Newsletter – June 2018

Download the CHC Newsletter June 2018 as a PDF.

Exciting time for Cayman HospiceCare

This is an exciting time for Cayman HospiceCare as the transition to our purpose-built inpatient facility is becoming a reality.

Located behind Coconut Joe’s in beautifully landscaped gardens, our 6,000-square-foot facility is on schedule for occupancy at the beginning of September.

There has been a vast amount of work involved in this project, a true community effort to provide a community facility available to all in need of palliative/end of life care.

As we move closer to our goal of taking ownership of our new home, information will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, the day-to-day operations continue.

HospiceCare Happenings

A synopsis of CHC life over the past six months

For the past five years Cayman Water has hosted a bike ride in honour of Cayman HospiceCare, and in memory of Pete Ribbins. CHC staff and volunteers proudly help out at this wonderful event.

December saw the 16th annual Giant Community Christmas Card circulated island wide. Our cover artist was Jo-Anne Merodon, one of our hospice nurses. Jo left us in April to pursue her own interests. A fabulous nurse and we miss her a lot. Thank you to all of our contributors for supporting this enormously important campaign over the past 16 years.

Thank you to Greenlight RE for underwriting the Cayman Watercolours Calendar for many years, and to Grant Thornton for coming on board to assist. We are so very grateful for this amazing  contribution to our organisation. 2019 calendar now available: to reserve yours contact Cayman HospiceCare or the NCVO.

To all ye bonnie Scots, if you haven’t been to a Hospice Burns Supper you are seriously missing out on a great tradition. From the piping in of the Haggis (thank you Alistair), to traditional food, speeches, whisky tasting and, of course, Scottish dancing, an evening not to be missed. Thank you, Grand Old House!

February witnessed a record-breaking Flag Day weekend. The generosity of the Cayman community surpasses all. We could not have had a successful Flag Day without the willingness and generosity of local vendors allowing our volunteers to stand outside of their premises, to the Book Nook for letting us set up Mission Control, and to Butterfield for facilitating the count.

The Force was with us at the 18th annual Big Bash held at Pappagallo in May.

Lantern release honours loved ones

Our upcoming event, Sky of Hope, is a beautiful evening under the stars.

We invite you to join us on June 21 in celebration of loved ones past and present. Public Beach will come alive with the sound of smooth beach vibes whilst you grab a blanket (provided), enjoy a glass or two of bubbles and socialize with friends, family and colleagues and enjoy the longest day of the year.

The focus of the evening will be a synchronized lantern release. Hundreds of eco-friendly/biodegradable lanterns will be released into the night sky, inviting you to create a moment of reflection – a Sky of Hope – to remember and honour loved ones.