Stories

Read some genuine words from our clients and their families about how our service makes them feel and how we’re helping them have a brighter, better day.  Plus a round-up of some of our recent projects involving our care team and our activities within the local community.

Full of Pride

Martlets Care team members joined in with Martlets hospice staff and volunteers at the Brighton Pride procession on 3rd August 2019 – and featured in the Argus newspaper.

 

So Good

Martlets Care activities are regulated by the Care Quality Commission – and our recent assessment confirmed that our services are good – safe, effective, responsive, caring and well-led.   

Foxy Training

We train our carers well – and recently a team of carers from Martlets Care were trained to support specialist care processes for complex conditions, including motor neurone disease, by the Lane Fox Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London – which is the renowned national referral centre for chronic (long term) respiratory failure.

Dinnages Garages of Sussex have kindly provided a Ford KA+ to Martlets Care home care agency, providing additional transport to help carers travel to our clients in the community across Brighton & Hove & surrounds.

“Without exception, the carers for my mum were gentle and competent.  We felt total trust in them.  Thank you for providing mum’s care at short notice”  

Client’s Daughter

“It’s nice to see a friendly face every morning.  Sometimes it’s lonely when you live alone .”

Martlets Care Client

Soosan Porter is appointed as Registered Care Manager, Martlets Care.  Soo has worked with Martlets Hospice and Martlets Care throughout most of her career since she was a teenager – first as a carer, then as a care coordinator, then as care supervisor.  In her new role, Soo is heading-up the provision and quality of care and leading our community based care team.

“Thank you SO much for looking after my dad so well whilst I was away.  I really enjoyed my break and feel energised now I’m back.  Dad looks comfy and peaceful and I could not have had my break without your care.  It means so much to me.”

Family Care-giver

Martlets Care is proud to support the Snailspace community art trail this year in aid of Martlets Hospice – by sponsoring Poppy the giant snail, artworked by local artist Tina Davies – who paints with her hands instead of brushes. Poppy and Tina were visited at Preston Park by superstar DJ FatBoySlim.

“Without such care, I don’t think we would have got dad to his grand old age of 98 – and still living independently in his own home”
Client’s family members

Hove Carnival

Martlets Care team were at Hove Carnival on May Bank Holiday Monday – telling visitors about our services and promoting our job vacancies – when we met the Mayor of Brighton, Councillor Alexandra Phillips – pictured with Sally, Lois and Joyce from Martlets Care – and Buddy the dog.  We are delighted that Martlets is the Mayor’s chosen charity for 2019.

Poetry Project

In September Martlets Care hosted a fully-booked poetry reading event at Martlets Hospice to launch the book ‘People Usually are the Happiest at Home’– a publication created from the poems that were entered into the Martlets Care community poetry competition this year.

The oompetition was judged by Dr Jess Moriarty from University of Brighton and the winning poem was written by Hannah Aston.

Our Haiku Competition was won by Amanda Sewell.  Copies of the book are available from Martlets shops in Sussex and City Books in Hove, priced £7.50.

All profits created by Martlets Care go to Martlets Hospice in order to help people in the local community of Brighton, Hove and surrounds.  This is why.

There are hundreds of ways to help Martlets hospice – and that includes joining-in a fun event.  Kapow! is a giant inflatable obstacle course family fun day, held at Preston Park.

Martlets hosts year-round fundraising challenges to participate in to raise sponsorship to contribute to the running of the hospice – including skydiving, zumbathons, and other remarkable events.  See Martlets website for details.

Misty the hospice cat is a comforting character for patients and families at Martlets.