsored a challenge or made a personal donation, we would like to say a big
for all your amazing support, we really couldn’t carry out the services we do without you!
Hospice Shops
You may well have seen on social media and in towns some of our Hospice shops have re-opened. Here’s Shaun, our Retail Manager with an update.
“Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Merthyr shops reopened on 26th June with government regulations in place in response to Covid19. We were able to welcome back our volunteers and customers and we have had a fantastic response from everyone.
We are desperate for continued support for donations, especially furniture. Our shops are accepting donations without booking.
We are also now accepting donations at our main office but a booking has to made with Rachel on 01495 717277.”
“Our volunteer van crew are also collecting from supporters homes with a pre booking arranged by our Merthyr shop. Collections and delivery are currently restricted to the front door.”
We rely heavily on volunteers to help in our shops and if you have a spare few hours and would like to volunteer in one of our shops, please contact Justin our Volunteer Manager on 01495 717277. All volunteers will be given specific training.
Hospice Summer Raffle
Take part in Hospice of the Valleys summer raffle draw and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic top prize of £1,000 cash!!!!
2nd Prize - £250 cash
3rd Prize - £150 Cash
Take a moment to think what you would do with the £1,000? And as the saying goes, you have to be in it to win, so contact the office now to purchase yours!
Can you help sell tickets safely??
We are also looking for volunteers to help sell raffle tickets, we understand there are limitations due to social distancing and lots of people still working from home. However if you feel you are able to support in a safe manner which adheres to the current government guidelines then please get in touch and we can send you some raffle books in the post.
The raffle will be drawn at Hospice of the Valleys head office on Monday 14th September 2020. All tickets (sold and unsold) will need to be returned to head office by Monday 7th September 2020 in order to be entered into the draw.
For further information on how you can help or to purchase your own tickets please contact 01495 717277 or e mail fundraising@hospiceofthevalleys.com
Good Luck and thank you!
Charity spaces
We still have charity spaces available for the Cardiff Half Marathon, planned to take place on Sunday 28th March 2021.
To find out more about our Cardiff Half Marathon deferred 2020 Charity Spaces, please jog on over to our website – but you’ll need to pull your socks up, we don’t have many remaining!
https://www.hospiceofthevalleys.org.uk/event/cardiff-half-marathon/
Our Take to the Skies challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday 10th October.
Imagine the scene; Up to 12,000ft in the air, the noise of the engine, the beautiful views of Swansea and the coastline below, the wind ringing in your ears, the feeling of exhilaration as you skydiving from the plane, diving down through the air with around 40 seconds of freefall at over 120mph. Then the peace and quiet after your parachute opens, and you make the tranquil descent back down to the drop zone. Now stop imaging… This is real and this could be YOU!
This once in a lifetime experience is one that you’ll remember for the rest of your life! Like what you read? We think it sounds awesome too! Click on the link below to find out more.
https://www.hospiceofthevalleys.org.uk/event/skydive/
We have lots of exciting events and campaigns planned for the future and these can be found on our website under ‘Get Involved’
https://www.hospiceofthevalleys.org.uk/get-involved/
If you would like to be part of our amazing team, then check out our vacanaies page
https://www.hospiceofthevalleys.org.uk/vacancies/
We’ve loved being able to share the good news with you above but we still your need continued support. Patients and their loved ones are still facing unprecedented times and challenges.
Help us to be there for all that need us in their moment of need. No-one should suffer and die alone. Our staff continue to support our colleagues in the local care homes as they face unprecedented times and have been hardest hit. Along with resident care from our team of Pallative Care Nurses our Family Support Team is providing emotional support to care home staff during these stressful and worrying times.
If you would like any further information or the Hospice can help you, please do not hesitate to contact the team and we would be happy to assist you.
Please take care of yourself and loved ones and we hope to see you all soon when things return to ‘normal’.
With warmest wishes from everyone here at the Hospice