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Marathon effort for PATCH from trainee doctors

The students made their mark in the marathon running, and chose a route which spelled out ‘PATCH’ across the city, raising £200.

In August 2020, a group of young medical students have shown dedication and commitment to palliative care in and out of their studies, supporting the work of PATCH and raising funds by running a marathon around Glasgow.

The students are part of the Glasgow University Palliative Care Society, which was founded to raise awareness of palliative care and advocate for the inclusion of more teaching on it in the medical school curriculum.

Some of the students have experience working in care homes and hospital wards and it was through this the importance of palliative care was recognised.

Dr Pam Levack, Medical Director of PATCH said:

The future of palliative care looks and sounds very positive as we hear about initiatives coming from those who will go into the medical and nursing professions. Right across all care settings from hospitals, care homes and people’s own homes, there is a far greater need for awareness about what good palliative care is and why we all deserve it, if needed.

I feel truly inspired by the team of students at Glasgow who have shown such initiative and ultimately thoughtfulness for others and our charity. At such a difficult time for the student population too, we were so touched by their thoughtfulness. We would like to thank them for the funds raised and wish them all the best as they continue in their studies.

The Glasgow University Palliative Care Society

The Glasgow University Palliative Care Society is the revival of an old society at the university made up of a dynamic group of medical and nursing students.

Their recent history began in 2019 when two final year medical students, passionate about palliative care, re-started the society to raise awareness of the specialty and advocate for the inclusion of more teaching on it in the medical school curriculum.

The society expanded last year to include students from all years and they hosted an introductory event where they invited Dr Fiona Finlay, the lead for palliative care teaching at the university, to speak about palliative care, its importance and the pathway to becoming a doctor in the specialty.

Their members have become interested in the specialty through reading around the subject (notable influences include Atul Gawande’s books, Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air” and Catherine Mannix’s “WIth the End in Mind”) and working in settings such as care homes and hospital wards where they recognised the importance palliative care.

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Driving to improve palliative care

Seven four-ball golf teams played in a Texas Scramble on Friday 6th September to raise money for the charity PATCH.

The competition was played at the Monksford course by kind permission of the owner Mr Paul Rooney with all money raised going to PATCH.

Event organiser Albert Thompson was delighted that sunshine prevailed on the day as were all 28 participants.

Albert has previously helped to raise several thousand pounds at Monksford for the Margaret Kerr Unit and the Sick Kids Hospital and we are delighted that he continues to support PATCH as he has done over the years.

The Milestone Garden Centre facilitated the prize giving where all the players enjoyed refreshments and a get together.

The considerable sum of £745.00 was raised and presented to the Medical Director of  PATCH, Dr Pamela Levack, who gave an insight into the origin and activities of the charity. These have included partnership working with NHS Borders to develop the palliative and end of life care skills of 32 nurses working in a range of clinical settings. Building on this success the charity has now committed to invest a further £60,000 over the next two years to fund the first PATCH Practice Development Nurse in the Borders.

4 Ball golf vouchers donated by the Glen, Peebles and Kelso Golf Clubs. Wine donated by Morrisons and Sainsburys.

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

Charity concert in aid of PATCH organised by the Friends of PATCH in the Borders

£3300 was raised in a concert attended by more than 100 supporters in the Great Hall at Lord Lothian’s Monteviot House home, near Ancrum.

Eryn Rae and Scott Turnbull performed at Monteviot.

The event was organised by Ron Hastings, a member of the Friends of PATCH in the Borders.

The concert featured a host of talented local performers, including Jedburgh fiddler Eryn Rae and Berwickshire guitarist Scott Turnbull and Borders folk band Carlenjig.

Dr Pamela Levack, our medical director, commented:

We appreciate the very impressive contribution made at the concert, which will support our work in the Borders.

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Team Rautomead raises £750 for PATCH at the Great North Run

Another incredible fundraising effort from Team Rautomead, who have worked so hard at fundraising for PATCH over the years.

Marc Moir, husband of Nicky Moir at Rautomead Limited in Dundee, ran the Great North run on Sunday 9th September on behalf of PATCH and Macmillan. £750 was donated to PATCH – a tremendous achievement.

Pamela Levack, Medical Director of PATCH, commented:

The contribution to palliative care made by charities is huge. The most recent project that this money will go to is a mandatory communications course in Tayside for final year Dundee Medical students.

Everyone starting as a doctor should have the basic skill of knowing how to speak [and listen to] patients who are very ill, and their families.

Once more a big thank you to Rautomead who have so given so generously towards the cause of palliative care for patients in hospital over many years. Their imagination for fund raising has no bound.

PATCH Texas Scramble at the Monksford Golf Course

£1000 was raised at a golf competition held in aid of PATCH.

Albert Thompson handing over the £1,000 cheque to Pamela Levack.

A golf competition in aid of PATCH was held on Friday 10th August at the privately owned Monksford Golf Course, near Melrose, by kind permission of the owner Mr Paul Rooney.

Nine teams of four played in a Texas Scramble with all thirty six players enjoying the sunshine and the well-manicured course, while helping to raise the considerable sum of £1000.00 for PATCH.

Prior to prize giving, the Medical Director of PATCH, Dr Pamela Levack, outlined the origin, and activities of the charity, which include projects in the Borders.

The event was organised by Albert Thompson of Minto Golf Club, who in the past has organised several similar charitable golfing events to raise funds for the Sick Children’s Hospital, the Margaret Kerr Unit and now PATCH.

The picture shows Albert Thompson handing over the £1,000 cheque to Pamela Levack.

Rautomead raise over £5k at Kiltwalk 2017

After an incredible day at the RBS Dundee Kiltwalk, Rautomead walkers raised £5,432 for PATCH.

On 19th August 2017, four intrepid walkers from Rautomead Ltd in Dundee, took part in the walk from St Andrews to Carnoustie. Over 1500 people in total took part over 3 different distance walks.

They raised the fantastic sum of £3,880 which, when added to the 40% top up from the Hunter Foundation, raised a total of £5,432.

From left to right: Graham Wood, Tracy Anderson, Brian Frame, Nicola Moir.

It was a wonderful achievement and yet another contribution from Rautomead who have been generous supporters of PATCH, and the Ninewells Acute Palliative Care Unit in its early days, which was the inspiration for the charity.

Thank you heroes and heroines – note the kilts!

Borders tea party ‘take two’ raises £2000 for PATCH

Friends of PATCH in the Borders held another successful tea party in aid of the charity. In addition to some wonderful baking, there was a raffle, sale of designer clothes and sale of hand-knitted tea cosies.

News release – 26 September 2017 – On the 21st September, following the success of last year’s event, the Friends of PATCH in the Borders raised nearly £2000 by hosting a very successful tea party. The party was hosted by Denise and Graeme Brebner at Sorrowlessfield Farm, Earlston, where a delicious spread of sandwiches and home-made cakes were appreciated by all who attended.

Mrs Helen Legge, Chair of the Friends of PATCH in the Borders, introduced those who attended to the team of local Friends. Helen explained:

“The aim of PATCH is to ensure that patients in hospital who are very ill and may be dying, get the same sort of care they and their families would get in a hospice.”

So far in 2017, PATCH has funded 9 hospital nurses from the Borders General Hospital and from Kelso and Duns community hospitals to have additional palliative care training. This specialist palliative care training is a collaboration between the Margaret Kerr Unit, St Columba’s Hospice in Edinburgh and the NHS in the Borders. More funding will allow more nurses to receive this training.

Dr Pamela Levack, Medical Director of PATCH said:

We are so grateful to all the Friends of PATCH for all their hard work in staging the tea party, including the gentlemen who remained on good terms after erecting a marquee in the rain!

The funds raised at the tea party will be used in the Borders and in addition to the enhanced palliative care training, it is hoped that we will purchase a pull down bed in one of our community hospitals, so that a friend or member of family of a patient who is dying may spend the night.

She concluded:

When a group of people decide to help our charity, good things really do happen!

Perthshire Highland cattle gathering raises £50k for PATCH

Balnabroich Farm, Blairgowrie, welcomes over 400 to Open Day in aid of PATCH.

News release –14 September 2017 – On Saturday 9 September over 400 members of the public, as well as local MSP John Swinney, attended a gathering of Scotland’s finest pedigree Highland Cattle at Balnabroich Farm, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

The event which was the first of its kind to be held at Balnabroich brought together eighteen breeders and over fifty cattle, raising in excess of £50,000 for Scottish charity PATCH.

The event was organised by Sir Michael and Lady Sally Nairn as a fund and awareness raiser for the palliative care charity PATCH (Palliation and The Caring Hospital), of which Sir Michael is chair. PATCH was set up in 2013, and is the first charity specifically to support 24/7 specialist palliative care for patients in Scottish hospitals.

Sir Michael Nairn, chair of PATCH commented:

Sally and I were delighted to see all the effort in organising this event come to fruition with a day that seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by all – even by those who didn’t win a prize! We were particularly heartened by the incredible generosity not only of those who came along, but also of those who chose to donate to PATCH as part of this event. We have raised in excess of £50,000 in one weekend and that is truly beyond our expectations. We are delighted.

The work PATCH does will be greatly enhanced by not only this increase in funds, but also an opportunity to raise awareness and generate more supporters. Knowing that 55 percent of people are destined to die in hospital yet few hospitals have designated staff who are well trained and experienced in palliative care is a situation PATCH is working hard to alleviate. To patients who are suffering or in pain, and also those and their families who need some relief of anxiety or distress as they approach the end of their lives, specialist palliative care can make all the difference whether in hospital or making it possible for people to die peacefully in their own homes.

Doddie and PATCH are a winning team

Charity dinner raises over £8,000 to help fund palliative care projects in Borders.

Doddie Weir and PATCH Director Dr Gordon Paterson

News release – 15 May 2017 – PATCH teamed up with rugby legend Doddie Weir to host a very successful awareness and fundraising dinner at the Townhouse Hotel in Melrose on Saturday 6 May. The event, which was organised by the Friends of PATCH in the Borders, was a sell out and raised over £8,000.

Monies raised from ticket sales were supplemented by an auction of a painting of the Eildons in Winter, kindly donated by Scottish artist Alan Cameron and by silent auction lots and a raffle. The silent auction lots included a British Lions rugby shirt autographed by Doddie Weir and by All Blacks celebrity Sean Fitzpatrick.

PATCH is already working in partnership with NHS Borders, St Columba’s and Queen Margaret University to fund a training course to enhance the palliative and end of life care skills of a group of nurses working in a variety of care settings across the Borders.

Dr Gordon Paterson, Director of PATCH said:

The first group of eight nurses commenced a course at the end of March and further courses are planned. Recent discussions between PATCH and officials of NHS Borders have identified a number of other areas of potential partnership working. It is very encouraging that the support and generosity of those who attended the dinner has provided funding for further joint work in the Borders.

The Friends of PATCH are planning further events which will be publicised in local media.