People across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales are invited to ‘get their glow on’ to support local hospice care.

Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust are hosting their second annual Glow Twilight Walk on Saturday 15th May – and this time, it’s virtual!

People can sign up to take on their own 10k night-time walk, and help to raise vital funds for palliative and end of life care across the community.

Blythe House and Helen’s Trust provides free care and support to people across the High Peak, Hope Valley, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire who are affected by life-limiting illness and bereavement.

The Hospice at Home service has provided over 17,000 hours of care to more than 180 local patients in the comfort of their own home since the start of the first national COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.

The Virtual Glow Twilight Walk follows the incredibly popular inaugural event back in 2019.

Sue Boulton (second from left), from Buxton, took part alongside work colleagues in memory of a friend and co-worker. She said: ‘It was about taking part in something that would make a difference to Blythe House. To help raise that much needed funding, enabling them to give support, advice and care to everyone in our community that needs it.

‘It’s all about fun, dressing up and most importantly being part of an event that paid tribute to those we have lost. I joined my old work pals to remember our dear friend and colleague, Karen Byrne.

‘We can’t all be together for 2021 twilight walk, but we can all join together in spirit. Whichever way you decide to walk, virtually with friends, with your partner or family bubble. It’s all about having fun, raising money and remembering those loved ones fighting their own battle or for those that are no longer with us.’

Becca Gregory, fundraising and events coordinator at Blythe House and Helen’s Trust, added: ‘We are so excited to be lighting up the night once again in aid of local hospice care. This time, due to COVID restrictions, participants can get involved with their household or support bubble – and see how many other Glow Twilight walkers they can spot along the way! We hope people will get involved across our community – even much further afield – to support the important work undertaken by our amazing hospice clinical teams and volunteers every single day.’

Registration is just £10 and includes a T-shirt, glow sticks and face paint – sign up online before Tuesday 11th May.

Our counselling and bereavement team is continuing to provide telephone, online and face-to-face support sessions to adults, children and young people throughout COVID-19. Between now and the beginning of the first national lockdown back in March 2020, the service has supported over 115 people.

Rachel Leech, children and young people’s counsellor, has provided an update. She said: ‘We have adapted the way that the service is offered to ensure that we meet everyone’s needs. I’ve heard the phrase that “we are in the same storm but we’re not necessarily in the same of boat” and that’s very true. Some people are incredibly vulnerable, health wise, and need to shield. They have been advised not to leave their home unless absolutely necessary. We understand this and offer telephone or online counselling to ensure that we can still provide a service for people in that particular “boat”.

‘We have sent out ‘Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine’ bereavement books for children. We’ve learnt how to use Zoom and Microsoft Teams to offer online counselling. Some people need face-to-face counselling. Children and young people often need to use creative methods or play to explore their feelings, and face-to-face sessions are necessary to do this. Some people are vulnerable to loneliness and mental health conditions and we recognise that it is vital that we offer face-to-face appointments when online and telephone support does not feel appropriate.

‘We know that our support matters more now than ever. The world is different and COVID adds another layer of trauma to illness and bereavement. To make sure that everyone that needs to see a counsellor face-to-face does, we have taken every step possible to ensure that anyone that comes into Blythe House Hospicecare is COVID safe. We provide grade two medical masks for everyone that comes to Blythe House that is able to wear a mask. We conduct checks before each appointment to ensure anyone that comes for a counselling appointment is free of symptoms and not been in contact with anyone that has COVID. All counsellors wear grade two medical masks, and when working with play with young children, gloves and aprons are also worn. Surfaces and objects are wiped down after every appointment.

‘Please know that we are still here for you no matter what “boat” you are in, and we look forward to the day when normality resumes and we can see you all face-to-face again. In the meantime, continue to take good care and stay safe.’

Find out more about the counselling and bereavement service here at Blythe House.

A new shop to help raise funds for local hospice care in set to open in Bakewell.

The Helen’s Trust retail outlet is located at 1 Royal Oak Place on Matlock Street, next door to Rural Threads.

Helen’s Trust and Blythe House came together last year to offer hospice care in the comfort of patient’s homes across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

The new store joins Blythe House’s other very successful shops in Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills and Whaley Bridge, which collectively turned over in excess of £405,000 to support local hospice services during 2018/19.

Alistair Rogerson, business development manager at Blythe House and Helen’s Trust, said: ‘We are really excited to be opening up a new shop premises in beautiful Bakewell. Helen’s Trust is the local charity in Bakewell and the money generated from the shop will help to fund end of life hospice services delivered in the community, where they are needed most.

‘Charity shops in general receive such bad press but our four current shops really are a treasure trove of high-quality items very kindly donated by local people; sorted and displayed by dedicated volunteers, who all wish to support their local hospice charity. It is clear how well-loved they are, by how much money they bring in to support our services. This is so important as we need to raise £1.5 million annually to fund local hospice care.

‘The decision to take on a new shop during the ongoing pandemic was not taken lightly. We had to weigh up the pros and cons very seriously, and our committed volunteer board members were confident and excited about the prospect of receiving such great support from our Dales communities.

‘We are eagerly awaiting updates from the government about when we may be able to re-open all of our shops, and we very much look forward to safely welcoming Derbyshire Dales shoppers to the new store as soon as possible.’

In the meantime, the shop will be open for COVID-secure donation drop offs from 10.30am to 2.30pm every Wednesday – starting Wednesday 3rd February. If you have good quality, pre-loved items that you’d like to donate to help raise funds for local end of life care, please take them along to the shop between these times if you are undertaking an essential journey. Find out more.

Helen’s Trust and Blythe House are on the lookout for volunteers to help operate the new Bakewell shop when it opens. Find out more about getting involved and apply online now.

 

Updated 21.01.2021: After the success of the first event in January, another COVID-secure eBay donation session is set to take place at our New Mills shop (3 Union Road) from 9.30am to 12noon on Thursday 4th February 

If you would like to donate quality or specialist items for eBay, please bring them along! MASKS, GLOVES AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ESSENTIAL.

We have a team of experts on hand to make sure we can get the best possible price for any valuable or high-quality pieces donated to us, to go towards supporting our essential work in these challenging times.

Please note that this is NOT an opportunity for you to donate general items. Please visit our Bakewell or Chapel-en-le-Frith drop and donate sessions to donate general items. Find out more.

This drop and donate session is solely for specialist items that you’d like to donate for sale on our eBay site including designer wear and vintage items, collectibles, homeware, and luxury goods.

Email for further information.

Visit our eBay site to see the types of items on offer.

Local people looking to start 2021 with a fresh and exciting focus are being encouraged to find out more about volunteering their time to support hospice care.

Blythe House Hospicecare, in partnership with Helen’s Trust, provides free services to patients across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire, who are affected by life-limiting illnesses including cancer, COPD, heart failure and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease.

The charities have a team of over 250 dedicated volunteers from all walks of life, who collectively donate around 600 hours of their time each week to support local care.

Andrew Foreshew-Cain (left) from Chapel-en-le-Frith became a Community Volunteer in 2018, providing practical support and companionship to hospice patients and their families, including during last year’s COVID-19 national lockdowns.

Andrew said: ‘Overall, people have been very kind and appreciative, even for the smallest things that take so little out of my day but make a big difference to the lives of the people I am seeing. It is rewarding – and humbling. I am pleased to be part of the Blythe House team; it is a good place to be.’

Judy Gill (right) started to volunteer at the Buxton charity shop on Eagle Parade around four years ago, after accessing support from the hospice following her partner, Jeff’s lung cancer diagnosis.

Judy, who’s from Buxton, commented: ‘I would encourage anyone who thinks they might like to find out more about becoming a Blythe House retail volunteer, to get in touch for an informal chat. The atmosphere here is easy going and relaxed – and I work with lovely people. I would definitely recommend it to any prospective volunteers who want to give something back to their local community.’

Jasmyn Walton (left, with friends at the 2019 Jingle Bell Jog) gives her time to support the hospice’s weekend fundraising events in roles including marshalling and registration of participants.

The Hayfield resident said: ‘I went along with a few of my friends, which was great for the organisers as they had more helpers, but this also meant I spent time with my friends whilst contributing to the community. The friendly Blythe House team will be very grateful for any time you can give them. You will feel great after helping others.’

The hospice has volunteering opportunities in four key areas: patient services at the hospice building on Eccles Fold, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and in patient’s homes across the High Peak, Dales and North East Derbyshire; retail; and fundraising. Full training, orientation and support is provided in all roles.

Find out more about volunteering at Blythe House and Helen’s Trust.

You can also call: 01298 815388 or email.

More than 400 Jingle Bell Joggers across the High Peak and beyond have raised over £21,000 for local hospice care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blythe House Hospicecare’s third annual Jingle Bell Jog was reimagined for the current times, and saw local runners take on 5km routes in their own communities on Sunday 6th December, instead of coming together at Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens as in previous years.

Hundreds of people donned Santa fancy dress to jog and jingle locally across New Mills, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Buxton – with participants also taking part further afield including in Leeds, Denton and even Vienna!

Money from online donations, cash sponsorship and registration fees totals £21,366; raising over £2,000 more than last year’s event. All the money will go towards supporting local patients who are affected by life-limiting illness and bereavement, as well as their carers and families.

Feedback about the event on the hospice’s Facebook page has been fantastic. Clubbercise & Zumba with Accidental Fitness Buxton commented: ‘Ah we had an awesome time! It was great to see so many Santa’s out and about!’

Ruth George said: ‘Had a great day – fab to see so many Santa’s between Whaley and Chinley. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us.’

Sonn Webb posted a photographed (right) and captioned it: ‘This one’s for you Dad and for everyone supported by the amazing Blythe House Hospicecare.’

Becca Gregory, fundraising and events coordinator at Blythe House, said: ‘This year has been a rollercoaster for everyone, including the hospice as our fundraising events have been cancelled and our local shops closed. When we launched the Jingle Bell Jog Reimagined, we did not know what to expect. We are beyond grateful and thrilled that hundreds of local people turned out to the support Blythe House – especially during the pandemic. It was a very different event to usual, but we are all very used to this “new normal” now, and it was a huge success!

‘I would like to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who was involved in the Jingle Bell Jog Reimaged in any capacity; including volunteers; local companies that provided sponsorship or gifts in kind; and of course, everyone who took part! It really provided a welcome boost to our community during the current situation, and I hope everyone is delighted to have jingled their way to raise such an amazing amount of money for local hospice care.’

See a collage of photographs from the event, visit the Blythe House Hospicecare Facebook page.

Next year’s Jingle Bell Jog is set to take place on Sunday 5th December. Sign up to take part before midnight on Sunday 20th December 2020, for a super early bird offer of just £5: www.jinglebelljog.org.uk.

Well, the sun will shine, eventually! We will be out in our gardens again, we will be immunised and Blythe House will continue to be alongside you.

None of us could have imagined what would happen in 2020, or how we would change and cope. To me, it hasn’t been social distancing it’s been physical distancing. We have found ways to connect and stay connected.

Without you we couldn’t have done anything; our retail, fundraisers, volunteers and donors make sure we can be here for the future. We have never needed each other more!

As you know, we didn’t do an urgent appeal for money when COVID hit; we felt our community needed us to be there with them and help at that time. And we have faith in each other to keep our resilience in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

Working with Helen’s Trust has meant that we have rescued so many more people; got the care out into many more homes, to keep patients with their families.

We have changed shape and made sure we are COVID secure. You will see lots of hospices and clinical services doing this. Fortunately we had started the process pre-COVID, so at Blythe House we are ‘ready to roll’: we are modernised, safe and will be so excited to see you all again. And we will, because it’s you that’s brings the spirit to Blythe House!

Thank you sincerely for always being with us. Keep being kind to yourselves and walk towards the sunshine and freedoms that will come. Happy New Year everyone!

Janet Dunphy
CEO

Blythe House Hospicecare is continuing to provide the highest levels of care and support to local people who are affected by life-limiting illness, bereavement and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We are here to help and here to stay throughout the duration of the national lockdown and beyond. The hospice, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, is providing services across the local community.

From July to September, the expert and compassionate team delivered over 3,100 hours of palliative and end of life care in the comfort of patient’s homes – with 98% of people dying in the place of their choice at home with their loved ones.

Usually face-to-face support groups for carers, people who are bereaved and those who are affected by prostate and breast cancers, have been taking place monthly via online platform, Zoom with an average of 12 attendees per session.

During quarter three, the counselling and bereavement team delivered over 120 support sessions for local adults and children, including 42 Covid-19-secure face-to-face meetings. Hospice staff also provided over 670 telephone or online support sessions.

Louise Furmston, community engagement lead at Blythe House Hospicecare, said: ‘There has been huge concern and anxiety with patients who have experienced “multiple losses” as a result of both living with a life-limiting illness but also the limitations that the pandemic has enforced.

‘The impact of not being able to have human contact with family or friends, and not being able to access usual avenues of support, including visiting us at Blythe House, has been huge. Other worries include the uncertainty of when the situation might improve; the ever-changing guidelines; difficulties accessing healthcare services, or treatments being cancelled or delayed; as well as issues with managing symptoms like pain, nausea, fatigue and breathlessness.

‘At Blythe House, whilst government rules have stopped us from undertaking our usual events and services, they would never stop us from providing the highest quality care, advice and support to local people who are affected by life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer, COPD, heart failure and motor neurone disease.’

Alongside the staff team, the hospice’s dedicated volunteers have continued to go above and beyond to support local people affected by Covid-19.

Vicci Wild, community volunteer programme manager, said: ‘Our amazing volunteers continued to fulfil every request for support throughout July to September; 63 socially-distanced garden visits took place providing companionship to patients and support for carers. The team worked with people who were no longer required to isolate, by helping them regain their confidence to go out to run their own errands. As restrictions were tightened again, the team assured the community that the support from Blythe House will remain available.’

Janet Dunphy, hospice CEO, added: ‘As Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the hospice movement, once said “We cannot take away the whole hard thing that is happening, but we can help to bring the burden into manageable proportions.” That is exactly what we are striving to do here at Blythe House.

‘We are part of a community that is prepared to help; there is a strong culture of self-reliance in the High Peak, and the nurturing element of what Blythe House does is a direct reflection of the community that supports us. Together with district nurses, GPs and other local healthcare providers, we are able to wrap around those who need us. We know that to stay relevant, solvent and keep to our mission, we must stay together, work in partnership with others and embrace social change.  We are stronger together, clear of purpose and very proud to be part of the High Peak community.’

To access support during the ongoing lockdown, please:

Referrals for hospice care in the comfort of patient’s homes across the Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire have surged by more than 160% since Blythe House joined forces with Helen’s Trust.

Blythe House Hospicecare, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Helen’s Trust in Bakewell announced their formal partnership in September, but have been working together officially since April.

The charities provide 24/7 palliative and end of life care in the homes of patients with life-limiting illnesses including cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease.

Referrals are made to the team for a variety of reasons including respite sits so that a carer can get some much-needed rest or to run errands; to get a patient home from hospital; crisis avoidance, where a family is in need of support quickly to help with a potentially distressing or emotional situation; and for end of life care when a patient is in the final weeks or days of life.

Hospice at Home healthcare assistants have provided this care across the Dales and North East Derbyshire, including in Alfreton, Bakewell, Birchover, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Clowne, Dronfield, Eckington, Hathersage, Matlock and Shirebrook.

Dr Louise Jordan, founding trustee of Helen’s Trust, said: ‘What is so exciting about working with Blythe House, is the joint aim to provide our own highly skilled carers to give care in the comfort of patient’s homes. Helen’s Trust has always relied on contracting with agencies. This has largely been successful but gives no guarantee of the quality of care we aim for, and often can be unreliable and very expensive.

‘Lockdown fast tracked our collaboration very effectively and very efficiently. The demand for care has been massive since our collaboration and referrals have gone up by 167%. More healthcare assistants have been recruited and trained, and we are looking to expand this number further very quickly.

‘As a founding trustee, Helen’s Trust is very precious to me and I want to assure you that the board and I have every confidence that the merger of Helen’s Trust and Blythe House will enable us to help more people; to support individuals to stay and die in their own home and have a good death. This is so important for the individual but also for their family and friends.’

Ruth Brown, Hospice at Home senior manager has coordinated the implementation of care across the region. She added: ‘Our community is at the heart of everything we do here, and our healthcare assistants have gone above and beyond, providing the good honest care we strive to deliver, even though our “normal” has changed forever and some of these new patterns of working will remain.

‘I am delighted to be a part of the work of our two charities, both of which hold a special place in my heart. As Henry Ford once said: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”’

Blythe House’s Hospice at Home service launched in 2016 and since then, has delivered over 50,000 hours of day and night-time care in the comfort of patient’s homes across the High Peak. Referrals can be made by:

  • Calling 01298 813007 or 01298 811770 for Blythe House
  • Calling 07780 331715 for Helen’s Trust

Find out more about the Hospice at Home service and if it might be useful for your family

A message from Janet Dunphy, our CEO, as we continue to navigate our ‘new normal’:

‘It really feels like we are in this together, that our community know how much we need their support and how much they need our services, now and in the future.

‘Community support has never been so enthusiastically given. Without our shops we could not survive as an organisation; without our shop volunteers there would be no shops. Without the money we raise, we would have to cut services. These are the facts, and I wanted to say how much that supports matters and how much you matter. Whether you need us, or you are helping us with donations to the shops or to eBay, helping to run the shops for us, or fundraise with us. Services stop when money stops, this we know and it will get tougher too.

‘During our “Here to Help” campaign during lockdown this year, with our community volunteers we supported on average 170 people per week who were isolated, scared, needing advice or practical help. With a steady stream of donations, we can continue this during these hard times. ‘People did root in their attics and cupboards and send us those small special items that we could sell on eBay; that has been massive help when the shops were closed. And the volunteers came back to open our shops, and our customers came back, pleased to see us, pleased to help us and the clinical services have carried on throughout these times, supporting everyone who needs us and getting the care out there.

‘Blythe House and Helen’s Trust together has navigated this tough time to reshape and ensure we will be here in the future, providing modern services, that at some time, we or those we know and love will need.

‘I can hear and see you fighting for our success, the pride you take in being part of your local charity is felt. It is appreciated, and it matters. Every penny you raise matters. Your ambition for your local charities is evident in everything you do, and we are here because of what you do. I just wanted to thank you. It’s always important to talk about the services we provide, but without you and the support you give whether as a retail or fundraising volunteer, in donations of money or goods, there would be no services.’

Find out more about our care and services at this time.