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A Letter to my Grandchildren

We are constantly humbled by the amazing work of the Butterfly Volunteers. A member of one of the teams recently told us about a letter he helped a patient to write to her Grandchildren in the days before she died…. We have changed names and some of the detail but the emotion comes through in every sentence…

 

To my dearest grandchildren,

In hospital today I was visited today by a volunteer. I asked him to write a few things down for me. We spent an hour or so thinking about you all and this is what we talked about.

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BBC Feature from the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston

Listen to BBC Radio Norfolks’ Nick Conrad explore the impact of our amazing Butterfly Volunteers on the county’s health service.

Click here for the full interview – listen from 1 hour 36mins

About the programme

Join Nick every weekday morning from 6.30am for your biggest listen at Breakfast. With the latest local stories that matter together with regular travel and weather updates plus the latest sports news, you’ll be the first to know in Norfolk.

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ART Are Recruiting!!

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with a small, but rapidly growing charity working in the healthcare sector.

 

The Anne Robson Trust has been set up to address the fact that hundreds of people are dying in hospitals with no one to support them, or sit with them in their final days. ART works in partnership with NHS Trusts to help them set up teams of Butterfly Volunteers. These volunteers provide countless hours of support to dying patients, and to their families.

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People Do Extraordinary Things

On Sunday 14th July, Director of ART’s brother in law, Richard Pryor, (pictured doing his day job…. selecting wine for the menu at Cafe Rouge.. amongst other things!) is doing a ridiculously gruelling, extraordinary thing…
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ART Receives Award from Prime Minister

The Prime Minister has today, 21 May, recognised ART for coordinating volunteer visits to hospitals.

 

Liz is the founder of the ‘Anne Robson Trust’ which coordinates volunteer visits to hospitals to offer company and comfort to patients at the end of their lives. Following the death of her mother Anne Robson in 2010, Liz worked with the local NHS Trust on improving the hospital experience for terminally ill patients. Starting initially as a small group of volunteers, Liz soon realised that, for many patients, a volunteer was their only visitor. Liz set up the ‘Anne Robson Trust’ in 2017 and has since trained and led volunteers who have offered more than 700 hours at patients’ bedsides at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The volunteers have carried out 1,300 visits to 450 individual patients across the hospital. This year the project is expanding to other hospitals with the creation of volunteer coordinator roles.

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Interview with a Butterfly Volunteer

Watch this fascinating interview of Vanessa, one of our amazing Butterfly Volunteers working at The Princess Alexandera Hospital in Harlow.

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ehospice: An ART Feature

Here at the Anne Robson Trust, we are very proud to be featured on ehospice.com, a globally run news and information resource committed to bringing the latest news, commentary and analysis from the world of hospice, palliative and end of life care.

“There are too many people dying in hospitals without any support at all and without any family” ART Director Liz Pryor explains. “I’d like to see as many hospitals as possible setting up and running teams of volunteers to support their palliative care team, and patients and their families.”

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2018…. We made it through our first year!

Amazingly, it has just been the ninth anniversary of the death of my mother, Anne Robson. I can’t quite believe that it’s been so long… but then I think about all that’s happened in those nine years, and realise that we’ve come quite a long way.

 

Since setting up the team of Butterfly Volunteers in Hertfordshire in May 2016, we seem to have been on rather a fast paced roller coaster!

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ART Hits the National Press

BEL MOONEY writes a heartfelt but uplifting despatch from the hospital end of line

 

Bel Mooney is an journalist and broadcaster. She currently writes a column for the Daily Mail and met with the ART Team earlier in the month at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, home to one of our first ART Butterfly Volunteer projects.

Click here to read the article written for the Daily Mail.

“We’re so proud to feature in the national press and look forward to continuing our work across the UK to make sure no one dies alone.” – Liz Pryor, Director of the Anne Robson Trust

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Fab NHS Stuff WINNERS

A while ago our work was selected as the ‘pick of the week’ by an organisation called Fab NHS Stuff, which is run by Roy Lilley and Terri Porrett. They run an annual awards event, which took place on 15th November 2018, where all 52 projects (one for every week of the year) are in the running for their Piccalilley Award of the year.

We won!

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