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We offer free palliative care to anyone over the age of 18 with any progressive life-limiting illness. We are independent of the NHS but work with healthcare organisations. Most patients live in North East Lincolnshire but people also come from other areas. Anyone can refer - the patient, their family or GP, the community nurse, a consultant and so on - in writing, by telephone or by visiting us.
We offer respite care, day therapy, symptom control, rehabilitation and terminal care, as well as other services such as counselling, complementary therapies, lymphoedema clinics, physiotherapy and bereavement support.
We have about 120 members of staff, enabling us to provide 24-hour care, seven days a week, and 475 volunteers who support all aspects of the hospice.
Treat St Andrew’s as you would your home; there are no set visiting hours and pets are very welcome.
Care is dependent on need and availability. We do not offer long-term residential care.
Our running costs are £4.1-million for both St Andrew’s and Andy’s at St Andrew's Hospice. Typically we receive only 18% statutory funding every year; the remainder must be raised through donations.
Chief executive Alison Carlisle is originally from the Scunthorpe area. Hospitalisation in her teens had a profound effect and she decided on being a nurse following this experience. She worked at Scunthorpe and Louth Hospitals and the British Nursing Agency, as well as running her own business in North Somercotes. While working for the NHS, she developed an interest in palliative care, and trained in Nottingham and London. She said: “The challenges at St Andrew’s Hospice never cease. I have worked with wonderful people and have met some truly inspirational people and their families who have let me into their lives at a very difficult time, and I feel very privileged.”
Head of Care Michelle Rollinson’s first contact with the hospice was in 1980, when her parents volunteered for the charity. Michelle joined them and remembers spending time with patients. She’s a qualified children’s nurse, and the first five years of her career began at Hull Maternity Hospice’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. On March 5, 2001, Michelle was part of the team who opened the doors to children at the hospice. Her role changed in 2011 from working within the children’s hospice to working across all clinical teams as Head of Care. She said: “I meet and care for many inspirational people, and work with professionals who are committed to ensuring palliative and end-of-life care, whether for children or adults, is of the highest quality possible.”
Jane Whenham-White, Head of Income Generation and Marketing, joined the hospice in 1994 after being recruited to spearhead a fundraising appeal to pay for the move from our previous home at The Beeches, in Scartho, to Peaks Lane, Grimsby. She said: "I feel very fortunate to have met so many kind and generous people and continue to be humbled by the patients and their relatives who, even at difficult times demonstrate such dignity and fortitude. I feel privileged to have a career where ones efforts can genuinely make a difference to the lives of people."
Head of Finance Geoff Jago joined the hospice following a spell in retail and manufacturing, 12 years as financial controller at an energy efficiency/sustainability charity in Milton Keynes, time working in Australia and travelling, and a position as head of finance at a national charity. He relocated to Lincolnshire in 2013, and is a book lover.
Human Resources Manager Jane Martin secured her first HR position in 1999, and has developed her career, becoming a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) in 2005. After many years working within the not-for-profit social housing field, an opportunity arose for Jane to join the hospice. She said: “I am a Grimsby girl born and bred. Although I have never been personally touched by St Andrew’s Hospice, I had always admired and respected its services. I count myself very fortune to work with a dedicated team.”
Chairman David Hatfield is a chartered accountant who began his career in 1961, eventually becoming a Senior Partner at McCrackens and retiring in 2005. He then joined the hospice as treasurer as he wanted to become involved in charity work. He said: “The hospice offers a first-class facility to the community.”
Retired Colin Ellis is a family man, born and bred in Grimsby. He’s a chartered accountant who spent most of his working life in multiple store food retailers, in senior management positions. He said: “I am constantly impressed and inspired by the commitment and dedication of the hospice staff and my fellow volunteers.”
Qualified solicitor Stephen Oldridge is a partner at law firm Bridge McFarland, specialising in property and commercial law. He joined the hospice board in 2008, using his legal, managerial and business experience to help St Andrew’s. He said: “I am delighted to be able to support such an important local charity.”
Geoff Hurst is a Manchester graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has held appointments in chemical, food, textile, retails and finance organisations. He has lived in Keelby for 30-plus years, where he is a councillor. He’s also a college governor and active in the MG Car Club and in the Leicester Tigers rugby club.
Les Jones began his career with Midland Bank in 1963, holding various administration roles in a number of North East branches, followed by the management of various branches. Following retirement, he worked for the Humber Chamber of Commerce as a small business advisor and export development advisor, in the latter role taking a trade mission to Hong Kong and Singapore. He said: “The reason I wish to serve the hospice in some way is that I feel it important to try to put something back into the community to which I belong.”
Barry Wallis joined the board in 2005. His career was in retail and multi-site management, marketing, trading and regulatory affairs. He said: “I want to use my skills and experience to make a significant contribution to the operation of a vital local service.”
Andrew North’s professional life has been spent within the NHS; for the last 20 years of his career, he was responsible for a healthcare organisation providing community, mental health and general hospital services across Lincolnshire. His 35-year career saw him lead many changes, including the development of community services and subsequent hospital closures, the construction of new healthcare facilities, hospital mergers, and the establishment of both NHS Trusts and an NHS Foundation Trust. He left the NHS in 2012, and has since worked as a consultant to healthcare organisations. He said: “Healthcare remains my passion, and my involvement with the hospice stems from a desire to use my experience to help a fantastic organisation and worthy cause to continue to thrive.”
John Scaife’s skills lie in the leisure retail hospitality sector and he has an operational, project management and commercial background. Originally from Sheffield, he relocated to Grimsby some 28 years ago to work in the area. He said: “I feel extremely privileged that I have been asked to bring my working experiences to complimenting the existing board members, supporting the senior management team and staff of the hospice in delivering the very high standard of care that the hospice is widely renowned for.”
Steven Parker qualified as a manufacturing specialist at Warwick University, and held commerical management positions at Lloyds Bank, Flower Seeds Direct Ltd and Yorkshire Bank. He was also business development manager for Lincolnshire for Lloyds Bank, and business development manager for Pelham Accountants/Johnson Hunt UK. The keen cyclist said: “I have a real desire to understand how an organisation operates in order to help improve efficiency and results.”
Dr Ann Spalding
We're very proud and privileged to be supported so well by the communities we serve. Our official ambassadors are:
Actress and TV presenter Julie Peasgood. Julie's connection with the hospice goes back many years, after caring for her father in his final days. She's best known for her roles in Emerdale, Hollyoaks and Brookside.
Strictly Come Dancing professional and Grimsby girl Joanne Clifton. She won the World Ballroom Showdance Championship in 2013 and the European Professional Ballroom Championship and World Dancesport Games. She joined Strictly in 2014, and became a hospice ambassador in early 2015.
Young George Kavanagh's father, Greg, was looked after by the hospice and was appointed an ambassador in 2014. He's since become a local celebrity and has appeared on Britain's Got Talent.