Entries by Robert Maltby

NEWS: Rocking Out in Memory of Mum

Cuz Cussen is a man on a mission, giving Plymouth people a live music extravaganza to remember while raising as much money as possible for St Luke’s and the care we give our patients and their families. Cuz is the man behind the city’s annual two-day Rockfest, which will reach its tenth anniversary of raising […]

BLOG: The end of the story?

So what makes a good death? In hospice care we certainly have an idea in mind of what a good death looks like: peaceful; in bed; pain and other symptoms controlled; loved ones by the bedside, or at least with that option; relationships restored; affairs in order; closure on the important issues that have arisen. […]


BLOG: Light in the valley

At a recent conference one of the speakers spoke about the death of his three year old son. He wrote this for his other older son: Even in the darkest depths, when the world seems so unkind, there will always be a glimmer of light in the corner of your mind (H Hodgson). Simple and […]


BLOG: The next chapter

St Luke’s and other hospices face major challenges going forward as we work out how to respond to the anticipated demographic changes in our society and the economic uncertainties. The hospice movement is 50 years old and its story has in many respects changed the narrative of the dying and bereaved in our society for […]

BLOG: What is hospice care?

Most of us like a good story.  Storytelling is a powerful way of communicating, and for all of us there are narratives that underpin the ways we behave and think and view the world. The story of the Hospice Movement is certainly a good one: a heroine (Cicely Saunders) challenges the medical establishment and speaks […]


Christmas raffle winner announced

Meeting the winner of our Christmas raffle to give them their £2,000 cheque is a real highlight of the festive season at St Luke’s. Our winner Mrs Shobbrook visited our specialist unit at Turnchapel with her daughter Caroline this week. Over tea and mince pies, they shared with us special memories of Ken, Mrs Shobbrook’s […]

Celebration week is all about saying thank you

This year at St Luke’s we celebrate our 35th anniversary and what better way than to thank the people who make our care possible – the staff and volunteers. Earlier this week our senior managers hit the offices and wards to say thank you, delivering a few suprises on the way. With over 300 staff […]