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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…

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…

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

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…

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

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…
Angus Black

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…
Crisis Team

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

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

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…

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…

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

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…
Flete Estate Open Gardens

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…
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

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…

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

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…

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…

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,…

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

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…
Men's Day Out

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

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

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

PR: St Luke’s home care service expands to cover Tavistock and Ivybridge

Home help for people living in Tavistock and Ivybridge just got a little brighter as St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth expands the operations of its domiciliary care agency. St Luke’s Care offers a range of both long and short term paid-for…
Men's Day Out

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…