Entries by Rebecca Cassidy

Huggy’s story

Kevin Hawley, affectionately known as Huggy, started to attend Blythe House in 2018 after being diagnosed with carcinoid syndrome. Huggy’s loveable nickname came about in 1976, when he was a firefighter in Derby; with colleagues taking inspiration from the hit TV show, Starsky and Hutch. Huggy, who worked as a firefighter for 35 years across […]

Betty’s story

Betty and her husband, Tony have volunteered for Blythe House since 2009, after they relocated to the High Peak from Peterborough. The couple had heard lots about Blythe House during many years holidaying in the area, visiting Tony’s auntie. When they moved here, they knew that they wanted to do something to help. Betty – […]

Alex’s story

It is a bit of a family affair for Alex Clark, her parents, auntie, husband, niece and daughters, who all support Blythe House Hospicecare by giving their time to volunteer in many ways. Alex, who’s from Buxton, explains more… ‘It was back in 2011 when my Mum, Brenda noticed that Blythe House’s Buxton shop was […]

Say hello to the charity shop treasure hunter!

Laurence Carr has been voluntarily managing the hospice’s antiques and collectibles eBay site since 2008, raising over £120,000 for patient care and services in that time! The hospice’s retail sector – including four charity shops across the High Peak, and two online eBay sites – brings in almost half of the funding needed to keep […]

Emily’s work experience blog

Emily Efstathiou came along to Blythe House for work experience in November 2019, during her two-year Business course at Buxton College. The 18-year old has written a blog about her week with the hospice, including why she decided to undertake work experience here: I had heard about Blythe House from people who had raised funds […]

Lynne’s story

‘Art therapy keeps you going and makes you feel better’ Lynne Bould from Fairfield started to attend Blythe House’s Living Well service in February 2019, after her breast cancer diagnosis. She has found solace in the service’s writing group, and more recently the art therapy, creating intricate wall hangings which she hopes to display at […]

Jasmyn’s story

Jasmyn Walton gives her time to support the hospice’s fundraising events like the Glow Twilight Walk, in roles including marshalling and registration of participants. After she got married in May 2019, Jasmyn and her husband Andrew also donated their beautiful wedding flowers to brighten up the hospice building for patients, staff and volunteers to enjoy. […]