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Hospice News - Winter 2022

Welcome to this edition of Hospice News.

We put this together to keep you updated on the main activities from the Hospice, and to share our news and stories with you, the local community and supporters. In this, our first edition since the Queen’s death, we pay tribute and reflect on the different ways this has affected us as individuals. We also wish to take this opportunity to remember Ben Alcock, one of our Hospice chaplains, who sadly died in September, with his family around him. We send our heartfelt thoughts to Ben’s family and colleagues at this time.

In Marion’s story, she focusses on Christmas wishes, to help show just how important the work of our staff and volunteers is. At its heart, Christmas is a time for family and creating memories with loved ones; something our nurses and volunteers help patients do every day with your support.

We are particularly looking forward to our festive events – Christmas Market, at the Hospice towards the end of November, and Carols at Christmas, with special guest Aled Jones. We also look forward to welcoming families back to the Hospice to join us for our Light up a Life service, as we hang stars bearing loved ones’ names upon the Christmas Tree at the Hospice.

Vicki Wicks, Clinical Paramedic Specialist

Pioneering Hospice Paramedics

In this edition, you can also read about the addition of Hospice Paramedics to our workforce, and how they help improve outcomes for patients. Vicki, Ben and Laura tell us what their jobs look like, why they enjoy being a Paramedic within the Hospice, and how they help patients, and their loved ones.

There are now ten paramedics working as part of the Hospice’s clinical team, with many in outreach, working in the community and in patients’ homes, and a few are on the In-Patient Ward at the Hospice in Pembury, and at Cottage Hospice.

Volunteer Gillian, with Nick, on the Ward Welcome Desk

New year to volunteer

Volunteers make up the vast majority of our workforce and we always welcome new volunteers, so if this might be a New Year’s resolution for you, read more about joining our team.

Hear from Simon, Gillian and Graham about their varied volunteer roles, working in our Retail Team, with patients, on our welcome desk, or in our offices, behind the scenes.

However you choose to support your local Hospice this Christmas, thank you from us all on behalf of our patients and their loved ones. We wish you an enjoyable break over the festive period.