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Marathon bike ride in
memory of Mum
Brothers Luke and Seth Twigden and         July. They have smashed their target of
their friend Ian Gilson recently cycled    raising £3,000 for Thorpe Hall and now
from Peterborough to Manchester to         hope to be able to present us with a
raise money for Thorpe Hall Hospice.       staggering £4,500 – £5,000.
They undertook the 160 mile challenge to   It is always wonderful when people show
raise funds in memory of Luke and Seth's   such kindness and generosity towards
mum, Sue, who we cared for before she      our work and it is especially touching
passed away in June.                       when an event is held in memory of a
They finished the ride a day early and     loved one we have cared for.
arrived in Manchester on Sunday 31st

       Sonny joins the team!
The fundraising team have just              If you'd like Sonny to make a visit to
recruited their latest member – a 6         your organisation then please get in
foot sunflower called Sonny!                touch.
Sonny lives in the gardens at Thorpe        Sonny has also decided to try and
Hall and enjoys sunny days, telling
everyone about the fantastic care
                                            raise as much as he can through
                                            various sponsored activities. The first
                                                                                        Coffee Shop
                                                                                      Our coffee shop will celebrate its first
offered here and playing with the           event he will be taking part in will be
                                                                                      birthday and we are currently
squirrels that live with him. He            the Mascot Grand National at              planning a very special party to mark
dislikes dull days, slugs and snails.       Huntingdon Racecourse on the 25th         the first successful year of opening.
Sonny loves visiting schools,               September. Why not come along and         So far this year (Jan - June) the shop
shopping centres and anywhere else          cheer Sonny on or sponsor him at          has made a profit of over £6,000 and
he can tell people about the care we        thanks must go to all the volunteers
provide at Thorpe Hall.                                                               for their hard work and dedication.
                                                                                      Look out for photos and news of the
                                                                                      party in the next newsletter.

                                                                                       Summer Events
                                                                                      We've had another busy calendar of
                                                                                      events at Thorpe Hall over the
                                                                                      summer and we would like to thank
                                                                                      everyone who has supported us.
                                                                                      The undoubted highlight was the
                                                                                      summer fete, which raised almost
                                                                                      £16,000 – a record! Thanks to
                                                                                      everyone who made it such a
                                                                                      special day.
                                                                                      Plans are already under way to
                                                                                      make next year even bigger and
                                                                                      better than ever.

 Thorpe Hall’s history book has been recently reprinted and is now on sale at reception, priced at £4

       For more information contact 01733 330060 or

A Life Remembered
By Dr Janet Squire, Medical Director & Consultant in Palliative Care
Over the years, I have often mentioned the     more and more on cure and high-tech             and concerns of those closest to them and
work of Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of       procedures. She pioneered research              to continue this care into bereavement.
the Modern Hospice Movement.                   which highlighted the importance of             Dame Cicely's work began with a lonely
It would not be right for us to publish this   expert pain relief and symptom control          Polish patient whom she met after the 2nd
newsletter without reference to her death,     and enabled us to use drugs effectively         World War, and with whom she shared the
on July 14th, at St. Christopher's Hospice     with minimal side effects. At the same          needs of the dying. It has ended with the
in London, the unit she established in 1967.   time she introduced the concept of “total       foundation of over 200 hospices in this
Her understanding of patients' needs           pain” - that physical symptoms are              country, hospital and community teams
towards the end of life led to the whole       compounded by social, financial and             throughout the U.K., and internationally
concept of palliative care, and it is her      spiritual factors - and thus the necessity to   specialist teams in over 70 countries. We
vision that has been a source of               offer holistic support. Underlying all this     at Thorpe Hall are only a small part of her
inspiration to so many of us.                  was her belief that it is the family that is    legacy, but are privileged to feel that we
During the 50's and 60's she recognised        the unit of care – and the importance of        may be continuing her vision.
the inadequacy of the care of the dying in     our endeavouring to meet, not just our
hospitals - as medical minds concentrated      patients’ physical needs, but the anxieties

    “You matter because you are you, and you matter until the end of your life”.

    Chaplain's Chat                             Thorpe Hall Day Centre – Kitchen Refurbishment
                                               Earlier this year a new kitchen and dining      people who have various conditions
 Linda Elliot, Hospice Chaplain                room was fitted in our Day Centre to            affecting their nervous systems.
 I have taken to heart this year our need      improve our service for members. The            Our next project will to be to develop a
 as a hospice to be 'open to future            kitchen has specially adapted work              small computer suite in our quiet room, as
 challenges', and how we can extend            surfaces, which make them suitable for          we now have two new computers, each
 and expand the work we are doing with         wheelchair access and allows our                with internet access. We want to set up an
 regard to spiritual and bereavement           members to participate in activities such       induction programme for those members
 care. I have researched into what other       as jam making and cake baking.                  interested in learning how to use a
 hospices are doing around the country         This has proved really popular and helps        computer and access the internet.
 and learnt from their best practice.          us achieve our aims of offering an
 Two particular areas we want to look at       enjoyable and stimulating day out for           Sister Jo Clarke (Day Centre Manager)
 are training and enabling a group of
 volunteers who will become                      Tree of Lights / Serpentine Green
 ‘bereavement befrienders’ and help the
 recently bereaved come to terms with
 their loss.
                                                Our annual Tree of Lights concert will
                                                take place this year on Sunday 11th
                                                December here at Thorpe Hall.
                                                                                                      A really
 Secondly, after the large number of
 young families at the hospice in the
 past year, how we might increase our
                                                Invites to those people who have taken
                                                part in previous years will be sent out in
                                                mid-October and forms will also be
                                                                                                     new way
 support for children and help them after
 the death of a close relative.
 To help get these potential projects up
                                                available from reception and our shops.
                                                We will also be having eight local
                                                schools carol singing for us in
                                                                                                      to help
 and running, staff nurse Yvonne Elma
                                                Serpentine Green between the 5th & 8th
 has been ‘seconded’ for half a shift per
                                                December and will also be giving               A new shopping website offering tens of
 week and we will keep you updated on
                                                customers the chance to leave seasonal         thousands of products has been launched
 our progress in future newsletter
                                                messages on their Christmas Tree in            to help the city's Sue Ryder Care hospice
                                                return for a donation.                         at Thorpe Hall.
                                                                                               Internet shoppers can access more than 80
                                                                                               retailers via and
 Help needed at Thorpe                                   Thorpe Hall                           each purchase will earn commission for
   Hall Hospice shop                                      Open Day                             the hospice.
                                                                                               Cheaper gas, electricity and phone
Volunteer and turn your spare time into
                                               World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is        charges are all possible through the site
care time. We are in desperate need of
                                               being held on Saturday 8th October and          as well as holiday bookings and retailers
volunteers at our Thorpe Hall Hospice
                                               we are marking the day by holding our           such as Amazon and Marks & Spencer.
charity shop. If you have a couple of hours
                                               first ever Open Day for supporters and          All supporters have to do is buy online
spare each week we would love to hear
                                               the general public.                             through the website and a commission
from you.
                                               Our Education Manager, Karen Jacobs,            will be paid to help with patient care at
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to
                                               will be giving a tour of the building and       Thorpe Hall.
make new friends, have fun and learn new
                                               also explaining a bit more about the            “This is a really simple way for people to
skills and share existing ones.
                                               excellent work we do here at Thorpe Hall.       help us just by doing their shopping. With
Types of jobs you can get involved in
                                               There will be two sessions – 10.00 - 12.30      more and more people shopping online, it
include serving customers, preparing
                                               and 1.30 - 4.00. Entrance is free and           is a fantastic opportunity for us to boost
donated stock, displaying products,
                                               refreshments will be available throughout       our funds” said Mandy Kisbee, Sue Ryder
assisting with fundraising events plus
                                               the day. It promises to be an informative       fundraising assistant.
much more.
                                               and thought provoking day and we look           It costs £2 million a year to run the
If you are interested or would like further
                                               forward to seeing as many people as             hospice, of which £1 million has to be
information please give the Shop
                                               possible attend.                                raised locally. Patients are not charged for
Manager, Mrs Freda Smith a ring on 01733
                                                                                               their care.

       For more information contact 01733 330060 or

 Christmas                                    GO YELLOW 2005                                  After ten collections we have raised a
                                                                                              fantastic £4,980.00 with one more
                                                                                              collection to go at Sainsburys, Bretton.
                                                                                              My thanks go to everyone who has helped
                                                                                              and we have far exceeded the £4,000

is coming!                                                                                    target that we set at the beginning of the
                                                                                              campaign. We wouldn't have been able to
                                                                                              achieve this without the help of all our
                                                                                              fantastic volunteers and staff. A big thank
                                                                                              you also goes to Pat Lyon and Judy
Although it’s still a long way off we are
                                                                                              Francis who organised collections in
already planning for Christmas. Our
                                                                                              Oundle and Stamford respectively and to
exclusive range of christmas cards will be
                                                                                              Mary Pulley for all her help in counting lots
on sale shortly in reception and at the
                                                                                              of the money which was collected.
annual Peterborough Christmas Card
                                                                                              Finally can I pass on my sincere thanks to
Fayre on the 21st and 22nd October.
                                                                                              all the members of Fundraising, including
We will also be encouraging local             Volunteers June Aldridge & Vi Dalton with
                                                                                              ‘Sonny’, for all their help and support
businesses to take part in our annual         their sunflowers
                                                                                              during the campaign.
christmas card appeal. We provide a
special message board for your workplace
and ask people to make a donation for            NENE VALLEY RAILWAY                         A charity event with a difference! Travel
leaving a message instead of sending                                                         back in time, enjoying the luxury of the
christmas cards around the office.                                                           Orient Express carriages, travelling
We also have some exclusive Festive                                                          between Wansford station and
Friends soft toys to sell and a range of                                                     Peterborough Nene Valley Railway station.
special, festive flashing badges, which                                                      More than 600 people enjoyed the
sold out in record time last year.                                                           exclusive trips and were pampered even
                                                                                             further by being served afternoon tea by
If you’d like to sell any merchandise in                                                     Thorpe Hall volunteers. Jackie Page, our
your school, workplace or organisation or                                                    events organiser was one of the
would like one of the christmas card                                                         waitresses for the weekend and was
appeal fundraising packs, please contact                                                     delighted that the event had raised £5,500
the fundraising office                                                                       for hospice funds.
                                                                                             Thanks go to the staff at Nene Valley
                                              A well deserved break – Fundraising            Railway who worked with Thorpe Hall
                                              Manager Craig Linton taking tea with           volunteers to make the weekend such a
  Jon & Georgi's July                         volunteers Judy Allen & Pauline Parker         success. We are hoping to hold a similar
                                                                                             event next year, so watch out for details.
Jump provides sky-high
    boost to funds!                                                   LIGHT FANTASTIC
                                               Former MP and author Lord Archer will be at Thorpe Hall in November for Light
                                               Fantastic 05, a fundraising champagne evening which last year raised £17,000.
                                               Lord Archer will be the celebrity auctioneer at the event encouraging guests to buy
                                               special lots including a session in a top London recording studio and a set of limited
                                               edition prints of the Red Arrows.
                                               The evening is on November 19th and will include a buffet and musical entertainment.
                                               Tickets are £30.
                                               The event is organised by a group of friends headed by Sarah Jackson, wife of
                                               Peterborough's MP Stewart Jackson.
                                               If you would like to help with sponsorship, say of the champagne, or by offering a raffle
                                               or auction prize, please contact Linda Dalton on 01733 330060.
Jon Culverhouse and his daughter Georgi
recently undertook a sponsored skydive to
raise funds for Sue Ryder Care.
Jon comes into the hospice for occasional
respite care and wanted to contribute
towards the fundraising efforts.
                                              Thorpe Hall's                                         Fundraising
After a few frustrating weather delays the
pair finally got to jump at Sibson airfield
on Saturday 30th July and described the
                                              Website                                               Pack Ready
experience as ‘exhilarating’.                                                                If the exploits of any of our intrepid
A couple of weeks later Jon and Georgi        We have recently updated and                   fundraisers have inspired you and you
came into the hospice to present us with a    re-launched our website and it now             would like to organise a sponsored event
cheque for a staggering £8,000.               features more news and events and you          or have any other ideas, then please get in
As Jon says:                                  can download our newsletter and lots of        touch with the fundraising department.
“Not only was the jump was an                 other useful information. Make sure you        We have just launched a comprehensive
unforgettable experience for us both, but     check back regularly for all the latest        fundraising pack, full of good ideas,
also gave us the chance to raise much         news or let us know your e-mail address        practical hints and ways we can help you
needed funds for the hospice. We really       and we'll let you know when it has been        to make your event a success.
appreciate the wonderful support we           updated. Check out all the info at:            If you'd like to receive one call us on
received from friends and family and it         (01733) 330060 or e-mail
was with great pleasure that we handed                                             
over the money we raised”.

            For more information contact 01733 330060 or

                                                                              THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
    EVENTS DIARY 2005                                                         q        Mayors charities at Stamford for £3,100
    September 25th                      Pampering Day                         q        Huntingdon Area Mini Owners club for £175 raised on
    October 1st & 2nd                   Glinton Vintage                                the annual Huntingdon to Hunstanton run
                                        Working Weekend -                     q        Mrs Bond who raised £60 from a gardening class
                                        Helpston Road Glinton                 q        Mr & Mrs Longstaff who raised £500 from donations
                                                                                       given in lieu of silver wedding gifts
    October 8th                         Thorpe Hall Hospice
                                                                              q        Nancy Cavey, Drew Norman and Neil Webb who all
                                        Open Day – World
                                                                                       completed the London Marathon and raised £619,
                                        Palliative Care Day
                                                                                       £769 and £819 respectively
    October 21st & 22nd                 Christmas Card Fayre,                 q        Everyone involved with the Darren Wilburn Memorial
                                        Town Hall Peterborough                         Football Match which raised £1102
    October 23rd                        Car Boot Sale                         q        David Cham and friends who raised £985.34 at a Barn
    October 30th                        Nearly New Sale
                                                                              q        Persimmon Homes for their latest donation of
    November 26th & 27th                Christmas Craft Fair                           £2,624.93
                                        Weekend                               q        Nathan Bird for raising £1138.95 from a sponsored sky
    December 1st onwards                Serpentine Green                               dive
                                        ‘Tree of Lights’                      q        Suzanne Ellington who raised £100.71 by selling cakes
    December 5th – 8th                  Schools Carol Singing                 q        The Cubic Stone Lodge for £460
                                        at Serpentine Green
                                                                                    .......and to everyone else – too numerous to mention
    December 11th                       Tree of Lights Concert
                                                                                                          THANK YOU

                                                                 Smart Cartridge
    Our cartridge recycling scheme goes from strength to strength and we are delighted to announce that we have now
  teamed up with Smart Cartridge of Lincoln Road, Peterborough to collect all our cartridges. You can drop off your used
  cartridges in reception at Thorpe Hall, or if you have a large number to collect then Smart Cartridge will come and pick
 them up. For more info on Smart Cartridge call Chris on 01733 551559 or

   If you are a UK taxpayer we can claim an extra 28p for                     These small amounts soon make a difference and in
   every pound you give, from the Inland Revenue helping                      2004, and extra £9,771.50 was raised for Thorpe Hall in
   your donation to Sue Ryder Care, Thorpe Hall Hospice go                    this way. All you need to do is to fill in a gift aid form and
   that little bit further. So if you were to donate £10 for                  return it to the Fundraising Department, Sue Ryder Care,
   example, we could claim an additional £2.80 back,                          Thorpe Hall. Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6LW
   thereby making your donation worth £12.80.

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