On Wednesday 21st March CBB had a very special guest at the bi-monthly meeting of all volunteers at Truro College.
Tamsin Thomas Head of PR & Communications very kindly gave a full presentation of Cornwall Hospice Care and the work that it carries out at both their hospices at Mount Edgecumbe, St Austell and St. Julia’s Hayle.
Back in September 2017 our CBB PR Media Liaison Jayne Penlerick and Fundraising Manager Ian Butler visited Mount Edgecumbe hospice and met with Tamsin and the Head of Care, Gemma Ayling to see if Cornwall Blood Bikes could assist the hospice in anyway. As part of the visit they were given a behind the scenes tour of this very special place and were totally inspired by the light, love and support the staff give to patients, their friends and family.
Tamsin was welcomed by her opposite number Jayne to the meeting and gave a full in depth presentation into the work of Cornwall Hospice Care, which was a fabulous insight for CBB volunteers who merely see a reception desk when picking up or dropping off vital packages.
Tamsin described the work that they do in the fact they are a 24/7 charity that provides specialist care for people over the age of 18 with terminal illnesses. They support patients and their families at their two hospices, in the acute hospital, in care homes and in the community, and strive to challenge perceptions. They only receive 20% NHS funding the rest is purely by the generosity of the public.
Tamsin ended the talk by disclosing some fascinating figures by 21st March this year (from 1st January 2018) the Cornwall Blood Bikes had done 60 runs for Cornwall hospice Care, saving the CHC charity more than £3,500 in taxi fares.
One of their Consultants, Dr Jane Gibbins said; “The Cornwall Blood Bikers enable us to provide an acute service, which relies on immediate actions. Thanks to them we can address our patient’s symptoms accurately and in a timely manner.”
Janet Barnie, Ward Administrator at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice, said; “We genuinely need the Cornwall Blood Bikers. They are a vital service and help us make a difference.”
It is interesting to note that Cornwall Blood Bikes very first ever job was to St. Julia’s Hospice 7 years ago.
What a truly incredible and inspirational place Cornwall Hospice Care is, providing such dedicated intensive care, comfort to patients, their family and friends.
It really is incredible with very special people at its forefront.
We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Tamsin for her time that evening. All the committee and volunteers at Cornwall Blood Bikes to say we are proud and privileged to provide the service we do.