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Stuck for present ideas? PATCH has an answer

Available to buy: PATCH note cards and Christmas Cards.

This year the PATCH team is keen to give you some additional ideas for Christmas presents and stocking fillers. We have been lucky enough to receive four beautifully hand painted designs from artist Zaza Shelley to create packs of 12 note cards. The cards are printed on beautiful quality paper stock, thanks to our extremely generous supporters at The Dragonfly Agency in Edinburgh. Each pack costs £8 and all proceeds go towards supporting PATCH-funded projects.

If you would like to purchase any cards please email kate@patchscotland.com and we can arrange delivery or postage. We do also have a variety of Christmas cards available. Packs of 10 Christmas cards with a range of bespoke designs by Zaza Shelley can also be purchased for £6 per pack.

If you were thinking about a charity to support this festive season, we would be delighted to be considered.

Thank you for all your support this year and wish you a happy time over the festive season and health and prosperity for 2020.

Ladies who lunch support palliative care charity 

Fifty ladies from the Borders and further afield met for lunch on Friday 7 December to raise funds to support the work of the charity PATCH (Palliation and the Caring Hospital).

The presentation of the Dragonfly donation. From the left: Christine Salem, Isla Munro (Dragonfly Agency), Dr Pamela Levack, Dr Gordon Paterson, Vicky Grant (Dragonfly Agency), Muriel Scotchmere, Helen Legge.

The event, at the Hoebridge Inn, Gattonside, was a great success and raised £2,330. This sum included a very generous donation of £1,500 from the Dragonfly Agency, Edinburgh who, for the third year in succession have met all the costs of production of the PATCH Christmas card.  

PATCH is supporting a range of projects across Scotland including established partnership working with colleagues in NHS Borders to ensure quality palliative and end of life care. 

Helen Legge, Chairman of the Friends of PATCH in the Borders, said:

We have been very impressed by the generous support that we have received from so many kind people in the Borders who attended the lunch.

Helen Legge, Chairman of the Friends of PATCH in the Borders

We are extremely grateful to the enthusiastic Friends of PATCH who have organised this and other events that help to raise awareness of our work and the essential funding that makes it all possible.

Dr Pamela Levack, PATCH Medical Director

Festive cheer brought to Scottish palliative care charity

Edinburgh-based Dragonfly Agency donates £5,000 to fund palliative care projects in Scottish/Borders hospitals.

News release – 14 December 2016 – Scottish charity PATCH (Palliation and the Caring Hospital) has been filled with festive cheer following two generous donations totaling £5,000 from an Edinburgh based print consultant, The Dragonfly Agency.

Supporting the charity with its first ever Christmas card, the team at The Dragonfly Agency helped to raise over £1,500 by covering all production costs. The cards were sold right across Edinburgh, Borders and Tayside and almost sold out in two weeks! The design was created by artist Zaza Shelley who creates artwork in water colour and ink primarily.

Not content with that contribution, the Dragonfly team chose to donate a further £3,500 to help support the work of Patch in Scotland. With a great track record of supporting and working with charities across many different areas, the team at Dragonfly have all had direct or close experience with a friend or family member who has benefited from or needed palliative care.

The money raised from the donation and Christmas card sales will go towards supporting projects in Scotland/Borders to improve and enhance the palliative care provision in hospitals.

Dr Gordon Paterson, Director of PATCH commented: “As a board we were so delighted with the incredible generosity from Vicky and the Dragonfly Agency team. Not only with the underwriting of production of our very first and extremely high quality PATCH Christmas Cards, but also for the very, very generous monetary donation to support the work we do.

“Palliative care for patients and their loved ones can make such a difference during very challenging life events. It is not rocket science but does require true empathy and a set of basic skills and behaviours to complement clinical care. In various ways and through supporting a number of projects PATCH endeavours to make such care the norm. We believe that all patients and relatives need and deserve this, whatever the pressure on clinical services. With such donations we can continue to help ensure this happens.”

Victoria Grant, Founder and Director of The Dragonfly Agency said: “We were really so pleased to be able to support PATCH this year, and particularly with ensuring a perfect quality Christmas card was produced! As a team we are very passionate about the charities we donate to and this year it was a unanimous decision in favour of PATCH.

“The sad, but real, situation is that as a team we have all had loved ones, or friends’ loved ones who have needed palliative care, and either benefited hugely or didn’t have the chance to benefit. We believe that this should be something available to all who need it and therefore supporting such a charity makes real sense to us.”

PATCH recently funded a pilot project being carried out by the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine in Ninewells Hospital and NHS Tayside. The three organisations came together to develop and pilot a series of workshops to equip young healthcare professionals with the skills they need to have honest and open conversations with patients and their families about dying– particularly with those people whose needs might be better served by active palliation of their symptoms rather than other healthcare interventions. There are discussions about extending this pilot project to other hospitals across Scotland.