Do you have an interesting hobby away fromwork that we could feature in Grapevine? If solet us know. Contact Derek Quinn on Ext 6941.news pagePage3Staff photography competition2012 - your time to chooseMORE than 300 photos wereentered into this year’sstaff photography competitionand we want staff to choose thewinners.Acting Chief Executive Tim Welchand professional photographerPhill Heywood have whittled thefinalists down to eight in two ofthe categories and nine in another.The categories are: Best of British,Wildlife and Countryside andMy Home Town with staff ableto select their favourite in eachcategory.Now we need you to find four winners in each section.Please vote on your best photos by using the link below and click on RESPOND TO SURVEY.http://fcsharepoint/divisions/global/social/Pages/PhotographyCompetition2012.aspxWeddingCONGRATULATIONSto Annie andShaun Bucknill whorecently got married.Shaun works in theTrust’s IT department while Annie works in theOccupational Health Department.She said: “We had such an amazing day wedidn’t want it to end, even the sun was shiningfor us.“I have got two sons and wanted to get theminvolved in the wedding as well so Josh, theyoungest, was Shaun’s best man and did abrilliant job organising Shaun’s stag do andwrote a wonderful speech on the day.“My oldest son James was our witness and dida fabulous reading for us at the service. We arevery proud of them both.“We would also like to thank our colleagues fortheir kind generosity with presents and cardsthat meant so much to us.’’Acting Chief Executive Tim Welch andprofessional photographer Phill Heywoodjudge this year’s photo competition.Christmas Wishes 2012FOR the third year running, the trust’scharity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, will beholding the Christmas Wishes fund. Insteadof sending Christmas cards to family, friendsand colleagues this year, why not considermaking a donation to the Blue SkiesChristmas Wishes Fund?All monies raised will contribute to thedevelopment of Bereavement Services atBlackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust. To make a donation online and leave aChristmas message, please visitwww.justgiving.com/Christmas-Wishes2012 .You can then email the link to your family,friends and colleagues or publish it on socialnetworking sites such as Facebook, so they cansee your Christmas message and the charityyou are supporting. This will hopefully inspirethem to do the same. Don’t forget that as wellas supporting an important local charity, youwill also be doing your bit for the environment.In the newsEACH month the Trust’s goodnews is featured in local,regional and national media.You can read the articles in full byclicking on the headlines below.Work under way onnew hospital unitBy Emma HarrisPublished 27th November“CANCER patients are set tobenefit from a new oncologyand haematology unit atBlackpool Victoria Hospitalthanks to help from twocharities...”Children’s carecloser to homeBy Emma HarrisPublished 14th November“CHILDREN with cancer can nowget help as close to home aspossible after a new unit openedat Blackpool Victoria Hospital...”NHS trust in linefor awardPublished 6th November“Blackpool Teaching HospitalsNHS Foundation Trust has beenshortlisted for a national St JohnAmbulance award...”Have you, or a colleague, had aspecial event in your life that youwould like to mention?We want to hear from staff who havebeen engaged, married or had childrenrecently or passed any major exams etc.Please send your notifications to us firstname.lastname@example.org.
A day in the life of...Page 5...The Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Credit UnionDerek Quinn looks at a valuable resource for staff.CHRISTMAS is a time for goodwilland joy as a lot of people know butas DEREK QUINN finds out – it can alsocomes at a cost.When Santa has been and gone thebills may still be left lingering on thesideboard leaving some financialproblems for families. With our TVs full offirms advertising pay day loans and shopsoffering the top goods at exorbitantrepayment rates it is easy to see howsome people can very quickly getthemselves into financial problems.But there is help at hand available forTrust staff in the shape of the Blackpool,Fylde and Wyre Credit Union, a local,ethical and not-for-profit FinancialServices organisation that works inpartnership with the hospital.The Union is a financial Co-operativewhich is owned and run by its membersand provides services only to its membershere on the Fylde coast. Since its launchin February 2009 it has continued itssteady growth, attracting more than3,000 members, providing peoplewith affordable loans and easy savingsaccounts, treading where mainstreambanks fear to tread in these difficultfinancial times.Its small but dedicated team are thereto help and will provide you with oneto one advice and support about howto pay what you owe without enteringthe downward spiral of the payday loansmarket.Jackie Colebourne is the Admin andFinance Manager of the Union. She said:“Some of the stories you hear in ourcommunities are quite heart breaking.Last year I spoke to a young mum whohad never ever had a Christmas tree orChristmas dinner with her family beforebecause she couldn’t afford it.”Many of our clients cannot get loansfrom banks because of poor credit historyand have taken out pay day loans and gotthemselves into a real mess.“We also realise that many people needloans at some stage to buy importantitems such as washing machines butwhen they choose the wrongcompanies the problems just getworse.“We can help by providing ethicalloans at the best possible rates,but go much further than this byadvising people how they can alsosave sums of money with us as well.’’She added; “Many people think we dealwith only people on benefits or lowwages but that is not the case by a longway. We deal with people who havegot good jobs but have over extendedthemselves and need help. We can do thatas well by offering help and support.“No-one here will judge and no-one herewill do anything that may only get a clientinto more trouble. Unlike many otherfirms we are not looking to make a profit– we are looking to make a difference forpeople in the area.“It’s very scary sometimes because somepeople just don’t realise how much debtthey have got themselves into.’’Anthony Brookes is a Loans Officer whoworks in the local community.He said: “Our job is about listening andadvising people on the best route to takeand our aim is to educate people aboutthe dangers of pay day loans and helpthem, it is not about selling products. Iget amazing job satisfaction from what Ido because I know this union really doesmake a difference to people’s lives.’’Jackie concluded: “The Credit Union hasgrown from strength to strength but Ithink we have only really scratched thesurface so far. If any member of staffwould lilke support, or knows of anyonewho would benefit from the help andsupport of the credit union, we would behappy to hear from them.’’If you are looking to save for nextChristmas you can join the Credit Unionnow and you can start saving in January,straight from your wages by payrolldeduction.To join now, complete the MembershipApplication form –https://www.bfwcu.co.uk/images/stories/forms/membership_application.pdf or callThe Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Credit Union Team.the Credit Union office on 478827.You can benefit from savings takendirectly from your payroll every month,The credit union is a member of theAssociation of British credit Unions limitedand is authorised and registered by theFinancial Services Authority and partof the Financial Services compensationscheme.All of this means you can be assuredyou’re joining a quality organisation andthat your money is absolutely safe.For full details go to: www.bfwcu.co.ukWalk Report:novemBER walk with Bob BradleYyThe November walk set off from thearea centred around Dolphinholme.The B group planned for a linear walkstarting at Quernmore, covering anddistance of nine miles and climbing to aheight of 914 ft.The route followed through Hare Appletree,Jubilee Tower at the walks highest point. It thencircled round to Borwicks, Ortner and onto theWyre Way and a short walk along the river intoDolphinholme.The C group set off from Dolphinholme ontheir seven mile walk along Tinkers Way toStonehead, the route then turned norththrough Swainshead Hall and on to LongBridge. The then turned west to LowerSwainshead, then back to Dolphinholme.A very good day weather wise, ending up in theFleece Hotel with its warming log fire and goodale and general refreshments.If you would like to join the group on any oftheir monthly or mid monthly walks pleasering Bob on 01253 346384 or 07804892013.
Get involved...Page 6If you’re taking part in any of the events,contact communications email@example.comPhil Smith, Dave Penswick, Tony Johnson, MarkWilliams, Phil Birkett and Alan Devlin who walked upMount Snowdon to raise money for the Stroke Unit.Porter’s walkTEAM of six porters recently underwentA a grueling walk in aid of Trust charityBlue Skies Hospitals Fund.The team of Phil Smith, Dave Penswick, TonyJohnson, Mark Williams, Phil Birkett and AlanDevlin had an eventful weekend as they walkedup Mount Snowdon in an effort to raise moneyfor the Stroke Unit.Alan Devlin, who organised the fundraiser, saidit was an exciting event.He said: “We had to change our plans in theend because the day we went saw major floodsaffect the area. This also meant we had to goon a much tougher route as well which madethings interesting.“But the lads who took part were brilliant. It wasreally tough but they never moaned, they justgot on with things and did really well.’’The group also held a raffle within the Trust inan effort to raise more than £1,000 for the StrokeUnit via the Trust’s Blue Skies Hospitals Appeal.They decided on the cause after a colleague hada stroke last year and is now recovering afterexcellent treatment at the Trust.Head of Fundraising, Kathy Ancell, who is also amember of the Staff Benefits Committee, said:“The committee was delighted to be able tofund expenses towards this team challenge.It means that money raised will be used toenhance patient care on the Stroke Unit atBlackpool Victoria Hospital and we’d like to say ahuge thank you to the team for all their efforts.”The group was given £300 towards theirtravel expenses by the Trust’s Staff BenefitsCommittee.Alan said: “We applied for some money in termsof travel costs and accommodation and werethankfully successful. Without their help wemay never have got this trip off the ground andraised the money for the charity.’’Operation Christmas ChildTHE Trust has collected more than30 shoeboxes as part of thisyear’s operation Christmas Child.Staff from across the Trust have contributedto this year’s appeal which sends boxes ofgifts to young people across the world whoare less fortunate than ourselves.A dedication ceremony was held in theTrust’s chaplaincy this week before theboxes were sent away for distribution.Rev Graeme Harrison, who helped organisethe appeal with Victoria Henderson, said:“It is great to see staff from so many areasget involved in the appeal and donateboxes of gifts which really will make adifference to a young child.’’Trust Volunteer, Cath Pemberton, attendedthe dedication ceremony.She said: “When you see the smiles onthe faces of children when they open theboxes it makes it all worthwhile.Quiet AfternoonVolunteers from the Chaplaincy Department whoenjoyed the annual Quiet Afternoon at the Churchof Saint Hilda and Saint Martin in Carleton.group of volunteers from theA Chaplaincy Department enjoyedan annual event which promotesreflection and dedication.The Quiet Afternoon took place at theChurch of Saint Hilda and Saint Martinin Carleton where guests enjoyedlunch, followed by a talk from the Rt.Rev. John Goodard, Bishop of Burnley.After this, there was an opportunityfor quiet reflection before a serviceof re-dedication to the ChaplaincyDepartment.Rev Graeme Harrisonand members ofstaff and volunteerswith some of theboxes collected aspart of OperationChristmas Child.“They make a huge difference.’’Operation Christmas Child is the world’slargest children’s Christmas project,bringing joy into lives of children since1990. Last year, almost 1.2millionshoeboxes filled with gifts and goodieswere packed by children and adults in theUK and sent to children who need them,most in some of the toughest parts of theworld.Speaking aboutthe afternoon, CathPemberton, chaplaincyvolunteer said: “Theteam so enjoys the QuietAfternoon because it givesus a chance to reflect onthe past year. It is also agreat opportunity to meetup with friends and enjoyeach others company.”The Trust’s Volunteering andCommunity EngagementOfficer, Jane Iceton, said: “Lovely weatherand good company made the eventenjoyable for all. We value our volunteersimmensely and this is a very specialevent for the chaplaincy volunteers whomake a promise of re-dedication to thedepartment.”Currently, the Trust has more than 30chaplaincy volunteers who play animportant role within the department.The team offers confidential supportto patients and their relatives andfriends, as well as those who work inthe hospital.
SENIOR pharmacy technicianA says working in a new restaurantis the perfect prescription for a goodlife away from the Trust.Nichola Kirk, and her partner Tiziano,have recently opened AmbrosinisRestaurant and Takeaway on SquiresGate Lane in South Shore and arethoroughly enjoying the experience.away from the trustPage 7Pharmacy Technician opens restaurantNichola, who has worked at the Trustfor 14 years, said: “It is a bit strange tofind myself becoming a waitress at my agebut I actually really enjoy it.“Tiziano has always wanted to own hisown place and when this opportunitycame up he couldn’t resist and it has gonefrom there. I often work on a Friday andSaturday night now and it is great. You getto meet people in a lovely environmentand it is such a change from my day jobthat it is a nice distraction.“It is only a small restaurant with about 22covers but we pride ourselves on the factthat we encourage people to take as longas they want over their meals and enjoythat intimate atmosphere.“We want people to enjoy the experienceas well as the food and that is somethingthat seems to be paying off at themoment. We have a few regular customersand I’ve got to know some really nicepeople already. A few members of staffhave also been in and that has been niceto catch up with them.’’The restaurant specialises in Italian pizzaand pasta dishes and Trust colleagues arebeing offered a 10% discount.Ambrosinis is open between 5 and10.30pm every night except Monday. Tobook a table ring 01253 298807.Tash-tastic times at Blackpool HospitalPATIENTS at BlackpoolVictoria Hospital mayhave thought they were in a70’s time warp as they walkalong the hospital corridorslast month and saw a numberof male members of staffsporting moustaches of allshapes and sizes.But these brave males, rangingfrom Consultants to Chaplaincy leaders,were supporting the ‘Movember’campaign, by growing a moustacheduring the month of November, to raiseawareness and money for men’s health,specifically prostate and testicular cancer.More than 360,000 peoplein Britain signed up to thecampaign this year, with morethan £13.7 million raised. Thecampaign was started in 2003by four Australians but it spreadaround the world, coming toBritain five years ago.There were all sorts ofmoustache styles on display inthe Hospital this year, from theGraeme Harrisonwith his impressivemoustache.Dr Richard Crossand his mo.military officer to the cowboyhandlebar but many staff willhave been relieved to removetheir unwelcome facial hair atthe end of the month.Graeme Harrison, ChaplaincyTeam Leader said:“I’m delighted to haveraised awareness andmoney for the PinPoint Appeal (the Hospital’sprostate cancer charity), butI’m glad that it is now gone. Itgot really itchy as time went on,and it was difficult to get it rightand look respectful in my line ofwork.”Dr Richard Cross, ConsultantAnaesthetist said:Mr Iain Campbell“Patients opinions weredivided over my moustache;they either loved it or hated it.I’m finding most of the femalestaff and patients hated it, butmy daughter disliked it themost and couldn’t wait for meto get rid of it!”In England around 154,000 men a year arediagnosed with cancer, and 81,000 mendie each year from the disease. Prostatecancer is the most common cancer inmen, comparable to the rates of breastcancer in women.Mr Iain Campbell, ConsultantUrologist at Blackpool VictoriaHospital said:“Prostate, testicular cancer, andmen’s health in general tend tobe forgotten about, it’s mainlybreast and cervical cancer inthe headlines. Movember helpsto redress this balance andput men's health firmly in thespotlight.“By becoming involved and growing mymoustache last month, I raised awarenessin a fun way with my patients. Earlydetection of men’s cancers is vital forsuccessful outcomes, so it’s essential wepromote it.“I would definitely encourage anybody toget involved next year, I plan on growinga moustache again and am alreadythinking about what style to go for next!”
and finally...Page 8REELING INTHE YEARSTHIS month’s picture quiz is a must for film buffs.Starting with the earliest release date, simply name thefilms in chronological order. The films depicted start in1965 and are five years apart ending in 2005.The first all correct entry drawn after the closing date below will win£50 in the form of a gift voucher courtesy of CDC Printers of Poulton.Do you know a member of staff who has got engaged,married or had a baby? Why not give them your bestwishes in Grapevine. Contact Derek Quinn on Ext 6941.1965:1970:1975:1980:1985:1990:1995:2000:................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................2005:....................................................................................Enter your answers on the left and return them to:Competitions, Communications Department, Trust Headquarters, BVHbefore the closing date of: Monday, January 7th 2013.NHS Football StarsCongratulations to Athletico whohave started the new 5-a-side seasonat Playfootball in the Primera leagueafter back to back promotions.Name:Dept.:Contact Number:The all conquering Athletico team.Athletico are a team managed by ChrisTaylor, a Charge Nurse with the RapidResponse Team within Community HealthServices. Chris started his NHS football career playing for The Misfits in the NHSand Council Football League.When the NHS and Council Football League stopped, Chris was still keen toplay football so joined the Sunday 5-a-side Spanish league with a group of theteam mates he met playing for The Misfits, including Simon Davies who workswith the information team and can always find the back of the net, and JamesHebblethwaite who works for the Care and Repair team..Athletico have gone from strength to strength and improved with each matchtwice winning their leagues and gaining promotion, and are now battling it out inthe Primera League!Congratulations...TO Ultrasound Radiologist Mark Jacksonwhose entry was the first all correct entrydrawn from last month’s “Around the Trust”Grapevine picture quiz.Mark wins a £50 giftvoucher courtesyof CDC Printers ofPoultonThe correct answerswere as follows:1. Lancaster2. Lytham3. Knott End (or Fleetwood)4. Garstang5. St Annes6. Morecambe7. Blackpool8. Fleetwood