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 2023.

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 loved ones, when they need us most.

Jed Exton, volunteer at our Tamworth shop, won ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ at the January Charity Retail Association Awards. Jed was hugely proud of his achievement and shared how volunteering has benefitted his personal development. We’re so thankful to all of our volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do without your support – thank you! Join #TeamStGiles in 2024.

We were delighted to be awarded the Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber’s President’s Award in February. Fiona Rouse, President of Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber said “The whole team at St Giles show kindness, empathy, and support to people during the most challenging times of their lives. This has a huge impact on hundreds of people every year.”

We teamed up with South Staffordshire College and the Trophy Store in March to create a limited edition 40th anniversary ceramic Gerbera for our Celebrate Lives Lived gardens. The orange Gerbera represents ‘sunshine of life’ – the perfect tribute to someone special, and the event raised almost £20,000 to help us continue to provide our vital services.

April officially marked the beginning of our 40th anniversary year and Matt Morgan, pictured, encouraged our supporters to get involved in 40 for 40 by raising £40, £400 or even £4,000! Matt’s wife, Anna, was supported by the Hospice through respite visits, medication control and community care at home in 2021 and he wanted to give something back to say thank you. Watch Matt’s video here.

Our March of the Elephants launch event took place in May, where singer, Tony Hadley, unveiled the latest addition to our herd of elephants. We welcomed local businesses and representatives from our community. The evening was ele-fantastic and we can’t wait for the trail to go live across the streets and parks of Lichfield, Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield in 2024. Find out more about the trail.

In June, over 460 of you, took on our Safari Solstice 10k walk around Lichfield in memory of loved ones – raising an amazing £44,500 for our Hospice. We have a brand NEW theme for 2024 so keep your eyes peeled for the launch!

In July, we hosted our annual Summer School at our Hospice, which gave 20 students aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to learn more about what’s like to work in the care sector. Summer School is one of many learning opportunities we have available at St Giles.

August saw our Barbie-themed elephant visit local businesses including The Red Carpet Cinema, the Snowdome and the Beach at Lichfield Cathedral. The elephant received lots of attention and helped raise awareness of the trail. Did you see Barbie on her travels? Share your Barbie pictures on social!

Inco Contracts joined us in September for their DIY SOS project involving revamping and rejuvenating areas around the Hospice. Staff from Inco Contracts spent two days volunteering their time at St Giles, to thank staff for the care they provided to one of their site managers, Paul Finch, who sadly died at the hospice. Read more here.

October saw the re-opening of our Burntwood shop, the first of 21 store refurbishments over the next three years. The refurbishment programme does not take funds away from our vital services and is part of the wider strategy to increase income for the care that the Hospice provides. Follow our shops’ Instagram to keep updated with all things retail!

The final week of November saw the start of our Light up a Life services. Just over 1,150 of you joined us across our six services to remember loved ones and reflect on our memories of them. View our virtual service here.

This December, Hazel shared her story to encourage support for St Giles in memory of her mum, Beryl (pictured). Hazel said “My family and I are so thankful that Mum got to spend her final Christmas at St Giles. The support they provide is second to none.”

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. You can donate and read more of Hazel’s story here.

Thank you for being a part of #TeamStGiles throughout 2023!

We look forward to seeing what 2024 brings and, with your support, being able to continue to make a difference to local people, and their loved ones, living with a terminal illness.

Wishing you all a peaceful New Year.