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The Lantern Issue #101 - Spring 2021

Monday 26th April

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Welcome to issue 101 of The Lantern

A challenging 2020 ended with personal sadness for Farleigh when we heard of the passing of Keith Andrew, a previous Farleigh Board Chair. Keith was truly committed to developing local hospice services and we are forever indebted to his dedication. We will stay connected with Keith’s family and hope to join them in paying tribute to him in a memorial service in the summer when restrictions allow.

We’ve begun 2021 with a sense of optimism and pride at how we have all adapted to such exceptional circumstances. The theme at Farleigh this spring is one of celebration. Celebrating our amazing care teams who have worked so hard to pandemic-proof our services. Not all superheroes wear capes – ours wear burgundy scrubs and we celebrate their amazing achievements in our latest appeal, Farleigh Hospice Heroes.

Our ability to be flexible and switch our services to provide more care at home and virtual support is demonstrated in our story about Sarah Glew, in this piece she shares with us how our virtual services helped her.

We are passionate about supporting good end of life care and our education team continues to provide excellent training programmes not just for our Farleigh clinicians, but also for other healthcare professionals and care staff. Earlier this year they achieved a training first, delivering their biggest virtual training course for 67 members of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

We’ve held some fantastic virtual fundraising events recently. Our Sit Up Challenge raised over £36,700 and our Festive 5k raised £10,000 - thank you
to all who took part! Our first ever virtual bingo and comedy night events were huge successes, raising over £2,500 between them and lifting our spirits during lockdown. There is light at the end of the tunnel and we were excited to reopen our shops on the 12 April in accordance to government guidelines.

Thank you for your continued support, without you none of what we have achieved would be possible.

Alison Stevens, Chief Executive