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BLOG: Even when they’re no longer with us, some friends remain very close to our hearts.

With St Luke’s having cared for his friend Paula Gerry, Nigel Croft from Tamerton Foliot was keen to give back to our charity. That’s why he grabbed his trainers and ran a staggering 100 miles in 24 hours! Taking part in Hope 24 at…
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BLOG: Sharing our expertise with healthcare professionals in East Cornwall

At St Luke’s, we have a wealth of expertise in end of life care and we don’t just keep it to ourselves. We share our knowledge, skills and experience to help other healthcare professionals and the people they look after. Along with…
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BLOG: Urgent appeal for volunteers

Our fundraising events volunteers are our unsung heroes. There to give a smile and cheer of encouragement when the going gets tough and to make your personal challenge unforgettable. Raising money to ensure patients and their families…
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BLOG: Got something you no longer want or need? Don’t just chuck it – use Gone for Good instead!

Got something you no longer want or need? Don’t just chuck it – use Gone for Good instead! Available for both Android and iPhones, this handy app is a great way to get rid of unwanted furniture or a bag of clothes you no longer need, for…
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BLOG: New drive for volunteers launches

It’s bright and eye-catching and features several familiar friendly faces – it’s St Luke’s new volunteer recruitment campaign! With ages ranging from 13 to 90, our volunteers are at the heart of St Luke’s and we simply couldn’t…
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BLOG: Opening evening at St Luke's Ridgeway, Plympton

If you usually bypass charity shops, it’s well worth having a re-think! Our St Luke’s charity shop at Ridgeway, Plympton, is throwing open its doors on the evening of Thursday 6 September and everyone is welcome. Pop in between…
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BLOG: A little thank you, goes a long way

Our staff and volunteers are at the heart of St Luke's, they work in an environment some may find challenging, to ensure everybody in our community has the support and compassionate care they need when facing a terminal illness. With…
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BLOG: Hospice UK CEO, Tracey Bleakley gives first impressions of St Luke's

  On a recent tour of Devon and Cornwall hospices, CEO Hospice UK Tracey Bleakley talks about first impressions of St Luke's and sets the record straight on who makes the best scones! Devon or Cornwall?  

BLOG: we have a winner!

Thanks to you, our incredible caring community the St Luke's lottery raises just under £1million of the £10million it costs to run our charity every year. That's a lot of care for the price of a coffee! Every week 14,700 of you play…
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BLOG: 2018 Impact Report out now!

Everything you need to know about our charity, in one document. Our 2018 impact report is available to read online now.
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PR: Shining bright for St Luke's - Midnight Walk 2018 review

St Luke’s annual Neon Midnight Walk took place on Saturday. Once again hundreds of ladies in brightly coloured neon gear and lots of sparkle got together with their friends for the city’s favourite girls’ night out, all in aid of the…
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BLOG: Sky’s the limit for Echo

The adage that we’re stronger together couldn’t be more true than within health care. With increasing pressures on resources, mutual support together with sharing of knowledge and experience is more critical than ever. There’s no…
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PR: Government will not fund hospices to match the NHS pay award, resulting in an estimated shortfall of £1.6million for Devon’s four hospices

Government will not fund hospices to match the NHS pay award, resulting in an estimated shortfall of £1.6million for Devon’s four hospices. Four hospices in Devon have warned that a lack of government funding could leave them struggling…
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BLOG: Happy 70th Birthday NHS from St Luke's

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to…
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BLOG: Volunteer at our most electric event

In just under a month, one of St Luke’s flagship events – our popular Neon Midnight Walk – will see hundreds of ladies band together to light up the night as they stride the streets in aid of our charity. We need your help to ensure…
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BLOG: Easyfundraising with St Luke's

Great news! At no cost to you, you can now help our care reach more people who desperately need it simply by doing everyday shopping online at retailers including, but not limited to, Amazon, M&S, John Lewis, ASOS and Argos. We’re…
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BLOG: Never too young to fundraise

When it comes to fundraising to support the care we give, inspirational Kenza Baber is proof that you’re never too young! On a visit to our specialist unit at Turnchapel, Kenza – who recently celebrated her 11th birthday - presented…
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BLOG: Getting to the heart of business

When you see a company’s logo on St Luke’s promotional materials – whether it’s a Tour de Moor tee-shirt, an Open Gardens brochure or a Neon Midnight Walk poster – what does it mean to you? It would be easy to think the answer…
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BLOG: Elmer – a mammoth boost for Plymouth

Excitement is building about Elmer the Elephant and his friends trooping into Plymouth for Elmer’s Big Parade next summer, giving our city a mammoth boost that will benefit us all. The enchanting trail across Plymouth will feature 40…
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BLOG: By royal appointment

Hot and sunny with hundreds of smiling faces, 22 May 2018 was definitely a day to remember and cherish – and not just for HRH Prince Charles in whose honour a special garden party was thrown at Buckingham Palace. There to enjoy the…
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BLOG: Big-hearted Janet wins award

When it comes to kindness, compassion and sensitivity, Janet Hearl has more than enough for one charity. Part of the St Luke’s team for nine years, working as a Social Care Assistant and providing bereavement support, she has also been…
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BLOG: Colleagues band together to walk for much-loved midwife

An 'amazing and 'gentle' midwife who passed away in March this year after a brave battle with cancer is being remembered by colleagues as they band together to raise money for St Luke's. Charlotte D'Alessio, who died the day after her…
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BLOG: Caring for homeless people at end of life

  "You will let me stay here, won't you?" Many of us buy the Big Issue or help homeless people by taking part in a soup run, but when it comes to being homeless at the end of life... what then? At St Luke's, we believe everyone…
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BLOG: Celebrating volunteers' week 2018 (1-7 June)

Our amazing volunteers are at the heart of St Luke’s and the services we provide. We appreciate them every day and this national Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June 2018), we want to say an extra big thank you to them all for the difference…
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PR: Ann takes up the challenge to make a difference in the warm heart of Africa

Imagine combining the trip of a lifetime with the opportunity to make a difference both here in Plymouth and in one of the world’s poorest countries – that’s the opportunity St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is offering those who want to…
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BLOG: St Luke's develop new communications tool kit for healthcare professionals

In a hospital environment, a sensitive approach to necessary but difficult conversations with patients’ families is key. In Derriford Hospital Plymouth space is very tight and a creative solution has been sought to provide staff there…

BLOG: St Luke's Making Memories | love, laughter and flamingoes

Love and laughter filled the air at our specialist unit at Turnchapel recently, when our team helped Domminick, a patient there, and his wife Hilary celebrate the renewal of their wedding vows. The touching service in the Harbour was…
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PR: Prison walls are no barrier to our specialist care

In our ambition to be a ‘Hospice without Walls’, taking our compassionate end of life care to more people regardless of their circumstances, we have been reaching through the walls of Dartmoor Prison to look after inmates facing their…
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PR: Delegates gather to make Plymouth a more compassionate city

Over a hundred people from a wide range of organisations, from the arts and the NHS to schools, solicitors, churches and charities, gathered in Plymouth last week to discuss ways of collaborating to make the city more compassionate for those…
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BLOG: the stuff of legends

Known as ‘the stuff of legends’, the Marathon des Sables is the toughest foot race on Earth. So we have been blown away by the awe-inspiring achievements of two friends who have shown true grit (and then some!) by completing this…
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BLOG: Fundraiser Maxine given the honor of opening new Southway charity shop

When it came to choosing the right person to cut the ribbon at the opening of its new charity shop in Southway, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth knew just the woman for the job! Maxine Carter, who lives locally, bravely had her head shaved…

BLOG: Memory Jars help cherish precious memories

When we lose someone close, memories are more precious than ever. They help us feel connected, and cherishing them is an important part of celebrating a loved one’s life. Creating a memory jar for your written memories and messages…

BLOG: Rockfest raises record amount

Rock not only raised the roof but an amazing amount for St Luke’s at the recent annual live music extravaganza at Crash Manor in Plymouth. The two-day event saw 20 bands, including Rusty Angels and Funky Munks, play for no fee, attracting…

BLOG: Brian Pollard on painting his Elmer for St Luke's

Bold, bright and a real delight – that’s Elmer’s Big Parade, coming to Plymouth in July 2019. Last month, we shared with you news about this exciting St Luke’s project with Wild in Art and Andersen Press, which will see 40 unique…

BLOG: Ladies get glowing for St Luke's Neon Midnight Walk

Two ladies with treasured memories of loved ones will be among those getting their glow on to celebrate the life of someone special at our Neon Midnight Walk on 21 July. Julie Barton will be striding the streets alongside friend Diana…

BLOG: Morrisons makes a difference

When a young child is facing the loss of a parent, it’s so important to communicate with them in a sensitive, age-appropriate way – it can make a big difference to the way they process what’s happening and come to terms with their…

BLOG: Remember with Patches

When young children are facing the loss of a loved one, communicating with them in a sensitive, open and age-appropriate way can make a big difference to the way they process what’s happening and come to terms with their loss in the longer…
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PR: Elmer puts St Luke’s ahead of the herd

When it comes to encouraging more open discussion around the sensitive subjects of death and dying, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is leading the herd, with a fun and enchanting trail that’s set to add a splash of colour across our city…

BLOG: Men's Day Out - ‘The best charity event in Plymouth’

With Men’s Day Out now finished for another year and 1,850 of the male population hopefully now fully recovered the St Luke’s Events Team go in to review mode. In order to attempt to make next years event even better we do our utmost…
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NEWS: VOLUNTEER OPEN DAY | trawling for treasure at St Luke’s

When it comes to boosting your skills, making new friends and improving your health, there’s nothing quite like volunteering. Giving some of your spare time – whether it’s an hour or two once a week or several days a month – to help…
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NEWS: Co-op celebrate a life at Men's Day Out 2018

With just two weeks left to register, places for our our Men’s Day Out on 24 March are going fast! Not only is it an opportunity for a great time with your mates, it’s a chance to celebrate the memory of someone special. This is…
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NEWS: Sail for St Luke's in the Eddystone Pursuit

Last year, the wonderful crew of the six yachts that took part in the Eddystone Pursuit on behalf of St Luke’s raised a fantastic £4,000 in prize money and sponsorship – enough for us to care for four patients and their families at home. We’d…
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NEWS | students spend the day at St Luke's

Year 12 and 13 students from Plympton Academy spent the day at St Luke's to learn more about the role of hospice care in our community and the skills required to pursue a career in health and social care. The students are studying the BTEC…

BLOG: According to Doctor Jeff

In the second summary of his thought-provoking articles on hospice care, Dr Jeff Stephenson, St Luke’s Consultant in Palliative Care and Medical Director, focuses on the challenges facing hospices – and how we’re preparing to meet…
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NEWS: Students make a difference

Each February, Student Volunteering Week encourages students to get involved with civic life and make a difference. Among our student volunteers here at St Luke’s are Plymouth University students Olivia Ridholls, 19, and Georgina Miller,…
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PR: Making Plymouth a compassionate city

What can you do to make Plymouth a compassionate place for everyone living, studying and working here? That’s the big topic drawing people from across education, the arts, business, health, charities and the voluntary sector to join the…
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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…
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PR: The guys or the girls – who will raise the most for St Luke’s?

As two of the city’s most popular fundraising events are launched this month, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is laying down a challenge to men and women in the community - who can raise the most funds for the vital end of life care the charity…

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;…
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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…
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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…

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…
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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…
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PR: St Luke’s Care celebrates outstanding inspection rating from government regulator

Staff at St Luke’s Care are beaming with pride this week as the government’s care regulator rated the domiciliary care service as outstanding - an accolade that puts it in the top 0.5% of organisations inspected nationwide and makes it one…
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NEWS: Plymouth Argyle Football Club supports the St Luke's Sponsor a Nurse campaign

  Thank you to Plymouth Argyle Football Club for putting its best foot forward to support our Sponsor a Nurse campaign. Recently two of the players, Jamie Ness and Luke McCormick, visited our specialist unit at Turnchapel to meet…
Inspirational Espi - Esperanza Merry
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NEWS: Inspirational Espi

  Among St Luke’s fantastic volunteers there’s a special person who’s packed an impressive amount into her young life and is a great inspiration to all around her, whatever their age! A familiar face at the specialist unit…
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NEWS: Visit from a St Luke's lottery winner

Recently, a keen fundraiser and St Luke’s Lottery winner visited the specialist unit at Turnchapel to collect his £1,000 cheque and enjoy a special cream tea. Lesley Coulton, Regular Giving and Lottery Manager, and Paola Simoneschi,…
Christmas in their words - Letters from our nurses
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NEWS: Christmas in their words - letters from our nurses

  Our special nurses are central to the care St Luke’s provides 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including over the Christmas period. But how does it feel to be providing such essential care at this time of year, and how does…

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,…
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NEWS: Retiree Joy Clarke talks about working at St Luke's

Joy Clarke, a well loved member of the Retail team based at Plympton, is retiring at the end of November after eight and half years’ dedicated service. Joy returned to live in Plymouth from Torquay following the death of her partner.…
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NEWS: Plymouth Argyle players visit the specialist unit

Central to the compassionate care we provide, St Luke’s nurses are precious. Sponsoring them makes a real difference to patients’ lives, but did you know this invaluable support comes from businesses and other organisations as well as…
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NEWS: One last walk on the beach

St Luke’s is much more than just hands on care, our compassionate staff go that extra mile to create lasting memories for our patients. When specialist unit sister Karen noticed a photo by the side of a patient’s bed it prompted a…
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PR: Tour de Moor cyclists pledge to help care for over 80 families at home with epic moorland escapade

To mark the end of Hospice Care Week, it was mud, sweat and gears this weekend as over a thousand intrepid cyclists came together to pit themselves against the wilds of Dartmoor for the St Luke’s Tour de Moor cycling challenge, generously…

NEWS: Lymphoedema care at St Luke's

For many, lymphoedema is an unknown word, something that fortunately they may never have to come across. But for those that do, it can go from being an unknown word to a daily part of their routine. Lymphoedema is thought to affect more…
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NEWS: Personal Healthcare Budgets

When faced with a long term health condition or disability, it is important to have a say in how your care is delivered. Choice and ensuring the care is tailored to your specific needs is paramount. In 2014 the NHS reviewed the way healthcare…
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NEWS: Hospice Care Week

Care at home and avoiding unnecessary visits to Plymouth hospitals is a key priority says local hospice charity. Research from Dying Matters, a national coalition which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement,…
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NEWS: Marshall the moors as a Tour de Moor volunteer

  With just over six weeks remaining until this year’s Tour de Moor, we are still looking for volunteers to help on the day (Sunday 15 October). We need volunteers to help with various tasks; you could be involved with anything…
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NEWS: Meet our caring and very very brave nurse Emma

Meet our caring and very very brave nurse Emma, who will be jumping out a plane next Saturday for St Luke's. Having only joined St Luke's six months ago as a nurse on our specialist unit at Turnchapel, Emma is keen to get stuck in and…
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NEWS: St Luke’s Six Steps care homes – Continue to drive up quality in end of life care

Here at St Luke’s one of our key aims is to educate and empower our community to encourage everyone to play a part in providing quality end of life care. Our education team have proven that they are doing just that. In a recent audit…
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NEWS: Meet Angus Black - one of our junior fundraisers

Singing, acting and fundraising – it all comes naturally to one of our junior fundraisers. Unlike most eleven-year-olds, Angus Black from Gunnislake has spent his weekends busy fundraising for St Luke’s at our Open Gardens. If…
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NEWS: St Luke's Crisis Team pilot a year on

It has been a year since the St Luke’s crisis team expanded their services out into East Cornwall and things are looking hopeful for the future of the pilot project. The pilot initiative which was launched in August last year, saw us…
St Luke's Physiotherapist
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NEWS: Meet St Luke's new Physiotherapist

Did you know that St Luke’s now has a physiotherapist? Alison Carlyon joined St Luke’s at the beginning of July as our new physiotherapist. Alison comes to St Luke’s with a wealth of experience working in a palliative care environment,…
City & Waterfront Awards

Vote for St Luke's in The Herald City & Waterfront Awards 2017

If you took part in one of our flagship events, or love visiting our charity shops, make sure to cast your vote in the Herald City & Waterfront Awards 2017. St Luke’s has been nominated in the following categories: Best Customer…
Accumulator Challenge
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PR: £50, one month, how much can you make?

How much money can you raise in one month? St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is asking local businesses and organisations to get creative with their money making skills during October in its latest fundraising challenge. The local charity…
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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…
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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…
Amanda Vincent St Luke's Volunteer
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NEWS: Care volunteers needed for our specialist unit

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

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

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…
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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…
Tour de Moor
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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…

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…
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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…
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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,…
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PR: New chair for St Luke’s

After a decade as a Trustee and seven years at the helm as Chairman at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Stuart Elford will be stepping down in May and passing on the baton to Christina Quinn. It will be the end of an era for Stuart, who is Director…
Men's Day Out
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PR: A men’s day of epic proportions

More than 1,000 men descended on the streets of Plymouth on Saturday as they embarked on a lad’s day out like no other. The city’s annual Men’s Day Out, in aid of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, proved to be a day of epic proportions. The…
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PR: St Luke’s encourages local community to come together in remembering loved ones this April

Hundreds of glowing jars are set to light up Plymouth Sound in April, as part of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth’s beautiful Memory Jar display. The much loved local charity is giving those that have lost someone, the opportunity to own a…
Men's Day Out
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PR: Ambitious local initiative unites St Luke’s, Livewell Southwest and Marie Curie Nurses

Care for people at the end of their lives is moving into a new era as St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Livewell Southwest and Marie Curie unite in partnership in piloting a new model for co-ordinating and delivering care to people living…
Men's Day Out
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PR: Top 3% inspection rating from government regulator

The incredible staff at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are bursting with pride this week as the government’s care regulator rated the service they give as outstanding, an accolade currently given to less than 3% of the organisations they inspect. The…
Men's Day Out
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PR: St Luke’s crisis care for people at the end of their lives expanded to East Cornwall

People in East Cornwall can now access a new 24-hour specialist nursing service as St Luke’s extends the work of its Crisis Team to help people in and around Looe, Liskeard, Saltash, Callington, Torpoint and Launceston from 15 August 2016. The…