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04/09/2017 11:48:32

This year's seafront remembrance walk was a huge success as more than 500 people joined us to stroll along Eastbourne seafront and light lanterns of love in memory. Read this blog entry to find out more about what went on!

24/08/2017 11:06:10

Barbara Bond, a nurse at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne, recently walked some of the Friends of Sussex Hospices’ Hospice Trail and here gives a wonderful account of her walk.

21/08/2017 15:11:56

Three of our doctors will be strolling under the stars at this year's Starlight Stroll! Read what they have to say about why they're walking on our annual remembrance walk here:

08/08/2017 13:55:55

A cancer survivor for 20 years, one woman donated £50,000 to help us reach 1000s of patients. Read about how the minibus she helped purchase is transforming lives.

27/06/2017 10:33:36

A team of 4 Brewers staff members took on the epic challenge of cycling the South Downs Way (all 100 miles and 11,000ft of climbing!) raising money for Rowcroft Hospice our hospice. The team had 24 hours to complete the challenge and began at Brewers Winchester before finishing at Beachy Head.

22/06/2017 11:41:07

We talked to Helen about her husband John, who she has cared for over the past few years. She shared stories of travel to foreign lands, a wonderful life shared together and the support she currently receives as a carer.

21/06/2017 11:46:11

Hayley Crouch, a Registered Nurse at our hospice, has helped serve at Qualisea as a second job having been friends with Katerina, Qualisea's owner, for many years! With the theft of a charity box from Qualisea a few months back, she helped the restaurant to recover and raise £3000 in funds for local charities - £1500 of which went to us!

19/06/2017 11:13:26

Melanie's children had always been close to their mum and when she died at our hospice they wanted to do something special to remember her. They opted to fundraise for us by walking 100km, starting in London and finishing in Brighton.

07/06/2017 14:22:19

Qualisea Fish Restaurant suffered the theft of two charity pots a few weeks ago and, thanks to the local community, have organised a huge raffle and donation for our hospice - £3000 between our hospice and local charity JPK.

06/06/2017 15:47:51

During #VolunteersWeek2017 we're saying 'thank you' for the invaluable efforts you put in as volunteers at our Eastbourne hospice and across all of East Sussex.

26/05/2017 13:24:39

Rock Choir will be hitting the high notes at our hospice and raising the roof to raise funds for us on June 20th 2017! The choral contingent will be regaling us with hits from their incredible catalogue of songs, hits and tunes from midday (12pm) on Tuesday 20th June!

23/05/2017 15:15:41

Read our latest Reaching Out magazine for the Spring and Summer of 2017.

22/05/2017 10:12:17

Our Lunch@ event raised £55,000 this year and the jolly good knees up brought together an online auction and a celebration of our hospice's achievements this year into an unmissable party at the end of spring!

22/05/2017 09:43:55

On Sunday we attended the 50th anniversary celebration of Dame Cicely Saunders' modern hospice movement across Sussex, gathering with 12 other hospices to mark this momentous occasion.

19/05/2017 18:00:00

Our hospice hoedown brought the best of UK Tex Mex music in Los Pacaminos and 80s music from East Sussex with Sound of the Crowd together for a brilliant 300 person event! Check out the photos and videos inside this blog.

09/05/2017 14:54:15

A video by Los Pacaminos inviting you to Hospice Hoedown on May 18th!

27/04/2017 14:27:14

After 9 years of leading our hospice and raising us to be a national leader, Karen Clarke has left the position of Deputy CEO to accept the CEO role at St Michael's Hospice in Hastings. 

19/04/2017 10:58:09

Our Business partnerships allow us to provide care across a huge catchment area and we're grateful for them all year round but this Easter the hospice was treated to a veritable bonanza of support and fundraising in aid of our service!

10/04/2017 11:46:45

With 14 runners running the Brighton Marathon, we were proud of the support of our community as they braved the hottest day of the year so far, raising nearly £9000!

05/04/2017 14:53:30

This year's Open Gardens are a true treat, with East Sussex opening its garden gates for our hospice! Check out what's on offer around the green and pleasant land of Sussex this summer inside this latest blog post.

05/04/2017 12:48:47

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17/03/2017 11:32:49

Crafty Friday was filled with animal magic as we drew some unique creatures from Northern Africa, South America and North America in a lovely live drawing exercise.

16/03/2017 12:41:47

Uckfield Wedding Fayre will play host to a beautiful donated wedding dress, given to the hospice in 2016!


15/03/2017 17:54:43

 Our fire and ice event really caught fire with participants last night! Check out our blog here and photos on our Facebook page. 

15/03/2017 13:58:22

 When Pauline first met Angela neither of them knew that these shop visits would bring over £500 into our hospice shops, help start up a small business in Portugal's only national park and create beautiful objects from raw and recycled materials! }

01/03/2017 13:23:47

Our pancake race in Eastbourne was a huge success! Taking place for the 8th year, this annual fundraiser involved 26 teams and 104 competitors!

01/03/2017 13:17:47

Nursing Director Colin Twomey explains some of the big changes coming to the way our expanded nursing team will be delivering care in our hospice and across the community of 235,000 people we serve!

24/02/2017 16:38:45

Roger is a host liaison at our hospice, a vital volunteer joining our front of house team to our clinical team in a role unique to our hospice.

24/02/2017 16:31:52

Kee is our GP registrar and regularly interacts with our patients, nursing team and senior doctors. Find out his story here.

24/02/2017 16:28:40

Lisa, our CI Officer, is a vital part of how we administrate health care and patient facing services. Find out her story here.

23/02/2017 11:15:23

Meet Kiki, a volunteer hairdresser at our hospice!

23/02/2017 10:26:02

Ruben is a registered nurse and always a smiley presence around the hospice. Find out what he thinks about the importance of fundraising for his role, as well as how the hospice helps patients and visitors.

21/02/2017 17:05:09

Joyce is a patient on our inpatient unit. Read her story here.

21/02/2017 16:58:21

Judy is a patient in our Wellbeing courses. Read her story here.

21/02/2017 16:29:50

Cliff cares for Dawn, his wife, and has been helped by our hospice to manage this through courses and facilitation. Read his story here.

20/02/2017 11:49:35

David, our minibus driver, is a passionate advocate of hospice care and a cheerful presence wherever he goes. Read more of what he has to say in this short interview.

19/02/2017 11:39:49

Maria has been one of our volunteers for over a decade and brings her family's culture of service to our team. She is currently one of our invaluable ward clerks - a position at the heart of our caregiving.

18/02/2017 10:48:22

Richard has been a donation collection driver for our hospice for 4 years, moving from volunteering part time to working full time for us. Read his story here.

17/02/2017 10:29:43

Beth is a community fundraiser at our hospice and coordinates our events to help raise funds for our work. Find out what her role entails and how she contributes here.

16/02/2017 12:19:25

Helen is a host volunteer in our inpatient unit. See what makes her choose to volunteer and why she thinks hospice care is changing people's lives for the better.


15/02/2017 10:17:19

Jayne is one of our community support volunteers and shares her thoughts with us about the value of her role to so many people in our catchment area.

14/02/2017 09:54:58

Tara is an inpatient nurse manager at our hospice and has been with us for 10 years. Find out what she thinks of our future plans and current capacity in this article.

13/02/2017 09:39:15

A new series of posters setting out what services our hospice provides to members of our community will be heading to our retail stores this month. Designed to provide more information on what you can access at home, how we can help grieving families or the bereaved and ensure that people know what is on offer for them.

13/02/2017 09:35:47

Sue is a retail volunteer at our Uckfield shop. Find out why she volunteers with us here.

12/02/2017 08:46:36

Molly, a patient in our Wellbeing class and one of our Experts by Experience, shares her account of how the hospice makes her feel.

11/02/2017 09:41:31

Arthur was a patient in our inpatient unit at the hospice, who we helped move and referred to a care home closer to his family. Here, he gives his account of what the hospice is to him and how it's helped him move on with his life while acknowledging his situation.

10/02/2017 09:31:43

Mandy Hendry is our salon coordinator and helps manage volunteers at our salon, as well as providing beauty treatments and therapy herself. This holistic approach is detailed in our interview with her.

09/02/2017 12:18:12

Revd Alex Baxter is part of our bereavement team who provide counselling and support to the hundreds of people requiring our services each year.

08/02/2017 16:07:05

David Barclay is our Medical Director and helps ensure the quality of care in our hospice is excellent, as well as overseeing our medical team and visiting patients. Find out more about his role here.

07/02/2017 11:39:16

Ruth, our IPU Nurse Manager, tells us how her role benefits those who visit us, as well as the importance of fundraising for frontline clinical staff at our hospice.

06/02/2017 16:11:26

Our men's cooking group in a fine mood on Friday - plenty of laughter, advice and great cooking! On the menu was chocolate rye bread, ciabatta and raisin scones.

We run this group to bring bereaved men and those in the care of our hospice together. It's a real blend of individuals sharing common experiences and is a warm, compassionate space where people feel free to be completely honest about their experiences and discuss them with others.

06/02/2017 16:02:48

Our Community Fundraising manager, Darren, has been working with our fundraising team at St Wilfrid's for a year and shares his insights about why donations benefit our whole hospice community.

05/02/2017 10:40:49

Ruth is a physiotherapist at our hospice and specialises in helping our patients get moving again. Find out how she helps our patients here

04/02/2017 10:28:55

Andrew Burrell, front of house manager at St Wilfrid's Hospice, explains his role in keeping our hospice a warm and inviting place for family, friends and patients, as well as staff and volunteers. Read more here.

03/02/2017 18:10:35

Robert Halsall is a patient in our Wellbeing unit, visiting us for classes such as Fatigue and Breathlessness and mobility. Here he details why the hospice has given him a new lease on life and made talking about death and dying much easier. Read more inside.

02/02/2017 18:45:31

Pauline, the manager of our Uckfield shop, tells us why she began working with us and why our local hospice shops are so invaluable for keeping people aware of what our hospice does in the community. Read more here.


Nadine is a bereavement counsellor and volunteer at our hospice, helping families and friends cope with grief and the emotions following the death of a loved one. She is also our first interview for #28Stories. Read more here.

22/12/2016 10:12:13

We've reached 1000 admissions since our new hospice site opened in 2013!

21/12/2016 10:38:41

Dr Louise Free has had an exciting journey across England in her career as a specialist in palliative medicine, beginning her career as a junior doctor with our hospice before moving to London and Bristol to gain further knowledge before returning to us this year. We marked her '10 year return' this year and share a brief interview with her in this blog.

19/12/2016 13:55:45

Our 7 ceremonies for Lights of Love raised over £33,000 and brought together nearly 600 people across East Sussex. 800 doves were hung on our hospice Christmas tree as we celebrated a non-denominational gathering to remember loved ones.

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