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Pets as Therapy Hospice Volunteers Return

17 Sep 2021, 15:30

With Covid restrictions lifting further last month, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to welcome even more of their valued and dedicated volunteers back to the Hospice and have reintroduced their Pets as Therapy Volunteers back onto their In-Patient Unit to support patients and their family members.

Fundraiser, Lorna Packs Punch for Hospice

15 Sep 2021, 16:03

Regular Dr Kershaw’s Fundraiser, Lorna Babington, 22, from Moorside, wanted to do something different this time round, to raise funds for the Hospice who cared for her dad, Chris, before he sadly died at age 49, when she was just 15.

Hospice Staff Come Together to Support Dr Kershaw’s Will Month

15 Sep 2021, 15:53

With the launch of Dr Kershaw’s Will Month last week, staff from across the Hospice have come together to support the scheme, signing up for their own Wills to protect their decisions for when the time comes, whilst also raising much- needed funds for the Hospice

Dr Kershaw’s Launches Will Month for Community to Access Will Writing Services Whilst Supporting the Hospice

10 Sep 2021, 15:27

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice has launched Will Month, giving those in the community, who haven’t yet got a Will, the opportunity to access the expertise and Will writing services of local solicitors to support the Hospice.

Hospice Donation from The Mark Benevolent Fund

10 Sep 2021, 15:21

In recognition of a lifetime of service and dedication to the Crown and the nation by his HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Mark Benevolent Fund, which is the charity arm of the Mark Degree of Freemasonry, invited every Mark Lodge in England and Wales to nominate a hospice within their Province to receive a donation of £1,000.

Precious Memories for Erin of Mum at Hospice

3 Sep 2021, 15:12

When Erin Bennett’s mum, Hazel Reed was cared for at Dr Kershaw’s, back in 2018, the staff and volunteers did everything they could to make their experience a happy one.

Award Nomination for Christies Closer to Home at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice

27 Aug 2021, 15:05

Following the announcement that Dr Kershaw’s Hospice was named as a finalist in the Nursing Times Awards - Nursing in the Community category, the Hospice has been shortlisted once more in the same category, for the work that we do in collaboration with The Christie NHS Foundation Trusts, in providing cancer treatments locally.

Hospice Shortlisted for Prestigious Award for Excellence in Staff Support and Well-Being

20 Aug 2021, 14:48

Fresh off the back of being named as a finalist in the Nursing Times Awards - Nursing in the Community category, the Dr Kershaw’s Team are once again celebrating as we have been shortlisted for yet another award, this time in the Nursing Times Workforce Summit and Awards for the well-being support the Hospice provides to our staff.

Fundraisers Take on Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge for Dr Kershaw’s

20 Aug 2021, 14:36

Dr Kershaw’s recently held our annual Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge, with 17 fundraisers coming together to raise funds for the Hospice. The 24 mile hiking challenge, took place on Saturday 17 July, one of the hottest days of the year so far

9-Year-Old Gabriella Conquers Pendle Hill for Hospice

13 Aug 2021, 14:30

Gabriella Burke-Turner, aged 9, took to the hills at the end of May to conquer the heights of Pendle Hill to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice who cared for her grandma before she sadly passed away earlier this year.

National Afternoon Tea Week in Full Swing at Hospice

13 Aug 2021, 14:24

With August 9 – 15 marking National Afternoon Tea Week, which celebrates the great British tradition of taking afternoon tea, Dr Kershaw’s Afternoon Tea Trolley volunteer, Kath Smith, explains why serving afternoon tea to the patients on the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit means so much.

HR Advisor, Mandi Completes Her Epic Challenge for the Hospice

30 Jul 2021, 14:21

Joining Dr Kershaw’s in the middle of the pandemic, HR Advisor, Mandi Halton, decided to take on the Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) 874 mile challenge to raise funds for our Hospice, after completing her first fundraiser in 2020 by swapping Christmas cards for donations.

Spectrum Brands Supports Dr Kershaw’s

30 Jul 2021, 14:13

Since the pandemic began, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice has seen a sharp decline in fundraising and donations from businesses, however, we have recently seen more local businesses come together to once again support us.

Catering Team Growing Own Veg to Benefit Environment and Support Hospice

30 Jul 2021, 14:04

Dr Kershaw’s Catering Team have set up their own Hospice vegetable patch, to support patients and staff and long term to make cost savings.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Announced as Finalist in National 2021 Nursing Times Awards

23 Jul 2021, 12:30

Hospice at Home Team recognised for their incredible work across the community of Oldham.

Hospice Doctors Say Yes to Green Commuting

23 Jul 2021, 12:27

Two doctors at Dr Kershaw’s are leading the way in green commuting at the Hospice, cycling or running to work each day, saving money, protecting the environment whilst getting fit too!

Snowdon Hike for Local Business, Chunky Chicken

23 Jul 2021, 12:20

The team at Clarksfield business, Chunky Chicken on Lees Road are preparing to hike Mount Snowdon to raise vital funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. The local business who has fundraised for many other causes over the years, selected Dr Kershaw’s as they wanted to support local end-of-life and palliative care, after a youthworker who the team grew up with received Hospice care before he sadly died three years ago.

Hospice Doctor Rallies Friends and Family as Community and Beyond Come Together for Dr Kershaw’s ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’

16 Jul 2021, 12:15

When Hospice Doctor, Dr Patricia Campbell sent messages out to her loved ones to join together from their locations across the country, she never anticipated that so many people she reached out to would support Dr Kershaw’s latest event, the ‘Virtual Hospice Walk.’

From Oz to Oldham, Family Supports Hospice who Cared for Grandad

16 Jul 2021, 12:07

Laura Heywood, 27, from Melbourne, Australia has joined with four family members living in Greater Manchester to fundraise for Dr Kershaw’s who cared for Laura’s grandad, Alf Guilbert, before he sadly passed away in May.

Praise for Dr Kershaw’s in Equality Report

16 Jul 2021, 11:59

Back in 2019, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice became the first Hospice in the UK to take the homeless friendly pledge, being named officially as a ‘Homeless Friendly’ service.

Gift of Lawnmower from Life for a Life Memorial Forests

16 Jul 2021, 11:55

Registered charity, Life for a Life Memorial Forests, first started supporting Dr Kershaw’s when they planted the memorial forest which is part of the grounds over 11 years ago, and surprised the Hospice team recently with a generous donation of a lawnmower.

New Role at Hospice for Former Volunteer, Megan

16 Jul 2021, 11:34

When Megan Riley, signed up to volunteer at Dr Kershaw’s back in 2019, she never anticipated that two years later she would be working as an employee at the Hospice.

Treats on the Terrace for Hospice Patient Brian and Wife, Margaret

9 Jul 2021, 11:51

dmitted for symptom control, 81-year-old, Brian Scott from Heyside was surprised when nurses at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice invited him and his wife Margaret, 78 to enjoy drinks and nibbles on the terrace of Brian’s room, one of the new en-suite single patient rooms in our recently opened In-Patient Unit.

Colorplas Team Take on Yorkshire 3 Peaks for Hospice in Memory of Colleague, Ian

2 Jul 2021, 11:45

A team of twelve colleagues from local gelcoat and colourant manufacturer, Colorplas have joined together to take on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, supporting the Hospice where their friend and former colleague, Ian Mclean was cared for before he sadly passed away two years ago.

Katie’s 30th Birthday Virtual Hospice Walk in Memory of Pal, Nathan

25 Jun 2021, 11:23

When Katie Whitby’s good friend, Nathan Mclean turned 30 in December 2015, the pair never got their chance to celebrate his big birthday as the same month he discovered he had advanced cancer and passed away shortly after, on 10 January 2016 surrounded by his family at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice

Blooming Beautiful Donation from Booths

25 Jun 2021, 11:08

With Summer now in full swing, Booths Garden Centre on Turf Lane, Royton, contacted Dr Kershaw’s to provide a kind donation of bedding plants to further enhance the gardens at the front of the Hospice, which are maintained by a team of volunteer gardeners.

Caring Hands Team Step Up to Support Dr Kershaw’s ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ and Urge Others to Sign Up

18 Jun 2021, 13:15

A team of eight Health Care Assistants from Dr Kershaw’s have come together to support the Hospice where they work and are urging the community to join them in signing up for the ‘Virtual Hospice Walk.’

Phase Three New Build

16 Jun 2021, 16:35

On Monday 21 June, work will start on a new reception area in our Hospice.

Leading the Way in Medication Management

11 Jun 2021, 13:08

Since Covid hit, Dr Kershaw’s like so many organisations had to adapt our usual practices to support the community, and with an increased number of people being cared for in their own homes, one focus has been on prescribing medication directly to patients.

Honour for Our Medical Director as he’s Named Fellow

11 Jun 2021, 11:03

Medical Director, Dr Hohmann honored with fellowship.

Erin Gives Back as Volunteers Made Such a Difference for her Mum

4 Jun 2021, 12:55

When Erin Bennett’s mum, Hazel Reed was cared for at Dr Kershaw’s, back in 2018, the staff and volunteers did everything they could to make their experience of the Hospice a happy one, ensuring that they spent precious time together creating special memories for Erin of her mum, that will stay with her forever.

Dr Kershaw’s Junior Fundraiser, Keira Honoured with Prestigious Pride of Manchester Award

28 May 2021, 12:09

Junior fundraiser, Keira Arnold, aged 13 has been fundraising for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice for over four years raising money for ‘Keira’s Wishes’, her very own fundraising initiative which provides patients with their last wishes whilst at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Local Construction Company, Jackson, Jackson and Sons Ltd Support Dr Kershaw’s ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’

21 May 2021, 09:29

With over 20 years working in the construction industry and based locally in Rochdale, supporting local charities has been a key focus for Jackson, Jackson and Sons Ltd.

Hospice Experience Makes a Difference for 99-Year-Old Emma

21 May 2021, 09:19

Emma Levins, aged 99 and due to turn 100 in July, has been thrilled with the care and treatment received whilst she has been at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Ann, Andy and Bob the Cat Sign up for Virtual Hospice Walk

21 May 2021, 09:05

Ann Weeks and husband, Andy are keen walkers in their local town, Ely, Cambridgeshire. When the pandemic began last year, a visitor started to join them on their evening 3km walks, later to be known as Bob the cat.

The Mayor of Oldham Presents £2,000 Cheque to Hospice

14 May 2021, 08:53

With restrictions easing slightly, the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander was able to visit Dr Kershaw’s to present a £2,000 cheque from the Mayoral Appeal Fund at the front of the Hospice.

Helen’s Half Marathon for Hospice where Mum Works

13 May 2021, 08:59

Keen runner, Helen Rabbitt, 25, took part in many running events prior to Covid. With physical events on hold, Helen signed up to the Virtual Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s where her mum, Rosie Rabbitt works as a Health Care Assistant.

Becky Hits a Roarsome £2,500 for Dr Kershaw’s

7 May 2021, 14:07

When PE Teacher and Hospice Volunteer, Becky Crawford, 26, signed up for Dr Kershaw’s ‘Move it March’ challenge, she never imagined that she would receive community wide support with her fundraising hitting over £2,500 for patient care at the Hospice.

From 18 to 80, 3 generations support one cause – our ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’

4 May 2021, 08:44

From 18 to 80, 3 generations support one cause – our ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’

Hospice Patient Donates £1,000 to Help Future Patients 

30 Apr 2021, 13:58

Arthur Crossland, who was admitted to Dr Kershaw’s for end-of-life care in March was so thankful for the care he was receiving at the Hospice that he wrote a cheque for £1,000 to ensure that others who are looked after in the future receive the same dedicated care and attention that he did.

National Gardening Week Marks Return for Hospice Volunteer Gardeners

30 Apr 2021, 13:49

With April 27 – May 2 marking National Gardening Week, which raises awareness of the difference gardens and gardening can make to peoples’ lives,

Dr Kershaw’s Oldham Shop Closure

25 Apr 2021, 12:02

With three of our four charity shops able to reopen recently, Dr Kershaw’s have announced the permanent closure of their Oldham shop, which due to the financial impact that Covid has had is no longer able to run and be sustainable.

Take Part in Dr Kershaw’s Newly Launched ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ this June

23 Apr 2021, 13:36

As Government restrictions start to lift, Dr Kershaw’s are inviting the community to take on a solo walk or to join their friends and family by signing up to their ‘Virtual Hospice Walk’ this June to raise much-needed funds for the Hospice.

Pets as Therapy Hospice Volunteer Prepares to Start Back

23 Apr 2021, 13:27

With April marking National Pet Month, which celebrates the benefits that pets bring to peoples’ lives, Pets as Therapy Volunteer, Heather King, is starting preparations to return to her role at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice later on this year.

Poppy's Garden Parade

23 Apr 2021, 13:18

In 2020, Blackshaw Lane Primary School pupil, Poppy Ward, aged 6, gave up chocolate for Lent to raise funds for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

48 Miles in 48 Hours for Dedicated Brothers

16 Apr 2021, 13:11

Joe Mcloughlin, 18, a Blue Coat 6th Form student and his brother Josh, 14-year-old Hulme Grammar pupil, took on a mega fitness challenge in memory of their gran, Patricia.

Workplace Well-being Launch for Hospice Staff

16 Apr 2021, 12:56

With April marking Stress Awareness Month, Dr Kershaw’s aptly kicked off our strengthened well-being services for Hospice staff with their Workplace Well-being Launch

Life as a Junior Doctor at the Hospice

9 Apr 2021, 12:13

Junior Doctor, Josh Feek, 25, has been working at Dr Kershaw’s on a four month rotation since just before Christmas, joining the Hospice team after working during the pandemic in A+E and on a medical COVID ward.

Sally’s ‘Egg’Cellent Support

9 Apr 2021, 12:05

48-year-old, Sally Maher set up her own community fundraising team before Christmas, initially collecting over 2,000 selection boxes. For Easter, Sally and her team set to work again and collected funds for, bought, and distributed 1,725 Easter eggs for charities and other good causes across the community.

“Dr Kershaw’s New Facilities Are Fantastic and Homely!”

26 Mar 2021, 11:23

As one of the first patients to be admitted to Dr Kershaw’s new In-Patient Unit for pain management last month, Michael was understandably apprehensive.

£35,000 Raised and Prestigious Awards for Dr Kershaw’s Junior Fundraiser, Keira

26 Mar 2021, 11:05

Young Fundraiser,Keira Arnold has raised over £35,000 for Dr Kershaw's Hospice and has been awarded The Young Citizen of the Year award.

Little Owl Farm Supports Dr Kershaw’s Through the Pandemic

23 Mar 2021, 12:18

Oldham based, Little Owl Farm has been one of the many businesses impacted by Covid, yet despite their own challenges they are supporting their local Hospice, Dr Kershaw’s. Owned by John Beck and partner, Cindy Bramhall, the farm contacted the Hospice to see how they could help.

It’s Open! Our New In-Patient Unit Opens its Doors to the Oldham Community!

5 Mar 2021, 11:41

With over 30 years history of caring for patients in Oldham, our Hospice has transformed itself from the dated Cottage Hospital building it once was to a modern aged facility offering patients a 21st century home from home in our newly launched £3.5 million In-Patient Unit.

“I Wanted to Volunteer Until I was 90!”

26 Feb 2021, 11:20

88-year-old, Ada Rushworth had been volunteering at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice for over 12 years when Covid hit. Her plans to finish volunteering at the age of 90, were foiled by the pandemic which fast-tracked her retirement.

Hospice’s HR Advisor, Mandi Takes on Lands End to John O’Groats Challenge

26 Feb 2021, 11:04

Joining Dr Kershaw’s in the middle of the pandemic, HR Advisor, Mandi Halton, decided to take on the Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) 874 mile challenge to raise funds for the Hospice where she now works

Meet Dr Kershaw’s Bereavement Support Nurse

19 Feb 2021, 10:59

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice prides itself on placing patients, and their families, at the heart of all that we do. Our key focus is to provide free, specialist, end-of-life and palliative care for adults with life-limiting illnesses in a peaceful and homely environment.

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Nominated for Three Nursing Times Awards

15 Oct 2020, 13:47

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Oldham has been nominated for three Nursing Times Awards at the 30th anniversary of The Nursing Times Awards, as well as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

A Tribute to Dr Kevin Moore

25 Aug 2020, 10:12

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Dr Kevin Moore, a kind, dedicated man and much-loved friend and respected colleague to all at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Dr Moore played an important part in developing the Hospice and its services, practicing for 26 years in a number of different roles and becoming Medical Director in 1994.