Hospice Ethiopia AGM

Notice of AGM

Hospice Ethiopia UK’s AGM will take place on

Thursday 11th March 2021 at 6.30 pm via Zoom

Please email info@hospiceethiopia.org.uk to get a Zoom link

All supporters welcome.

We are delighted that the formal (brief) meeting will be followed by a video from Ephrem, Director of Hospice Ethiopia, about his work. He will also be available via Zoom to answer any questions. The minutes from last year’s AGM, the Annual Report and the Treasurer’s report can all be viewed here.

January update

Compassionate Art talk

We were delighted with the response to Nick’s fascinating talk on Compassionate Art last Monday. From Rembrandt to press photographs we were treated to an interesting evening about the different ways various artists have depicted compassion.

Thank you to all the donors whose compassion has raised over £725 to help fund the nurses of Hospice Ethiopia to deliver palliative care to those dying in Ethiopia.  

Initiators Couse

We are delighted that Nurse Kakidan has gained a place on the prestigious Palliative Care Initiators course run by Hospice Africa Uganda. Hospice Ethiopia’s Education Fund has funded her place and will provide support for her learning.

The course provides health professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement sustainable and high standard palliative care services and to advocate their governments and other key stakeholders. It also bonds palliative care specialists from various countries together, in such a way that they learn from their countries’ different challenges and achievements.

Nurse Kalkidan outside a patient’s home in Addis Ababa

Annual meeting and presentation

The Hospice Ethiopia annual meeting will be held on Thursday 5th March 6pm at the Priscilla Bacon Centre for Specialist Palliative Care in Norwich.

Please come and hear the amazing support we have had over the last year and the developments and plans for the next 12 months.

Hospice Ethiopia UK’s annual meeting will be followed by refreshments and an illustrated talk by Sue and Marion about their recent visit to Ethiopia in February 2020.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Recent fundraising successes

During the build-up to Christmas we’ve had several very successful fundraising events including a talk by Sue & Jamie at Ranworth Church, bag packing at Tesco’s in Aylsham, St Michael’s Christmas Tree festival and Carols in Aldborough Community Centre. These events have raised just under £900 in total. Very many thanks to all those who supported Hospice Ethiopia at these events.


For the second year running Hospice Ethiopia UK was accepted to take part in The Big Give Christmas challenge. We are delighted that we received 42 donations, which with the matching funds and gift aid totalled the fantastic sum of £10,425. This will pay the nurses’ salaries at Hospice Ethiopia for 6 months. We could not have raised such a phenomenal amount without our supporters’ generosity; we are truly grateful.


Following a talk to Holt Rotary club in October, we are very grateful to Maureen Ford for talking to a Rep from Welland who has supplied over 500 colostomy bags for the patients of Hospice Ethiopia who have a stoma. Colostomy bags are not available at all in Ethiopia, so this donation will really transform the lives of patients. Sue will deliver some of these to hospice Ethiopia when she visits in February.

Below is the lovely and festive HE Christmas tree at St Michael’s Church in December:

xmas tree

 

The Big Give 2019

Many of you have generously made donations in the past that have helped provide crucial care for patients. We’re very excited to let you know that Hospice Ethiopia UK has been selected again this year to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2019, the UK’s largest match funding campaign.

We will be raising money specifically to pay for the nurses’ salaries at Hospice Ethiopia for six months. These nurses provide vital care and symptom control in people’s homes for those dying from cancer and other terminal illnesses. They are often their only point of contact, bringing relief to truly desperate people.

Donations to this project will be matched for 7 days, from 12pm on Tuesday 3rd December. So, every pound donated during that period means two pounds for Hospice Ethiopia.

How do I donate?

If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Christmas Challenge when your donation will make even more of a difference to Hospice Ethiopia.

After 12 noon on the 3rd December, please visit our page at the biggive.org and follow the instructions. Please note that donations made via other means will not be matched so it’s really important to go through the ‘big give’ website.

Please note if you visit before this date/time you will be unable to donate. Instructions on how to donate will be added on the 3rd December.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info@hospiceethiopia.org.uk

Many thanks in advance for your support.

TBG Logo Horisonal Black Challenge@2x

Ephrem visits the UK!

We have had a very busy and enjoyable week with the Director of Hospice Ethiopia, Ephrem in the UK. First stop was the University of Surrey for a workshop about a research project looking at using mobile phone technology to extend palliative care and symptom control to remote rural areas of Ethiopia. The rest of his stay has been in Norfolk as guests of Hospice Ethiopia UK. While here he spent a fascinating day at Priscilla Bacon Lodge (Norwich) and The Market Surgery (Aylsham), seeing first-hand how palliative care is delivered in the UK.

On Saturday, Ephrem gave an informative presentation at St John of the Cross church, Aylsham to local supporters about his tireless work to relieve the suffering of the dying in Ethiopia. The audience was much moved and over £400 was raised to aid his work.

We’ve also endeavoured to give him a flavour of life in the UK. Fish & chips at Cromer was a must – the first time he had seen the sea – as well as visits to Norwich Cathedral, Aylsham & Holt market towns. His final visit was to Aldborough Primary School, who have been loyal supporters of Hospice Ethiopia. A question & answer session stimulated some very insightful questions from the pupils.

On leaving Norfolk Ephrem said “Of all the varied experiences this week, the most memorable was visiting a patient in their own home and seeing patients at Priscilla Bacon Lodge.”

Ephrem uk visit cropped

1960s Burger & Boogie evening

1960s evening

What a swell party that was… and we raised over £5000 for Hospice Ethiopia!

Many thanks to everyone who came to the ‘Burger & Boogie 60s-style’ night for Hospice Ethiopia on June 15th.  Now that the dust has settled we can reveal that the event raised over £5,000, which is a fabulous effort and testament to the generosity of all those who support us.  Included in that are several kind donations from people who couldn’t attend the party itself, but wanted to help with the fund raising. 

Special thanks also to everyone who helped, especially Lord and Lady Dannatt, who generously gave us the use of their beautiful home, and all the donors for the raffle and auction of promises.  So many people gave freely of their time, including all our wonderful volunteers, our brilliant DJ Dan, and of course our demon auctioneer Dave Robinson. 

Words can’t express how grateful we are to you all.  As you know, the money will go to fund the wonderful work our friends at Hospice Ethiopia are carrying out.  Your generosity will make a huge difference to desperate people. 

Thank you. 

 

Upcoming event

1960’s style

Burger ‘n’ Boogie

Saturday 15th June 2019

At

The Mill House, Keswick, Norwich

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Dannatt

in aid of Hospice Ethiopia

2 course meal + dancing+ auction of promises+ raffle from 7pm

Tickets: £35

(£30 early bird bookings before May 1st)

Tickets from: Clare Glenn 01263 734853 or Eventbrite