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Stark Stories part 2: Standing in a flower bed!IMG_6121

Last month I was in the Pentland Hills and this month I was in the Hospice’s flower beds! I seem to always manage to find myself getting soaked or covered in mud!

Two months in and time is flying by! The month started with a fundraising team meeting, where the team caught up on all our events, appeals and special efforts. It’s not a fundraising meeting without something sweet and this month we indulged in donuts.

After my first month of initially meeting everyone, learning the ropes and settling in, this month I have been cracking on a lot more with my own work whilst still learning how things are done.

After January’s Burns Supper, I went to the Corn Exchange for the wrap-up meeting and met Neil from their team. Neil and I will be working together to organise May’s Giant Pub Quiz.

Alex, the Hospice’s challenge events manager, and I met with Maximillian to chat through everything for The Push. It was great to see how all our work is coming together and to go through all of the
finer details – there really is so much to consider for The Push.

St ColumbaÕs Hospice shop at 74 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2AY Background: St ColumbaÕs Hospice is a leading palliative care provider for patients across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The Hospice provides care to people in their own homes, in their communities and in the Hospice through our outpatients and inpatients units. The Hospice was the first modern hospice in Scotland and opened in 1977. It costs around £8million a year to keep the Hospice running and 70% of the money comes from fundraising. Shop manager, Lena Manka Helen Stark celebrate the opening of the Dalry shop. Neil Hanna Photography www.neilhannaphotography.co.uk 07702 246823

Helen with Lena, the shop manager, celebrating the opening of the Dalry Road shop.

Another tempting afternoon was spend sorting out 100 cupcakes and packing them into individual bags, not something you’d find me doing everyday. This was for the launch of our new shop on Dalry Road. It was definitely worth packing all those cupcakes as I attended the official opening and got to enjoy a yummy cupcake. It was great to see a smaller and more relaxed event take place and I was even dragged in to some of the official photographs!

As we get closer to Stand Up for St Columba’s Hospice, I have been helping with getting all the last bits organised. I have been sourcing lots of fun props for the evening including tiaras, top hats, feather boas and flower centrepieces for the tables.

It is never a dull day here at the Hospice, one afternoon when the sun was shining we were all in the flowerbeds, getting our hands dirty in the soil, getting them ready for a special installation that will be happening in April. You always have a smile on your face, especially when you get a little visitor from an excited dog, who brightens up all of our days!

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for next month’s blog! 


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