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#TeamMartlets 2019 highlights

As we wrap up 2019, we asked Martlets staff to give us their highlights of the year. From fundraising goals to patient stories, here is what we’ve been up to!

“This year we have fundamentally changed how we personalise and optimise the support we offer our patients and families. This has been achieved by changing our Multidisciplinary Team Meetings from a team-based approach to a Community Service approach. This has ensured a wider group of professionals are engaged in the discussions about individual patients. It has been great to deliver a successful project which improves the quality of service we provide”

Evelyn Prodger, Head of Community Services


“Every year our community provides us with fantastic support, and this year has been no exception. From fun days and raffles, to concerts and balls, all of our supporters have gone the extra mile to raise money. My highlight this year was seeing all the beautiful and gardens who joined our Open Gardens weekend in July!”

Liz Davies, Community Fundraising Officer


“I am inspired by the experience of contacting a patient for the first time and making them feel comfortable. They are sometimes emotional and worried about what is going to happen, but soon realise you know all their history and what you can do to help them. They often tell you how much they appreciate having contact from someone who can help them know what is going to happen next.”

Nicky Buskell, Hospice at Home Team Leader


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“For me the highlights of 2019 have been getting to know some new, incredible partners and continuing to work with Martlets long term supporters. Seeing the tangible effects of their support of people needing Martlets care is highely life-affirming; and the Halloween Ball which outdid all previous years both on funds raised and the enthusiasm in the room. It’s been all about the people, once again: the people of our community are always my highlight!”

Emma Knight, Head of Partnerships and Major Donor Giving


“We changed the way we triage patients this year and, in my experience, it has been responsive and centered around the patient or carer. They can now receive the different types of care they need much quicker and be seen swifter by the right service”

Louise Gregory, Clinical Nurse Specialist


“In April of this year we were delighted to open the doors again onto our newly refitted Blatchington road Shop. With new fixtures, better lighting, informative graphics and a very useful Donation Station, the shop has traded from strength to strength ever since. Plus, Martlets lottery hit a milestone number of  having 7000 tickets in the weekly draw. The lottery contributes  over £420,00 each year to Martlets services and creates 44 lucky winners every week.”

 Sally Brighton, Director of Income Generation


“It has been a very exciting year in the Counselling and Bereavement Service with the start of our very own allotment, which allows us to provide a bereavement support group for men throughout the whole year. Along with this, counselling is now available to all patients and families, both in the community and on our IPU. This is all thanks to the expansion of the counselling and bereavement team, through the recruitment and training of new volunteer counsellors.”

Jane Cato, Counselling and Bereavement Services Manager


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My personal highlight for 2019 was completing the Beachy Head marathon in October. I raised in excess of £500 for the hospice. “

Louise Hatcher, Clinical Educator


“This year we launched our brand-new website, thanks to support from brilliant Brighton agency Pragmatic. Our new website is making it easier for local people to find out about Martlets. It’s great to see the impact it’s having.”

Hannah Clare, Digital Communications Manager


Thank you for all your support this year – here’s to a brilliant 2020!