Entries by Rebecca Mellor


Life-saving equipment installed at Blythe House thanks to local grant

A life-saving defibrillator is now installed at Blythe House Hospicecare, thanks to funding from a local charity. Chapel-en-le-Frith United Charities provided a grant for the equipment, after Kath Sizeland, High Peak borough councillor for Chapel West ward, suggested installing it at the hospice to ensure accessibility for residents in the area, and to complement other […]


Highlighting support for carers during national Carers’ Week

People across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales who are caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness, are being urged to seek support. We provide support and advice to carers who’re looking after a relative or friend who may have an illness such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, Parkinson’s or […]


Sandra’s story

Sandra Mather first encountered Blythe House back in 2006 when she was a student nurse at the University of Derby, visiting the hospice to learn more about patient therapies and out-patient clinics, including palliative medicine and lymphoedema. Sandra, who is now a district nurse with the Bakewell and Baslow Team for Derbyshire Community Health Services […]


Annual review 2020/21 – read it now!

Our annual review for 2020/21 is out now! Featuring information and patient stories about hospice services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns, it highlights the incredible work of our staff and volunteer teams. The document is dedicated with grateful thanks to everyone who has supported Blythe House and Helen’s Trust during the past year, including […]

Wills month with BRM Solicitors in June

We are delighted that BRM Solicitors in Chesterfield are supporting us once again with a free will writing month in June. Suggested donation are: For a single will £75 – funding five hours of Hospice at Home care Mirror will £150 – to pay for a night-sit in the comfort of a patient’s home Call […]


Joy’s story

Joy Stephenson’s husband, Chas started to attend Blythe House following his diagnosis with a rare form of blood cancer. Joy was also offered carers support from the hospice, before Chas sadly died in January 2021 after receiving Hospice at Home care. Joy, from Hayfield, explains: ‘Chas and I met as students and our first date […]

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Sunflower Memories 2021 – Steven’s story

Remember someone special as part of our Sunflower Memories month.  Throughout June, you can dedicate a flower in memory of someone special, and make a donation to support local hospice care and services. For a suggested minimum donation of £10, a sunflower in the virtual hospice garden will be dedicated to your loved one, and you’ll […]


Cathy’s story – Dying Matters awareness week

‘Arranging Mum’s funeral, I knew exactly what she wanted; I had no regrets that I’d done or chosen anything wrong, and I knew I’d done her justice.’ Dying Matters week aims to raise awareness of opening up the conversation between families and friends about death, dying and bereavement. One way to do this is to […]