NEWS: £10,000 lottery winner announced!

After 50 weeks rollover, we have our record breaking £10,000 jackpot lottery winner!

Congratulations to 86 year old Jean Higginson from Estover.

Here’s the moment nurse Teresa went to hand over the big cheque.

Thank you to everyone who supports our weekly lottery. Since 1994 you have helped raise over £10 million for patient care. That’s enough to care for an incredible 10,000 patients at home.

Could you be our next big winner? Our lottery is now available to play online from £1 per week.

NEWS: A guaranteed £10,000 must be won by this Friday

We are giving away a guaranteed £10,000 this week (Friday 4 August 2017) in our weekly lottery draw.

You have until 5pm on Thursday 3 August to be entered for this weeks jackpot. Instant play is available online now from £1 a week. The big cash prize is the result of our weekly rollover having not been won for a record breaking 50 weeks. Gambling regulations cap the rollover at £10,000 meaning the money must be won by this Friday, 4 August 2017.

Play online here from £1

Our lottery is also celebrating a milestone, having raised £10 million for patient care since the lottery first began 23 years ago.

In raising £10,006,140 since 1994 , our lottery alone has generated enough profit to enable our St Luke’s nurses, social workers and therapists deliver care for the equivalent of 10,000 patients who are living with life-limiting illnesses at home.

St Luke’s lottery manager Lesley Coulton, said, “The lottery relies completely on the good will and commitment of all those ‘silent heroes’ who over the years have supported St Luke’s by giving just £1 per week. It is thanks to all of you that our lottery is where it is today, providing vital funds for patient care. Our aim is to reach 14,000 players by August, the more people playing our lottery, the more patients we can care for, at home, in hospital and at our specialist unit at Turnchapel. Each year our lottery raises £430,000 for patient care, this makes it possible for us to provide care for terminally ill patients and their families that need our care and support.”

Every year the St Luke’s lottery gives out 1,664 cash prizes to the lucky winners, with players in with a chance of winning prizes of £1,000, £200 or £10 every week. What’s even better is that if you play the St Luke’s lottery for a year, you have a one in eight chance of winning a prize as opposed to the National Lottery where the odds are one in 54!

Instant play available here, from £1. Over 18’s only.

Amanda Vincent St Luke's Volunteer

NEWS: Care volunteers needed for our specialist unit

Amanda Vincent St Luke's Volunteer

Our specialist unit at Turnchapel is currently recruiting for care volunteers.

The unit is looking to take on volunteers with a background in care to support the work of the nurses and care assistants on the unit.  Anyone who has previous experience in care, perhaps someone who has retired from nursing might be suitable for the role.

Head of Inpatient Nursing Services at our specialist unit, Nicola Pereira said, “It’s all about adding value to what we currently do, by having extra people around it gives us more resources, meaning more time can be spent with the patients.”

Nurse Iain Mitchell is coordinating the volunteers and is currently looking to take on approximately six to eight volunteers to help out throughout the week. Volunteers are also being sought to offer hand and nail therapy to the patients, giving them the chance for a spot of pampering!

Amanda Vincent has been volunteering on the unit once a week since April. Now retired, Amanda spent 45 years as a registered nurse, working all over the world. She spent seven years working as a nurse in the army, serving in Hong Kong and Northern Ireland and in 1999 she moved down to Plymouth where she worked on the Dockyard in Occupational Health.

“I had been out of hands on nursing for 20 years and as I am now retired I thought I would like to actually use my skills”, she said.

Amanda’s role can include ‘anything and everything’ she says, from bed baths, helping to give out food to the patients at mealtimes and changing beds to just sitting with patients to keep them company.

“For anyone thinking about volunteering, do it!” said Amanda. “I would say to absolutely give it a go, as it works both ways, not only is it a benefit for me, but also to the staff working here too.”

If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer at our specialist unit, they should contact our volunteer department at volunteer@stlukes-hospice.org.uk or call 01752 401172.

Flete Estate Open Gardens

NEWS: Flete Estate Open Gardens raises record amount for patient care

Flete Estate Open Gardens

The sun was shining on Flete Estate at the beginning of the month for our Open Garden, as we raised a record amount for patient care.

1058 visitors were treated to exclusive access to the private and historic estate in Ivybridge on Sunday 2 July, spending the day exploring the Italianate gardens, shrubbery and water gardens under blue skies and brilliant sunshine.

The afternoon raised an incredible £9,030 for patient care, £2,350 more than in 2015, when we last held an Open Garden at Flete Estate.

A big part of the total came from the selection of delicious cakes that had been donated, making an amazing £2,864.10 towards the total for the day. Raffle, plant and merchandise sales all helped contribute to the final amount as well.

Special thanks to all the volunteers who worked hard to make the day run so smoothly, especially those who were helping out at the Neon Midnight Walk the previous night. We even had submariners from HMS Vanguard and staff from the Land Registry Office helping out as parking volunteer marshals.

The historic estate was used by the city of Plymouth as a maternity hospital during and after the Second World War; with many attendees on the day having actually been born there themselves.

If you couldn’t make it to the Flete Open Gardens this year, then we will be planning to open Flete Estate Gardens again in 2019.

St Luke’s Open Gardens will be continuing throughout August and September, with upcoming gardens including Diptford Village Walkabout on Sunday 6 August between 1.30pm and 5.30pm, Alpine House in Bere Ferrers on Sunday 13 August between 11am and 4pm, Blanksmill in West Alvington on Sunday 3 September between 2pm and 5pm and Lower Charaton Cottage in Pensilva, Cornwall, on Sunday 10 September between 2pm and 5pm. We also have a selection of private gardens opening by appointment up until early November. To see the full Open Garden listings click here.

Jackie Gale Fun on the Hoe

NEWS: Fun on the Hoe – a new work of art is set to brighten the walls of our specialist unit

Jackie Gale Fun on the Hoe

A work of art is set to brighten the walls of our specialist unit, thanks to a kind donation from a local artist and former nurse.

Jackie Gale, a former intensive care unit nurse at Derriford, created the beautiful work of art, which features last year’s St Luke’s forget-me-not flower remembrance display on Plymouth Hoe.

The original masterpiece, which is aptly titled ‘Fun on the Hoe’, took two weeks to produce and is made up of mixed textiles including hessian, sail cloth, velvet and canvas. As well as the forget-me-not flower remembrance display, it features Smeaton’s Tower, plenty of boats out on the water, an RAF Rescue helicopter and not forgetting the all important ice cream van!

Jackie has kindly donated a limited edition print of the artwork for display at our specialist unit, in a canvas frame that has been donated by Artframe Solution of Plymouth. The limited edition print, which is one of 50 being produced, will be installed outside our single rooms, Citadel, Smeaton and Drake to brighten up the hallway.

Jackie, who created the piece of art from her studio in Ermington, said, “St Luke’s specialist unit up at Turnchapel is in such a beautiful setting overlooking the Hoe, it seemed a natural place to showcase this colourful and fun piece of art. As a former nurse myself, I understand the brilliant care St Luke’s provides to the people in our community and just how cheerful and bright the unit is for patients and visitors. It’s my contribution to help raise a bit of money and bring a smile to all who visit.”

Jackie’s special edition prints are available from www.jackiegaletextileart.com. With each purchase, 20% of the cost will be donated to St Luke’s.

PR: St Luke’s launches online information hub for end of life care

A Plymouth based charity has created a central online hub of information for healthcare professionals and patients, with the launch of their new website.

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth has launched a brand new website, with quality of care provision at its’ core.

A key focus of the website is their new ‘information hub’, which provides resources, downloads and medical guidance for health and social care professionals, medical students and patients and their carers.

Other features of the new website include a dedicated area for course bookings for the variety of end of life training and clinical courses that the charity runs, as well as a live feed of care reviews left on the ‘Tripadvisor’ of the care profession, iWantGreatCare.

The website also includes a virtual tour of St Luke’s specialist unit at Turnchapel. The online tool offers the chance to wander around the halls of the local landmark, and hopes to demystify the work done by the nursing teams and support staff that work inside.

The website has been designed by Plymouth based creative branding design company, Logo Creative Partners. The website is the result of 10 months of hard work, since the charity launched a tender process for the work back in September 2016. The project has highlighted the importance of local partnerships, with the two Plymouth organisations working closely to create a website that not only represents the charity and its’ values, but provides clear information surrounding end of life care for healthcare professionals and patients alike.

Logo Creative Partners were chosen to undertake the project as they showed a clear understanding of the St Luke’s ethos and position within the community, which they were able to translate into the design of the website.

Communications and Marketing Officer at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Gabby Prior said, “We are excited to finally launch our brand new website, it has been a long time coming. As a hospice charity, it was always going to be a challenge to ensure that our website catered for all our loyal fundraisers as well as health and social care professionals and most importantly, our patients, but Logo Creative Partners have definitely helped us to achieve that balance. We want the St Luke’s website to not only be an informative hub that medical professionals and our patients can turn to for signposting and guidance, but also to provide a wealth of creative ideas and support to make your fundraising event the talk of the town.”

Managing Director at Logo Creative Partners, Nick Burrage said, “Logo Creative Partners were delighted to be able to work on the St Luke’s website. We clearly identified the challenge as treating the very different visitor groups to the site appropriately in each case. While medical professionals will be busy people in search of information, friends and relatives of those using the hospice need to be treated in an entirely different way, sensitive to their situation. Of course there are also a large number of fun-runners and donors who have a different mindset again!

“Working closely with the team at St Luke’s was a joy – they are well-informed and passionate and it made the design and build process a really productive one. The site will allow the hospice to link in more closely with the medical profession and be fully accessible to the wider Plymouth community which is rightly proud of St Luke’s.”

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides care and support to over 3480 people suffering from life-limiting illnesses at home, in Derriford Hospital and at their specialist unit at Turnchapel. To find out more about the charity and to access their new information hub visit www.stlukes-hospice.org.uk

Tour de Moor

PR: Get on your bike and master the moors with St Luke’s

St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are inviting the toughest of cyclists to master the moors on Sunday 15 October and take on their annual Tour de Moor challenge.

There will be mud, sweat and plenty of gears in action as mountain bike riders take to the moors to embark on a cycle ride like no other. Sponsored by Print Copy Scan, a local supplier of printers and copiers, the ride will encompass challenging off-road moorland trails set amongst the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor.

Riders can choose between the intermediate 23km route or if they’re feeling brave enough, they can tackle the hills up to Princetown on the 52km route, cycling skills will definitely be put to the ultimate test. For a much more gentle route, featuring a mixture of tarmac paths and off-road trails, there is the family friendly 11km ride along Drake’s Trail, suitable for anyone with a bike.

The Tour de Moor challenge departs from and finishes at Harrowbeer Airfield, near Yelverton at 8.30am. The route will go around the beautiful surroundings of Buckland Abbey, providing some tough terrain as bikers navigate their way through the woods and up some challenging hills. Registration is just £20 and includes a t shirt and finisher’s medal.

Not only does the Tour de Moor get the adrenaline pumping, it also makes a real difference to patients of St Luke’s in the last months, weeks and days of life. At home, in hospital or at their specialist unit in Turnchapel, the money raised in sponsorship helps the Plymouth based charity to continue to provide specialist care to patients and give vital support to their families.

Head of fundraising at St Luke’s, Penny Hannah, said “Our Tour de Moor is set to be a fantastic day for all those keen cyclists out there. We are giving our riders the chance to experience the challenging peaks of Dartmoor and the mud, sweat and gears that go with it and with three routes to choose from, there’s no excuse to not get the whole family involved. It will be tough, but the money you raise will help us to provide vital care and support to people and their families across the local area, making every hill worth that extra effort!”

Director of Print Copy Scan, Karl Welburn, said “We are very proud of the work St Luke’s does in the community and are delighted to be sponsoring Tour de Moor for the next three years. St Luke’s is the only palliative care provider in this area and what is most important is that the money raised by Tour de Moor participants through sponsorship, goes directly on patient care.”

Sign up for the Tour de Moor 2017 here or by calling 01752 492626.

BLOG: 17 year old work experience Harry, writes about his week in St Luke’s communications and marketing department

Day 1: First impressions

My name is Harry Roberts, I am seventeen years and old currently studying A-levels at Ivybridge Community College.

In July 2017, I choose to spend my weeks work experience at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth because I was interested in understanding the charity further while gaining experience in the communications and marketing side of the charity.

As I have never had to visit a hospice yet in my life, I didn’t really know what to expect. My initial thoughts before coming to the hospice were naive with the assumption of a gloomy hospital like building containing endless wards seeing to the elderly. On arrival on my first day I Immediately realised my assumption couldn’t have been anymore wrong. Walking up to the building based at Turnchapel I noticed from the outside it didn’t appear to resemble a hospital with the tense mood associated. Instead I got the impression of a relaxed and calming environment.

The hospice instead seemed smaller then I had imaged, creating a cosy ‘home’ like sense. After visiting reception and being introduced to the marketing and communications team of St Luke’s I was taken on a tour around the building. During the tour, I was impressed by the efforts made to create a warming environment for both the patients and their families, this was achieved by the numerous visitor rooms which prominently portray the family- home like sense, as well as the play area for children. It really showed me the charity isn’t only about caring for patients but also for helping to create a welcoming experience for the family and visitors of the patients.

Furthermore, the open area known as the ‘Harbour’ within the hospice provides a peaceful quiet space for either spiritual needs or just thinking space for a patient or relative. I was particularly surprised by this area as it completely contradicts my initial thoughts of a hospice demonstrating St Luke’s provides much more then just medical needs.
Day 2: The importance of social media

I have been introduced to the marketing side of St Luke’s and I have been surprised by the amount of thought and effort that has to go into something as little as a Facebook post or an advert, which to people outside the charity may seem like a simple insignificant process.

The charity needs to ensure it appeals to everyone, not only the older generation which people may associated with the hospice, after all St Luke’s care for anyone over the age of 18 and an increasing number of people in their 30’s and 40’s.

I now realise that certain adverts such as fundraising events need to be put across in such a way it appeals to the correct audience, which may be middle age men, teenagers, women..etc. The way St Luke’s write in relation to tone and voice must be correctly written in order to portray the right message and engage with their target audience. The audience the message is directed at may affect which social media platform a message is placed, for example if there’s advertisement about a fundraising event which is dominated by men the message may be posted on twitter which is prominently used by males and vice versa, Facebook for women. Furthermore, I was also surprised to find out the efforts taken to protect the charity’s brand. Specific measures are put in place in order to educate staff about the importance of the brand and to ensure the St Luke brand is always consistent. They also educate staff and volunteers on the expectations to protect St Luke’s reputation on social media, both on company and personal accounts.
I have also began to understand how social media is a great tool for the charity’s marketing and communications, as it enables St Luke’s to share the brilliant care happening within the charity, as well as thanking those for their support and fundraising. As I began to draft social media posts I begin to understand how St Luke’s goes over and above a medical charity to ensure every patient has a good end of life.

Day 3: Design

Today is the third day of my work experience within St Luke’s marketing and communications department and I have been given the opportunity to explore the graphic design programs used by the department. My first task was to edit and create a digital advertisement for St Luke’s new website. By doing so I began to understand the effort and time needed to create an effective, capturing piece of advertising. As I’ve touched upon earlier, St Luke’s needs to appeal to all ages therefore the artwork portraying the charity must be carefully thought out in order to appeal to the correct audience. I am really starting to understand that before you design or write anything, understanding your target audience and where the product will be used is the key to anything this department takes on.

Day 4: Photography

I began the day further exploring photoshop to create an image displaying some positive quotes from patients and from their family members about the charity. This will be then posted onto St Luke’s social media platforms. Later in the day I went to take some photography from around the hospice to use alongside my blog, I choose to go to the hospice’s garden to get my photos. The view was surreal looking out to the city and the sea surrounding, the plants in the garden all helped create a stunning atmosphere. I imagine this area must be a peaceful place for the patients or the families to relax and enjoy the view and take time out of the medical environment.

Day 5: My final day

In summary, over the past week my opinion and understanding of the charity has changed. From working here I now understand the charity provides much more than just medical needs, in other words it goes over and above what you’d expect. My assumption of a hospital – like building has now changed to the realisation of the hospice being a warming, welcoming environment.

This week has made me realise just how much effort goes each part of St Luke’s communications and marketing products, from protecting the brand and advertising fundraising events, to the immense amount of thought to craft a single social media post.

I have really enjoyed learning to use the graphic design programs and have found it interesting understanding how the charity must try and target certain audiences to achieve their marketing goals.

I would like to thank St Luke’s for the great opportunity and the experience they have given me. I would encourage everybody, especially people of my age to take time out and learn what a hospice actually is rather than relying on often false assumptions.

Harry Roberts

PR: Plymouth turns neon for St Luke’s Midnight Walk

2 July 2017

Thousands of women painted Plymouth City Centre neon on Saturday, as they took part in St Luke’s Neon Midnight Walk.

The annual St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Midnight Walk, sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, left a fluorescent glow on the city as over 1700 women donned neon t shirts and face paint to raise money for people with life-limiting illnesses in the local area.

The women set off from the new location of the Piazza, Armada Way, following an energetic hip hop based warm up from Street Factory, a not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform young lives through the elements of hip hop and mentoring.

Dressed head to toe in neon with plenty of glow sticks and party tunes to guide them through the night, the ladies took on three routes of either 3, 6 or 13.1 miles, culminating back at the Piazza in the early hours.

The walk even included a choice of diversion, a trip on The Plymouth Sound or a journey through the Barbican in style. The ladies either enjoyed a boat cruise from Plymouth Boat Trips, which ferried the women across the water from Queen Anne’s Battery to the historic Barbican Quarter of Sutton Harbour, or a bus provided by Plymouth City Bus, taking ladies through the Barbican, both to the sound of party music to make their big night out complete.

As the ladies crossed the finish line they received a goody bag, their well deserved medals and a glass of bubbly, to plenty of hugs and cheers.
It was a family outing for Alison Scott. Joined by Lynda, Hollie and Sharon from Beacon Park and dressed in neon yellow, these ladies took on three mile challenge. “We’re walking in memory of my Dad who passed away this year” said Alison. “My Dad was cared for by the St Luke’s crisis team, so dad could remain at home in his last few days. Dad wanted to be at home and St Luke’s made it possible providing round the clock nursing care, we can’t thank them enough for what they did.”

Tara Smith was part of a group of seven from the co-op on Albert Road, Devonport. “We had a massive bucket in work, and our kind customers have helped us raise over £1,000 for this amazing cause. They did us proud, thank you.” Taking on the six mile route, Tara added, “It was a good laugh, we all enjoyed it. There is so much positivity here tonight, so many people know someone who has had cancer and received care by St Luke’s, it’s not about been sad, it’s about remembering and celebrating the life of some very special people.”

Raising over £100, Natalie Powell from St Budeaux said, “I really ,really enjoyed it, it had a real party atmosphere. For me the toughest bit on the 13.1 miles was going up Alma Road, but once you got your pace and got it the run of things, it was absolutely brilliant. The marshals were absolutely fantastic, people clapping and cheering you en route, taxi drivers tooting their horns it really makes you want to do it quicker.”

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Marian Kennedy said, “The Midnight Walk was once again a fantastic success, it was brilliant to see so many women of all ages joining together to walk for St Luke’s, raising money for end of life care in their local community. Thank you to everyone who took part and please don’t forget to get your sponsorship money in so your walk can really make a difference.”

St Luke’s would like to thank everyone that took part, contributed, donated or volunteered to help make the night what it was, including; Nash & Co Solicitors, Plymouth City Council, PL1 Events, Powwow TV, Street Factory, Heart Radio, Sainsbury’s Armada Way, Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth City Bus, Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Response Team, Rapid Relief Team Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall Roaming Bike Marshals, Costa Coffee Marsh Mills and Armada Way, McDonalds Marsh Mills, Friary Mill, House of Fraser, Yellowbird Media, Vospers, YGS Landscapes, PH Group, Portlebay Popcorn, Plymouth Amateur Rowing Club, Crownhill Methodist Church, Plymouth Argyle, EE, Department of Working Pensions, Plymouth Trophyman, Plymouth University, Brandon’s Tool Hire, Plymouth Arts Centre, St Andrew’s Church, Queen Anne’s Battery, PRS Licensing, OTM Services and FR Systems.

The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s can continue to deliver end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

PR: Neon is coming – Flash mob launches St Luke’s Midnight Walk 2017

15 May 2017

A flash mob of neon dancers took over Drake Circus on Saturday to celebrate the countdown to St Luke’s annual Midnight Walk.

The event was put on by St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth in collaboration with Street Factory, a Plymouth based not-for-profit organisation that helps to transform young lives through the elements of hip hop and mentoring.

More than 20 dancers, made up of St Luke’s staff and volunteers, staff from Nash & Co Solicitors, alongside professional dancers from Street Factory, brought Drake Circus to life on Saturday lunchtime with a fluorescent flash mob, in preparation for the charity’s annual women’s sponsored walk on Saturday 1 July.

Sponsored by Nash & Co Solicitors, the city’s favourite ladies’ night out will be starting and finishing at The Piazza, Royal Parade this year and is set to be a colourful night to remember. The theme is neon, so prepare for an array of fluorescent outfits, glow sticks and face paint to guide you through the night.

Bring all the girls and your glow sticks and join the thousands of women that take part each year, whether you are walking in memory of someone, to support St Luke’s or simply to have a fun night out, everyone is welcome.

There is a 3, 6 or 13.1 mile route to choose from, with party tunes and entertainment to kick start your night. Be ready to hit the pavements at 10pm for 13.1 miles, 11pm for six miles and midnight for three miles.

Street Factory will be there on the night to get everyone warmed up and to get the party started.

Toby Gorniak from Street Factory Hip Hop Arts and Culture organisation, said, “We feel privileged to be collaborating with St Luke’s this year. The Neon Midnight Walk is an event which unites our community and makes such a difference. We are  proud to be part of it”.

The flagship fundraising event raises in the region of £200,000 each year to ensure St Luke’s can continue to deliver end of life care to patients at home, at Derriford Hospital or in their specialist unit at Turnchapel.

Senior events fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Marian Kennedy said, “Our Midnight Walk is our most popular event of the year. It gives women of all ages and fitness abilities the chance to join together and enjoy a night of socialising and remembering their loved ones. This year we wanted to bring some colour to the streets, so are introducing a neon theme to help illuminate you as you walk into the night. We are looking forward to working with Nash & Co Solicitors and Street Factory and are excited for what the night holds. We are always so grateful to everyone that takes part supporting St Luke’s and we can’t wait to see everyone in their fluorescent gear on the night.”

Registration is just £18 and includes an exclusive neon t-shirt to wear on the night as well as a unique medal and goody bag for all finishers.

Sign up now at www.stlukesmidnightwalk.co.uk. To find out more about the work Street Factory does you can visit their website at www.streetfactorycic.com.