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BLOG: Beth’s Breakwater swim for St Luke’s

A daughters love of the sea and memories of her father paved the way for an inspiring challenge. Back in July 2022, Beth Tindall-Jones’ father spent his final week at our specialist unit, receiving care after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. Now, two years on, Beth and her two friends Ellie and Ellen completed the challenging Breakwater swim last weekend in aid of St Luke’s and in memory of Beth’s father.
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BLOG: Midnight walkers make a splash for hospice care

Weathering the storm together is at the heart of the compassionate care St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth offers patients and their families, and that was exactly the spirit embraced by the 1,100 warm-hearted supporters who strode out on the charity’s sellout Midnight Walk on Friday night. Heavy rain showers and some spectacular puddles couldn’t deter the excited and emotional crowd from pounding the city’s streets in memory of much-missed friends and family members, raising vital funds for the end-of-life services St Luke’s provides in people’s own homes and its own inpatient unit.
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BLOG: Steve and Bute’s priceless trip down memory lane

An impromptu taxi tour to places that hold special childhood memories was exactly the nostalgia trip St Luke’s patient Steve Wright wanted after weeks of feeling too weak and cautious to leave the house. Spending time in the sunshine on the waterfront at Devonport, showing his wife, Bute, the places he loved when he was a little boy made him feel “like I’d won the lottery”.
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BLOG: Making midnight memories for mum

“At what was the most difficult and heartbreaking time of my life, St Luke's were my guardian angels and I will forever be grateful to them.” Sam Barker, Headteacher at Leigham Primary School, will be one of the hundreds of pink-clad walkers taking part in our Midnight Walk on Friday.
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BLOG: Shining a light on Lee’s memory at our Midnight Walk

“St Luke’s took the reins we didn't know how to steer and guided us with gentle hands right through to the very end.” Like many of the walkers taking part in our Midnight Walk on Friday, Danielle Craig, a Learning Support Practitioner at Duchy College, will be taking on the walk in memory of someone special, her late husband Lee.
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BLOG: Making a loving mum’s last wish come true

It was Lynette Ball’s dearest wish to witness her son, Stuart, marry his partner, Amy. But with a terminal diagnosis and Lynette’s health deteriorating rapidly, time was running short. That’s when the St Luke’s nursing team caring for the 60-year-old mother and grandmother at her home on Plymouth’s Barbican pulled out all the stops to make her dream come true.
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BLOG: Ray’s windswept 1,000-mile quest for Toby

Halfway up a wild and wet Mount Snowdon, George Fletcher felt a tap on his shoulder and turned around to find a little girl aged around seven or eight waiting to hand him a £10 note. She wasn’t the first or last to approach the 85-year-old from Ivybridge as he embraced the enormous challenge of climbing the highest mountain in Wales, accompanied by his son Marc, and family friend Mark Buckham, to raise funds for St Luke’s.
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BLOG: Hospice hero celebrates 35 years

As modest as he is kind, Andy Campbell would never describe himself as a ‘hospice hero’, but having reached the milestone of 35 years’ dedicated service with St Luke’s – making him the team’s longest serving current employee - it’s a title that could not be more deserved.
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BLOG: George’s peak performance!

Halfway up a wild and wet Mount Snowdon, George Fletcher felt a tap on his shoulder and turned around to find a little girl aged around seven or eight waiting to hand him a £10 note. She wasn’t the first or last to approach the 85-year-old from Ivybridge as he embraced the enormous challenge of climbing the highest mountain in Wales, accompanied by his son Marc, and family friend Mark Buckham, to raise funds for St Luke’s.
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BLOG: National Volunteers’ Week 2024 – celebrating the volunteers keeping St Luke’s services running

Behind the doors of St Luke’s you will find an intricate web of volunteers keeping our charity running. This week is Volunteers’ Week (3-9 June), a chance to celebrate the wonderful team of volunteers that keep the cogs of St Luke’s turning. From working in our fleet of shops, to volunteering at our specialist unit, our volunteers are the backbone of our organisation.
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BLOG: Making miles matter for Dad

“I truly believe that it was the care of St Luke's that gave my dad the chance to meet his grandson and have six precious weeks with him.” For every patient we care for, there are family or loved ones going through the unimaginable. Which is why memory making is so important to us. We want to give our patients the chance to live until they die, making precious memories with loved ones. Jade Moore will be taking part in our Midnight Walk on Friday 12 July in memory of her father, Stuart Moore who died in September last year after being diagnosed with tonsil cancer.
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BLOG: The heights George will go to for the love of Eve and St Luke’s care

When Marc Fletcher and his best mate started making plans to climb Mount Snowdon in memory of his late mother, Eve - shining a spotlight on the care she received from St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth - they asked his father, George, if he’d like to take the train up to meet them at the top and perhaps walk back down. But the 85-year-old was having none of it. If they were climbing Snowdon – the highest peak in Wales – then George wasn’t going to take the easy option. For him it’s not only a way to honour his wife of 55 years, but also to raise funds for St Luke’s so that other local families can benefit from the compassionate doorstep urgent care service he had no idea existed until they experienced it themselves earlier this year.
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BLOG: Roger Young revs up to keep St Luke’s on the road

A premier south west car dealership is helping to keep St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s expert urgent care services on the road. The charity’s nursing teams clock up more than 80,000 miles each year, delivering their specialist end of life care direct to the homes of patients all over Plymouth, West Devon, the South Hams and East Cornwall, so it’s vital for them to have transport they can rely on. This week Roger Young’s recently opened Suzuki showroom, based at Saltash, handed over the keys to a brand new Ignis hybrid four-wheel drive hatchback to bolster the charity’s fleet for the next six months.
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BLOG: Volunteer Sheila’s seaside stay

Our volunteers are a truly inspiring bunch. They selflessly give up their time to help others, rarely getting time themselves to relax and unwind. Which is why we were overjoyed when one of our dedicated volunteers was awarded a special mini-break thanks to Room to Reward, a volunteer-recognition charity who offer UK based breaks for hidden heroes. Sheila Eccleston, who lives in Hooe, has been volunteering for half a day every week on our reception at our specialist unit at Turnchapel for the last decade, having celebrated her 10 year anniversary in November last year. It was her unwavering dedication and kind-hearted nature that meant she was nominated for the reward.
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BLOG: Green-fingered volunteers transform Turnchapel gardens

Green-fingered volunteers have been busy transforming the gardens at our specialist unit. Ten volunteers from Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest generously gave their time and skills to clearing out the overgrown gardens at Turnchapel ahead of our new transformation works that will be commencing soon. The team, who are employed by Plymouth City Council, operate across Plymouth, Dartmoor National Park and the South Hams, providing funding and support to plant trees that will help with biodiversity loss, increase pollinators, capture carbon and mitigate the effects of climate change.
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BLOG: New Ivybridge charity shop is bigger, better and brimming with bargain furniture

St Luke’s has thrown open the doors of its spacious new charity shop in Ivybridge, welcoming customers keen to donate their good-quality, unwanted items and snap up bargains in aid of local hospice care. There to cut the ribbon at the store’s official opening on Monday 7 May 2024 was the town’s Mayor, Councillor Alan Spencer, who was joined by shop manager Dee Spiller and community nurses from St Luke’s at home team.
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BLOG: ‘I’m going to die, not pass away’ – Dying Matters Awareness Week 2024

The focus for this year’s Hospice UK Dying Matters Awareness Week (6-12 May) is how we talk about death and dying. Senior palliative care nurse Cathryn Goodchild, lead clinical educator at St Luke’s, asks why people shy away from the “D” words and explains why correct language matters.
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BLOG: Making memories reach new heights

Launching yourself out of a plane at 15,000ft may seem daunting to many, but for one granddaughter, losing both her grandparents gave her the motivation and fearlessness that she needed. Carys Macaskill, from Plympton, recently took part in a skydive for St Luke’s and it was her grandparents who were at the forefront of her thoughts as she took that leap of faith.
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BLOG: Paddle for hope

A pair of friends will be making every paddle count as they take on an epic challenge in aid of St Luke’s. Ben Patrick and Gareth Thomas are embarking on a six day kayak challenge along the Jurassic coast today in memory of Ben’s sister Netha and Gareth’s mum.
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BLOG: Swapping runways for an ULTRA big challenge

Giles Peeters will be swapping runways for an ultra big challenge this weekend in aid of St Luke’s, having already raised a staggering £14,500 so far!
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BLOG: Record breaking runners raise over £40,000 for St Luke’s

They came, they ran, they did us proud. A record number of runners gave it everything they’ve got for St Luke’s in the Run Plymouth Half marathon, 10k and 5k on Sunday morning, raising more than £40,000 for our specialist care.
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BLOG: Hiking for hospice care

A young family will be walking in the footsteps of their inspirational grandad to raise much-needed funds for St Luke’s. Grace Morley’s grandad Owen Masters spent 24 hours at our specialist unit at Turnchapel last October, before he sadly died. “His stay was only a short one,” she says, “but during those 24 hours our entire family were blown away by the quality of the care he received.”
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BLOG: The Running Diaries – Miles for Marian

“Marian was just a brilliant human being.” These are the words that David Lane uses to describe his late wife, Marian, a dedicated and inspirational mum, daughter, sister, friend and teacher who sadly died in November.
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BLOG: The Running Diaries- Nurse Jen

“I decided to run for all the patients and their families that I have cared for over the years as they often show me the great strength they have.” St Luke's Nurse Consultant Jen Nicholls is the head of service for our Community team, providing specialist care for patients in the comfort of their own homes. She will be swapping her St Luke’s nursing uniform for a running vest on Sunday 28 April as she will be taking on Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City Running Festival in aid of the patients she cares for.
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BLOG: The Running Diaries – Lauren Prentice

“We are an ordinary family, and it’s not until you find yourselves in uncharted waters that you realise what local charitable organisations are available to provide the help and support when you need it the most.” Lauren Prentice from Plympton will be running for St Luke’s at Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City Running Festival on Sunday 28 April in memory of her mum, Carol, who died in 2016 aged 65.
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BLOG: The Running Diaries – PKF Francis Clark

Run, sprint, jog, however you do it over the coming weeks we will be shining a light on some of the fabulous fundraisers we have running for St Luke’s at Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City Running Festival on Sunday 28 April.
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BLOG: Men’s Day Out – Men on the move make a massive difference for hospice care

Walking, talking and paying tribute to lost loved ones, big-hearted blokes of all ages strode through the streets of Plymouth on Saturday 6 April, raising funds for the specialist end of life care needed by so many local families.
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BLOG: Ambulance crew make Linda’s wish come true

When time is short, it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference. One patient’s ambulance transfer from Derriford Hospital to St Luke’s specialist unit at Turnchapel last week turned into a very precious journey indeed when the crew took a detour to grant her wish for one last look at the sea she loves.
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BLOG: Make every step count for hospice care: St Luke’s Midnight Walk 2024

St Luke’s iconic Midnight Walk is back for 2024, shining a light on precious memories of lost loved ones while supporting our compassionate care.
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BLOG: Scream if you want to walk faster

Scarecrows, penguins and traffic cones…our Men’s Day Out has seen it all. That is until now. A group of men from Plymouth will be bringing a touch of adrenaline to the day as they will be doing the walk dressed as a rollercoaster.
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BLOG: Our showroom launch thank-you to a big-hearted business

Bee and Vicky from St Luke’s urgent care service were thrilled to cut the ribbon to officially open Roger Young’s new Suzuki showroom in Saltash on Monday and thank the company for their generous support.
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BLOG: Shock donation was too hot to handle

We never cease to be amazed by some of the weird and wonderful things that turn up in the thousands of bags of pre-loved goods people generously gift to St Luke’s charity shops each year, but last week’s decommissioned hand grenade was…
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BLOG: Open Gardens 2024

A stunning selection of gardens in West Devon, the South Hams and East Cornwall will be opening their gates once again in aid of local hospice care. St Luke’s annual Open Gardens scheme is launching in March, providing avid horticulture…
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BLOG: Introducing Nick Thomas, the new chair of St Luke’s board of trustees

  Nick Thomas, a highly experienced NHS senior manager, has been announced as the new chair of St Luke’s Board of Trustees. The retired deputy CEO of University Hospitals Plymouth is passionate about quality and believes…
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BLOG: Shining a light on St Luke’s apprentices: National Apprenticeship Week 2024

This week is National Apprenticeship Week (5-11 February) in honour of that we want to shine a light on the vital team of apprentices who have been working hard behind the scenes. St Luke’s currently has seven apprentices, ranging from…
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BLOG: Help shape our services in your community!

Do you work in health and social care? If so, we need your views to help shape how our services will look over the next three years. At St Luke’s, we design our specialist care and support around the ever-changing needs of our patients…
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BLOG: Lewis flies the flag for finance and St Luke’s apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 When accounts assistant Lewis Kendall posed for a photo in his gown and mortarboard outside Exeter Cathedral recently, it wasn’t only his long-awaited college graduation he was celebrating.   The…
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Survey: Please will you help us shape our future?

If there’s one gift you can give us over this new year, it’s five minutes of your time to share your thoughts about our services. We’re proud of the compassionate end of life care we provide for our patients and their families. But…
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BLOG: Pilot service takes expert St Luke’s hospice care to Cornish doorsteps

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s end of life Urgent Care Team ventured across the Tamar last week to visit their first patient at home in East Cornwall as part of a pilot service running until the end of March 2024. We followed senior…
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BLOG: A special Christmas thank you to St Luke’s staff and volunteers

At St Luke’s we appreciate our wonderful staff and volunteers every single day of the year, and always aim to support their health and wellbeing. But this Christmas we thought they deserved a very special thank you on behalf of all the…
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BLOG: Nurse from Royal Navy flagship visits frontline of St Luke’s care

Royal Navy nurse Lieutenant Laura Bisset recently took time out from her role on board Britain’s largest and most powerful warship to learn about palliative care alongside St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth specialist nursing teams. After…
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PR: Men’s Day Out 2024: Big-hearted march backs care that goes the extra mile

  Big-hearted march backs care that goes the extra mile A mass of big-hearted men will be marching through Plymouth on Saturday 6 April next year to support the compassionate end of life care St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides for…
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PR: St Luke’s North Prospect shop opens in new neighbourhood

  St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has cut the ribbon on a new shop in the heart of a city neighbourhood where the charity has never had a retail outlet before. Manager Leah Clark and shop assistant Tash Donovan were joined by volunteers,…
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BLOG: Plymouth’s Winter Wonderland making a difference for St Luke’s

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Plymouth’s Winter Wonderland organiser Jack Fry and business partners David Monks and Simon Almond for inviting St Luke’s to be the official charity for this Christmas-themed family extravaganza…
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BLOG: Memories are made of this – magic moments with Matt and Kelley

Creating happy memories has always been a special part of Matt and Kelley Avery’s life together. A formidable, fun-loving team, they’ve certainly collected a bumper package of magic moments over the past 17 years, despite weathering some…
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BLOG: Plymouth Sound Radio DJ Peter hopes prized CD collection will be a hit for St Luke’s

He was the breakfast DJ on Plymouth Sound radio, playing all the hits for you from the local studio. Now Peter Greig is saying farewell to the incredible collection of CDs he used for his broadcasts and live club sets over the decades and…
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BLOG: Dave lives his best life at punk party send-off

Punk drummer Dave Whatmore was thrilled to be right at the heart of the action when his friends staged a unique farewell gig in his honour. It’s not often someone gets to attend their own send-off, but the best, and only, seat in the…
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BLOG: Queen’s nurse award confirms Jen’s passion to inspire

Community nurse Jen Nicholls has scored a ground-breaking double win for excellence at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, becoming the organisation’s first Queen’s Nurse and first Advanced Clinical Practitioner. Jen, who works across the…
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PR: Sun shines on hospice Tour de Moor challenge

More than 1,100 cyclists saddled up on Sunday for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s thrilling Tour de Moor challenge across Dartmoor, conquering craggy kilometres and raising funds for the charity’s compassionate end of life care. In…
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BLOG: Make every day count as part of our hospice team

Most of us, when we look back on our career, want to feel we’ve made a difference – that the weeks, months and years have really counted and we’ve left the world better than we found it. This is a big part of what makes our lives meaningful,…
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BLOG: Plymouth Argyle Finn makes patient Michael’s day

St Luke’s patient Michael Scott thought his eyes were playing tricks on him when he spotted top Plymouth Argyle player Finn Azaz walking onto the ward in our specialist unit at Turnchapel.
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BLOG: Taking action and making an impact on National Inclusion Week

This week is National Inclusion Week 2023, where we celebrate inclusion and discover the transformative actions we can take to create inclusive workplaces. This year’s theme is ‘Take Action, Make Impact’, which aims to get organisations…
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BLOG: Harry’s BIG cycling challenge

An 8-year-old with big fundraising goals will be taking on the moors on Sunday 8 October at our Tour de Moor. Harry Totham and his dad Paul will be taking part in our Tour de Moor for the first time this year, with high hopes to raise…
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BLOG: Channel swim challenge for our compassionate care

Endless miles of water and only yourself for company can be a daunting prospect for many. But for some St Luke’s supporters, a cross channel swim is at the top of their fundraising bucket list. Mike Goodman, from Saltash, took on the…
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BLOG: Saluting sponsors who keep our flagship fundraisers flying

Kind-hearted sponsors play a huge part in enabling St Luke’s key fundraising events to happen year after year, bringing in hundreds of thousands of pounds to support our compassionate end of life care. Members of Plymouth’s independent…
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BLOG: Ross’s decade of cycling the Moor for St Luke’s

This year’s Tour de Moor marks a special occasion for one of our dedicated riders. Ten years ago, Ross Blackmore decided to get on his bike for our compassionate care, fast forward a decade and he is ready to take on his 10th charity…
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BLOG: Sparksy’s legacy for St Luke’s Pilgrims fans

Lifelong Plymouth Argyle fan Ray Rogers became a VIP for the day when he was treated to prime seats for the match against Blackburn Rovers last weekend thanks to a heart-warming new regular guest ticket arrangement between St Luke’s Hospice…
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BLOG: Nurse Julie calls time on her lifelong passion

It takes a certain kind of person to be an end of life nurse, according to Julie Davies, who has retired after 14 years on the frontline of St Luke’s services as one of our expert Clinical Nurse Specialists. “You need to be able to…
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BLOG: Born to ride – A New Year’s wish come true.

For many of our Tour de Moor riders, cycling is their passion and runs through their veins. This is absolutely true for one of our younger riders, 8-year-old George Lake from Tavistock, who will be achieving his New Year’s wish on Sunday…
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BLOG: Military nurses sign up for garden duty

Nurses’ hands aren’t only for delivering compassionate care. A band of community-minded military nurses put their green fingers to good use recently on voluntary weeding and seeding duty in the grounds of our specialist unit at Turnchapel. It’s…
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BLOG: On the right lines for vital car park mission

Kind-hearted line painting company JHB were quick to come to the rescue when we needed urgent help to mark out parking spaces for patients’ visitors at our specialist unit. It’s crucial that visitors coming to see our patients can…
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BLOG: Pushing the pedals for hospice care

Our avid cyclists choose to take on our Tour de Moor for a variety of reasons, including the thrill and challenge. But for many, there is a much more sentimental reason for taking part. Callum Storr and Cameron Oakley are flying the flag…
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BLOG: The next steps in St Luke’s leadership journey

George Lillie will be stepping into the role of Chief Executive of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth with immediate effect. Chair of the Board of Trustees, Charles Hackett, and his fellow trustees have invited George, our Deputy Chief Executive…
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BLOG: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something St Luke’s?

Weddings are a time of loved ones coming together in celebration. However sometimes when a loved one has died it can be hard imagining such a special day without them. Danielle Farnaby married her now husband Nathan Wills at Lavender…
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BLOG: Hospices across borders – Engaging young hearts and minds in palliative care

In the fourth and final part of her report from the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Kerala, southern India, Jackie Butler finds out why young people flock to help the organisation and how their volunteer model is a global inspiration. “I…
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BLOG: Flete House – rare Open Garden event is rich in precious memories

Look behind the scenes at our Open Gardens fundraising events and you will often find individuals whose lives have been personally touched by St Luke’s. When the magnificent Flete House, near Modbury, throws open its spectacular gardens…
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BLOG: Hospices across borders – Centre of excellence where the doors are wide open

Jackie Butler continues her report from the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Kerala, southern India. Today she’s shadowing the outpatient and inpatient clinical teams. Six days a week, on the dot of 8.30am, staff throw open the doors…
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BLOG: Hospices across borders – Compassionate care comes to the doorstep

Jackie Butler continues her report from the Institute of Palliative Medicine in Kerala, southern India, 5,000 miles from St Luke’s. Today she joins a home care team visiting patients and families in the community. Every year 2,000 new…
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BLOG: Hospices across borders – How India’s pioneers made a global model

St Luke's Jackie Butler discovers intriguing differences and reassuring similarities visiting a hub for palliative care and compassionate communities, 5,000 miles from Plymouth. Shuddering to a halt outside Kerala’s Institute of Palliative…
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BLOG: Pink parade makes memories and miles matter for hospice care

A vibrant parade of a thousand warm-hearted walkers strode through the city on Friday night (7 July), sharing cherished memories of much-missed friends and family members, and raising vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. Midnight…
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BLOG: How experience of St Luke’s care inspired Midnight Walk co-sponsor

When Gordon Maunder’s mother, Christine, was approaching the end of her life, St Luke’s was there by the family’s side, enabling her to spend her last days, comfortably and without pain, in her own home. This memorable first-hand…
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BLOG: Ella’s Midnight miles for Grandma Doffy

A little girl has set her sights on fundraising in memory of her Great Grandma, so that other families can have the same support she did during such a difficult time. Ella Honey Casey, 6, from Leigham, will be walking the three-mile route…
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BLOG: St Luke’s makes historic return to Kingsbridge

The doors have opened on St Luke’s latest shop, marking a fresh and exciting era for the charity’s presence in Kingsbridge and a community minded new identity for one of the South Hams town’s landmark buildings. The ground floor…
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BLOG: Tour de Moor: We ride as one for hospice care

  It’s bold, it’s brave, it’s big-hearted and it’s the best fun you can have on a bike while backing your local hospice. Yes, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s ever-popular Tour de Moor cycle event returns on Sunday 8 October…
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BLOG: Holly Heroines – A beautiful light in everyone’s life

This year’s Midnight Walk will be a poignant one for so many. Especially for a group of women walking in memory of a special friend described as ‘a beautiful light in everyone’s life’. Holly Hacker from Ivybridge, was diagnosed…
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PR: In memory of Christina Quinn

Christina Quinn, chief executive of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, has been confirmed as one of three people who died in a dive boat fire in Egypt on Sunday. A spokesperson for her family said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm…
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BLOG: Dying Matters Awareness Week 8 – 14 May 2023

Personal grief when you work in health and care How we can become more compassionate around terminal illness, dying and grief in the workplace is the focus for this year’s national Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May). The devastating…
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BLOG: How chaplain Pat ‘happens by’ at Derriford Hospital

Jackie Butler meets a special person whose calm and comforting presence is hugely valued by St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth hospital team and those they care for. The first thing that stands out about Pat Brenton as she walks through Derriford…
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BLOG: A trip to the shops shines a light on St Luke’s amazing volunteers

  It’s no exaggeration to say that St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth couldn’t deliver its crucial and compassionate end of life care without the support of its army of big-hearted volunteers who give their time and talents for free.…
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BLOG: The story of a St Luke’s collecting can

The story of a St Luke’s collecting can What’s orange and black and (hopefully) full of cash? It’s me, of course. I’m a St Luke’s collecting can. I sit on the counter in shops, pubs, clubs, cafes, garages, pharmacies, betting shops…
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BLOG: Look after your loved ones this Make a Will Week.

  Making a will is often a task we put off for another day. But recording your wishes is actually a very straightforward process, as well as an act of kindness for those you leave behind. With that in mind, St Luke’s is inviting…
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BLOG: Marking volunteer Margarethe’s silver service at St Luke’s

Back in 1998 Margarethe Marsh walked into her local St Luke’s charity shop and offered to help once a week. Twenty-five years on, she’s still volunteering at our Saltash branch and loving every minute of it. This week shop manager…
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BLOG: Reflections from CEO Steve

With my retirement as St Luke’s Chief Executive coming up on 4 May, I want to take this opportunity to say what an immense privilege it has been to serve at the helm of our hospice for the past six years. It would be far too difficult…
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BLOG: Inside our holistic special task force the Patient and Family Support Service

While our nurses, healthcare assistants and doctors are the daily frontline ambassadors for St Luke’s compassionate and holistic end of life care, behind the scenes another small and highly skilled team are helping patients and their loved…
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BLOG: Mini ponies bring big smiles visiting patients on the ward

Tiny Shetland ponies Peanut and Wizzle spread a huge amount of joy when they trotted into St Luke’s specialist unit at Turnchapel last week. Patients and their families were surprised but delighted when the knee-high young therapy…
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BLOG: Being there was Dr Jeff’s greatest gift

Consultant and former medical director Dr Jeff Stephenson has announced his retirement from St Luke’s after two decades with the hospice. As this important era ends, we asked him what brought him into palliative care, what kept him at…
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BLOG: Meaningful midnight miles will benefit local hospice care

Meaningful midnight miles will benefit local hospice care St Luke’s iconic Midnight Walk is back for 2023, shining a light on precious memories of lost loved ones while supporting our compassionate care. Hundreds of generous and caring…
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Blog: A walk to remember

The 7.5 miles walked by over 2,000 men earlier this month was an opportunity for men of all ages to join together in memory of loved ones lost, walking, talking and sharing. The day was particularly poignant for Martin Jones from Plymstock,…
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BLOG: Championing St Luke’s quest for integrated care that works

Integrated care is a hot topic throughout the health and social care world. From GPs to hospitals, community care to voluntary groups, there’s a common focus on how different agencies can work together to deliver the needs and wishes…
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BLOG: Men on the move make miles matter for hospice care

Men on the move make miles matter for hospice care A mass gathering of kind-hearted men strode through the streets of Plymouth at the weekend, paying tribute to lost loved ones, enjoying a unique camaraderie and showing their support for…
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BLOG: Open Gardens 2023

Stunning gardens open their gates to raise funds for hospice care A sensational selection of beautiful gardens in West Devon, the South Hams and East Cornwall are once again throwing open their gates to raise funds for our compassionate…
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BLOG: How Selina took St Luke’s to the heart of Parliament

Selina’s account of St Luke’s in the pandemic influenced MPs’ key end of life report Proud St Luke’s ambassador Selina Rogers has spoken out at a pivotal meeting at the House of Commons in London to share her experience of frontline…
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BLOG: Nursing a joined-up vision, powered by experience

Nursing a joined-up vision, powered by experience Introducing St Luke’s Deputy Director Clinical Services Tricia Davis Tricia Davis is enormously proud to call herself a nurse. Her long career has seen her gather a wealth of diverse experience…
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BLOG: Hospices across borders

St Luke’s Digital Communications Officer Gabby Nott currently works for us remotely from Las Vegas, USA. She has been exploring what hospice care looks like on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Sin city, the place of roulette…
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BLOG: St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth appoints new CEO

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth appoints new CEO St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is delighted to announce the appointment of new CEO Christina Quinn. She will take up her post this spring following the retirement of highly respected chief executive…
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BLOG: National Apprenticeship Week 2023: Meet Selina

  This week (6-12 February) is National Apprenticeship Week. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and the wider economy. As an employer…
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BLOG: National Apprenticeship Week 2023: Meet Lewis

This week (6-12 February) is National Apprenticeship Week. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and the wider economy. As an employer of choice,…
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BLOG: National Apprenticeship Week 2023: Meet Rachel

National Apprenticeship Week 2023: Meet Rachel This week (6-12 February) is National Apprenticeship Week. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of apprentices and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses, and…
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BLOG: Agency’s six steps to end of life care excellence

Agency’s six steps to end of life care excellence The very first nursing and care agency in Plymouth to boast St Luke’s end of life training verification is delighted that its high standards and good practice have been recognised and verified…
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BLOG: The nurses in purple scrubs

The nurses in purple scrubs As the pressures of winter illnesses put more strain on already overstretched hospital services, St Luke’s copywriter Jackie Butler meets the dedicated St Luke’s team providing expert end of life support for…
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BLOG: How to knit a St Luke’s lottery win into a sociable money spinner

How to knit a St Luke’s lottery win into a sociable money spinner When Lynne Matthews had a lucky £250 win on St Luke’s weekly lottery last summer she thought about giving it straight back. Instead, the passionate knitter invested her…
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BLOG: Pocket hugs are a labour of love for Lyn

Sometimes all you need is a hug and a whole box full of pocket cuddles has arrived on St Luke’s doorstep recently, courtesy of a kind-hearted and talented Plymouth woman who wants to bring a little bit of comfort to people when they need…
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BLOG: Men’s Day Out: It’s good to talk

Men’s Day Out: It’s good to talk Chat, chew the fat, put the world to rights, whatever you do, it’s good to talk. Men, it’s good to talk. We’re masters at masking how we really feel, even when we’ve lost someone we care deeply…
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BLOG: The journey of a donated sofa

How Stuart’s bargain sofa made Sandie smile and boosted our funds for patient care Around this festive time of year we’re bombarded with TV ads for big name furniture brands, urging us to buy a new sofa or suite in the sales. In these…
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BLOG: Charles Hackett steps up to chair St Luke’s Board of Trustees

Charles Hackett steps up to chair St Luke’s Board of Trustees Charles Hackett has been announced as the incoming chair of St Luke’s Board of Trustees. A dedicated member of the board for nearly five years, he promises to hold the ship steady…
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BLOG: Remembering lost loved ones in candlelit harmony

Remembering lost loved ones in candlelit harmony Personal reflections on her first St Luke’s Light Up a Life service by St Luke’s Communications Copywriter Jackie Butler. As Christmas approaches, the classic song reminds us that this…
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BLOG: Men’s Day Out 2023 makes mindful miles matter

Men’s Day Out 2023 makes mindful miles matter It’s time to round up your mates, sign up for our flagship Men’s Day Out and walk, talk and remember together. On Saturday 11 March you can join the mass of big-hearted men marching through…
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BLOG: Introducing the new Carer Passport

Introducing the new Carer Passport A new Family and Friend Carer Passport is being launched in Plymouth on 28 November 2022 to recognise and value the support carers provide. The Family and Friend Carer Passport is designed to help …
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BLOG: When compassion comes calling

When compassion comes calling Communications Copywriter Jackie Butler jumps in the deep end on the road with St Luke’s at home If you want to learn about the fantastic care delivered day in and day out by St Luke’s, one of the best…
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BLOG: Two entwining roles with compassion at their heart

Two entwining roles with compassion at their heart For many who join our hospice team, working in an environment where death, dying and bereavement are everyday occurrences can – understandably – take some time to adapt to. For one recent…
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BLOG: Christmas Raffle 2022

St Luke's Christmas Raffle 2022 Taking part in St Luke’s Christmas raffle is a great way to show your kindness to people living in your area who need our care. You could scoop our top prize of £2,000 and have extra cash in your pocket…
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BLOG: CEO Steve Statham discusses his retirement and St Luke’s

CEO Steve Statham discusses his retirement and St Luke's Chief Executive of St Luke’s, Steve Statham, has announced he will be retiring in April 2023 after six years’ service in the role and 18 years with our charity. Here he discusses…
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BLOG: Turn your closet clear-out into compassionate care

We’re in urgent need of more womenswear. We know that you, our wonderfully loyal supporters, always rally to support St Luke’s, so we’re sending out an SOS asking for your urgent help! So quick is the turnover of the good-quality,…
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BLOG: Make a Will Week, November 2022

Embrace Make a Will Week and look after your loved ones. Many of us put off making a will. Even though we want to protect our family and friends after we die and know that our property and possessions will be dealt with in the way we choose,…
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BLOG: You can’t judge a book by its cover: the inside scoop on volunteering

For many of us, a full-time job can be all consuming with little time for ourselves, let alone anything else. But for one woman, in the wake of her mother’s death, leaving her high-flying career and starting volunteering was the best move…
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BLOG: Celebrating Caitlin: A life lived in technicolour

Celebrating Caitlin: A life lived in technicolour Celebrating the life of their loved one in a way that reflects that person’s special qualities often helps the bereaved find comfort at such a deeply sad time. For the Kelly family from…
Tour de Moor
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BLOG: Tour de Moor: Cyclists’ support that helps keep the wheels of local hospice care turning

Cyclists’ support that helps keep the wheels of local hospice care turning It was big, it was bold and it turned Dartmoor blue, raising vital funds for our compassionate care. On Sunday 9 October, over 1,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities…
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HRM The Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

HRM The Queen Elizabeth II 1926 - 2022 We are deeply saddened at the death of Her Majesty the Queen, and our thoughts are with her family at this time.  While our hearts are heavy today, they are also filled with immense gratitude for…
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BLOG: Fancy having your birthday off work?

Fancy having your birthday off work? Wild swimming in Scotland, days out in London and trips to Center Parcs. At St Luke’s, our staff are very special to us and we felt they deserved a treat. This year, in honour of our 40th anniversary,…
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BLOG: St Luke’s covering of kindness for Lisa and Fran

St Luke’s covering of kindness for Lisa and Fran Whenever you need us, we’ve got you covered. And not just you but the loved ones around you, too. For Fran, the multicoloured blanket crocheted especially for her beautiful wife Lisa…
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BLOG: Follow your heart to find a life-enhancing career

Follow your heart to find a life-enhancing career If you’re thinking of a midlife career change, there’s a lot to weigh up. But as Sally Hutchings and Kate Hillman – both in their 50s - have shown, it’s never too late to follow your…
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BLOG: Fundraising has no age limits for our Tour de Moor

Fundraising has no age limits for our Tour de Moor Losing a loved one can be difficult at any age, but especially so for young children. The impact of losing their grandma has spurred on two young fundraisers, who are the latest participants…
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BLOG: Plymouth tickled pink for hospice care | Midnight Walk

Plymouth tickled pink for hospice care Hundreds of ladies tickled Plymouth pink on Friday night, as they walked across the city to raise vital funds for St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. Setting off from Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium,…
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BLOG: Thinking outside the box: introducing brand b.kinda

Thinking outside the box: introducing brand b.kinda Cheap, trendy and disposable, fast fashion is ruining our planet. Find out how a new venture supporting St Luke’s compassionate care is a style-savvy, purse-friendly way of fighting back.…
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BLOG: Taking on an epic challenge in aid of local hospice care

Taking on an epic challenge in aid of local hospice care Six big-hearted adventurers from Devon and Cornwall are going further than the extra mile to raise money for St Luke’s by taking on a challenge like no other - they’re going over…
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BLOG: St Luke’s goes back to where our retail success began

St Luke’s goes back to where our retail success began In our 40th anniversary year, we have cut the ribbon at premises on the same city centre street where we opened our first-ever charity shop nearly four decades ago. When St Luke’s…
Tour de Moor
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BLOG: Tour de Moor, the South West’s boldest charity cycling challenge returns for 2022

Get on your bike in St Luke's 40th anniversary year, for an exciting challenge in aid of compassionate care and support that positively impacts families affected by terminal illness.  Our popular Tour de Moor biking challenge returns…
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BLOG: “I did not expect to hear laughter in a hospice.”

“I did not expect to hear laughter in a hospice." “I did not expect to hear laughter in a hospice. The atmosphere is uplifting – I knew right away I was volunteering with an organisation that was just right for me.” When Eleanor…
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BLOG: A royal celebration to mark 34 years

A royal celebration to mark 34 years When you have two tickets to the Platinum Party at the Palace who do you choose to give them to? Our longest serving member of staff of course! Today marks an amazing 34 years of our Support Officer…
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BLOG: Meet the former Head Teacher blossoming as part of our team

Meet the former Head Teacher blossoming as part of our team Until recently, Dave Cantin was a teacher in a large Plymouth primary school, where he focussed on creating the right conditions for students to achieve their potential. His 33-year…
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BLOG: From boardroom to coastal path

From boardroom to coastal path Drawing on their professional and life experience to help St Luke’s by kindly giving their time and skills free of charge, our trustees are community-spirited volunteers who ensure our charity is governed…
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BLOG: Royal recognition for volunteer Adrian

Royal recognition for volunteer Adrian You couldn’t meet a more modest man, but our long-serving volunteer Adrian Frost so deserves the royal recognition he’s received for his outstanding contribution to our community! From many…
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BLOG: Volunteers’ Week, 1 – 7 June

Volunteers’ Week, 1 – 7 June Three big cheers for our hospice volunteers! What better time than national Volunteers’ Week to shine a light on the local heroes who so generously give our charity their time and skills for free? Together…
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BLOG: Win a stay at the Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth!

Win a stay at the Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth! We are giving you the chance to win a night's bed and breakfast at the Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth simply by registering for our Midnight Walk! Treat yourself to a well-deserved rest in the…
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BLOG: Two brave ladies take fundraising to new heights!

Two brave ladies take fundraising to new heights! The community-spirited people who are often fundraising for St Luke's; run, walk or take to the water to do sponsored challenges – with our exciting skydive and wing walk challenges, they…
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BLOG: Plymouth Military Wives Choir performs in aid of St Luke’s

Plymouth Military Wives Choir performs in aid of St Luke's A fabulous concert in aid of our compassionate care? That hits all the right notes with us! We couldn’t be happier to announce the Plymouth Military Wives Choir ‘Celebrate and…
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BLOG: Generous Joanna backs our care

Generous Joanna backs our care What could be better than winning a stunning custom VW T6.1 campervan? To also have the option of donating £500 to a well-deserved charity of your choice! We’re so touched by the generous gesture of local…
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PR: Guy power! – thousands of men on the march for hospice care

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s sell-out event Men’s Day Out, which returned on Saturday 23 April, saw 2,000 men walk a 12km route, starting and finishing at Plymouth Albion RFC.
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BLOG: Open Island Guided Tour 2022

Open Island Guided Tour 2022 This is your chance to explore the exciting and historic Drake's Island, set in the beautiful surroundings of Plymouth Sound. This promises to be a fascinating journey into Drake’s Island’s story through the…
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It’s Midnight Walk! Step back in time for local hospice care

It's Midnight Walk! Step back in time for local hospice care We're taking you back to the past to raise vital funds that will help local families for generations to come. Our iconic Midnight Walk is back on Friday 22 July, when it is set…
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Run for St Luke’s and go the distance in our 40th anniversary year

Run for St Luke’s and go the distance in our 40th anniversary year If ever there was a year to run in aid St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, this is it! Whether you’re an experienced runner or fairly new to the sport, we’re asking you…
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BLOG: Open Gardens 2022

Open Gardens 2022 Always an annual highlight, our Open Gardens season feels even more special this time around. That's because 2022 is our 40th anniversary year! We simply couldn't have reached this milestone without the kindness of all…
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BLOG: Volunteers at the heart of local hospice care

People Experience Manager Claire Boosey, whose role is to help ensure everyone in St Luke’s workforce feels recognised and valued, pays tribute to the volunteers whose support is so crucial to the service our hospice provides. “The…
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BLOG: High-quality integrated care that benefits patients at the end of their lives

High-quality integrated care that benefits patients at the end of their lives On our 40th anniversary, we’ve been talking about the history of our charity from its beginnings at Syrena House in Plymstock, in 1982. Much has changed since…
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BLOG: Life begins at 40 – St Luke’s reaches maturity

Life begins at 40 – St Luke’s reaches maturity Today, one of the people at the forefront of the specialist end-of-life care St Luke’s provides, Medical Consultant Dr Jeff Stephenson, shares his reflections on two decades with our charity.…
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BLOG: Dr Mary Nugent remembers

On the 40th anniversary of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, we began our series focusing on the past of our charity that has touched the lives of so many local families over the past four decades. Today, we share the reflections of Dr Mary…
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Big hearted b.kinda coffee shop will support St Luke’s care

Big hearted b.kinda coffee shop will support St Luke’s care The first b.kinda coffee shop is on course to open in Plympton early in 2023, marking the start of an exciting new venture from the commercial arm of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. Aiming…
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BLOG: Big-hearted Citybus Plymouth backs local hospice care

Big-hearted Citybus Plymouth backs local hospice care Community-spirited Citybus Plymouth is helping St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth keep the wheels of our vital service turning by showing support in our 40th anniversary year. With yesterday,…
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St Luke’s 40th Anniversary – The Mini Documentary

St Luke's 40th Anniversary - The Mini Documentary It's our birthday! Proud to reach our 40th anniversary today, we couldn’t let such a special milestone pass by without saying a HUGE thank-you to all our supporters, as loyal now as you…
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Men’s Day Out: The power of hundreds of men on the move

The power of hundreds of local men on the move We've launched Men's Day Out, one of our flagship fundraising events, inviting men to gather together outdoors and go the extra mile to do good for local families going through the toughest of…
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St Luke’s 40th Anniversary – The Trailer

On 25 January 2022, it will be the St Luke's 40th anniversary. A whole 40 years since we welcomed our first patients. Our charity heralded the arrival of a completely new concept for the city - specialist care for terminally ill people…
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BLOG: Cancellation of St Luke’s Light Up a Life services, 14 December 2021

Cancellation of St Luke’s Light Up a Life services, 14 December 2021 A message from St Luke’s Head of Fundraising, Penny Hannah With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Plymouth rising above the UK average, plus current uncertainty…
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PR: Bringing light to bereaved people during the festive season

For people finding the run-up to Christmas anything but festive because they’re missing someone special who has died, the Light up a Life remembrance services organised by a much-loved local charity could help bring comfort and light.…
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BLOG: Light up a Life – Angie’s story

Light up a Life - Angie's story St Luke’s supporter Angie shares her story about her Dad, Clive, and how important St Luke’s was to her family... “St Luke’s looked after my Dad, Clive, wonderfully at the end of his life 30 years…
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BLOG: Recognising three decades of volunteering dedication

Recognising three decades of volunteering dedication “It doesn’t seem that long – I can’t quite believe it!” They say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself and that is just how Saltash charity shop volunteer Jackie Taylor…
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BLOG: Furniture Collection with compassion

Furniture collection with compassion For our friendly team of drivers who carry out furniture collection from people’s homes so it can be sold in our charity shops, it’s a job that involves more than the muscle they use to do the heavy…
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BLOG: Cyclists unite for St Luke’s Tour de Moor

Cyclists unite for St Luke's Tour de Moor Community-spirited cyclists braved the wilds of Dartmoor at the weekend, raising much-needed funds to support local hospice care that makes an important difference to families affected by terminal illness. After…

BLOG: Acceptance and understanding bring light to couple in their darkest time

Acceptance and understanding bring light to couple in their darkest time “It was a safe place during a dark time. Somewhere we could be ourselves and spend precious time together.” When someone is nearing the end of their life,…
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BLOG: What is hospice care?

What is hospice care? If you have been advised that you need hospice care, it can be an anxious and confusing time. It’s only natural that you’re likely to have lots of questions. That’s why we’ve written this blog to help provide…
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BLOG: Craig’s run to remember

Completing a half marathon, 10K or 5K can mean so much more than a fitness challenge and you runners do a fantastic job of keeping St Luke’s close to your hearts. It makes us beam with pride when we see you clocking up the miles sporting…
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BLOG: Biking bravehearts smash Compass Points Challenge

Biking bravehearts smash Compass Points Challenge 980 miles by bike in just ten days? They smashed it! We’re in awe of the brave bunch who took on the epic challenge of covering England - north to south and east to west - on two wheels…
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BLOG: A (ten) grand day for Elaine!

A (ten) grand day for Elaine! Friday 13 August turned out to be a very lucky date indeed for the winner of our weekly lottery rollover prize, Elaine from South East Cornwall. It wasn’t just a grand day – it was a ten-grand day, thanks…
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PR: Community unites in support of local hospice care

Community unites for Midnight Walk in support of local hospice care Midnight Walk turned Plymouth bright pink as a thousand women and girls came together wearing tee-shirts of that hue to walk across the city, raising vital funds to help…
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BLOG: Joining St Luke’s is like ‘walking into a hug’

  When her mother died unexpectedly Alison Griffiths was left heartbroken, her pain compounded by her mum not receiving the high level of care she deserved in her final days. It was a profound experience that planted in Ali, a highly…
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BLOG: St Luke’s at Pride in Plymouth

  St Luke's at Pride in Plymouth Even the rain couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm – we were proudly part of last week's Pride in Plymouth 2021 and it was great meeting so many who came along! Our friendly team – including…
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BLOG: Midnight Walk twin power!

Midnight Walk twin power! When it comes to taking part in our much-loved Midnight Walk to raise vital funds for our charity, the more feet on the ground the better! Not only are we excited to meet ladies participating in the challenge…
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BLOG: From bud to blossom

  How the nurturing environment of St Luke’s, plus her own gentle strength and tenacity, have helped Anca thrive in her role at St Luke’s. When you’ve arrived from overseas to live in another country and are still learning…

BLOG: News from the Friends of St Luke’s in the South Hams – July 2021

  Our volunteers are gradually mobilising after the lockdown. Recently, the Friends in Modbury held a most successful stand at the Modbury Fair, selling clothes, accessories and raffle tickets to raise almost £500. This is a really…

BLOG: Making precious memories for Marcia

We will always do whatever we can to support local families touched by terminal illness and this includes helping them make special memories. That’s why, when we received a plea for help from Ryan Lidley, we sprang into action, determined…
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BLOG: The charity cycling challenge, Tour de Moor, returns for 2021

  After putting on the brakes last year because of the pandemic, the region’s boldest charity cycling challenge is back for 2021, raising vital funds to support hospice care across Plymouth and surrounding areas. The Tour de…

BLOG: Family quartet set to go the distance in memory of much-loved Mary

Treasured memories of a big-hearted mum and grandmother are inspiring four females from the same Plymouth family to step out together in support of St Luke's after we gave her such compassionate care at the end of her life. Louise Pudner…
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BLOG: Steps that say thanks a million for such superb care

Inspired by memories of her beautiful mother who was cared for so compassionately by St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, our charity’s very own Finance Director is set to take a million steps to raise vital funds that will help other local families…

Discover the secrets of Drake’s Island!

This is your chance to explore the exciting and historic Drake's Island, set in the beautiful surroundings of Plymouth Sound. We've also received word that recently discovered secrets have been revealed. During it’s fascinating history,…
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BLOG: Remembering much-loved Daddy on Father’s Day

For three little girls whose father died from cancer last year, their teddy bears will always be incredibly special because – at the press of a paw – they can hear Daddy’s voice reminding them of his enduring love and affection. When…
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BLOG: News from the Friends of St Luke’s in the South Hams – June 2021

Colin Pincombe, St Luke’s Impact Volunteer Partner in the South Hams, rounds up the news on what’s been happening across the area to support our charity’s compassionate care in the community. “Our volunteers are gradually mobilising…
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BLOG: Carers Week – Aaron’s story

When there’s been a bereavement in the family and you also have caring responsibilities, it’s a lot to manage and can feel very tough at any age. With today being the start of national Carers Week (7 – 13 June), we’re sharing…

BLOG: Pedal power in memory of a very special man

While for many of us, it’s a piece of equipment that goes unused - simply gathering dust despite our best intentions - a Plymouth grandmother living with Parkinson’s disease has used the power of pedalling her exercise bike to raise…
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BLOG: Midnight Walk returns for 2021!

Ladies across the city are being invited to celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones and put their best foot forward for our Midnight Walk that is making its much-anticipated return this summer. Following its cancellation last year…
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We’re BACK!

We're delighted to bring you the exciting news that we’re planning for the return of Midnight Walk, Men's Day Out and Tour de Moor this autumn - and we cannot wait to see you! Of course, safety is always our top priority so the following…
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BLOG: Make a Will Month, 1 – 31 May

If the past turbulent year has taught us anything, it’s just how quickly life can change and the dramatic impact this can have on us and the people we hold dear. That’s why as well as reminding people about the importance of having a…
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BLOG: Reflecting on a 30-year journey in hospice care

A 30-year career spanning both clinical and non-clinical roles with St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has given Paula Hine a unique perspective on the organisation and how it has evolved in order to survive in an increasingly tough climate. Reflecting…
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BLOG: Celebrating Captain Sir Tom’s achievements in a UK wide fundraising event

  Captain Tom 100 invites people all over the world to take on a challenge based around the number 100 to raise funds for charity. Following the outpouring of heartfelt messages since the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore on 2 February,…
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BLOG: Run in your old St Luke’s t-shirt!

We need you to run in your old St Luke's t-shirt! You runners do a fantastic job of keeping St Luke’s close to your hearts, and it makes us beam with pride when we see you clocking up the miles sporting our charity’s name across your…
Image of artist Brian Pollard holding a bright landscape painting. Text reads: Open Gardens, win this painting by Brian Pollard.
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PR: Horticultural havens set to open in support of local hospice care

  A local hospice charity is marking the return of one of its most popular annual fundraising events by inviting people to enter an online competition for the chance to win an original painting by internationally acclaimed, Plymouth-based…
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BLOG: Meet the Golden Girls living and laughing at Turnchapel

You’re never too old to make new best friends – as Margaret Davies, Ena Powell and Mollie Hodges can all testify! Strangers to each other when first admitted to our specialist unit in March, in a matter of days these lovely ladies…
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BLOG: Memories in Bloom – Remembering Scott

Losing a loved one is always really difficult. We understand how important it is for you to be able to remember your lost loved one, whether they were cared for by St Luke’s or not, and we realise more than ever that when someone special…
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BLOG: Nurse’s sky high compassion for local people needing hospice care

St Luke's nurse, James, is taking his compassion for terminally ill patients to new heights, leaping from a plane to raise funds for the specialist hospice care that ensures they live well to the end of their lives. On Sunday 25 April…
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PR: Join forces to help protect high-quality hospice care in the South Hams

A Kingsbridge man, passionate about protecting the specialist service that ensures local people with terminal illness receive the high-quality care they need – and deserve – at the end of their lives, has taken up a new voluntary role…
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PR: Go the distance for St Luke’s while staying close to home

Much-loved local charity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is sending out a rallying call to the community to take on the challenge of quite literally going the extra mile to support its vital service while staying safe, close to home. The…
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BLOG: The Power of Words

As we head towards the close of this extraordinary year, which has seen our clinical staff work so tirelessly to keep giving their compassionate care, members of our team based at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust share their reflections…
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PR: Light up a life to remember a loved one and help those facing their last Christmas

A local charity that’s pulled out all the stops to continue its vital service for terminally ill patients and their families, despite the huge challenges of doing so during the pandemic, is calling on the community to support its annual…
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Hospice care continuing to strengthen hospital response as COVID-19 cases rise

Working across the wards of University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP) NHS Trust 365 days a year, there’s a team small in number yet dynamic and consistently compassionate in the face of pressure, who swiftly stepped up to help strengthen the hospital’s…
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Rachel’s reaching for her dream career

Taking up a post at St Luke’s is always going to be more than ‘just’ starting a new job. What our charity does for patients and their families, uplifting them at a very challenging time, means that whether you have direct contact…
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Greater pressure on hospice care for patients at home as second lockdown begins

“When I start my shift after two days off and realise all my patients’ names have already gone from our whiteboard, that’s when it really hits home how much more quickly people are dying now because of the pandemic. It’s utterly…
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Hospice Care Week | Tom’s story

This being Hospice Care Week (5 – 11 October) – the annual Hospice UK campaign highlighting what it takes for hospices to provide high-quality end of life care at no cost to the patients they serve – St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is…
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Become a Trustee

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides specialist palliative care to people with life threatening illnesses and support to their families and carers, in partnership with others. The care is not just medical and nursing but incorporates emotional,…
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BLOG: Keep calm and carry on: how our End of Life Urgent Care Service continues to rise to the challenge during the pandemic

When your vital work caring for terminally ill people already takes its toll on you emotionally, how do you cope when it is made so much more challenging by the pandemic and its impact on not only the families St Luke’s serves, but the welfare…
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BLOG: Meet our new Head of Finance

For most people, changing jobs and joining the staff of a new organisation can be a time of trepidation as well as excitement – but what is it like when your arrival and induction happen to coincide with a global pandemic?  Claire Fisher,…
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BLOG: COVID diary of a hospice Consultant

Written by Dr Jeff Stephenson, Consultant at St Luke's Hospice Plymouth I didn’t pay much attention to the news stories about Wuhan, and the Facebook posts from fellow Christians there asking for prayer. I probably said a few ‘arrow…
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Statement: Men’s Day Out and Midnight Walk cancelled

Following official safety advice relating to mass participation events during the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the city’s best-loved charities has announced the cancellation of two of its flagship fundraising events for this year. Check…
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Continuing our compassionate care for hospital patients

In May, at the height of the pandemic, Dr Doug Hooper, Consultant in Palliative Medicine in the St Luke’s team at Derriford, shared how it felt to be ‘in the eye of the storm’ at the hospital, with this specialist team extending their…
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BLOG: Reception experience inspires new Modbury manager

With just a month as Manager of our Modbury charity shop under her belt before lockdown forced the temporary closure of all St Luke’s stores, new recruit Nesha Clemens is finding that redeployment to the reception team at Turnchapel is…
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BLOG: Remembering a special daddy on Father’s Day

“It’s almost an over-used phrase these days, but I want my children to know it really is okay not to be okay. If they feel happy and want to have fun, that’s great, but if they feel sad or anxious they don’t have to pretend otherwise.” While…
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BLOG: All you need is love – first Father’s Day without Dad

His gentle humour, a shared visit to Stonehenge and The Beatles’ music are just three of the things that Suzy Bennett thinks about, remembering her much-loved dad Jim Tozer, who sadly died last October, aged 68. With today being the…
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BLOG: Retail re-opening to support vital hospice care

Shops currently open Tuesday to Saturday | 9.30am to 4.30pm Plymouth City Centre Drake Plymouth City Centre Pop-up shop (former Toys R Us) Plympton, Huxley Close (near Chaplins) Plymstock, Sugar Mill Launceston Tavistock Opening…
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BLOG: Extending the reach of St Luke’s bereavement support to anyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19

With the current crisis meaning that sadly, more people are dying – and often more quickly – we’re extending the reach of our bereavement support service to anyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19 or is anticipating this heartbreak. As…
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BLOG: When silence isn’t golden

In the past few months, death has become a greater part of public life, with so many families sadly losing loved ones and with the media focus firmly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But are we getting better at talking more openly…
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Clapping for the South West Blood Bikes

This Thursday night, we’ll be clapping for these heroes in helmets! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXM04Bylef8 A huge shout out to all the amazing volunteers behind South West Blood Bikes, a local charity which literally goes the…
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BLOG: Lockdown learning supports local hospice care

Students of Scott Medical and Healthcare College are not only proving they’re as well motivated as ever despite lockdown, learning from home via lessons online, they’ve shown that when it comes to kindness they’re also top of the form,…
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Isolation video delivers emotional tribute to key workers on the frontline

Talented local Plymouth band SuperXLs have been supporting St Luke's for the past 3 years, by showcasing their musical tribute to the late, great, David Bowie every January. To date the band has raised almost £2000 from those shows alone.…
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BLOG: a hospice response to COVID-19 in hospital

Small in number yet dynamic and consistently compassionate in the face of unprecedented pressure, the St Luke’s team at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) is making a vital contribution to the hospital’s response to the COVID-19…
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BLOG: Sterling service with a smile behind the mask

Among our amazing volunteers giving their time and skills unpaid to help our charity is a special lady who has stepped up from one shift a week to five in these extraordinary times.
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BLOG: Weekend of family fun online for much-loved charity

What have Lawrence of Arabia and a mammoth got in common with the Queen in a hot-air balloon? Find out this weekend, when internationally renowned Plymouth-based artist Brian Pollard provides a rare, behind the scenes tour of his studio,…
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BLOG: Redeployed and rising to the challenge

  In these turbulent times when so much is unfamiliar, the upbeat, positive attitude of the St Luke’s workforce is continuing as it always has. Together as staff and volunteers, we’re known across our community as a ‘can do’…
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Make a Will Week – 11 – 15 May

It’s straightforward to do and saves your loved one’s unnecessary distress at an already difficult time, yet many of us have not made a will. In fact, in the UK 77% of parents with children under five do not have one*. With this in…
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Support Our Nurses

Behind the masks they're wearing to protect our vulnerable patients and themselves, there's always the warmest of smiles. That's because our nurses make sure their compassionate care never stops, even in these turbulent times. Dedicated,…
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Emotional and practical support for these challenging times

These are very challenging times for everyone, but for people whose loved one is dying or those who have already lost someone close to them, they are especially tough. With this in mind, Jutta Maria Widlake, Head of Social Care at St…
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Long distance runner turns garden athlete in aid of local hospice care

Now, that's going the extra mile! When last Sunday's Manchester Marathon was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hours of arduous training throughout the biting wind and relentless rain of winter could have been in vain for hundreds…
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Innovative solution fast-tracked by hospice enhances patient care

Across the UK, hospices are pulling out all the stops to keep running their vital service for people at end of life - and the loved ones around them – despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as with their…
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Online 80s gig boosts local hospice care

A local man with a big voice and an even bigger heart has proved that when you think outside the box, life on lockdown is no barrier to doing good for your community in these turbulent times. Currently confined to the home he shares with…
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Protecting St Luke’s services during the coronavirus outbreak – a message from our Chief Executive, Steve Statham

The outbreak of coronavirus - and the speed at which the situation is unfolding - mean we are all living in unprecedented times, but I want to reassure you that my colleagues and I are doing everything possible to ensure St Luke’s vital…
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Drakes Jewellers donate a sparkling £24,000!

As you’d expect from an event held by family-run firm Drakes Jewellers, this year’s Diamond Gala in aid of St Luke’s was a razzling, dazzling, sparkling success! With its colourful, fun-filled Rio Carnival theme, the ball at…
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BLOG: From commando to care

It’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, celebrating the work of those working in these professions and providing a golden opportunity to attract more applicants to such essential and rewarding roles. What better time, then, to…
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BLOG: General Practitioners learn at St Luke’s

With people living longer and developing more complex conditions, having GPs who understand end of life care, and do not shy away from difficult but necessary conversations with patients about death and dying, is more important than ever. Given…
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Skydive for Grandad

Leaping 15,000 feet from a plane is an exhilarating way to raise funds for our patient care, but what motivates someone to embrace a challenge many would find too daunting? For nursery worker Rosie Pryce, 23, it is the memory of her much-loved…
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Men on the move in memory of much-loved colleague

Ahead of the South West’s biggest men-only annual charity event on Saturday 28 March, a local man has shared the moving reasons behind his motivation for taking part for the sixth consecutive year. As is his annual tradition, 50-year-old…
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Precious Memories of Jim

When friends would visit his wife Jeanette, “I’m just going upstairs” was the phrase Jim Tozer had a habit of using after he’d said hello and before he’d slip away to write, record or simply listen to his beloved music. It was…
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New year, new challenges for 2020!

With this week, being not just the start of the new year but a whole new decade, many will be looking to set goals for themselves or even take on an exciting challenge for 2020 - or beyond! What better way to push yourself out of your…
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Men, don’t be afraid to talk about what’s below the belt

Martin York, who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at the age of 55, has spoken out to urge men to be vigilant in checking for symptoms of the disease and not let embarrassment keep them from getting the simple check-ups that could…
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Wild Woman Swimming

For ‘warm, funny and fearless’ Lynne Roper of Mary Tavy, a paramedic who was passionate about outdoor swimming, ‘passing it down the line’ didn’t need to end at her death. “People can swim and take me with them,” she said. Lynne…
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Distribution Centre in the spotlight

Across Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall, our network of charity shops is supported by a legion of customers snapping up bargains, generating vital income to support our service. But did you know that while many of the items they…
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New year, new challenges!

Once the last of the turkey sandwiches are eaten and there are only repeats on television, thoughts naturally turn to the year ahead and what’s in store. So, recognising it’s a popular time for making resolutions and seeking a new challenge,…
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Making our city more compassionate

The launch of the city-wide partnership showed how aspiration is being turned into action across Plymouth, benefitting people at end of life. Back in May 2018, at the Plymouth: a Compassionate City conference hosted by St Luke’s and…
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BLOG: Evolution and revolution of hospice care

Recently, representatives of St Luke’s clinical and non-clinical teams headed north for the annual Hospice UK Conference, the flagship event that brings together those involved in leading hospice care for adults, young people and children. At…
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BLOG: National Trustees’ Week – 4 – 8 November

Did you know that nationally, 64% of charity trustees are men and that the average age of a trustee is 61? (Source) We’re pleased to say our board is more diverse, but we’re striving to ensure it is truly representative of the community…
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BLOG: A Spotlight on a hospice Communications and Marketing team

When news came that a patient at St Luke's Hospice Plymouth who desperately wanted to spend precious time with her horse would see her wish fulfilled, the charity's Communications and Marketing team sprang into action to ensure the horse’s…
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BLOG: Enhancing end of life care given by GPs and their teams

With an increasing ageing population, hospices like ours can’t reach everyone who needs our care and, for the majority of people it will be their GP, and their teams, that look after them at home at end of life. When this care is high…
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PR: Making Plymouth a more compassionate city for those at end of life

It’s official – Plymouth has been recognised as the first compassionate city for those at end of life in England! The accolade for Plymouth is from Public Health Palliative Care International in recognition of the commitment the city…
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BLOG: On the night shift

First impressions matter and at our specialist unit at Turnchapel, there’s a team member who not only makes sure everyone who walks through our door receives a friendly welcome when they visit a loved one in the evening, or stay overnight,…
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BLOG: Compassionate Community of Kingsbridge

  With the help of a generous grant from Hospice UK, St Luke's has been able to kick-start a compassionate community in Kingsbridge, Devon. The initiative ensures that no matter how far out you live, support will be available for…
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BLOG: Ladies’ rugby players lose their locks for much-loved charity

Rugby is renowned for being one of the toughest sports with players showing opponents no mercy, but in Plymouth there’s a ladies’ team proving that when it comes to one of their own, they’re all heart – and they’re even losing their…
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PR: Mud, sweat and gears keep wheels of local hospice care turning

1,341 cyclists taking on mud, sweat and gears to clock up a combined 34,602 miles; 84 dedicated volunteers braving the elements – this is what it takes to raise vital funds to keep the wheels of local hospice care turning.
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PR: Mammoth masterpieces generate an ele-fantastic £323,000 for much-loved charity

Bidders snap up a unique piece of art to be a part of something special that will leave a legacy for families across Plymouth and surrounding areas. On the evening of 9 October, 40 of the enchanting elephant sculptures that have delighted…
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This is what it takes to provide hospice care

When most people hear the word ‘hospice’, they picture the doctors and nurses who look after people at end of life, and – while it’s right these experts are prized for all they do for those in their care – working behind the scenes…
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BLOG: It takes a special person to inspire a whole community

Tina Favis of Salcombe was so loved that in every year since she sadly died in 2007, aged just 40, her family and friends have got on their bikes to fundraise for St Luke’s in celebration of her life. The epic annual Ride for Tina is…
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BLOG: Chloe’s story

What does it take to make a young terminally ill patient ‘feel like a princess’ in the last days of her life?
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Creature comforts make a difference when time is running short

“Look what they’re doing for me – this is five-star treatment.” These aren’t the words of someone being pampered in the surroundings of a luxury spa, but a special lady in the care of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, whose service…
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BLOG: A blooming good season!

Always an annual highlight, our popular Open Gardens season once again delighted crowds of visitors between late March to mid-September, bringing in vital funds to help us keep delivering our much-needed service for patients and their families. This…
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BLOG: Helping hospital patients live well to the end

Located on the eighth floor of Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, with offices just outside Brent Ward, is our busy Hospital Team providing bespoke care for patients at end of life and supporting the families around them. They are there seven…
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BLOG: Elmer’s Big Parade: The Final Chapter

Having delighted tens of thousands of people this summer, getting them out on foot across our city ‘hunting’ for the 40 enchanting Elmer sculptures that made up Elmer’s Big Parade, Devon’s biggest public art event of the year is…
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BLOG: It’s a beauty – one final garden before we say goodbye to the summer sun

Celebrating our tenth anniversary, we have presented the public with some beautiful gardens this year as part of our Open Gardens scheme. As the season comes to a close, we are pulling out all the stops this Sunday for one final garden…
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BLOG: Elmer’s Big Parade bows out in style

It’s a wrap! Elmer’s Big Parade – Devon’s biggest public art event of 2019 – is coming to an end, but the mammoth mob is not going quietly. In fact, there’s an ele-fantastic Farewell Weekend in store for the whole family to enjoy. Having…
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PR: Win your own Young Elmer!

One of Plymouth’s most loved charities is offering you the opportunity to take home your very own Elmer the Elephant while supporting the vital care the service provides across the community. Tens of thousands of you have had loads…
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BLOG: Retail rooted in the community

People now have an extra reason to visit Plymouth Garden Centre at Crownhill and it’s one that’s set to grow our retail income! In a first for St Luke’s, we have recently opened a brand new charity shop within the garden centre and…
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BLOG: Dining with a difference

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home and at our specialist unit at Turnchapel, there’s no less thought and attention given to the nutritious meals and tasty snacks prepared for our patients nearing end of life. At…
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Get set to master the moors and make a difference

Cyclists of all ages are getting set for one of Devon’s boldest and most popular charity challenges this autumn, the Tour de Moor. The annual event – now in its tenth year – takes place on Sunday 13 October, raising funds to help…
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BLOG: Rollover Ron is bowled over by out of this world win!

“My reaction was, good gracious! I just couldn’t take it in.” When Ron Williams picked up the phone, he wasn’t expecting to hear he’d won top prize in our weekly lottery – so he was completely bowled over with the news that…