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ST FRANCIS PRIMARY ACADEMY SHARE LITERARY EXPERIENCE WITH LORD LIEUTENANT

St Francis Catholic and Church of England Primary Academy had the honour of hosting Major General Martin White CB CBE JP during their 2-day celebration of reading last week.  The school had previously been asked to take part in the Isle of Wight Literary Festival and the Lord Lieutenant, who is patron of the festival, visited to share the experience. …

SHANKLIN CELEBRATES STAYCATION SEASIDE SUCCESS

The town of Shanklin is celebrating a ‘staycation success’ following a recent survey which has concluded that Shanklin sees more sun, on average, than its rivals. The study from Marbles.co.uk has also examined the prices of taxis, number of attractions, the number of fish and chip shops and even a beach rating score to locate the best option for seaside …

JIGSAW FAMILY SUPPORT BENEFITS FROM GRANT TO HELP CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has awarded grants totalling £55,058 to 10 local groups with the support of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Michael Lane, who has provided match-funding of c.80% to the Youth Mental Health Fund. Grants have been awarded to local voluntary groups right across the region for projects working towards the …

MACMILLAN APPOINTS NEW CITIZENS ADVICE CASE WORKER FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Macmillan Cancer Support has appointed Rebecca Hare as the new Citizens Advice case worker for the Isle of Wight. Prior to her appointment, Rebecca had been working as a volunteer for Citizens Advice specialising in employment and housing. Her new role, funded by Macmillan, will focus on advising cancer patients and their families. In the year to July 2017, the …

WAITING IN DAY UNIT NOW A MUCH BETTER EXPERIENCE

Rather basic plastic black chairs used by patients in the Day Surgery Unit have now been replaced by 20 much more comfortable chairs in a variety of cheerful colours. The Friends of St Mary’s Hospital have donated £2,400 to the unit to allow for the purchase of the chairs. Unit sister, Julie Hailes, said: “Patients can experience lengthy waits on …

MIDWIVES TAKE TO THE SKY FOR HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT AIR AMBULANCE

2 Midwives from the Island’s Maternity Unit recently completed a 10,000ft Skydive to raise money for the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance (HIOWAA). Samantha Bail and Shari Connolly, who work for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, have always wanted to do a Skydive and HIOWAA was the perfect charity so they seized the moment and signed up. HIOWAA dedicated …

LARGE GRANT TO RELIEVE CHRONIC PAIN

The Friends of St Mary’s Hospital have dug deep into their funds to purchase equipment that manages patients’ chronic pain, so massively improving their quality of life. Costing £16,950, the equipment, based in the Day Surgical Unit, provides a radio frequency pulse that works in conjunction with injections. If not treated, chronic pain can have a negative impact on patients’ …

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