Entries by Rebecca Cassidy

Jon’s story

Blythe House community volunteer, Jon Davey first found out about the hospice in 2009, after his prostate cancer diagnosis. The Buxton resident regularly attended our monthly prostate cancer support group and continues to come along to the weekly mindfulness meditation sessions. Jon, who’s a keen long distance walker, explained: ‘I am aware of what’s going […]

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New faces on Blythe House collection pots across the High Peak

Heading out to do some shopping or run errands over the coming weeks, you might notice some new faces that crop up regularly in shops and businesses across the High Peak and Hope Valley. Blythe House Hospicecare is delighted to launch its new fundraising collection pots, displaying the beaming faces of dedicated hospice supporters. More […]

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Janet’s story

‘I really value the support from the community volunteer programme; Blythe House is a lifeline for me and my family.’ Chapel-en-le-Frith resident Janet Brindley was referred to Blythe House by her support worker in October 2018, after she was diagnosed with motor neurone disease earlier that year. Janet, who was a very keen walker, said […]

‘Wonderful’ service caring for local people with life-limiting illnesses is looking for new volunteers

Our community volunteer programme, described as ‘gentle, invaluable and amazing,’ is seeking local people who would like to support patients in the comfort of their own home. The service provides practical and emotional support in the homes of local patients who have life-limiting illnesses including cancer, COPD, heart failure and neurological conditions such as motor […]

Ali’s story

Ali Dronfield-Boyd became a Blythe House community volunteer in June 2019 after retiring early and proactively looking for volunteering opportunities to do ‘something valuable.’ Ali, who hails from Buxton, is currently providing support in the home of a local patient who has motor neurone disease. She explained: ‘I took early retirement in June 2018 and […]

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Keeping you safe – information on coronavirus

(Updated at 1.20pm on 24.03.2020) At Blythe House, the well-being of the people we support, hospice visitors, staff and volunteers is our first priority and that’s why we are following advice and guidance issued by Public Health England and the UK Government. In light of the Government’s announcement on 23.03.2020, we have taken the decision […]

Jim’s story

Engineer, Jim Martin started to attend Blythe House in 2018 after cancer in his prostate spread to his bones. The 68-year-old proud grandfather says the hospice is ‘certainly not a “last chance saloon”’ and that he would ‘recommend it to anyone.’ Jim, who’s from New Mills, explains: ‘I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003 […]