News - Trinity Hospice

Our President – a fond farewell

Our President, Jimmy Armfield, CBE, DL passed away peacefully on Monday 22nd January at the Hospice surrounded by his immediate family.

It is a huge understatement to say that we will miss Jim. To Trinity Hospice he was our President, our most loyal supporter and an ambassador across the entire community over many years.  He leaves an astonishing legacy and all the staff, Trustees and volunteers here say that it was an immense privilege to be able to care for him, and his family. Our flag flies at half mast in his honour.

We know Jimmy was a public figure, but the family respectfully ask for privacy at this time.

Trinity Chief Executive David Houston said: “Jim will be very much missed. As our President, he was a regular visitor to the Hospice and to our events. He would read at our annual Light up a Life service; say grace before dinner at our Fundraising Ball, and on more than one occasion cut the ribbon to open one of our high street shops.  Wherever he was, people wanted to shake his hand and he made time for everyone, such was his generosity of spirit.

“He was witty and insightful, and knew many of our staff and volunteers. Over the years he and his wife Anne did so many good things for Trinity and for the wider community, it comes as no surprise to see the number of heartfelt tributes being made in the past couple of days.”

Head of Fundraising Linzi Young said: “I know he would be very touched by the donations people have been making to the hospice, and by the idea of Saturday’s match at Bloomfield Road. People will choose their own way to remember Jim and celebrate his life, but the fact that the hospice which was so close to his heart will benefit, is a fitting tribute to him.”

Our big birthday year

It was an amazing year – now let’s do it all again! That’s the message from Brian House, which celebrated its 21st birthday during 2017.

December was the official anniversary of the first children being welcomed through the doors back in 1996, but despite a monumental fundraising and awareness campaign over the past 12 months, the challenge of funding continues into the New Year and beyond.

Each year Trinity Hospice subsidises the running costs of Brian House, because otherwise it would operate at a deficit. At any one time Brian House cares for around 80 life-limited children and young people from all across the Fylde Coast and demand for its services increases year on year. It gets no money from the local CCGs and less than £200,000 a year from the Department of Health.

But the birthday year was a special one in terms of fundraising: In April our new Bubble Rush attracted 2,000 participants; in September a Fundraising Ball in Blackpool Tower raised £60,000, there was a first-ever Brian House golf day at Royal Lytham  and early in December the Santa Dash saw a record number of competitors. But the aim now is to maintain the momentum, to keep the cash coming in.

Linzi Young, Head of Fundraising for Trinity and Brian House said: “We had a wonderful year. The new events worked really well and we were genuinely moved by the way local people rallied behind Brian House in its 21st birthday year. But the truth is that we can’t stop. In the coming months we will continue to raise awareness of the hospice – we launched a new brand identity for the hospice in September – and put extra events into our very busy calendar.


“Last year was a real success in  getting the Brian House name out across the Fylde Coast, and helping spread the word that we’re the only children’s hospice for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. But now we just start again; working hard to inspire people to get involved and support us for another 12 months.”

Little Elena Williams has attended Brian House for regular respite care for the past five years. Now aged six Elena has complex needs and the hospice plays an important part in the lives of her family, who live in Blackpool. In late 2017 Elena was named Child of Courage at the Radio Wave Local Heroes awards, after being nominated by the Brian House staff. Throughout the Brian House 21st birthday year she is one of the children who have helped promote the hospice and its work through inspirational photographs and case studies.

Sister Carol Wylde, Clinical Manager at Brian House said: “We were thrilled for Elena and her family. She is a lovely little girl who has a smile for everyone and we take real delight in seeing her progress; but she faces many difficulties. Brian House offers respite so that her family can have some ‘down time’ from the 24 hour care she needs.

“Elena is just one of around 80 local children currently supported by Brian House. We help the children and young people using our services to make the most of every day and help their families with the huge demands placed on them because of their child’s condition.

“We said that a 21st birthday for us would be a poignant one: we are all aware that some of our families will never celebrate a coming-of -age with their child, but here at Brian House we fill the days with happiness, ensure that families are supported and create some fantastic memories, no matter what the future holds.”

Brian House Christmas Shopping Evening

Everyone had a great time at the Christmas Shopping Evening at Booths in Poulton on Thursday 30th November.  All who came along enjoyed shopping and picked up some nice Christmas gifts while sampling delicious mulled wine and mince pies.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make it a big success raising a fantastic £1500 for the China Trek next year.

There were some unclaimed raffle prizes, if you have any of these winning tickets please contact Fundraising on 01253 359362 to arrange collection.

Lilac     60         Pink      412       Green  97         Grey     70         Pink      360    Brown 182

Brown 183       Brown 36         Brown 168

Brown 106


It’s beginning to look a bit like…..

It’s starting to look like Christmas here at Trinity and Brian House as we head into a packed calendar of festive events during December.

If you haven’t done all your shopping yet, remember our Shoppers’ Week starts in Main Reception on Monday December 4 – come and pick up some lovely gifts, including items made in our Day Therapy Unit. All our high street shops have some bargain festive items too – whether you are looking for a glitzy party dress or some last minute Christmas cards.

Remember that Sunday December 10 is our annual Light up a Life service in the hospice gardens – there’s still time to make a donation and create a seasonal memory of someone special. All welcome at the service – but remember to dress up warm.

And of course Sunday December 3 is the Santa Dash, when we hope to have 1,500 Santas jogging up the Prom. Come along to say hello ho ho!

Meanwhile, school children across the Fylde Coast are getting fit and elfie by taking part in an Elf Run to raise money for Brian House. There are literally hundreds of little elves  and their teachers signed up.

LUAL Janet and tree

We have some special visitors lined up over the Christmas period – including local school choirs – and we are so grateful for their support. It means such a lot to our patients, staff and volunteers to bring the community into the hospice as Christmas approaches.

If you want to join in some Festive Fun you can organise a Christmas dress up day for us – it can be silly jumpers, Christmas angels, elves or even full evening dress. Get your friends and colleagues together and raise some money to help pay for patient care here at Trinity and Brian House. Just decide on a date and get everyone to make a donation – call our Fundraising team for more details.

Whatever you have planned, have a lovely festive build-up. Christmas is a very special time both here at the hospice and for the families we support in their own homes across the community. We rely on donations to fund our compassionate care – and it’s your help that makes it all possible.




Matron’s Summer Raffle – Draw Results – 20 October 2017


The Results from Matron’s Summer Raffle, drawn 20 October 2017

1st PRIZE OF £3000.00

015744    A Winner from Thornton-Cleveleys

2nd PRIZE OF £750.00

020595  Mrs Anne Kernan from Epsom

3rd PRIZE OF £250.00

617086 Ms Rita Collier from Lytham St Annes

100 PRIZES OF £10.00

750863 Mr J Slater Thornton-Cleveleys
866800 Mr R Baxter Blackpool
898568 Mr T Frattaroli Blackpool
524086 Mrs S Carter Thornton-Cleveleys
501394 Miss K Sharp Thornton-Cleveleys
702829 Mrs Christine Bilston Lytham St. Annes
773826 Mr M Kidd Preston
732027 Mrs Karen Harrison Lytham St. Annes
36554 Mr & Mrs J R & A Stevenson BLACKPOOL
82955 Mr G Preston Blackpool
348843 Mr D Hickson Lytham St. Annes
24236 Mrs P Greenberg BLACKPOOL
416558 Mrs A Robert Poulton-le-Fylde
460275 Mrs Margaret Tomlinson Preston
84498 Mrs Maureen Worden Lytham St. Annes
2990 Mrs K Blount Preston
37860 Mrs Denise Spalding THORNTON-CLEVELEYS
825692 Mr and Mrs J King Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1124492  Yvonne Wright
RF: 1052755 Mrs Nellie Hankinson Preston
RF: 1000938  Mr Dyas Blackpool
RF: 1024042 Mr & Mrs G Smith Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1123446 Mr Paul Tattersall Fleetwood
RF: 1054750 Mrs Margaret Broadbent Preston
RF: 1108606 Mrs Liz Lyon Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1087050 Mr & Mrs Peter Prentice Blackpool
RF: 1033468 Mrs Sue Butler Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1045974 Mrs Eileen Hope-Ross Lytham St. Annes
RF: 1084601 Mrs Freda Heaton Blackpool
RF: 1103629 Mrs Liane Richmond Blackpool
RF: 1115374 Mr Alan Sayburn Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1079365 Mrs Carmen Markey Blackpool
RF: 1118160 Mrs Margaret Frankland Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1077870 Mr Harry Geldart Blackpool
RF: 1022969 Mrs Doughty Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1011928 Mrs Mary Cunliffe Blackpool
RF: 1014528 Ms Sue Porter Blackpool
RF: 1100366 Mrs Margaret Cunningham Blackpool
RF: 1087086 Mrs Kathleen Batters Blackpool
RF: 1098398 Mrs Patricia Lord Blackpool
RF: 1127171 Mrs Rose Burrell FLEETWOOD
RF: 1121385 Mrs Margaret Lomax Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1103049 Mrs Joan Fraser Blackpool
RF: 1122560 Miss Kathryn Burn Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1071410 Miss May Wong London
RF: 1034688 Mrs Cynthia Kenny FLEETWOOD
RF: 1017683 Mr Paul Evans Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1077752 Mr Bernard James Singleton Blackpool
RF: 1050245 Mr & Mrs Tom Scott Lytham St. Annes
RF: 1017314 Mrs Madge Bloomfield Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1091089 Ms Margaret Sears Blackpool
RF: 1019327 Mrs K Sumner Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1032180 Mr & Mrs Christopher Beverley Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1057837 Mr & Mrs J Bell Preston
RF: 1026124 Mr Michael Carey Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1068477 Ms Barbara Colville Leigh
RF: 1113339 Mr Peter Boothman Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1098129 Mr Barry Pugh Blackpool
RF: 1023617 Mr & Mrs David Wood Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1076085 Mrs Valerie Smart Blackpool
RF: 1095593 Mr Pete Berrisford Blackpool
RF: 1043970 Mr Mike Halpin Lytham St. Annes
RF: 1087376 Mr John Crawford Blackpool
RF: 1029332 Mrs Pauline Hyde Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1044164 Mr & Mrs Julian Ridley Lytham St. Annes
RF: 1062573 Mrs Jackie Bullock Preston
RF: 1125586 Mrs Elaine Porteous Fleetwood
RF: 1125692 Mr & Mrs J Sandham Fleetwood
RF: 1010577 Mrs Susan Traynor Blackpool
RF: 1076587 Mrs Wendy Armstrong Blackpool
RF: 1120010 Mr & Mrs Phillip Holt Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1101518 Mrs Maureen Lockley Blackpool
RF: 1088081  Shirley MacDonald Blackpool
RF: 1109422 Mr & Mrs Arthur and Pam White Thornton-Cleveleys
RF: 1023207 Mrs Ann Perry Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1040241 Mrs Judith Naven Lytham St. Annes
RF: 1030097 Ms Joanne McKenna Poulton-le-Fylde
RF: 1036726 Mr & Mrs Fenwick & Joan Dell Fleetwood
RF: 1093980 Dr Stephen Doel Blackpool
RF: 1089895 Mr Paul Baker Blackpool
RF: 1042799  Lucy Mackenzie Lytham St. Annes
RF: 1039947 Mrs Roberta Black Lytham St. Annes
RF: 1011573 Mrs Mira Konieczek Blackpool
RF: 1095951 Mr & Mrs Ian Wallis Blackpool
RF: 1042204 Mr & Mrs Robert Dodd Lytham St. Annes
79812 A Winner from BLACKPOOL
4628 A Winner from BLACKPOOL
88911 A Winner from Lytham St. Annes
8221 A Winner from BLACKPOOL
845921 A Winner from Fleetwood
63580 A Winner from Scunthorpe
77725 A Winner from BLACKPOOL
27980 A Winner from FLEETWOOD
332607 A Winner from Preston
391215 A Winner from Blackpool
686283 A Winner from Lytham St. Annes
21126 A Winner from Poulton-le-Fylde
13726 A Winner from BLACKPOOL
31700 A Winner from BLACKPOOL
29084 A Winner from St Annes on Sea