Challenge yourself during our
For over 30 years the support of the local community has helped to build the hospice, purchase
specialist equipment and provide vital care to local people with life-limiting illnesses. From making a
donation to challenging yourself at an event, every pound raised will help local people today, tomorrow
and for years to come. After the challenges of 2020, the hospice is delighted to announce a wide range
of new opportunities for you to make a difference and support the hospice. Throughout the year we will
be monitoring government guidance and may have to make changes to some of our events.
December 2021 - Schools’ Reindeer Run
December 2021 - Light Up A Life
May 2022 - Bikes, Boots & Boats outdoor challenge in the Lake District
October 2022 - Trek Nepal and Community Project
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PLUS many more events will be announced over the coming weeks and months. Keep checking the Eden
Valley Hospice and Jigsaw social media pages and websites for more information.
Go to www.edenvalleyhospice.org/support-us/events
If you have been inspired to host your own fundraising event in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw
and would like any support, advice or guidance please contact the Fundraising Team on 01228 810801
or email fundraising@ edenvalleyhospice.org
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hold when they need it the most. Every pound donated will make a big difference to local people with
life limiting illnesses. Every donation received will help our patients and their families to receive vital and
specialist care and support. This newsletter celebrates the personalised care we provide to every family
at the hospice, and this is made possible thanks to your donations.
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Inside this issue:
“I applied to be a volunteer
at Jigsaw, came, absolutely
fell in love with the place and
“It has been a real
challenge and the
thing that saved us
“In palliative care there aren’t lots
of fancy pieces of equipment.
The most important piece of
equipment is ourselves.”
Your great commitment
through a wide range
of events has enabled
the hospice to survive
Welcome to the autumn 2021 newsletter from Eden Valley
Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice, which celebrates
our 30th Anniversary.
This edition provides us with an opportunity to look back
over the past 30 years and see the great contribution
the hospice has made to our patients, their families, and
the wider community. It also enables us to celebrate the
fantastic work of our staff, volunteers, and your amazing
support, all of which has enabled the hospice to offer such vital care for our patients.
Over those 30 years, there have been many memorable events, including a royal visit by the Duchess
of Wessex who came to see us in June 2015. There have also been so many visitors and entertainers
who have brought such fun and happiness to our patients, from donkeys to Caribbean dancers; ukulele
bands to opera singers; Disney princesses to circus performers; magicians to llamas… and I have just seen
Superman and the Incredible Hulk walking hand in hand past my window!
There have been so many great celebrations and we have enjoyed many joyous parties including the
most beautiful weddings. Thank you to everyone who helped make these events possible
We have welcomed a menagerie of pets that often visit and even stay with their owners while in our care.
These include big dogs and little dogs, good cats and naughty cats, well-behaved goldfish and even the
occasional inquisitive lizard. Our special therapy dog, Junior the golden cocker spaniel, is a superstar
who brings great joy to all our children in Jigsaw.
Your generosity has been and continues to be so amazing. We rely on 80 per cent of our funding to
come from charitable donations. Your great commitment through a wide range of events has enabled the
hospice to survive and prosper. Legacies are an important part of financial sustainability and I know that
without them we would, particularly over the Covid-19 pandemic, have struggled financially.
I would also like to thank our truly wonderful volunteers, without whom we could not function – a HUGE
thank you to all. In addition, our great patrons and supporters who have been with us every step of the
The hospice provides such an important service every single day. This newsletter gives examples that
show the difference the hospice makes to the patients and families we serve. This can only be done
through your kindness and generosity. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your support and your
commitment to Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice.
Here’s to the next 30 years…and beyond!
With my very best wishes
Professor Patricia Livsey
2021 is a very special year for Eden Valley Hospice as we
celebrate our 30th anniversary. The continuing concerns
over Covid may be preventing us from organising an
event to mark this occasion, but it will not stop us from
celebrating this achievement and your support.
Most importantly, we have launched our appeal to
encourage people to include a gift to the hospice in their
will, after thinking of their family and friends.
The appeal aims to encourage 300 people to make a
pledge or tell us of an existing gift in your Will, as part of
our birthday celebrations. To celebrate how important
the hospice is to the community, an advert featuring
around 30 staff, volunteers and families will air on ITV
Border on demand in October.
We had great support from local families and the
community who responded to our appeal for volunteers
to take part in the filming.
Everyone from the Gillford Gilles football team to our
volunteer gardeners, children and parents whose lives
have been touched by the hospice and, of course, our
dedicated staff team appear in the advert.
We have also been fortunate to team up with The
Cumberland News which is supporting the appeal.
The appeal is all the more important because the
coronavirus pandemic has hit the hospice hard, making
this, our 30th anniversary year, one of the most
It is only down to the generosity of kind supporters
leaving a gift in their Will that the hospice hasn’t been
more adversely affected during the pandemic. One in
three to four of the hospice’s patients are cared for due
to legacy gifts. Every gift makes a difference.
Legacies are vital to secure the future of the hospice and
care for local people and their families so please encourage
others to join you in supporting Eden Valley Hospice.
Finally, watch out for the giant birthday cards that will be
circulating around Carlisle and Cumbria in the run-up to
our ‘birthday’ at the end of October. We hope hundreds
of people will get a chance to sign a card and support our
Call 01228 810801 to find out more or make the
pledge today. See page 12 for our look back at
how the hospice began.
new role for Jacqui
The pandemic and lockdown restrictions meant new
ways of working for Eden Valley Hospice. With the
children’s hospice Jigsaw closed to protect the most
vulnerable children, Jacqui Clapperton, previous Jigsaw
Activities Coordinator and now Healthcare Assistant,
found herself redeployed to the adult unit to assist
with the complex care needed.
But she believes the enforced changes have led to a
more flexible and united team across the whole of the
Durdar Road site.
“The pandemic hit and it was a case of, Jacqui, you’re
going to have to retrain, do your healthcare and work
on the adult unit which is basically what all Jigsaw staff
did,” she said.
Jacqui came to Eden Valley five years ago as a volunteer
and within months she had a staff position, applying
the skills she brought from her previous work as a
“Children were the area of experience that I had so I
applied to be a volunteer at Jigsaw, came, absolutely fell
in love with the place and never left. It sent me off in a
direction that I wasn’t expecting and I’m so glad that I
did because I’m so happy working here.”
She starts her working day at 7.15am, meets the night
shift for the handover and says good morning to the
patients, introduces herself to any she has not met
before, offers them breakfast, and looks after whatever
they need for the course of her 12-hour shift.
Inspired by Freda’s care
Freda Brown was in Eden Valley Hospice for only
one night but so impressed were her family by the
care for her that her daughter Karen Robertson
has become a dedicated fundraiser.
Freda was diagnosed with lung cancer in December
2017 and died just a few weeks later, aged 63.
Karen, of Whiteclosegate, Carlisle, explained: “The
consultant said there were three options: she could
stay in hospital but she was towards the end of her life;
she could possibly come home; or go to the hospice.
And my mum chose to go to the hospice.”
At Eden Valley, her family was immediately struck by
how different it was to the hospital.
Freda and Jim with their grandson
Samuel, Karen’s eldest son.
“We became one team and we all worked on the adult
unit which obviously at the time was really busy. I did
my training on the job within the year.
I am now a fully qualified healthcare assistant and I
work between both units. My skills have shot up since
coming onto the ward because I’m doing things now
that I would never have dreamed of before.
“Before the pandemic Jigsaw was a separate unit
to the adult one altogether because of the nature
of the care and separate skill sets. We were literally
thrown together because of the pandemic and to
me it’s been one of the better things that have
come out of it because we really do work as one
Jacqui, far left
Jacqui said: “We want patients to be as comfortable
and as pain-free as they can be and we want them to
have - hard as it is to say - as nice a death as they can if
they’re not able to be discharged to a home setting.
“Palliative care, I feel, is almost as important as curative
because we are the people looking after these patients at
the end of their life. It’s a big thing and I take it so seriously.
When I’m in work I’m invested in what I’m doing. I work
with an amazing team of people who do an amazing job
and hopefully we all make a difference with the support of
the local community who help fund this care.
“That’s what we’re here for - to make a difference to
the patients who come through our doors. That’s our
Karen said: “The hospital staff were absolutely
wonderful but they’re run off their feet.
“As soon as we got to the hospice it was a very different
type of treatment. They weren’t just about the patient,
they were about the family as a whole. Jean, the nurse
who was assigned to look after my mum, was very
caring with my dad. She calmed him and took him for a
tour while other nurses helped get my mum settled in.
“After my mum died she didn’t look like my mum. And
the nurses said you mustn’t worry, we’ll look after her.
We went back the next day and I just couldn’t believe it
- it was my mum looking so calm and rested.
“The staff had cared for her even after she’d died.
They made my mum look like my mum again which was
Freda and her husband Jim had long supported the
hospice through its lottery. And Karen herself, who
runs Baby and Toddler Swimmers and the pool at
Orton Grange, had done the London Marathon twice
for children’s cancer causes in memory of her sister
Lynsey who had died of leukaemia aged 12.
Now she felt she had to do something for Eden Valley.
“We decided to do a charity ball. We booked the
Shepherd’s Inn and we ended up just about filling the
place. Everybody had such a wonderful night and it was
just over £10,000 that we raised.”
She did the same again in 2019, raising £8,500, but the
pandemic put paid to any plans for 2020. She’s not
“For the rest of my life I will raise money for the hospice.
My target is to raise £100,000 for them - we’ve got
£20,000 so a few pounds to go. We’re always grateful
to the hospice for the care that they gave my mum.
“That care continues and we need to make sure that
always happens, that care is there for families if they
Jim and Freda.
Freda with daughter Karen on
her wedding day.
Suzanne Garbarino, Clinical Lead for adults
and children, helped get the appeal under way,
explaining to local people why the hospice needs
their help with legacies so much right now.
She told The Cumberland News: “All the usual
events and charity fundraising have seen a huge
reduction. Also, the closure of our charity shops
has decreased income. This is the hospice’s 30th
anniversary year but it is one of its toughest.”
Suzanne explained how the pandemic affected
nursing and care. “One of the most difficult things
we have encountered is having to restrict visiting,”
“In palliative care and children’s palliative care, it’s
not something we have ever had to do.
Legacy campaign launched to help secure the
hospice’s future after the pandemic hits income
“Usually if you want 20 visitors you can have
them, but we have had to limit visitors under
Government restrictions. That has presented huge
challenges for patients and families, and also it has
been really difficult for the staff.”
October is a milestone for Eden Valley Hospice –
it marks 30 years since we opened our doors.
But unfortunately, this anniversary year has
proved to be one of the most difficult in the
As you may know, the hospice is a charity
which depends for its survival on charitable
giving. It needs £4m per year. Our wonderful
local communities have generously supported
the hospice since its very beginnings. But the
pandemic closed our charity shops and stopped
fundraising events, leading to the shortfall.
So, we have launched an appeal asking locals to
support us by pledging a donation in their Wills –
a type of giving that cannot be disrupted by crises like
the pandemic. Hospice chief executive Trish Livsey
says that income is significantly lower than usual.
“It has been a real challenge and the thing that
saved us was legacies.
With some of the legacies we are getting, the Wills
could have been made 20 years ago, so it’s a way of
securing our current position but also our future.”
The Cumberland News has supported us by
launching the Help Our Hospice appeal – calling out
for 300 people to make a gift in their Will.
Carlisle solicitors gave their backing. Scott Duff &
Co, Wragg Mark Bell and Butterworths offered free
or discounted Wills to customers and/or donations
to the campaign.
One supporter, Pat, a former teacher in Carlisle,
arranged a donation in her Will after her husband
received end of life care at the hospice last year.
Virtual conversations could not make up for faceto-face
“People have been in contact with their loved ones
from around the world but it’s not the same as
sitting holding someone’s hand,” she said.
“And PPE has made that difficult too. Gloves, an
apron and mask make communication much more
difficult,” she said.
“It’s been really hard on staff. It has been
emotionally difficult for everybody. Staff are
Suzanne explained how local people can help
ensure the hospice’s long-term future by leaving
a gift in their Will.
“Because there is still so much uncertainty, a gift
in a Will is guaranteed income without having to
worry about lockdowns and restrictions.
“If people can leave some money in their Will to the
hospice it will help secure its future regardless of
what else is going on around.”
Suzanne asked The Cumberland News readers:
“If you can, remember us and keep thinking about
“The care we are giving doesn’t stop in a world
pandemic even if our income generation stops.
We are still here providing help for patients
“Eighty per cent of our funding comes from
charitable donations and that’s been hugely
impacted because of Covid,” she says.
She said: “Because no one knows what the future
holds, I want to try and make it possible for the
hospice to be there for those who need it.”
Can you help the hospice by leaving a donation in your Will?
Please contact Karen Durden, hospice Legacies Manager, on 01228 817607 or
email@example.com or any member of the fundraising team.
Care for our mum was fantastic
Everyone takes a piece of my soul
Our Legacy campaign got off to a flying start
in The Cumberland News with help from some
wonderful local families who shared their stories
and urged the public to get behind the hospice.
Andy Hill and his family raised funds for the hospice
after his grandparents Ian and Doreen Francis, both
85, and then mum Julie Hill, 63, were cared for here.
Ian died at the hospice in March 2019, while Doreen
passed away there three months later.
Julie herself was part of a community group that
had helped fundraise to build the hospice and laid
a brick when work began. She passed away at the
hospice in June last year.
Following her death Andy, who lives in Carlisle,
received bereavement counselling at the hospice
for 12 weeks.
He told The Cumberland News: “It almost felt like
Mum was the only person in the hospice because
she was given such good care. The dignity they
gave her was just fantastic and the support for us
Last year Andy’s brother James, 37, fundraised
at the Quarter Lounge and Lounge on the Green
restaurants he owns, with an ‘Eat Out to Help Out
the Hospice’ campaign. “It’s a service that we’re so
lucky to have in Carlisle,” said Andy.
“We’re proud to be able to help and we’d urge
anyone else to do the same if they can.”
Jenny Pike’s daughter Anna, 39, died at the hospice in
January 2018 from an extremely rare form of cancer.
Anna, who lived in Carlisle, made some day visits to
the hospice which enabled her to live as independent
a life as she could. When she stayed overnight at the
hospice, visitors were allowed to stay in her room,
including Jenny and Anna’s beloved dog Sadie.
Jenny told The Cumberland News: “Anna, and
indeed all of us, were treated with so much care
and compassion. The staff are so dedicated. Eden
Valley Hospice made the worst time of our lives
bearable. It is such a vital organisation that helped
us so much and is needed to help people now and
in the future.”
In July Jenny Wilson, Eden Valley Hospice
deputy CEO, gave local people an insight into the
extraordinary work of the hospice nurse. Here is
an extract from her interview for The Cumberland
News’s Help Our Hospice appeal.
“Do you know, everybody stays with us;
everybody you look after,” says Jenny.
“Every person who dies takes a piece of my soul
with them. And I have to find ways to rebuild that
soul. They all matter.”
Jenny Wilson has been a specialist palliative care
nurse for more than 20 years. She joined Eden Valley
Hospice in Carlisle 18 months ago and leads a team of
more than 20 nurses and 20 healthcare assistants,
as well as the hospice Family Support Team.
Their focus is to do everything in their power to
ease their patients through the final journey of life.
Jenny calls it “the absolute essence of good care”.
This care demands not just medical expertise, but
an extraordinary human input from staff whose
most powerful tools include friendship, wisdom,
understanding, making someone feel safe.
Jenny says: “In palliative care there aren’t lots of
fancy pieces of equipment. The most important
piece of equipment is ourselves. We need the
ability to listen to what a person needs us to hear,
and the ability to develop trust.”
How do palliative care nurses manage the emotional
demands of their work? Jenny points to support
from the team plus a good home-work balance.
“Witnessing somebody else have their life
shortened and the loss that their family feel will
always be sad,” she says.
“I have to recognise that it’s not within my sphere
of influence to stop that sadness, or that person
from losing their life. Where I get my resilience
from is, what can I do as an individual to make that
journey and process as supported as it can be?
“If I’m able to give a child a handprint of their
mum so when they are 18 they can see how big
their mum’s hand was compared to theirs, or a
lock of hair and they can say, Oh that’s the same
colour as mine, or a video where a parent has
sent a message for their 18th – that takes me
from sadness to acceptance of mortality and a
recognition that what I do can make a difference,”
Palliative care nursing might be among the most
emotionally challenging, but Jenny says there is
also happiness. “This is a really happy place to be.
The team here, their can-do attitude and making a
difference to someone’s life, is huge. It’s not a sad
place to work.”
Can you help the hospice by leaving a donation in your Will?
Please contact Karen Durden, hospice Legacies Manager, on 01228 817607 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or any member of the fundraising team.
It gives us comfort
A mum has praised Jigsaw’s respite care for her son who has an extremely rare metabolic condition.
Jack Donohoe was born with nonketotic
hyperglycinaemia (NKH) which means his body can’t
get rid of excess glycine, an amino acid, leaving him
with disabilities, developmental issues, seizures and
Now 11, he has been going to Jigsaw since he was
four and mum Helen, from Cockermouth, said it had
had a major impact on their family life.
She said: “Jack was born with a metabolic disorder
so he has severe disabilities, he’s tube-fed and has
seizures. It’s very rare - there are around 25 children
living with it in the UK.
“When he was quite young obviously his disabilities
greatly affected his life but we could lift him and take
him wherever we went. But we’ve got two younger
children now who are nine and seven and as they got
to be toddlers it did get much harder going out and
about. We’d heard of Jigsaw but I didn’t really know
what a children’s hospice was like and we were a bit
nervous about it.
“I went on a visit and it immediately felt so calm
and welcoming, a really caring and nurturing
environment. So Jack started going for day care
for a couple of years and from age six we started
using the overnight care. Jack has got a very high
level of needs and he gets that high level of nursing
care there. When he goes to Jigsaw they are all very
aware of his individual needs and they are always
updating the things he likes.”
At Jigsaw Jack enjoys the sensory room and tactile
activities like baking and making pictures. There are
also special sibling days for him to share with his
brother and sister.
Helen added: “He’s really settled there and we
know he’s getting a very high level of care. It’s
very reassuring for us and gives us that little bit of
downtime. In the first few years of his life we didn’t
really know how long he would survive. When he was
very young I kept thinking I don’t want someone else
looking after him if he’s not going to be here for very
long. As he’s grown and we’ve realised he’s quite a
strong, resilient little guy he needed that sort of time
as well and we feel rejuvenated when we’ve had a bit
of a break and done some activities.”
The Donohoes also have the reassurance that Jack
will potentially be looked after into his early twenties.
“It gives us comfort knowing that when he’s there
he’s getting nursing support and a relaxed and
comfortable sensory time,” said Helen. “It is such a
great facility and support to have.”
If you would like to find out more about
the care, support and activities provided
at Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice
please visit www.jigsawhospice.org
We hope you’ll be inspired by some of our wonderful fundraisers showcasing the wide
variety of activities you can do to raise funds for your hospice.
Sarah and Diamond
Sarah raised money
and awareness for
the hospice by riding
Diamond more than 60
miles around Cumbria
dressed as Santa Claus.
decided to get her waistlength
hair cut into a bob.
She wanted to donate
the hair to the Princess
Trust but at the same
time raise money for the
hospice. When her mum
explained to her what
the hospice did, Poppy
decided that’s where she
wanted the money to go.
Vicky Wren and Florian
Vicky and her partner
Florian have completed
the top 10 UK Ordnance
Survey walks in memory
of her dad, Mick, who died
while running up Skiddaw
in the Lake District.
Mick was a supporter
Paula Colquhon (above)
Paula wanted to do the challenge of a lifetime - a sky
dive - while raising money for a good cause.
Precious Little Ones
Laura and Pam
Carruthers run Precious
Little Ones childminders
where they looked after
Lawson. Lawson’s family
were supported by
Jigsaw so Pam and Laura
wanted to give something
back. The children at the
childminders suggested a
superhero day as Lawson
loved them so they had a
superhero fun day on the
Jordan and Jonah
Two young men just out
of sixth form wanted
to do a big challenge
together before heading
off on new adventures
(uni and apprenticeship)
and raise money for a
local cause at the same
time. They completed
the Land’s End to
John o’Groats cycle on
History of Hospice
Eden Valley Hospice is a monument to the will of a community. Your much-loved local charity, which celebrates its
30th anniversary this year, came into being thanks to the efforts of countless local people.
Visionary individuals helped lead the way, buoyed by a
groundswell of support, determination and action which
reached right through the community – resulting in
today’s high-quality facility for the care of adults and
children with life-limiting illness.
The need for a hospice in Carlisle was recognised in
the 1970s but it was local woman Gill Melrose who lit
Raffles, coffee mornings and little events mounted up. In
five years Cumbrians raised £1m to build the hospice.
Jack Jones architects designed the building for free and
Laing builders donated the land on Durdar Road, which
had housed a brickworks.
The death of a friend from cervical cancer aged 38 in
1985 pushed her into action.
In her memories recorded for Eden Valley Hospice, she
says, “Sadly Jean died on her own in a four bedded ward
at the City General … I felt it was time something was
done where terminally ill patients could die with dignity,
respect and love all around them.”
On 13 September 1991 builders Lambert Gill handed over
the keys of the hospice to Peter Whitley, chair of the
Hospice Management Committee. Day patients were
first, and the following year the hospice admitted its first
in-patient, an 11-month-old baby.
Gill wrote to all 80 local GPs asking if they would back a
hospice and 79 replied, all expressing support. It was the
beginning of a campaign which snowballed.
In 1992 it had eight in-patient beds and could take 15
in day care. Six years later a children’s extension was
opened for day care. Today the hospice is among the
most treasured and respected of charities.
It survives and thrives thanks to the support of many
local volunteers, and the generosity of countless
ordinary people who fundraise and donate every year to
keep it running.
Each year Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s
children’s hospice, celebrates the lives of loved ones
by dedicating a light in the name of someone we
cherish. Light Up A Life allows us all to mark special
anniversaries, birthdays and important occasions when
precious memories are made.
In 1986 the first public announcement of the plan was
made in the Carlisle Gazette. Gill remembers that soon
afterwards she received a knock on her door. Rotary
Carlisle said they would like to help.
The Carlisle and District Hospice Appeal was formally
launched – and the people of north Cumbria responded.
Gill recalled: “People would stop me in the street to give
£1 here or £5 there. They recognised me and called
across the street to ask what the latest bank balance
was. Donations were sent to me through the post.”
Donate today to ensure the future of your hospice
care. Go to www.edenvalleyhospice.org/support-us/
It’s our mission for families to receive the highest level
of medical and nursing care, along with counselling and
spiritual support, when it is needed the most.
We will be sending out an invitation to be part of Light
Up A Life in the next few weeks. If you don’t normally
receive this but would like to take part this year please
take a look at our website: www.edenvalleyhospice.
or you can call the fundraising office on 01228 810801
and make a donation directly.
At Christmas there will be special moments of light and
brightness, with many new memories being made at
Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s
Hospice. All this is made possible by your support.
Beth Weir has been manager at our Lonsdale Street shop in Carlisle for 18 months and is delighted to see sales
finally returning to somewhere close to pre-Covid levels.
“There was a slow response initially when we reopened with some people taking a bit of time and consideration
before they came back,” she said. “Although it has taken a long time to recover, it is lovely to see people again.
We are a community here, not just a shop. We have regular customers who come in every week so it’s nice to catch
up with them.”
Beth is hoping for one or two more volunteers to join her on a Saturday, an ideal opportunity for those in college or
university looking for their first work experience. And what donations is she most pleased to see arrive at the shop?
“China sets,” says Beth. “They sell really well and are a high-ticket item.”
If you missed out on the Spring Raffle our
Autumn Raffle has commenced with the chance
to win £1,000 in time for Christmas.
To celebrate the hospice’s 30th Anniversary, we are
giving you more than 30 opportunities to win in the
Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Autumn Raffle.
One lucky winner will receive the top prize of £1,000
just before the festive season. Plus there’s a second
prize of £100 and 30 supporters will each win £30 as
Lottery Lead Ally Duncan said: “Thanks to yourselves
we had a phenomenal response to our Spring Raffle that
brought in over £40,000. It would be amazing to raise that
much again towards patient care.”
The Autumn draw will be made on Thursday 9
December 2021 with raffle tickets to be returned to the
hospice by Monday 6 December.
Tickets to win one of these fantastic prizes are just
£1 each and there is a book of 20 tickets enclosed
with the newsletter. If you would like tickets sent out
please call the Lottery Team on 01228 810801 or email
We’d like to thank the wonderful retail volunteers
who have been essential in enabling us to re-open our
shops after the unexpected second round of closures
at the start of this year.
We’re still in need of volunteers to help us across our
four shops in Carlisle and Penrith. We’re keen to hear
from you if you have a minimum of three hours per
week to dedicate and want to be part of our shops
team that contribute so much towards patient care.
To find out more or to express an interest, please call
01228 817615 or email email@example.com.
We’d love to have you on board!
Wigton shops close
Unfortunately, as a result of ongoing Covid impacts,
we had to take the decision to close our Brampton and
Wigton shops to help safeguard the future of the hospice.
We’d like to thank the many volunteers who
volunteered their time and showed true commitment
to the hospice by running the shops over the past
years, your support meant the world to us.
We have some lovely
Christmas cards and
calendars for you to
purchase that will help
support the hospice. Please
get your orders in soon to
Wedding Favours are A Gift that Makes a Difference
You can support the hospice during your big day with
our beautifully designed table cards. Each card will
be personalised with your details and incorporates a
unique lottery number.
The lottery numbers printed on the cards will be
entered into the weekly lottery draw which will provide
your guests with the opportunity to win one of 58 cash
prizes, including a top prize of £1,000 and a rollover of
up to £10,000.
Wedding Favours are only £2 each, and this will go
towards providing specialist care and support for adults
and children with life-limiting illnesses.
Lottery Lead Ally Duncan said: “Our personalised
wedding favours are a unique way of giving something
back to the hospice while celebrating your special day.
You’re giving your guests chance to win and you’re
helping support the work we do.
“The A6 cards come
the couple’s names,
date of the wedding,
and we can also
add a small piece of
wording if it’s in
memory of a
Please note that the Favours must only be given to
guests over 16 and we normally require a minimum of
three weeks, notice to prepare and personalise your
Please visit our website to find out more about
joining our weekly lottery, our Autumn raffle and our