The picture, taken in front of Portree Hospital, shows:
Back row (left to right): Dr David Sime (SCC chairperson), Staff Nurse Catherine Matheson, Staff Nurse Joan Maclean, and Dr Charles Crichton.
Front row (left to right): Pat Matheson (District Nurse/Integrated Team Leader), District Nurse Cathy Brown, Nursing Auxiliary Rita Miller, Margaret Duguid (SCC), Acting Charge Nurse Lisa Madigan, and Barbara Campbell (SCC)”
In the three years of its existence SCC has been hugely gratified by the generous support of local people. Because of this, more than £15,323 (the total of the cheques in the picture) has been spent on refurbishing room 5 in Portree Hospital and on specialised equipment for use with patients requiring palliative care in Portree Hospital and in their home throughout Skye and Lochalsh. Also SCC has spent £11,332 on training costs. This has paid for staff to attend specialised symposia, and paid course fees, and costs of travel, accommodation and back-up staff to allow two district nurses to undertake a one-year distance study course for a Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care and a local doctor to complete a two-year distance learning course for a Diploma in Palliative Medicine.
SCC has also been represented at local NHS and local authority meetings to make the case for enhanced hospice type facilities on Skye and in the proposed new hospital.
One of our founder members, Dr Julian Toms, sadly died on January 1, 2013. He was our Vice-chairman until September 2012. Skye Cancer Care was just one of many local organisations to which he contributed his talents and energy. We greatly appreciated his help and support and our thoughts are with Christine and his family.
The committee wish to express their thanks to Ally K MacPherson who completed his first ultra marathon to raise funds for Skye Cancer Care on the 9th of June and raised the amazing sum of £1,300.
Bra Nite Walk Inverness who donated £2,000 to help train nurses in paliative care.
Hamish Ross, Penifiler Grazing Committe & Caley Hotel Portree who made the Paula MacAskill night such a huge success the amazing amount of £1,800 was raised.
Non-Stop, Wedge & Biba who raised over £660 for Skye Cancer Care at a recent music festival in Skeabost.
Isle of Skye Inner Wheel who donated £100Skye Cancer Care raised £1,830 at the sheepdog trials on the 18th July and £360 at the Uig Gala, thanks to everyone involved.
Congratulation to Donnie Campbell who completed his amazing challenge to run Glasgow 2 Skye
(184 miles) in 44 hours and 30 minutes to raise awareness and funds for our worthy cause.
To date Donnie has raised over £16,000
Thanks to everyone that supported the latest fund raising soup and pudding in Staffin. The amount of £880 was raised.
Skye Cancer Care have now ordered all the soft furnishing, new curtains and duvet covers for Ward 5 in Portree Hospital.
Portree Whisters donated £2,000 towards the cost of a new recliner for the room.
Skye Cancer Care Raises £11,390 for Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal
A donation of £11,390, raised by Skye Cancer Care, has been presented to Highland Hospice’s Project Build Appeal. The presentation was made prior to a community fundraisers tour of the new facility, held on Thursday 3rd November.
This donation has contributed to the funding of the patient’s lounge within the new facility, named Skye – both in recognition of the fundraising from Skye over many years and the donation from Skye Cancer Care to the Appeal.
The photograph above was taken in front of the Skye room. It shows, from left to right, David Sime (chairperson of Skye Cancer Care), Margaret Duguid, Barbara Campbell (both of whom started SCC and have done most of the fundraising) and Andrew Leaver (Head of Fundraising at Highland Hospice).
Margaret, Barbara and David are all very impressed with the new premises
IMPORTANT NEWS ITEM: Postponement of the "Where now?" course.
We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment, but it has become apparent that we have to postpone all four Mondays of the planned "Where now?" course until at least the spring. For several reasons including difficulty in finalising in time some of the arrangements for the course, this is, regrettably, the best action to take at this stage.
At least the weather should be better then and Christmas won't be looming up!
The good news is that our recent change of premises and of opening times has started well, with new visitors and volunteers. The cosy rooms make for good chat and the tea, coffee, and biscuits are eagerly consumed.
Core Training for volunteers: an extremely useful training day was held on Monday 23rd October. It was led by Tina Morrow from Macmillan Cancer Support upstairs in JANS, with food from the Red Brick Cafe. It was for all volunteers and for those who think they might be interested in what is involved in being a face-to face volunteer (remember, there are other kinds of volunteers needed!!).
We are extremely grateful to Tina and to Macmillan Cancer Support, and to JANS for the use of their excellent facilities and for the catering arrangements.
Meeting for volunteers and prospective volunteers