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June 2017

Darcy has a home!

28th June 2017

Pet Rescue

Some amazing news to share today in case you’ve not heard already.  You may remember at the start of the year KLFM set about re-homing as many pets as possible from centres in West Norfolk, Wisbech and Fakenham.  Alongside Cat's Protection, West Norfolk RSPCA, Wood Green Animal Shelter and the Retired Greyhound Trust we devoted a whole month to finding forever homes with much success, in fact there was only one animal that I decided we absolutely must help that didn't find a home and this beautiful girl, the adorable, but quite a handful doggy known as Darcy is in the video below.

I'm very pleased to share this from an email I recieved with the exciting news.

The staff at West Norfolk RSPCA rehoming centre have asked me to let you know that Darcy the lively little dog you featured in your program February has been rehomed to a lovely couple who came regularly over a number of weeks to build up a rapport with Darcy before rehoming her.


For more on the RSPCA and their animals in Eau Brink please take a look here.



Posted by Simon Rowe at 11:11am


Ed Sheeran's Shirt

23rd June 2017

 I've taken the shirt off Ed Sheeran's back! Ed's Shirt

Congratulations to the East Anglia Children’s Hospice who yesterday opened their 24th store in our region.  Upper Market Street, Fakenham is where you'll find their new charity shop selling nothing but donated items by members of the public and if you're quick one or two items from Ed Sheeran but not the shirt pictured above as that now lives in my wardrobe.  It caught my eye when I was interviewing members of staff about the work EACH do and I couldn't resist, especially as it once had a celebrity owner.

This is EACH Head of Retail - Ian Richardson...

Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:44am


Mind Aid

22nd June 2017



This morning I was joined by Lee Bigland in his quest to raise awareness and give people with mental health issues, their families and friends.  Having climbed Mount Kilimanjaro raising almost £4000 and winning West Norfolk's Stars' Charity Champion of the Year Award 2016 he has now organised Mind Aid.  This will be an evening of live music at the Alive Corn Exchange on Saturday 24th June featuring The Extons, The Walks, The Coots and the first full play of Reach Out which is an amazing collaboration of talent from all walks of life around West Norfolk. 

Hears just a snippet of the song..

Hear the interview in full and learn why you should go for a great night out on Saturday.


Book tickets here


Posted by Simon Rowe at 1:49pm


Pitch Battle - Adam Tucker

21st June 2017

This morning on the show I spoke with Adam Tucker formerly of Springwood High School in King's Lynn and now through to the finals of BBC 1's Pitch Battle.

Pitch Battle

Learn more about the show, Adam and the Leeds Contemporary Singers below.




Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:19am


Tour De Tsb

20th June 2017

Tour De TSB

Meet the team from TSB who are cycling between every TSB branch in East Anglia, that's 22 branches  over 5 days between the 19th & 23rd of June.

Jacob Howard and Andrew Lisette have organised the mammoth charity bike ride which will cover 372 miles.  

The aim is to raise as much money as possible for 17 chosen local charities. Jacob and Andrew are both Community Ambassadors and the brains behind this fantastic charity event.




Posted by Simon Rowe at 10:38am


Norfolk Hospice

19th June 2017

Norfolk Hospice

After nearly three years of being in their 'new' premises Norfolk Hospice Tapping House from today are accepting residents to their multi-million pound complex in Hillington.  Staff are ready to welcome new patients who will receive the best end of life care from their dedicated staff.  I paid another visit today to learn about the amazing work the Hospice does, how they reached this point and what this facility now that it's open will mean to its users and their families.

Lyndsey Carter - Cheif Exec

Susan Barham - Consultant Nurse





Posted by Simon Rowe at 12:16pm


Disco Dough Day St Edmundsbury Primary

12th June 2017

Friday just gone was "Disco Dough Day".   I joined the pupils at St Edmundsbury Church of England Primary in King's Lynn to watch and learn about this activity. 

Dough disco involves moulding play dough in time to music, rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting fingers into the dough, rolling it into a sausage, squeezing it and more.  Its aim to help children’s fine motor muscles to help them develop their pencil grip which will help with their handwriting.

They seemed to enjoy it...




Posted by Simon Rowe at 10:21am


More Appy Days

8th June 2017

My quest to feed cake to all of West Norfolk continues and yesterday I met the aweseome staff at EU Ltd who through their connections have raised almost £2000 for  Jac Coffey who has been batteling cancer.

Four year old Jac had been given he all-clear last summer after beating tumours in his brain and spinal cord.   The family have now been told his cancer could be terminal after Jac, aged four, began complaining of back pain last month.  This money will go towards giving him and his family a fullier life as he can possibly have.


Hannah Wilson, Manager EU King's Lynn


I also found myself in the Science Lab at Springwood High where I discovered scientists make the perfect mug of coffee.


Springwood Science


Finally I paid a visit to Sandringham and West Newton Primary School where I met their Netball Champions - Congrats guys!

Sandringham & West Newton


Posted by Simon Rowe at 11:23am



5th June 2017

One Love Manchester

This morning on KLFM Breakfast we looked back at last night's benefit gig in Manchester, playing the songs that were performed and reflecting on the night.

Alison from Gt Massingham was at Old Trafford Cricket Ground for the concert and told me what it felt like to be there.

Ahead of the gig reporters KLFM's sister station 2BR caught up with those attending.



Thanks for all of the messages regarding KLFM's coverage of the concert last night and thanks for sharing your thoughts on the event, I would like to share on of the messages however.  This is actually a post my Dad made but thought I would share his sentiment

Simon's Dad 77: I'm a wrinkly and don' like modern music or know any of the singers, I thought Ariana Grande was a place! But I watched the show with a tear in my eyes and have nothing but respect for all involved and I will be an Ariana fan for ever!




Posted by Simon Rowe at 10:22am


Solace of Souls June 2017

1st June 2017

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Solace is a small, volunteer-led, registered charity (no: 1168355) that offers home and community support to people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and their families. We will support people of any age, and our services are free of charge (with the exception of travel expenses to clients' homes that are over 10 miles from King's Lynn). We currently support the people of West Norfolk, but are looking to expand to other parts of Norfolk in the near future. Anyone can refer themselves / clients to us and we are more than happy to discuss this with you. See full details of the types of support we offer below.


As a small charity, we are totally reliant on the generosity of funding and fundraisers, so we need as much help and support as possible to enable us to continue to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. If you can help us with funds and fundraising, we are particularly looking for:

  • Members of the community to organise fundraising events for us
  • Shops, bars, restaurants etc to keep our charity boxes on the counter
  • Business donations / sponsorship
  • Personal donations
  • Help with fundraising events

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1. Public Awareness and Education


An important part of the work we do is to raise awareness and understanding of the end of life issues that people are facing every single day. These may include:

  • choices relating to treatment vs quality of life
  • rights and choices relating to individualised support provision and location
  • understanding physical signs and symptoms of the dying person
  • awareness of grief / psychological processes those who are dying, and loved ones experience
  • communication needs, issues and expression of wishes
  • welfare and financial issues / changes
  • continuation of social / environmental needs, life quality and dignity
  • support and respite for carers and loved ones
  • spiritual needs and wishes
  • funeral wishes, and arrangements

These issues are extremely important to many people, and are potentially the difference between a more positive and peaceful experience, or a traumatic, highly stressful time in someone’s life. The problem, however, is often that awareness of all these issues is generally limited until someone is actually faced with the end of their own life, or the loss of someone close to them. This means they have very little time to prepare, plan or highlight their needs and wishes, so adding greater stress to an already challenging situation.


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Services can only be offered with the expressed consent of the client who has the palliative diagnosis. It must always be the individual person’s decision to access our support services.


The criteria for referring a client to us is as follows:

  • for end of life support services, clients must be aged 18 years or over
  • for emotional support / counselling, clients must be over the age of 8 years
  • clients accessing end of life support, need to have been given a palliative diagnosis, which usually means they have been discharged by general medical and / or nursing services.
  • family members / carers accessing support, need to have a loved one with a palliative diagnosis, or have been bereaved within the last six months. (There may be exceptions to this for individuals that are struggling to cope after the six-month period, depending on the circumstances and if appropriate.)
  • one to one professional counselling may only be access if there is no other counselling provision in place, as multiple support may complicate or impede the progress of healing.
  • in most cases, clients and family members need to reside in our catchment areas


Solace Catchment Areas:

v Downham Market and surrounding villages / areas

v King’s Lynn and surrounding villages / areas

v Dereham and surrounding villages / areas (that do not conflict with Swaffham and Litcham Hospice Service)

v Castle Rising, Hillington, Dersingham, Snettisham, Heacham and surrounding villages / areas

v Hunstanton and surrounding villages / areas

In the near future, we will also be extending our catchment area to include Norwich and surrounding areas.

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2. Specialist Volunteer Support Service


Our volunteer support service is extremely specialised, and involves a comprehensive support package for clients with a terminal diagnosis, and their family members / carers. This multi-faceted service consists of the following elements:

  • two volunteers allocated to one client / family (to enable someone to be available as required, day or night** and to ensure continuity of support)
  • volunteers will visit clients / families as required over the course of their illness and death, to offer emotional support, guidance /signposting through health and welfare issues, practical help within the home or running occasional errands, respite visits for family carers and support / signposting with social and spiritual issues.
  • liaison and information sharing, with health, welfare and social care professionals, either by volunteers or Solace Management.
  • volunteers will be available for hospital and social care appointments / meetings where required, to support clients and family members to understand and process all information given, as well as helping to communicate wishes and needs.
  • help to facilitate / support communication between clients and family members, for example, meeting together to discuss plans, choices and wishes.
  • facilitating informal education of end of life issues, signs, symptoms and behaviour, as these change throughout the client’s journey.
  • 24/7 telephone support as required for emotional support, professional liaison, advice and guidance.
  • volunteers offering a compassionate presence in the home, hospital, care home or hospice in the last few days of life, for as long as needed.
  • support with post death processes / procedures, for example, reporting / confirming a death (calling a doctor), liaising with professionals, including funeral directors, contacting family and friends and registering a death etc.
  • support with funeral plans and preparations.
  • leading multi-faith funerals and/or attendance and support on the day of the funeral.
  • bereavement and advocacy support after a loved one has passed away, as appropriate.


3. Independent Advice and Guidance & Advocacy Service


A significant part of our service is related to the provision of advice guidance and advocacy. This can be part of the complete specialist volunteer support package, or a completely separate, stand-alone service. This resource enables clients, family members, carers and professionals to access relevant information relating to any end of life / palliative care issue that they may be faced with, in order to help them make informed choices and decisions. The type of issues raised may include the following:


  • options for further medical intervention and types of treatments
  • clarification of diagnosis and medical / nursing jargon and interventions given
  • advanced holistic support planning for needs and wishes
  • signposting to other relevant services that may be helpful
  • information regarding location options for clients at the end of life, i.e., hospital, own home, hospice or care home.
  • clarification of social care decisions, options and processes
  • social activities and support groups, either through Solace, other organisations or the wider community (according to individual needs and wishes)
  • legal issues such as wills, living wills (LW’s), deeds and lasting power of attorney (LPA’s)
  • financial / welfare benefit advice and guidance, including help with understanding entitlement, completing forms and liaison with the Job Centre / DWP
  • family issues and communication support
  • emotional / mental health advice, signposting and liaison
  • concerns regarding safeguarding / abuse issues
  • providing information regarding clients last wishes or ‘bucket list’ fulfilment
  • spiritual support, advocacy and signposting, for example, helping families to create a sacred space for their loved one, according to their beliefs and wishes and / or contacting specific religious organisations / professionals on their behalf

The above list is not exhaustive, as Solace is dedicated to supporting clients, families and professionals with any end of life, palliative care or bereavement issue that may surface for them. We will always endeavour to answer questions (or investigate the issue), liaise with organisations / professionals or signpost people, in order to provide the best quality service / support possible.


4. Individualised Carers’ Support


Although there are some good services available for Carers in West Norfolk, Solace strongly believes that, like the clients themselves, carers also need to be assessed for their own support / coping needs. We have received a great deal of feedback saying that services offered are often both time and structure limited. For example, support groups attracting particular age groups, not catering for all ages, and carer’s respite provision that is just for a couple of hours on a fortnightly / monthly basis. Solace offers the following services to carers in West Norfolk, with plans to extend this to other parts of Norfolk in the future:


  • an initial needs assessment in client’s own home or community location that is convenient for them
  • one to one emotional and or social support
  • telephone support both in and out of working hours, as required
  • formal or informal social, educational and support groups, according to needs
  • weekly respite support at home or out in the community, according to wishes (this may consist of sitting with clients so that carers can continue daily activities, or so that they may have a quality break / day out
  • pre and post bereavement counselling for up to 12 months, according to need
  • advice, guidance and advocacy services as required




1. Could You Volunteer with Us?

We are currently recruiting caring, compassionate and committed / reliable volunteers for the following areas:

  • end of life support
  • counselling
  • admin work
  • fundraising events

If you are interested in our support volunteer roles, we are very happy to chat to you about the work we do and roles we are offering. We provide full, ongoing training and support, plus financial help towards expenses for travel and other costs incurred as a result of any work you do with us. 


Qualities we look for in our support volunteers are:

  • A compassionate, non-judgemental approach
  • Strength and commitment to clients and families
  • Demonstration of organisational and implementation skills
  • Good communication and advocacy skills
  • Ability to work intuitively and creatively when required
  • Responsible and knowledgeable, demonstrating legal and ethical practice
  • Continuous commitment to self-care and professional development

If you can help us in ANY way at all, we would love to hear from you.




We can offer comprehensive, high-quality end of life care and support training that can be individually tailored for health and social professionals, care homes, charities and community groups, carers and any individual interested in supporting family or working in this field. 


If you would like more information on this, we are happy to discuss your needs further.





Solace End of Life Support
Bishop's Lynn House

18 Tuesday Market Place

King's Lynn


PE30 3ET


Tel: 01553 777320 / 01553 617821

Text: 07482 206139

Email: admin@endoflifesupport.org.uk

Website: www.endoflifesupport.org.uk

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/solaceofsouls/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SolaceEOLcare

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