Author: Jessica Atkinson

Strictly Learn to Dance 2018

It’s time to ‘keep dancing’ for local good cause Mary Ann Evans Hospice’s ‘Strictly Learn to Dance’ 2018! Once again 11 contestants enter the sparkling world of this Strictly competition to battle it out for the Glitter Ball Trophy & raise money for charity. The novice dancers have a 12 week training programme courtesy of Euphoria Dance Studios, Bedworth, which began back in January, where they have be learning a Sizzling Salsa & Tantalising Tango.  The event culminates on Saturday 21st April at the Strictly Grand Finale, taking place at Bedworth Civic Hall. Each contestant will strut their stuff...

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Advanced Nurse Practitioner

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and experienced nurse to begin to develop their clinical skills to an advanced level.  This post will care for patients in the community, in the hospice and in care homes. The post holder will be integral to the community nursing integrated teams and be able to respond rapidly to support people with palliative and end of life care needs – as well as their professional colleagues. The key tasks for this post will be to: Clinically practice specialist palliative care at an advanced level in the community, hospice and care home settings with a highly responsive approach Clinically support the management of patients and carers with complex palliative care needs Ensure patients personalised care and preference of care settings are optimised Support and develop professional colleague’s skills, knowledge and approaches to palliative and end of life care. The post holder will ensure expert and specialised practice is provided and further developed enhancing clinical effectiveness, encouraging re-ablement and well-being models of care, optimising patient and carer satisfaction by always facilitating choice and a personalised care approach. The post is full time and at present will entail working Monday – Friday, however this may need to cover seven days as care services develop further. You will be a first level Registered Nurse who is educated to degree level (preferably related to palliative...

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Fantastic Festive Fun at Santa & Elf Dash for Mary Ann Evans Hospice!

The ice & snow may have put a stop to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice’s original Santa & Elf Dash event in December, however plenty of Santa’s, elves, reindeer and snowmen came together for ‘Take 2’ of the fantastically festive Christmas family fun run on Sunday 14th January.  Prizes were awarded to the best dressed adult and best dressed child, chosen by the Mayor of Nuneaton & Bedworth, Councillor Bill Hancox and Mrs Sheila Hancox, as well as the Mayor and Mayoress of North Warwickshire, Councillor Terry & Elizabeth Waters. Participants were warmed up by Louise Gibson of Lou’s...

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Nuneaton Local, Brian Dickinson, completes a 3 mile sponsored swim!

Brian Dickinson set himself the challenge of swimming 3 miles, over 3, 50 minute sessions at Pingles Leisure Centre in Nuneaton. Swimming on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening the challenge amounted to 200 lengths of the swimming pool! Pictured with Fundraiser, Jessica, Brian presented his cheque for £222.60, which he raised via sponsorship from friends, family and work colleagues at Biddle Air Systems. Brian, who has no connection to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice decided to fundraise for them as he wanted to support a local good cause. He hadn’t done much swimming before either but found he...

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Local good cause the Mary Ann Evans Hospice held their first ever Winter Market on Saturday 18th November. Much like the Hospice’s Annual Christmas Fair, there were stalls, gifts, face painting & Father Christmas; however guests had the chance to go walking in a Winter Wonderland through the Hospice garden complete with real snow, candy canes, a ginger bread house, ginger bread men, giant presents, Elf village and Santa’s workshop. In addition to this, guests also had the opportunity to sit in Santa’s Sleigh-kindly lent to the Hospice for the day by the Nuneaton Roundtable & enjoy music from...

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24 Peaks Challenge completed by Nuneaton Local, Barry Goss!

Mary Ann Evans Hospice supporter, Barry Goss, completed the epic challenge of summiting 24 peaks in 24 hours across the Lake District. Back in September, Barry defeated the 2400ft heights & raised well over his original target of £1,000 for the Hospice! Pictured with Day Hospice team member, Jean, Barry presented his cheque for £1,650, which he raised via sponsorship from friends, family & even fellow walkers who emptied their pockets at the summit of Cat Bells. Barry said “When I first signed up, I was thinking ‘what have I let myself in for’, but had some brilliant support...

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Classic Transport Festival 2017

The Mary Ann Evans Hospice is staging its 2nd Classic Transport Festival on Sunday 6th August and everyone is invited to get involved with this spectacular event which last year saw the Town Centre come alive with Classic Vehicles and spectators! The Hospice, who provide care and support to patients with a life-limiting illness, are encouraging the community to come out in force once again to support this fantastic event.  Families and car enthusiasts are welcome to come along to the town centre to view the cars, motor cycles and scooters. Spectators are free! Entrants are invited to take...

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Good Death Café: On Tour

Following on from the success of last year’s Good Death Café in Nuneaton, the organisers are taking the event on a tour of the area across Northern Warwickshire. George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Myton Hospice, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group have come together for Dying Matters Awareness Week 8th– 14th May to encourage people to talk openly about the often taboo subject of death, dying and bereavement. At each event across the week local professionals will be on hand to provide helpful advice on the different services and businesses that can help us all prepare for end of life. Kristy Clayton, Deputy Director of Nursing at Myton Hospices, said: “Many of us are unprepared for this life event or need support to help make arrangements for end of life for either ourselves or our loved ones.  The Good Death Café is designed to encourage members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for themselves and for their loved ones. These are: Write your will Record your funeral wishes Plan your future care and support Consider registering as an organ donor Tell your loved ones your wishes” Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said: “Death cafés give us the opportunities to get past the...

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