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Helen McLaren running the Edinburgh 10k in support of PATCH

Helen McLaren is running the Edinburgh 10k on the 27th of May with a fundraising goal of £500.

Helen, who recently started running, wanted something to aim for and decided to sign up for the Edinburgh 10k. When searching for a cause that was important for her family, we were touched and delighted to find that she chose PATCH.

The last year has shown me how important palliative care is. My family has experienced a lot of loss with my three remaining grandparents passing away in the last 12 months. They all received fantastic care at the end of their lives.

Helen with her Mum and Gran


It’s heartening and encouraging to hear the positive impact of good palliative care, and how it can ease a difficult time for both the patient and the family.

My granny especially who, after visiting us in the Christmas of 2015, deteriorated rapidly after my grandpa’s death last February. I visited her multiple times and wished I could do more to help her. What made everything easier for my family and her was the good palliative care she received.

Any donation, big or small, could help Helen reach her target and your support would be greatly appreciated.

To support Helen, visit her Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.

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.

Rautomead smash their previous year’s record, with another generous donation

Rautomead's outstanding fundraising efforts have resulted in a £1,845 donation to PATCH. This follows last year's generous donation of £1200.

Rautomead Limited, based in Dundee, has once again shown its continued and unstinting support for PATCH with a wonderful donation of £1,845 which was presented to the charity’s Trudy McLeay and Mary Mackenzie last week. The funds were raised from an in house ‘tuck shop’ with baking and goodies produced and sold by staff, as well as sales of PATCH Christmas cards.

Last year Rautomead raised £1200 from the tuck shop and this year they excelled themselves beating a target of £1500, and we are delighted! One of the very first supporters of PATCH, through its initial and generous support of the Ninewells Acute Palliative Care Unit in Dundee, Rautomead continues to show its fabulous support for the work of the charity.

On behalf of PATCH we would like to once again thank Rautomead for everything they have done with such generous spirit.

Great PATCH Borders Bake Off

£2000 raised in a cake and clothing sale by the recently established Friends of PATCH in the Borders.

Denise Brebner (centre) who hosted the event together with her two baking ‘champions’ Helen Legge (left) and Christine Salem.

The recently established Friends of PATCH in the Borders held a very successful Afternoon Tea at Sorrowlessfield Farm, Earlston, on Thursday 15 September. In addition to an amazing spread of cakes and scones, there was a ladies’ clothing sale by @Twelve in Melrose with 50% of the profits donated to PATCH by proprietor Muriel Scotchmere.

The event raised over £2,000 and all these funds will be used locally to support a joint project with the Borders General Hospital to enhance the skills of nurses working in the general wards of the hospital to deliver quality palliative and end of life care.

The picture shows Denise Brebner (centre) who hosted the event together with her two baking ‘champions’ Helen Legge (left) and Christine Salem.

A wonderful concert in aid of PATCH

On 16th April, the Dundee Chamber Orchestra performed in St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee. The newly formed orchestra, created and conducted by Professor Andy Evans, had a brilliant debut.

Francesco Scattolin [on the right] – Orchestra Leader

Andy is principal horn in the Dundee and Perth Symphony Orchestra and also plays in a number of chamber ensembles. In addition he is a prize-winning composer of classical music as well as an experienced conductor. On this occasion, the audience was treated to a family double act – in which Andy’s identical twin brother Simon, also a doctor, played the solo violin in Dvorak Romance for violin and orchestra opus 11.

The orchestra was led by the violinist Francesco Scattolin, who trained in the Italian Conservatoire in Castelfranco in Veneto and has played in some of the most famous theatres in Italy.

It was an orchestra with remarkable talent – with a cast of thirty – an amazing achievement.

The concert was faultless – a programme carefully chosen to include many favourites. There was not a sound or a cough from the audience, one could have heard a pin drop.

One of the joys of a fundraising event is that some attend to support a charity, but would otherwise not come to a classical concert. One gentleman said that “I don’t usually go to this sort of concert but now that I know what I’ve been missing, I have a lot of catching up to do!” Another lady commented that she normally only went to professional concerts but this concert was the best one she had been to.

Over £2000 were raised on the night and donations are still being received.

PATCH are hugely grateful to the orchestra for the huge effort involved in gathering the orchestra together, meeting to practice and putting on such an exceptional programme.  We would also like to say a BIG thank you to the people who attended and supported the event.

Local choir raises fund for PATCH

On 16th December, a local male choir entertained shoppers at Sainsbury's in Dundee for two hours and raised a whopping £400 in aid of PATCH.

Norman (seated) with the choir in action. Margaret is not in the picture but is encouraging shoppers to fill her collecting bucket!

Norman (seated) with the choir in action. Margaret is not in the picture but is encouraging shoppers to fill her collecting bucket!

The idea was that of Norman and Margaret Jamieson, who, along with their friends and relatives, have supported PATCH from its earliest days. Not only that, but they have supported us before PATCH was PATCH by fundraising for the Acute Palliative Care Unit in Ninewells Hospital – which became the inspiration for the charity.

We are very touched by such longstanding support – which has enabled us to become nationally recognised and thus spread benefit to more patients throughout all of Scotland.

Generous donation from Rautomead Limited

Rautomead present PATCH with a cheque for £1200 following outstanding fundraising efforts.

On 16th December PATCH received a very generous donation of £1200 from Rautomead Limited.

The cheque was accepted by the Directors of PATCH at Rautomead’s Christmas Jumper Day celebration in their Dundee premises. Joyce Ramsay, Tracy Anderson, Nicola Moir and Jan Barclay organized a tuck shop, a bake day and a guess the winner competition.

Rautomead employees with PATCH directors

Rautomead have faithfully supported the charity from it’s earliest days, and indeed supported the Acute Palliative Care Unit in Ninewells Tayside – the original inspiration for PATCH.

Knowing that what we do is so enthusiastically supported by the company and has been for such a long time, makes a huge difference. The presentation marks the end of an exceptionally good year for this relatively new charity.

Thank you Rautomead – for your kindness.

Wine tasting evening fundraising success – Dundee Discovery Rotary Club

Dundee Discovery Rotary Club presented a cheque of £1200 to PATCH following a highly enjoyable wine tasting evening, hosted by themselves and a local wine expert Mr Jo Williamson.

Stuart Clarke, President of Dundee Discovery Rotary being thanked by Pamela Levack, Medical Director of PATCH.

Stuart Clarke, President of Dundee Discovery Rotary being thanked by Pamela Levack, Medical Director of PATCH.

Over £1000 was raised on the evening and the club themselves added to this.  Dundee Discovery is a small breakfast club – and for a small club this is a magnificent sum.