Our AGM was held on the 31st May.
This year the committee decided to split the Lady Bacon Award for outstanding service to Specialist Palliative Care between two outstanding individuals. Lady Bacon was at the meeting to give out the awards to Christine Hawkins who has been the Modern Matron for PBL for the last ten years, and Roisin Fallon Williams CEO of the NHS Community trust, both whom have been more than supportive of Palliative Care in Norfolk and the plans for the new Hospice.
Dr Phil Wilkins, Palliative Care Consultant, gave a very interesting summing up of the activity at PBL over the past year.
Our speaker followed after a short break . We were so fortunate to have Dr Tom Roques, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Clinical Lead for Radiotherapy Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, who gave a fascinating talk about advances and trends in treatments for cancer .
But, as usual, maybe the highlight of the evening was catching up with friends and colleagues. There certainly was a happy buzz about the evening.
May 12th was a very happy occasion for everyone who came to the PBL FEST which was organised by our very own dear Ruth Donnerly –Bond , Laura Castle and many many of her friends, some of whom performed brilliantly during the day.
Staff and Volunteers made cakes and collected and labelled prizes for the Tombola. They also manned the stalls which were most successful.
In June our wonderful volunteers again did sterling service at the Bear shop in Elm Hill. Robert opened his beautiful garden for the National Garden Scheme and we did the teas and cakes for those who visited.. Robert , once again, generously gave us several items to raffle including a lovely bear the weather was glorious and we all had a great time. A big thank you goes to Robert and all his staff, and Pam, Rita, Rachel, Andy and Sylvia, Ruth, Bev, Gill, Sylvia P , Jan, Pat and all those who made cakes including Lynn’s lovely Almond Slices.
PBL held their annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday December the 9th.
As usual so many of the staff and volunteers gave up their time on Friday to prepare the Day unit which looked wonderfully festive with tables laden with goodies ready to open the following day.
Saturday arrived and there was a queue waiting for the doors to open at 2pm and welcome them into the warmth and happiness inside.
Staff and helpers were at their stations ready to start selling all the wonderful gifts – cards, bunting , baby clothes, and bags, many of which had been hand made by the staff .
The Staff ran a wonderful raffle and also an adult and junior Tombola which was very popular. – well done ladies ( and daughters and boyfriends!!)
Other volunteers – (and mothers) served tea and coffee with mince pies.
I had a lovely time, browsing the stalls, and bought a beautiful hand made Bird House to give to my nephew, and two cheeky handmade Christmas Stockings , so I had to get more things to fill them!!!
It is such a lovely time and wonderful to see patients and relatives enjoying themselves as well.
Its all in aid of funds for presents and goodies for them at Christmas
WELL DONE everyone – particularly Angela Beard and Caroline Coppings.
Their wonderful efforts raised an amazing £1799.40.
The ‘Bear Shop Girls’ (Pam, Teresa, Gill, Pat, Carolyn, Lynn, Jan, Ruth, Sylvia A and Sylvia S including our two special chaps – Andy and Olly – all PBL Volunteers) had another successful time serving Teas and homemade cakes at the Bear Shop in Elm Hill for the four Norwich Heritage Days.
Robert, who owns the shop and the beautiful garden, once again generously gave us two beautiful bears to raffle. The garden is so lovely that this year we have photographed some of the flowers that were in bloom – do come and see them next year as Robert will open it again for The National Garden Scheme days at the end of June and again for the Heritage days in September 2018. The garden has many wonderful plants but the fuchsia’s are outstanding.
We did have a couple of very wet days but the sun shone for quite some time and we were really happy to have made £622.00. Thank you to our wonderful Volunteers and to everyone who came to the garden and mostly to Robert, who amazingly, let us use his own kitchen to ‘mess around and make tea ‘ in!!