Barnsley Hospice looks back on a year during which it strengthened its workforce and extended its range of services. More than 200 people were cared for in the hospice’s ten-bed inpatient care unit in 2012 and there were nearly 1,500 attendances at clinics, groups and personal services provided in the hospice’s Limes Support and Therapy Centre.
A new regular support group for people living with advanced heart failure was set up in November. An occupational therapist was appointed to a new post at the hospice and a part-time spiritual advisor was also appointed for the first time, offering support to patients and families. These new recruits join a team headed up by two specialist consultants in palliative medicine.
In addition, the hospice has funded two new posts for specialist nurses in palliative care working at Barnsley District General Hospital. This move further improves services to patients and enhances good partnership working between hospital and hospice. One nurse has started work and the other will take up post shortly.
All Barnsley Hospice’s services are free to people when they are needed – most patients are referred by a district nurse, Macmillan nurse, specialist nurse, GP or hospital doctor.
Ian Carey – Chief Executive of Barnsley Hospice
Chief Executive of Barnsley Hospice Ian Carey said: “We are very proud of the support and care we have provided to patients and their families during periods of illness and bereavement in 2012. We have an excellent professional team here dedicated to achieving the best possible quality of life for patients. And, we couldn’t do our job without the support of our trustees and the help of hundreds of volunteers and fundraisers.”
It costs over £9,000 a day to run Barnsley Hospice and the charity has to find £2m on top of its NHS grant of £1.6m every year to meet these costs. The hospice relies heavily on volunteers and donations.
In March 2012, the hospice celebrated recruiting its 400th volunteer and this army of supporters has given over 58,000 hours of their time over the year, carrying out roles ranging from complementary therapy to gardening and hairdressing to reception duties. A campaign to recruit more volunteer drivers in October attracted a further six new recruits to the team who regularly transport patients from home to the hospice and back.
Hundreds of people got involved in all manner of fundraising for the hospice in 2012. The Midnight Walk was postponed due to heavy rain in the summer but intrepid women still turned out and raised £90,000 through sponsorship. Hundreds more people signed up to play the hospice’s weekly Lottery following a publicity drive in April and more than 5,000 players currently contribute a £1 or more a week for chance to win a cash prize.
Donations of goods to the hospice’s nine shops around the borough were also boosted in 2012 following a big push in April and regular appeals to beat the national trend of reduced contributions to charity of clothes, household goods and so on. Sales in the shops continue to play a vital role in supporting the hospice’s work.
Barnsley Hospice stepped up its on-line activity in 2012 too with a new e-newsletter and much more engagement via its Facebook page which has attracted nearly 3,000 likes. Facebook is a means of sharing news of fundraising activities and volunteering opportunities http://www.facebook.com/barnsleyhopsice?fref=ts
Ian Carey said: “We would like to thank all those who have supported Barnsley Hospice in any way during 2012. Every contribution of effort, time and money, no matter how large or small is valued. We look forward to continue working with our volunteers, fundraisers and local businesses in 2013.”
The next Midnight Walk will be held on Saturday June 29th 2013 and has a Wild West theme. To join the Barnsley Hospice Lottery and get the chance to win £500 a week and an occasional rollover prize of £5,000, phone 01226 779382 or visit www.barnsleyhospice.org
To donate items to Barnsley Hospice charity shops, drop them off between 9.00am and 4.00pm at any of the shops or the shed at the rear of the hospice. For large donations including furniture, collections can be arranged by phoning 01226 249744.
www.barnsleyhospice.org Tel: 01226 244244