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We're delighted that two services at Jersey Hospice Care have been recognised for leading the way in ensuring patients with a life limiting illness receive the best possible care in their last years and spend their final days in dignity and peace.

Staff working on our In Patient Unit and Day Hospice have been awarded the national Gold Standards Framework accreditation, recognising excellence in the care provided to patients with a life limiting illness – making us one of the first healthcare providers in Jersey to earn the quality hallmark for excellence in end of life care.

Professor Keri Thomas, Founder & National Clinical Lead of the Gold Standards Framework, said, ‘Findings from the evaluation of the impact of Gold Standards Framework in Jersey are very encouraging suggesting that it has catalysed significant improvements in well-coordinated integrated end of life care across the whole island. The progress made in all areas, and particularly in the coordination whole island approach, has been impressive.’

There is no greater service we can provide than supporting people every step of the way along this difficult journey. Through dedicated, planned and coordinated care, we are ensuring more people are living and dying according to their wishes.
Gail Caddell
Director of Palliative Care Services
Five minutes with ...
There are a diverse range of roles within Jersey Hospice Care offering support to our patients and their families. To give you an insight into what we do, here we spend five minutes with a member of our team to find out more. 

Today we're chatting to Mary Le Hegarat, Counselling and Emotional Support Counsellor, 
Community Bereavement Service.
 
When did you start at Jersey Hospice Care?
I started at Jersey Hospice as a volunteer bereavement support worker, supporting children and adults in 2009 with the Community Bereavement Team. In May 2015, I was appointed as a counsellor and employed to support children and adults for emotional support and bereavement.

How do you make a difference?
Being an Accredited Counsellor, I am able to offer specialised counselling and offering compassionate care by supporting adult patients of Jersey Hospice Care, their family members including children and young people, to come to terms with a diagnosis of a life limiting condition. 

I also support the community of Jersey of any age, to manage the impact of bereavement at any time in their lives, that is interfering with their daily functioning.

Part of my current role is to support the Children and Young People team to provide counselling support to siblings and family members who have a child in the family with a life limiting and life threatening conditions.

What did you do before you worked here?
I was working in childcare for the last 16 years previous to this role as an Early Years Practitioner and Line Manager in Day Care Nurseries.

What are your plans for the next six months?
Finish my Diploma in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapy and Counselling Supervision at the end of November. Our bi-annual six week bereavement adult support group ‘Looking Back Moving Forward’ will be starting again at the beginning of the year. We will also be raising awareness in the community about our services through talks and promotional stands.

What do you enjoy most working for Jersey Hospice Care?
Having the privilege to meet and spend time with others, either staff, volunteers, patients, families and clients of all ages. I feel grateful to have an opportunity to do this work that I feel passionate about.

What do you do in your free time?
I practice yoga on a regular basis either at home or with others, best has been outside yoga classes this summer. I enjoy walking anywhere, but I love a good cliff path!! I also love having an opportunity to travel abroad. Plus drinking coffee!
Update from our Retail Fundraising Shops
We are excited to unveil its fantastic new range of high quality, reasonably priced Christmas stock, which is on sale in our Union Street shop.

Since 2016, the Town Fundraising Shop has stocked new Christmas items, having witnessed a gap in the seasonal market locally and being unable to keep up with local demand from the donated Christmas stock.

Whilst we will always rely heavily on donations from the community, we are continually looking at ways to diversify. As a result, we are expanding the range of items we sell by having new stock in limited sections. Our new range includes Christmas wreaths, crackers, ornaments, baubles, candles and more; in fact almost everything you need to make your house looking fabulously festive!

We have already received extremely positive feedback from customers, with some even taking photographs of the range. There are some real bargains including beautiful boxes of crackers from just £4.99 and 20 metres of wrapping paper for only £3.49.

The Town Christmas Shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 16:00
Up coming events and initiatives

Look out for news on our 2020 5000 Club, our monthly lottery, which we'll be launching soon.

New for 2020, we have increased the prizes up for grabs and you'll be able to pay for your ticket by direct debit - a great way to support Hospice for less than the price of a coffee every month.

As well as some lovely Genuine Jersey stalls, selling beautiful Christmas goodies, you can try your hand at our raffle and bottle stalls, or sample some home made cakes and refreshments.

Or why not buy your Christmas Cakes, with amazing decorations from the Sugar Art group.

Please note that we are full booked with stall holders. If you would like to be considered for our 2020 Christmas Market, please register your interest by emailing fundraising@jerseyhospicecare.com

Remember your loved one at this special time of year by dedicating a light on our Christmas tree, as we join together to switch on the tree lights.

To make a dedication in our Book of Remembrance, please click on the link below.
Make a Light Up a Life dedication

Choose your Christmas Tree and make a donation to Hospice

The trees will be for sale in a private house: La Pompe, La Rue de la Grange, St Mary JE3 3AP.

There are approximately 60 trees of all sizes, still planted – meaning that you can’t buy them any fresher!  Once you have chosen, your tree will then be cut down by professionals from Elysian Gardens and wrapped in netting by our volunteers, ready for you to take home and decorate. 

We are expecting this to be very popular, so we’d recommend you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

There will be guide prices for the trees, based on their height. As all the money raised will be donated to Jersey Hospice Care, we’d love people to be generous with their donations.

We are so grateful to Paul and Alex Anthony who came up with this fabulous festive fundraiser!

Join us for the biggest Santa Dash Jersey has ever seen, on Thursday 5 December!

What better way to get in the mood for Christmas, than pulling on your Santa suit and heading off around the streets of St Helier? Join us for this year’s fabulously festive Mitchell’s Santa Dash. Rather than ‘winning’ it’s all about ‘taking part’ so you can run, jog, scoot or walk the one mile course – you decide! 

Santa suits will be provided as part of your registration fee – but all fancy dress is welcome!

New for 2019 - we're delighted to introduce Mitchell's Mini Santa Dash for children, on Sunday 8 December!


Due to the popularity of our adults’ Mitchell’s Santa Dash, we’re excited to be holding our first festive dash for children. Children’s Santa suits and a finishers medal will be provided as part of the registration fee – but all fancy dress is welcome!

We’re encouraging children to hop, skip or dash their way around our course, which is one lap around St Andrew’s Park, First Tower. Registration will open in St Andrew’s Church Hall at 14:00 followed by a warm up with Father Christmas, ready to dash at 14:30. Refreshments will be provided in the Church Hall afterwards.

This dash is for Primary School aged children – please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult in order to take part.

Sign up for Mitchell's Santa Dash
Sign up for Mitchell's Mini Santa Dash
Sign up for the 50 Mile Virtual Run
For one night only, you are invited to wear your best wedding outfit!

Dust off your wedding dress, send the Kilt to the cleaners, brush down that bridesmaid dress, find a suit or pick out your favourite wedding guest outfit! You are cordially invited to a fundraiser with a difference, My Big Fat Hospice Wedding Reception.

Enjoy drinks on arrival and a delicious three course meal. Entertainment will be provided by Little Black Dress.

We are incredibly grateful to Sara for organising this fabulous fundraiser for Jersey Hospice Care.

Book your table here

We are proud to present the very first Hospice 2 Hospice half marathon road race!

Run through the beautiful west of the island in our inaugural half marathon. The race is open to individuals or a relay team of two.

The date ties in perfectly for anyone who is training for the Virgin Money London Marathon, as it takes place four weeks before. It is also 12 weeks into the year, perfect for anyone wanting to kick start the New Year by getting fit.

Head to our website to find out more and to register.

Sign up for the Hospice 2 Hospice Half marathon
Click here for a full list of our upcoming events
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