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UPDATE - Hospice van found


We have been overwhelmed with support from our local community - thank you.

Yesterday evening a sighting of the van was reported in Heywood and the vehicle was later recovered by the police.

See original story below:

Our Hospice van has been stolen from outside Morrisons Supermarket, Chadderton today at around 1pm (11.09.19).

The Hospice van was stolen as volunteers were collecting cardboard boxes from Morrisons to collect donations from a house. The van keys were not stolen.

Last year the van was stolen from the Hospice grounds one evening in October and was recovered the next day after a social media appeal. There were several hundreds of pounds’ worth of damage to the van which was funded by donations from our community including Tesco, good Samaritan, Paul Jackson, and 3-year-old Evalyn-Grace’s pocket money.

Rebecca Bentham, Income Development Manager, said: “We are shocked and saddened by the news that our van has been stolen again. In October last year we had our van stolen from the Hospice grounds.

“We rely heavily on the kindness of donations from our supporters. To have to pay for repairs or even a replacement van is a huge expense to the Hospice’

It’s devastating but we hope that, with the support of our local community, we will soon be reunited with the vehicle.”

“We rely heavily on the kindness of donations from our supporters. To have to pay for repairs or even a replacement van is a huge expense to the Hospice.”

If you would like to report a sighting of the van please call the Hospice on 0161 624 2727.


Sun, Sand and Snow for Bugsy Boys Benidorm or Bust

Best buddies Paul, Richard, Jon and Karl racked up 1600 miles on a journey that saw them driving their ‘Bugsy-mobile’ from Manchester to Benidorm to raise cash for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

In their bespoke 1930’s Bugsy Malone themed ‘banger’, an old Chrysler Voyager, wearing trilbies and carrying inflatable tommy guns, this fundraising foursome joined 150 other cars on the Benidorm or Bust annual charity rally.

Setting off from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Royton, the gang drove 280 miles to Dover, to join the other rally cars, before hopping on a ferry to Calais. The next 3 days saw the gregarious gangsters driving most of the way in convoy through Orleans, Toulouse and Tarragona, with the final stretch seeing them arrive in Benidorm.

Wanting to make the most of their ‘trip of a lifetime’ the lads took a bit of a detour to see the amazing sight of the Millau Viaduct in France (pictured).

“We must have been quite an odd spectacle for the locals” said lead driver Paul Baddeley, “A bunch of gangsters, in pinstriped suits and trilbies, having our photo taken on our 1930’s style car which was covered in bullet holes”.

Adding to their trip was the chance to make a snowman, in the middle of summer!

“We drove through the Pyrenees where the road climbs to about 3,500ft, so we were hoping we’d find some snow, which we did.  Making a snowman was another opportunity not to be missed” said Richard (pictured).

Richard added “We all had an amazing time, we met lots of great people and saw some fantastic sights, all in an old banger that didn’t let us down. 

Their final destination was the sea front at Benidorm where rows and rows of the expedition’s rally cars were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

About seeing the car sold Jon said “It was sad to see our banger go, it had served us well and served our community well as without it, we wouldn’t have been able to raise money for Dr Kershaw’s”

On their 1600 mile European rally adventure the gents raised an astonishing £1657.81 – appropriately £1 for every mile!

“The driving force behind our Benidorm or Bust experience was to ultimately help people in our community and, to reach our goal, our community pulled out all the stops.  With our sponsors and the help of places like Atlantic Salvage, LH Painting and Decorating and SJ signs, we wouldn’t have been so successful” said Karl.  “It is a wonderful feeling to know we’ve all grouped together to make a difference to others.

Lillie Winterbottom, Dr Kershaw’s Community Fundraiser said of the friend: “What has stood out throughout this entire experience is the positivity and enthusiasm these guys have for doing something special for the patients at Dr Kershaw’s.  They all have an infectious sense of fun and adventure which has raised many smiles and lots of funds for patient care at the Hospice”

Plans for £2.1m hospice new build revealed

DR KERSHAW’S is to rebuild its 12-bed in-patient unit to provide modern en suite rooms for all patients at the Hospice, enhancing privacy and improving patient experience.

The two existing wards have been modified several times in the 30 years the Hospice has occupied for the former cottage hospital on Turf Lane.

But now, in a £2.1million ten-month building project that will see the creation of en suite rooms all with garden views, the existing wards will be flattened.

During construction, the Hospice will continue to offer the specialist end-of-life care with a bespoke modular building that will be erected on the car park and linked to the main building by a corridor.

Designed by architects Nichol Thomas, the project has been under discussion for around 18 months but now the Hospice board is ready to submit the scheme for planning approval.

The new single-storey ward layout incorporates 8 single en-suite rooms and a pair of two-bed rooms, plus a family rest rooms and a new central nursing station to optimise patient observation.

The contractors will also be tasked with putting a new roof on the existing two-storey section of the building, incorporating solar panels to help reduce the Hospice’s considerable energy bills.

Hospice senior managers are also aware of issues around insufficient parking on site at busy times and have devised plans to add 26 more spaces (an increase of 55 per cent) along the west side of building.

This, along with making good the perimeter wall and improving the land drains, was well received by local residents when they were given a chance to see what the Hospice plans at a series of meet-the-neighbour events.

The Hospice has set aside £1million towards the rebuild costs and will be launching a capital appeal before the end of the year.

Subject to planning approval, construction could start in the January and completed before the end of 2019– a fitting finale to the Hospice’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

Vernon Cressey, chairman of the board of governors, said: “The people of Oldham were so generous in delivering on the original plans for a Hospice back in the 1980s and have been remarkable in their unwavering support every day since.

“With their help we will deliver exciting improvements to ensure we continue to provide excellent end of life care and many other valuable services to those who need it most.”

Hospice at Home nominated for national award

Dr KERSHAW’S Hospice has been short-listed for a prestigious national award for its Hospice at Home service, it has been revealed. 

The Royton-based Hospice is as a finalist in the Nursing Times Awards 2018 ‘nursing in the community’ category.

The Hospice will now send a team to London to appear before a judging panel in September before the glittering awards night reveals the winners at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on October 31.

Lindsey Harper, Community Services lead at Dr Kershaw’s said: “To be a finalist in such a distinguished set of awards is a fantastic achievement for the whole team of staff here at the Hospice who have embraced the changing world of end-of-life care to make it possible for people to stay in their own homes if that is their wish.”

Joanne Sloan, chief executive, said she was delighted that Lindsey and the team had been recognised for their efforts and also thanked the Stoller Charitable Trust and the Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group for having the belief in the Hospice team by providing match funding to run a pilot scheme.

The pilot was a soaraway success – so much so that after two years of the three-year pilot (2016 and 2017) Oldham CCG delivered funding to cement the service into what the Hospice has to offer.

Since the consolidation of the Hospice at Home service the team at Turf Lane have now gone on to launch Kershaw’s Caring Hands as a community care pilot to help get patients with life-limiting illnesses out of hospital and back into their own homes.

“We want to build on our reputation to be the carer of choice for end of life care in Oldham and we have the fantastic backing of the people of Oldham who time and again step up to the mark when raising the considerable funds required to deliver the very best for those who need our care.

“I could not be more proud of the Hospice than I am at present. To be short-listed by the Nursing Times is a major boost to everybody involved in the organisation –  staff, volunteers and supporters.”

The other finalists in the category are:

  • Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Cambridge University Hospitals FT
  • Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership 
  • Coloplast
  • King's College Hospital FT
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital FT
  • North Tees and Hartlepool FT
  • Nottinghamshire Fracture Liaison & Osteoporosis Service
  • Southern Health and Social Care Trust
  • Spectrum Community Health CIC


Sun shines on Hospice Summer Fair

SCORCHING temperatures and brilliant blue skies brought bumper crowds for the annual Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Summer Fair.

Hundreds of visitors flocked to the Sunday afternoon event held in the grounds of the Hospice on Turf Lane, Royton. There was something for all the family and a great atmosphere from the very start when the day kicked off with a performance from the Oldham Scottish Pipe Band.

The tartan pipers were greeted by warm applause and also gave an impromptu performance for some of the Hospice’s in-patients who were able to get a close-up view through the open windows.

Dance interludes were provided throughout the day by the Suzettes and the Street Jammers whilst visitors were able to sit amongst the gardens or stroll through the myriad of stalls.

The Lucky Dip and Tombola stalls proved as popular as ever and sold out whilst the new-look Café K was able to make good use of the sunshine to do a brisk trader as customers spilled out from the extended café and into the patio and gardens.

Home-made and home-baked goods also proved a hit while there was also plenty for the younger generations to keep them entertained including a bouncy castle and slide, a petting zoo with goats and chicks, face painting and henna.

Commercial stall holders also supported the Hospice by making donations whilst Hospice stalls boosted the monies raised – including young fundraiser Keira Arnold, who is in the running for a couple of national and regional awards, who raised nearly £200 by selling her popular range of Dreamcatchers.

Vicky Stackhouse, event organiser, paid tribute to the host of volunteers who made the event go smoothly and to the people of Oldham for their whole-hearted support.

And Joanne Sloan, the Hospice Chief Executive, added: “There was a really lovely atmosphere to the whole day and everybody seems to have a lovely time.”

Cafe K and Day Services get special welcome

Strains of 'The Wonder of You' rang out from the newly-refurbished Cafe K when the the Mayor of Oldham came to give civic approval.

For Councillor Shadab Qumer had turned up dressed as Elvis as part of a tribute to retiring nurse Kay O'Neill that saw day patients wearing specially-printed 'Elvis' T-shirts.

Kay is know for donning Elvis guise to lighten the mood and the Mayor was happy to join in the fun and conduct an impromptu sing-song prior to the official cutting of the ribbon.

The improvement work in the cafe and day services was praised by the Mayor and board chairman Mr Vernon Cressey while chief executive Joanne Sloan paid tribute to the staff who had worked so hard to get the doors of Day Services back open and how great it was to see the patients back at the Hospice.


Bunny Hop gets youngsters on the move

HUNDREDS of Easter bunnies have been spotted running free in the borough.

The long-eared species was seen dashing around school fields in class groups to raise funds in the Hospice Bunny Hop.

Littlemoor School and Fir Bank Pre-school were amongst those taking part.

Hot pies for the night shift

HOT pies brought a smile to the Hospice’s night shift nurses after they missed out on a tasty treat.

The Hospice won a delivery of delicious pies after being nominated as a worthy recipient for a Holland's pie drop during National Pie Week.

But such were the popularity of the savoury delights they had all gone in a day prompting the night staff to send a cheeky “who ate all the pies?” memo to bosses.

Cue the Baxendale bakers who got wind of the sad night nurses’ plight - and sent an extra-special delivery in one of their distinctive lorries, marked “for night staff only”.

The kitchen staff are now cooking up a few special pie nights for the late teams.

“We couldn’t see the night staff missing out when they are such a fantastic team at the Hospice. We were happy to send up some extra – glad the team enjoyed them,” said a spokesman for Holland’s Pies.

And the verdict from the night staff: “Delicious!”

Delph girls cook up a treat for school

COOKIES and cupcakes helped two young Delph girls show off their retail talents.

Matila Campbell-Dye and Molly McKimm, both aged 9, set about raising money for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice after deciding to do something worthwhile for charity.

Matila’s father Terry Dye passed away at the Royton hospice in 2015 after bowel cancer. He was 45.

The Delph Primary School pupils were delighted to raise £114.20 through their efforts and were rewarded with a headteacher’s award at the school.

Matilda’s mum Tricia, of Grains Road, Delph, said: “We are very proud of the girls. They did this on their own initiative and we were staggered that they raised so much from selling their cakes.”

Molly’s father Steve McKimm, of Marlewood Avenue, Uppermill, said the cake-baking on the Sunday had been so successful on the Monday that the girls came home from school and baked more for sale on the Tuesday!

The girls came to the Hospice to hand over the cash and tucked into a well-earned cookie each from the kitchens as they posed for a photograph with Staff Nurse Bianca Brown and their giant cheque.

Hospice mannequins are a hit at Spindles awareness day

OLDHAM shoppers tested their eye for fashion when they took part in a mannequin challenge as part of a charity awareness day at Spindles Town Square.

The dummies were part of the team from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice as shoppers dressed them for a Valentine’s night out from rails of clothes brought in from the Hospice’s five charity shops.

Sister Kelly Foster and nurse Bianca Brown were on hand to help the mannequins in and out of their clothes and to talk to visitors about the important work done at the Royton hospice.

Testing your taste in fashion certainly caught on as a wide age-range picked their favourite attire – some also tasted the excellent giveaway valentine’s Cup Cakes kindly donated by Arundel Bakery

Katie Bennet, marketing manager at Spindles Town Square said: “It was good to see the shoppers interacting with the Hospice staff and they certainly entered into the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

“We are committed to giving charities the platform to increase their awareness and we shall be doing a number of initiatives over 2018 in supporting Dr Kershaw’s and Maggie’s Oldham.”

Sister Foster added: “It is always great to get to chat to members of the public about what we do. We are always there to listen and talk and we know that so many good people of Oldham and beyond give us fantastic support.”

The competition entries were posted on the Hospice Facebook page and the most-liked images won prizes for: Under 18 male: Reece Bell; Over 18 male: Michael Dwayre; Under 18 female: Luke Jones; Over 18 female: Paul Broadbent.

Mayoral visit to Hospice

The Hospice had a special visitor  as the Mayor and Mayoress of Oldham Councillor Shadab Qumer and Sobia Arshi called in to meet patients, staff and volunteers.

The Mayor and Mayoress were impressed with what they saw at the Hospice and made a substantial donation for new equipment in a family room and also gave five free tickets to the Under 50s group to come to the forthcoming Mayor’s Ball.

 They are pictured with members of the Under 50's group.

The Days Services are now taking place in the Hospice's first-floor Learning Hub as the Cafe K and Day Services rooms  are upgraded thanks to a grant from the Macmillan charity.

Walk and Talk Group in Dunwood Park


The Hospice’s new Walk and Talk Group got off to a successful start with over 20 participants for the stroll through Dunwood Park.

Those who have lost a loved one were able to talk about a variety of subjects whilst taking part in a 45-minute group walk through the park and back to Café Mandels for a well-earned cuppa where the chat continued.

Pauline Brierley, Spiritual Care Coordinator at Dr Kershaw’s said: “The group got on really well and for some it was a chance to get out and meet people. Isolation and loneliness can be a real problem following the loss of a loved one.”

The next Walk and Talk event meets at The Pavilion Café (11am) for a walk through Chadderton Hall Park, Chadderton on Friday, February 23.


Joanne confirmed as Hospice Chief Executive

FORMER Clinical Services Director Joanne Sloan has been confirmed as Chief Executive at the Hospice to lead a new-look senior management team.

Joanne takes over from Dr Paul Cook who has reverted to his seat on the board with a specific role as a special projects advisor.

The team will include Medical Director Dr Matthias Hohmann, Clinical Matron Adele Doherty, Quality and Governance Manager Lyndsey Donbavand and David Whaley as acting Business Development Manager.

The board expressed its appreciation to Dr Cook for the excellent way he had directed and driven the interim arrangements and helped the board and managers to progress change so quickly and effectively.


One Stop Shop is a big hit

HOSPICE staff have now set up interviews after a hugely successful one-stop-shop.

Recruitment for the bank of Health Care Assistant posts has already begun for the numerous roles that will be required to establish the new ‘Kershaw’s Caring Hands’ project of community care.

Clinical Matron Adele Doherty said the Saturday morning one-stop-shop worked extremely well in getting information to would-be HCAs.
“We will continue to advertise for staff as this service is one that we hope will grow and grow throughout the year-long pilot project and beyond,” she added.
Hours are part-time on a flexible basis (£15,404-£18,157 pro rate – depending on experience - £7.90-£9.31 per hour).
Call Adele Doherty or Lindsey Harper on 0161-624 2727 if you require more information.


Walk & Talk

DR KERSHAW’S Hospice has launched a Walk and Talk Group as part of its bereavement support network.

Open to all who have lost a loved one, the first walk will take place in Dunwood Park, Shaw, on Thursday, January 25 - 11am meet at Café Mandels.

Spiritual Care Coordinator Pauline Brierley is looking to vary the venue for the monthly gathering.

“It will be a 45-minute leisurely walk – gently exercise in the fresh air with lovely views and company,” said Pauline

“We hope to be able to give people the opportunity to share their bereavement experience with others, to meet new people, or to simply walk in silence with their thoughts but in companionship with others.”

The walks will be led by trained staff and are part of the National Walking for Health scheme.

Feeling Festive

A massive thank you goes out to the team of volunteers who came in from RBS to help make the Hospice feel festive ready for all our Christmas events.

The team of eight from the bank had a day off from their usual day to day routine. They came in and set to with all the Christmas decorations in our reception, Day Hospice and corridors to make the place look the part ready for December.

Thank you to Kevin King, Nick Millard, Andy Garth, Ash Harvey, Steve Randall, Andie Gilles, Leah Makin, and Clare Brown.

The Creaking Cranks Bike Ride

Bill, Dave and Graham decided to set out to do a coast to coast bike ride to raise money for the Hospice. Over the three gruelling days they would cover a whopping 226 miles in total.

The first day was grey and slightly blustery at the start of the Trans Pennine Trail on the Southport seafront, they set off on their epic journey across the country. They met several friends along the way to keep spirits high and to give them a boost of enthusiasm to get the end of the journey.               

Just 12months earlier Bill had done his first ride of nine miles and thought that was a great achievement, after his legs had stopped aching. He made a throw away comment of ‘’shall we go across the country from coast to coast’’

This then became a reality and we would like to say a massive thank you to Bill, Graham and Dave for taking on this massive challenge in aid of the Hospice and raising an amazing £661.00!

Dr Kershaw’s Staff Nurse talks to Pennine Acute Trust

We are proud to tell everyone that our Staff Nurse Kelly Foster, who has worked at the hospice for 18 months, has been asked to give a talk on end-of-life care at the trust.

Kelly attended the Bereavement and End-of-Life Care Study Days, a course run by the Pennine Acute Trust for all staff across the trust. The training has run since February and the last study day will be in December. Aimed at bringing together health professionals to discuss end-of-life care. Kelly was approached by the organiser and asked to give a talk on end-of-life care here at Dr Kershaw’s at the next study day in September.

She put together a short presentation on hospice care for end-of-life patients and about going the extra mile.

Kelly told a story of a gentleman who was with us late last year who had two young sons. Quite quickly the family realised he would not live until Christmas. The staff rallied round and made him and his two young boys a special early festive celebration. Decorations appeared like magic and our conservatory was transformed into Christmas time. The team really went the extra mile to not only care for the patient but for the family as well.

Well done Kelly on this amazing achievement!

Lottery News

Following a recent compliance visit by the Gambling Commission who Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery is licensed by, we are proud to announce that Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery has been awarded a rating of ‘Good’ by the Gambling Commission which is the highest rating achievable.

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