Christmas for Togetherness

As we know, the world is currently experiencing a new wave of nationalism and populism. In the human search for meaning and purpose, one of the appealing solutions is to retreat  nostalgically in mythical past eras and places, or to be lured into simplistic social solutions to complex cultural problems.

This kind of thinking suggests that if only we can detach ourselves from the difficulties caused by others, we can recreate a more secure world unthreatened by those people we do not like or understand.

Martyn Goss



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Blog: Student Life #10

Authored by Jessikah Hope Stenson
Posted: Mon, 12/07/2015 - 8:52am

One place arguably essential to student life, wherever you’re at university, is a good pub. I’m not a heavy drinker, I’m probably the lightest drinker possible to still be classes as a “drinker” so I don’t mean students need a good pub to get drunk, just to have a relaxed environment for socialising with friends.

A bright, loving charity

Authored by Liz Straw - Hospiscare press officer
Posted: Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:43pm

Working in a hospice is in equal parts uplifting and draining. I get to work with the most amazing people and then sometimes, sadly, have to say goodbye to them too.

The communications office is directly above the 12 bed ward so on a day-to-day level I could be separated from the heart of our work here at Hospiscare. To make sure I stay connected with what we are really about, people, I often wander downstairs and chat with folk who are around.

Student Life #9

Authored by Jessikah Hope Stenson
Posted: Mon, 11/30/2015 - 12:02pm

You arrive at the University of Exeter and there’s one trip everyone wants to make as soon as possible – a day out in Exmouth. However, trust me when I say that there’s a better beach to visit.

Yes, okay, one of the main reasons I chose Exeter was so I would be in closer proximity to the sea. I’d lived eighteen long years of my life in landlocked Birmingham and had been teased by family holidays and my time spent in Bangor, Northern Ireland, to live closer to the waves. They’re just so peaceful and pretty and… You get the idea.

Gemma - A Woman on a Mission

Authored by Liz Straw - Hospiscare press officer
Posted: Thu, 11/26/2015 - 7:40pm

Gemma marched into the hospice reception yesterday.

It was a definite march, not an amble or a saunter, a march like soldier with the air of “let’s crack on and get things done.” Having last seen her in March I was expecting a warm greeting and a good long catch up – no chance.

This was a woman on a mission.

Gemma is our miracle Hospiscare patient who is much loved by staff and volunteers. Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour six years ago Gemma is still with us, but as a volunteer fundraiser rather than a patient. The chemotherapy worked!

Media frenzy in Honiton!

Authored by Liz Straw - Hospiscare press officer
Posted: Sat, 11/21/2015 - 2:53pm

Standing on a chair taking pictures is not ideal, but when the local newspaper photographers turn out in force to an official event its best you give them the front row.

A media frenzy in Devon, well yes, sort of. Press photographers were eagerly snapping Exeter’s sporting heroine Jo Pavey as she opened our new £1.2m day hospice in Honiton.

Blog: Student Life #7

Authored by Jessikah Hope Stenson
Posted: Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:59pm

If you’re not a football fan, that doesn’t matter. Keep reading.

Exeter City faced Crawley Town on Saturday in a tense game that Exeter looked to be winning 2 – 1 until the final minutes of play when Crawley managed to squeeze in an extra goal, leaving players and fans devastated at the 2 – 2 draw. Theoretically, Exeter should have won. However, from the perspective of the live crowd it was clear that Crawley deserved their equaliser; it was a miracle they hadn’t scored their second goal earlier.

Fun in the sun!

Authored by Liz Straw - Hospiscare press officer
Posted: Fri, 11/13/2015 - 8:49am

Sunshine, palm trees, balmy temperatures. Aah the South of France.

Yes, finally Hospiscare has gone international!

Oh dear, sorry folks not quite. Businessman Neil Chapman was showing me glamorous pictures of the Cannes Tennis Tournament which he’s been organising for the past 10 years. It’s a bit of fun and raises funds for charities, like us.

Neil develops and leases outlet centres across Europe and every year he joins thousands of developers, retailers and agents who attend the MAPIC International Retail Property Market Conference in Cannes.

Blog: Pilgrims in the Way

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:03am

It is estimated that over 250 million people make pilgrimage every year across the world.  Whether from Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish or other traditions (or none), women, men and children set out to journey towards a special place, with the most popular destinations including Mecca, Jerusalem, Santiago de Compostela, Bodh Gaya, Amritsar and the Ganges and Jordan rivers.

Letter from Devon County Council Chairman

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 11:26am

The Royal British Legion Poppy Day is on 8th November.

We all know how much and how many depend on The Royal British Legion and a successful Poppy Day Appeal.  The need for help is still as great as ever and we need to show our support for all members of the Armed Forces, retired members and their families.

Devon has always given generously.  I am confident this year we will all “wear our Poppy with pride” – and with thankfulness.

Yours faithfully

Councillor Christine Channon

Chairman, Devon County Council

Blog: Student Life #5

Authored by Jessikah Hope Stenson
Posted: Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:15pm

A welcoming lady who works in Hyde + Seek was telling me about how very few students find the quirky little shop during their first year of university as it is tucked away off the main high street. As she was saying this I realised – that’s exactly me. Now in my second year, I have only just discovered what I am sure will become one of my favourite shops in Exeter.