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Creu Creative

We are delighted to announce our brand new Charity of the Year partner, Creu Creative.

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Lifesize Models Partnership

Hospice of the Valleys are delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Lifesize Models!

Based in Cwm, Ebbw Vale, Lifesize Models is operated by the wonderful duo Lucy and Ben who work tirelessly in delivering beautifully crafted models ranging from huge lifesize dinosaurs to dogs, Elvis to elephants or giraffes to garden gnomes.

In fact if you can think of it; Lifesize Models can supply it!

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Lindsey’s Story

In honour of her grandparents, Lindsey decided to take the brave step of cutting her hair to raise money for Hospice of the Valleys. This is what she said about her experience:

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Read Nick Smith MP – London Marathon training blog

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Fundraising with Luke Young

One of our amazing supporters is fundraising in memory of his mother and this is his story:

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Marathon Training with Nick Smith

After choosing to fundraise for the Hospice by running the London Marathon, Nick Smith MP is demonstrating his commitment by writing regular updates regarding his training and preparations as he builds up to the big day. Here’s his first blog:

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Blaenau Gwent MP enters London Marathon 2018 for Hospice

Nick Smith MP is swapping the corridors of Parliament for the streets of London as he prepares to run his first ever marathon for the Hospice of the Valleys.

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Sacks of Cash Raised for Hospice of the Valleys

Thanks to the efforts of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, along with the kindness of the Kingsway Management who sponsored the Grotto AND provided all of the toys to be given out by Santa, a massive £8,000 was raised for the Hospice!

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Local Charities Day

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1000 Hours

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A TALE OF GRAPHIC IMPROVEMENTS

It has been my aspiration to improve the look of our Ebbw Vale store for several years. As the largest store across our shop network, it attracts the greatest number of customers and supporters and I knew that we had to ensure everybody that came into the store left with a really positive impression of what the Hospice of the Valleys does.
The official re-launch of the store took place on Friday 3rd November. We were delighted that Ellie Tetley, who won Hospice UK Young Volunteer of the Year 2016 agreed to open the store for us. It was wonderful to welcome regular and new customers into the store and it was wonderful to hear the positive feedback.
Shaun Baker – Retail Manager

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New Chief Executive, Grant Usmar

I began work as CEO of Hospice of the Valleys in September 2017. My initial period in post has been something of a whirlwind of meeting a lot of people and building up a picture of how the hospice works internally and how it connects with the local community and other local and national organisations. I have also spent time meeting some of the patients and families who have benefitted directly from the services Hospice of the Valleys provides.

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Trudi Gillard

Trudi Gillard has been a patient with the Hospice of the Valleys for more than three years – and she and her family are incredibly grateful for the help that they have received.

Mostly Mrs Gillard, who suffers from advanced lung disease, has been looked after by the community nursing team, at her Abertillery home.

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Partnership Working Seminar – 17th November 2017

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Helen Rees

“I joined Hospice of the Valleys in 2010 to take up 2 very different roles – one was Clinical Services Director, but I was also the Hospices’ first ever Specialist Physiotherapist with just 1 day a week to work clinically with patients and their families.”

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Dale McCarthy – Volunteer

ONE young Hospice of the Valleys’ volunteers has been given a special award for his hard work for the charity.

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LIVING WELL – Relaxation

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Mountain Challenge

Well done to the Level 1 and 2 plumbers and Level 2 electricians from Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone who recently raised £487.50 for Hospice of the Valleys!

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London Marathon Success

Two Hospice of the Valleys supporters completed the London Marathon recently, raising thousands of pounds for our charity.

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Breath-Body-Mind Integration

Today during our Dementia Services group we explored working with Breath-Body-Mind, to enhance feelings of calm, relaxation and overall well-being.

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Byron Hayward raises over £700 in ‘Dry January’

A big well done to former Welsh rugby international Byron Hayward, who kicked alcohol into touch all through January to raise money for the Hospice!

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Hospice social worker achieves 50th Blood donation

Visit www.welsh-blood.org.uk for information regarding times and venues of your local blood donation clinic or for more information on becoming a donor.

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Christmas Appeal 2016

Caring for patients on Christmas Day won’t be anything new for the Hospice of the Valleys’ senior clinical nurse specialist Louise Jones.

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Byw Nawr – Live Now

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Challenge Project featured in Alzheimer’s Society Magazine

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Hospice of the Valleys on S4C

Hospice of the Valleys will feature on S4C’s Prynhawn Da programme tomorrow, Wednesday 7th December 2017. You can tune in to see Jane Cuppleditch talk to the Prynhawn Da team about the Hospice and how viewers can support us in the run up to Christmas, as well as throughout the year.

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Lavender Aromatherapy Oil

As we’re just into December we would like to share our recommended aromatherapy ‘Oil of the Month’ as Lavender. Our qualified Aromatherapists here at HOV use the purest essential oils to boost your wellbeing, help support stress management and provide other supportive health benefits. This month we celebrate Lavender for it’s amazing calming aroma.

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New Hospice Garden

A few photos of the official opening of our new Hospice garden last week. Many thanks to our musicians who entertained staff, patients and volunteers and to Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith for attending too. The garden is being much enjoyed by our Hospice patients, when weather permits!

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Welsh Three Peaks Challenge 2016

A BIG well done to all those who took part in the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge, 2016, scaling Snowdon, Cader Idris and Pen y Fan in one day in July – all in the pouring rain. The group raised almost £5,000 for the Hospice!

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