As we start the new year, we wanted to take a look back and reflect on some of the special moments at St Giles Hospice throughout 2022.

You are truly amazing and we’d like to say a huge thank you from all of us for helping us to be here for patients, and their families, when they need us most.

 

In January, we saw talented patient, Iris Broadhurst, treat volunteers and staff to a brilliant performance on her keyboard, filling our hospice corridors with joy and wonderful music. You can watch our video of Iris playing here.

In February, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of our hospice lottery. Since the first winner was announced in February 1997, our lottery has raised an amazing £20million to fund care for patients, and their families, who are living with a terminal illness. Read more here.

In March, we held our Clinical Recruitment Day which was the perfect opportunity to find out more about a career in nursing at St Giles. Nurses and clinical leads, like Sharon Meehan, our Ward Manager (pictured above) were on hand to answer questions. Sharon said: “Every day is different at St Giles and we make a real difference for patients and their families, which is a true honour and a privilege.” View our current vacancies.

The final week of April saw the return of our annual ‘Orange Week’ fundraiser where we asked our local communities and businesses to raise money by going orange for a day or even a whole week or by taking part in orange-themed activities. Orange Week will be back again in 2023 – look out for more information in the new year!

Our beautiful Celebrate Lives Lived garden opened once again in May, with hundreds of Gerbera flower pegs dedicated to loved ones. The orange Gerbera represents ‘sunshine of life’ – the perfect tribute to someone special, and the event raised almost £25,000 to help us continue to provide our vital care services. Read more here.

In June, a magical last-minute change in the weather turned our Enchanted Solstice Walk sky bright orange, and a double rainbow appeared – a special night to remember for hundreds of fairies, elves and wizards who raised over £50,000 for our hospice.

In July, we appointed Andrew Harkness as our substantive Chief Executive Officer. Andrew’s experience and expertise has supported us to build on our successes as a hospice and support the delivery of our new and upcoming strategy launching in April 2023 which sets out our ambitious plans and captures our passion for reaching more people. Read more here.

August saw our Occupational Therapy Team gain national recognition from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and the BBC for their work with virtual reality, enabling patients to experience the sights and sounds of the world from their hospice beds. Read more about the story here.

Over 300 cyclists joined us for our Cycle Autumn event in September. Many of our event participants cycled in memory of loved ones and as such, we proceeded with the event despite the sad news of the death of Her Majesty Elizabeth II. As a mark of respect prior to the cyclists embarking on their route, everyone observed a two minute silence to pause and reflect on the Queen’s faithful service.

In October, one of our Healthcare Assistants, Ann-Marie, brought her own horse, Solly, into our hospice to meet late patient, Malcolm – after learning how much he enjoyed the local Whittington Country Fair. Tracey Fisher, Malcolm’s wife, granted us permission to share this story after Malcolm sadly died. She said: “This is a treasured reminder of how safe and contented Malc felt whilst he was in your care. Many thanks to you all for all you do.” Read more here.

In November, we joined the Charity Shop Gift Card, the first multi-retailer gift card that can be used exclusively in our charity shops and others across the country. The Charity Shop Gift Card is sold and accepted in all 21 of our St Giles Hospice shops. Find out more here.

And in December, Sheila Shaw, featured as the face of our Christmas appeal, which many of you have so very kindly donated to. Many of you have also sent in Christmas messages on our St Giles baubles which we have displayed across our hospice. Thank you for helping us create special memories for families to cherish forever. We couldn’t do what we do without you, at Christmas time and all year round.

We’re looking ahead to another exciting year in our history in 2023 – celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Hospice. We know times are tough but next year we will need you more than ever to ensure we are here to continue to make a difference to local people, and their families, living with a terminal illness for the next 40 years and beyond.