Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Tuesday, 5th July - St Raphael's Hospice

A busy day dealing with all sorts and no time to think about the self-pitying nonsense that was running through my head yesterday (thanks for the supportive emails!) so I'm going to count the press release that I wrote for one of my clients; they're supporting a school fundraiser which is set to raise money for St Raphael's Hospice and also Barnardo's and Oxfam.

Welcome to St Raphael's Hospice, a registered charity offering high-quality specialist medical and nursing care for people with cancer and other serious illnesses as well as providing support for their families.

A safe and reassuring service that is free of charge to all of our community.

Since 1987, St Raphael's has offered the special skills of Hospice care to those facing life-threatening illness living in the boroughs of Merton and Sutton (predominantly Wimbledon, Merton, Sutton and Cheam). The service is completely free of charge, and provides high quality medical and nursing skills, as well as support to family and friends. St Raphael’s fully recognises and respects cultural, ethnic and religious differences and patients of all faiths or none, are welcome at St Raphael’s.

Medical, nursing and support staff do everything possible to relieve pain and sustain quality of life in an atmosphere of peace and comfort. In each case, Hospice care is tailored to the individuals needs. Services may include:

Skilled medical care provided by doctors and nurses
Care at home or in the Hospice/palliative care centre
A day centre providing social and creative opportunities, as well as treatments, sometimes including complementary therapies.
Support for friends, family and children
Spiritual support
Respite care to give carers a break

St Raphael's Hospice relies heavily on charity fundraising, donations and legacies and depends on the generosity of the local community to continue providing a high quality of care. It costs nearly £80,000 a week to keep the Hospice running. More than 80% of income is spent on direct patient care, including medical and nursing salaries. We receive a grant of about 25% of the those costs from Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust (the NHS) but the rest must be raised from donations and fundraising activities.

And my release....:


Visitors to Greenshaw High School’s school fete could roll their way to driving a brand new car while helping to raise money for St Raphael’s Hospice.

Greenshaw High School in Sutton is holding the fete on Saturday, 16th July from 11am to 2pm where in addition to a huge variety of stalls, there will also be the chance to win a brand new Renault to the value of £20,000.

To win, entrants simply need to throw seven dice, and if they all land as sixes, the winner can choose between a Renault or the equivalent cash value.

The school decided, by way of a vote, to donate funds from the event to the local St Raphael’s Hospice, with additional funds going to both Barnardo’s and Oxfam.

Morgan Jamison, marketing manager at Renault dealer Wilson’s of Epsom said: “We’re delighted to be involved with the fete and very much hope to be handing over a Renault ScĂ©nic or other family car to a lucky winner!

“It’s a great prize, so make sure you practise rolling sixes as much as possible before the big day!”

For more information on St Raphael’s Hospice, click onto

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