Nurse Shayla shares what she loves about working for Pilgrims Hospices
Helping to improve someone’s quality of life, at a point when it’s most precious, can lead to great job satisfaction.
Shayla Raine, from Margate is a Pilgrims’ Palliative Specialist Nurse (PSN) at the Thanet hospice in Margate. She joined the team recently from a district nurse background. Shayla shares how she became interested in end-of-life care and what she loves about her role.
Shayla said: “I thought I knew end-of-life care well, it’s only being here at Pilgrims Hospices, that I realised that there is so much more to know and learn, so much more that families need support-wise and so much more time that is needed with the patient and relatives to enable a peaceful end.”
Palliative care nurses provide care that helps patients maintain physical, mental, and emotional health. They take the time to understand the needs of each patient in order to provide a customised treatment plan that provides lasting relief.
Shayla, who is originally from Suffolk, moved to Kent as a young girl and told us:
“Nursing was never something I thought of doing as I grew up, I sort of, fell into the job. I was a cleaner at QEQM hospital for about two years; loved what I was seeing and wanted to be a healthcare assistant. Whilst cleaning the ward one day, a visitor said ‘come and work for me’. When I asked what she meant, she informed me she was a nursing home manager. I said I wanted to be a carer not a cleaner anymore and I was offered an interview there and then.
“I worked for the nursing home for about two years, made my way to a senior position and often helped the trained nurses with their duties. One day, one of the nurses asked why I hadn’t done my nursing training? I never thought I would be able to, the manager arranged for me to complete my access level three course and helped me apply for nursing. I managed the course over four months and started my nurse training very quickly. Thirteen years on, I have never looked back.”
Kate White, Head of Nursing, says: “It is a pleasure to welcome Shayla to our community nursing team in Thanet. She joins a team of experts providing high quality service to the people of east Kent and I am sure will be a great asset with her wealth of experience.”
Shayla added: “I have always been a community nurse since qualifying in 2010, became team lead in 2015 and completed my District Nurse degree in 2018-2019.
“I became an end-of-life champion for the community nurses and really loved the EOL/palliative side of my role. When I decided it was time to change my pathway, I saw the job advertised for the palliative specialist role and jumped at the chance.
“The team at Thanet are amazing, I have never felt so supported.”
Shayla explained: “It’s really important to look after your own wellbeing, and when I’m not working, I enjoy riding my motorbike, reading, and watch a lot of comedy to relax. I have lots of reptiles too, so I am always pre-occupied looking after someone or something!”
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Pilgrims Hospices cares for thousands of local people each year, free of charge, during the most challenging time in their lives. They offer care and support in people’s own homes, in the community and in their inpatient units as well as running a 24-hour advice line.
29th July 2020
Head shave raises over £1,200 for Pilgrims Hospices
Beth Johnson from Margate has supported Pilgrims Hospices with a challenging head shave to help raise vital funds to support end of life care.
Beth said; “The hospices do such amazing work and took great care of my dad in his final weeks. Over the years I have done a few things to raise money in my dad’s memory, with many events being cancelled and my hair growing out of control, I chose to use my first post lockdown hair cut to raise some much needed funds for the Pilgrims Hospices.
“I decided I would have my hair shaved off to try to raise £500. When I told family, friends and colleagues what I was doing the donations came flooding in and my £500 target was met with in just 48hrs! I was totally amazed by the support. By the time the big day arrived I had more than doubled my original target.
“It was a bit of a shock when I looked in the mirror afterwards, however I am so thrilled with how much I have raised.”
Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,500 people in east Kent coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity supports patient’s to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.
Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager said; “Our local community really are our bread and butter, without them we would not be able to provide the services we do.
“Beth is a real breath of fresh air and has raised an incredible sum of money to help support our care. By supporting our charity it enables us to be able to continue to provide daily palliative care throughout east Kent to the next person that needs us.
“£25 would pay for one hour of specialist nursing care in one of our inpatient units. Beth and her amazing supporters have helped provide just over 49 hours of care for the next person that needs us.
“Thank you to each and everyone of you that made a donation to make this possible, and most of all thank you Beth for taking on this brave challenge.”
The hospices do such amazing work and took great care of my dad in his final weeks.
Care is provided from three hospice sites in Thanet, Canterbury and Ashford as well as in patients’ own homes. To offer these services to patients and their families the charity must raise £11 million each year from the generous local community.
Santas on the Run – Tri Series, a ho ho hospice success
Three jolly jogs, over three consecutive weekends, in three festive coastal towns where more than 1,500 red suited and bearded fun runners of all ages raised thousands for their local palliative care provider, Pilgrims Hospices.
Three charity Santas on the Run events took place during November and December in Herne Bay, Folkestone and Margate. The Santas ran, jogged, skipped and walked their way along the 3K or 5K routes in the beautiful coastal towns in support of the charity who provides end-of-life care across east Kent in people’s homes, within its Therapy Centres and wards at the hospices in Canterbury, Margate and Ashford.
Everyone was there for a very good Claus, including well over 150 elf volunteers who were all acting as Santas helpers on the day.
Kate Duddell, Pilgrims Fundraising Manager said: “The Santas on the Bay, (Herne Bay) started three years ago and is now well established as an important date on our supporter’s calendars, the event has raised more than £67,000 in the last two years. For 2019, early estimations show we will raise in excess of £50,000 for the Tri Series and we certainly believe in the countdown to Christmas”.
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Warm up Santas on the Seashore
Town Mayor Of Folkestone Cllr Jackie Meade
Martin Thorpe and Trisha Smith Satntas on the Harbour
Ebony Hills and Sam Hills from Folkestone with their Sri-Series medals Sants on the Seashore venue
Lord Mayor Of Canterbury Cllr. Terry Westgate with Yiannis Christodoulou
Lord Mayor Of Canterbury Cllr. Terry Westgate with Santas On The Bay! participants
The two additional fun festive runs brought a new dimension to the already popular event. The Santas on the Bay (Herne Bay) included GB athlete and Pilgrims ambassador, Yiannis Christodoulou taking part and the runners were set off by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury.
On to Folkestone Harbour Arm with Santas on the Harbour, and a new event area for Pilgrims, with two finish lines, here the magic of Christmas saw Pilgrims featured on Sunday evening TV news. Finally, in Margate, where we had Santas on the Seashore, and Santa himself in his grotto.
Our Tri challengers, who registered to take part in all three jolly jogs collected stamps in their Christmas cards at each event to be awarded their 4th and most impressive ‘gold present’ Tri-Series medal for completing all three.
“It was just the thing to get the whole family, neighbours, friends, schools and work colleagues into the festive spirit whilst raising vital funds for local hospice care this Christmas.” Kate added.
We are totally in debt to our wonderful supporters for helping Pilgrims to stage such a fun filled Tri Series.
Kate Duddell, Pilgrims Hospices
Supporters with sleighs, buggies and wheelchairs also joined in the fun with this inclusive event, every £1 raised will be helping Pilgrims clinical team to provide the very best care for those who need it the most.
Santas big and small took part from as far afield as Northampton; Ben Ackers and his dad Tony were visiting family in Margate and decide to join and raise money for this important charity. Young Ben was the first Santa back on the day.
The fundraising teams from all three hospices brought the festive events together, involving a huge number of volunteer elves, sponsors and staff all giving their time to help the charity raise as much as possible during the festive season.
Kate said: “We are totally in debt to our wonderful supporters for helping Pilgrims to stage such a fun filled Tri Series and a lot of ho ho ho Christmas fun. Everyone’s efforts will help our team to give patients the very best care and attention at such difficult times. After all, it’s all in a good Claus! You never know which festive character will be visiting each coastal town next year.”
Pilgrims Hospices will be sharing information on all of its fabulous fundraising events for 2020 very soon. Watch out for new events and challenges appearing on Pilgrims Hospices website:
Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters, you are just amazing,
Did you know? Pilgrims Hospices has to raise £11 million through voluntary donations in order to run our full range of services. Sponsorship raised through events like these helps us to continue caring for local people at the end of their lives.
11th December 2019
School choir Deck the Halls for Pilgrims Hospices
Sir Roger Manwood’s School chose Pilgrims Hospice Thanet as their charity of the year last year and asked if they could present their charity donation of £6,020 to the Pilgrims team earlier this year.
Holly Fletcher, a Year 8 pupil also presented a surprise gift of an impressive colourful collection tin, which flashes when a donation is made.
Karen Kenward, Community Fundraising Manager said: “Holly gave me her gift and went to walk away, I noticed it had an electric plug so immediately found a power point. Holly explained how the tin would flash when a donation is made.
“It’s quite incredible that a child so young had made this for our charity through a school project, what an amazing gift and one that benefits others too.
We are very grateful for the wonderful support and awareness the school has given Pilgrims Hospices.
Karen Kenward, Pilgrims Hospices
“There was more to add; after speaking with music teacher, David Smith, at the end of year, I mentioned that we were holding a Santa run in Margate on Sunday 15 December and wondered if they would be interested in recording a Christmas carol for the charity.
“After the school summer holidays were over, the school got a group together and sent me a draft of “Deck the Halls”; when I played their rendition I was in bits as was everyone, so professional, with tenors and sopranos just beautiful. We now have the finished copy of the CD that we are asking for a minimum donation of £3 per copy. The CD cover features Holly Fletcher on the back with her collection tin. We are delighted that local radio stations will be playing this for us, and it will be played at the Santas run on Sunday 15 December. This makes the perfect Christmas present.”
Karen went on to say: “How very grateful we all are for the wonderful support and awareness the school has given us overall. From all our staff, volunteers and patients, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”
Copies of the CD are available at Pilgrims Hospice Thanet reception for a suggested donation of £3.
Click below to listen to Deck the Halls by Sir Roger Manwood’s School choir.
Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to over 2,400 people in east Kent coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured. The charity supports patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.
14th October 2019
Successful fundraising year for St. Anthony’s School
There were lots of smiles and a big cheer when pupils and staff at St. Anthony’s School in Margate learned how successful their fundraising year had been by raising an incredible £2092.27 for the school’s charity of choice, Pilgrims Hospices.
Over the year they held cake sales, a colouring competition, did a Christmas card fundraiser and took part in sponsored walks, they raised an amazing £2092.27 for the charity.
Caroline Dixon, Pilgrims Hospices Community Fundraising Officer, said: “I really can’t thank everyone at the school enough for their amazing support. It’s been so lovely to be part of their fundraising activities over the year, especially when I have been invited along to their cake sales. This wonderful amount has been raised by both the pupils and staff, a great team effort.”
We are proud to contribute to our community in this way and we are already planning further exciting fundraisers for this coming year.
Antony Curry, St. Anthony’s School
St. Anthony’s Assistant Head Teacher Antony Curry is incredibly proud of what everyone at the school has achieved, he said: “Pupils at St. Anthony’s take great pride in supporting Pilgrims Hospices. Through our friendship with Caroline, we have gained an understanding of the importance and outstanding work the charity does.
“This association has allowed our students to show their caring and generous nature. This remarkable amount of money has been raised through a variety of events that have been hugely enjoyed by all.
“We are proud to contribute to our community in this way and we are already planning further exciting fundraisers for this coming year.”
The pupils sponsored walk took place on Monday 15th July and Head Teacher Rob Page joined them on their 20 laps of the school field. Each person who took part received a special medal from Caroline as a thank you from the charity and a well-deserved ice lolly from Antony which went down very well with everyone.
I am made to feel so welcome by everyone, it’s always a pleasure to visit St. Anthony’s School.
Caroline added: “I am looking forward to my next visit, every time I go to the school I am made to feel so welcome by everyone, it’s always a pleasure to visit St Anthony’s.”
One of the best-known prizes for visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize 2019 is taking place at the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate. Every other year, the prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. The exhibition will be running from September 2019 to January 2020.
The Old Bank Bookshop in Margate is an art book lover’s dream. With shelves packed with all genres, fiction, non-fiction, classics, vintage and much more, all at amazing prices. With more than 3,000 books in stock at any time, there’s bound to be something to suit your taste.
To coincide with the Turner Prize, The Old Bank Bookshop will be embracing this prestigious event being held in Margate by creating its own arts festival of paintings, prints and, books; an eclectic collection of modern, post-modern and traditional themes for a wide variety of subjects.
We have the most amazing selection of beautiful art books to suit all tastes.
Gavin, Pilgrims Retail
Gavin Fox, The Old Bank Bookshop manager told us: “This is an ambitious arts project; which we hope will create lots of interest from visitors to the Turner Prize exhibition who would also enjoy viewing some of our beautiful arts editions and in some cases some quite risqué titles. In fact, some of the publications could leave you speechless.”
All of the books have been generously donated and checked to ensure the shop sells the very best of quality on the shelves.
“We have the most amazing selection of beautiful art books to suit all tastes. Everything from American painter Jackson Pollock; a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement, to Gustav Klimt, one of the most influential figures in the Viennese secession movement.” Gavin told us.
Gavin began his career with Pilgrims as a volunteer back in 2010; he’s now a full-time member of Pilgrims Hospices staff managing The Old Bank Bookshop, Margate and Burgate Books, Canterbury.
Gavin said: “The Turner Prize for visual arts will bring many hundreds of visitors to enjoy Margate with its quirky shopping, interesting restaurants, bars and of course the Turner Contemporary gallery.
“We’re already meeting new art-loving customers who are visiting the Turner Contemporary and enjoying our amazing selection of specialist art.
“Pilgrims art festival will run throughout the year and will hopefully be able to offer visitors some interesting and varied art covers.
“We are a specialist second-hand book store and review our stock closely to ensure shoppers can purchase the best quality pre-loved books.”
Gavin manages his team of volunteers at The Old Book Shop Margate and Burgate Books, Canterbury; all of them are truly committed bookworms who love books and love to be part of the volunteer team supporting Pilgrims.
“All of the books are donated to the charity and sometimes from the most surprising sources, all books are individually priced from a few pounds upwards along with prints and paintings from £10. We hope you visit and enjoy our spectacular arts festival selections.” Gavin added.
Visit The Old Bank Bookshop at 17 The Parade, Margate CT9 1EY.
This year alone, Pilgrims Hospices has to raise £11 million through voluntary donations in order to run our full range of services. Money raised through events like these helps us to continue caring for local people at the end of their lives.