Latest News from St Wilfrid’s Hospice – March 2021

Breathe Well, Live Well

Watch our ‘Breathe Well, Live Well’ series of podcasts and videos for easy to follow expert advice on coping with breathlessness – a common symptom in long-Covid recovery.

The next video released covers a technique called the ‘Calming Hand’. The idea behind the ‘Calming Hand’ is to have this as a tool to use in terms of anxiety or panic sensations, as it can prompt you to focus on your breathing pattern and on relaxing your muscles and your mind.

Each finger of the hand represents a step for you to follow to help achieve a calm state. This is about recognising how you are feeling and what is happening in your mind and body, but it is also about recognising that you can take control of your breathing, you can slow your breathing down and calm your mind.

  1. Sit comfortably
  2. SIGH OUT
  3. Continue to breathe normally
  4. Place one hand on your chest and one on your abdomen
  5. Think of your shoulders being relaxed
  6. Take a normal breath in and feel your tummy rise
  7. Breathe out and feel your abdomen sink down
  8. The hand on your chest should barely move
  9. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth
  10. Try to make your out breath slightly longer
  11. Think breathe in for ONE and out for TWO
  12. As you breathe out think of the word ‘…REST…’

 

For further techniques view the series at stwh.co.uk/breathewell or request a dvd/cd by emailing livingwellservice@stwh.co.uk or by calling 01243 775403.

 

Get Active

St Wilfrid’s has added to a range of exciting physical or cerebral challenges for you to choose from at stwh.co.uk/getactive. If you could raise £200 in 2021 you could fund a whole day’s worth of home visits to patients by a specialist St Wilfrid’s Community Nurse. This month is the last chance to land one of our exclusive London Marathon places!

 

Go higher on 4th July

Experience the thrill of a lifetime! Take on a sponsored 10,000ft free fall tandem skydive for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and raise vital funds as part of our Leap 4 Love team! All training is provided on the day and everything is managed by your own experienced instructor, allowing you to take in every second.

James Etheridge –leapt in memory of his brother – “Don’t even think twice about doing it, just do it! It’s the closest you’ll get to feeling like you can fly. An experience that will stay with me forever, and all in the name of LOVE.”

Our next Leap 4 Love tandem skydive take place with the GoSkydive Team in Salisbury on Sunday 4th July 2021. Register online at stwh.co.uk/leap4love


Abseil the Spinaker tower

Join #TeamWilf and scale a local landmark! Challenge yourself this summer for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and take on an incredible 100 metre descent down the iconic Spinnaker Tower on Sunday 18th July.

Whether you want to get your adrenaline pumping, conquer your fears or enjoy unmissable panoramic views of the south coast and beyond, this is the challenge for you.

St Wilfrid’s Moonlight Walk returns!

This year the official Moonlight Walk Week will be 5th – 11th September, with a socially distanced and safe evening event taking place on Saturday 11th September.

Register your interest now to take a walk to remember a loved one, walk for fun with family and friends or just walk to show you care.

There will be two options this year:

  • the virtual event so warmly embraced by so many last year where you can do a 5 or a 10 mile walk your own way between 5th – 10th September
  • the return of the evening event through Chichester via a 5 or 10-mile route which includes the specially lit Bishops Palace Gardens. This will be a capped participation and staggered start event so we strongly recommend booking in advance when tickets go live.

This year more than ever, every penny counts towards delivering compassionate end of life care in our community. Register your interest at stwh.co.uk/moonlightwalk to be told when early bird tickets go live!