It's all about caring

PUBLISHED: 14:02 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

MUSIC MAN: Trevor Bolshaw with the new chaplain for Hospiscare, David Walford.

MUSIC MAN: Trevor Bolshaw with the new chaplain for Hospiscare, David Walford.

ACCLAIMED musician Trevor Bolshaw was guest speaker and performer at the annual meeting of Hospiscare's Honiton Support Group.

ACCLAIMED musician Trevor Bolshaw was guest speaker - and performer - at the annual meeting of Hospiscare's Honiton Support Group. Mr Bolshaw is president of the group.Honiton Baptist Church was the venue of the meeting, which attracted a healthy turnout last Thursday.The venue was a change from the usual one, Honiton Community Hospital, and afforded more room for visitors.Eileen Rooke, of Offwell, was unanimously re-elected chairman and her hardworking committee was subsequently re-elected en-bloc.Mary Bolshaw, events co-ordinator, opened the meeting, welcoming David Walford, Hospiscare's new chaplain.In her annual report, Mrs Rooke said the past year had been another busy one for fundraising and providing services in Honiton and the surrounding villages."Every month we hold one or two events in the Mackarness Hall that not only raise a lot of money but give us the chance to meet lots of people and, most importantly, listen to them," she said.Wendy Walton, Eileen said, had decided to stand down from the committee to spend time with her growing number of grandchildren, however, she would help out as a volunteer when she could.Mrs Bolshaw, the meeting heard, had become two people over the past year, being a grandmother Monday to Wednesday and a dedicated Hospiscare volunteer from Thursday to Saturday. Sunday was her day off.Mrs Rooke said more committee members and volunteers were needed, and appealed for people to step forward.She went on to emphasise the word 'care' in Hospiscare."We give people a service," she said. "It's got nothing to do with anything high-tech or clever ideas. All we do is care."Hospiscare's nurse team leader for East Devon, Angela Phillips, attended the event. She explained how Hospiscare is working with nursing homes to promote end of life care, and to give people more confidence in providing that care.Angela stressed that the government's End of Life Strategy is due to be published later this year and that it will be an important document. It is likely to back up the work pioneered by hospices.The meeting heard that the temporary day care service at Seaton Hospital is likely to continue when refurbishment at Exeter Hospice is complete. David Walford, new chaplain for Hospiscare, addressed the meeting. He is the former chaplain at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and emphasised the importance of having a sense of humour when dealing with members of the public. He endeared himself with staunch Hospiscare supporters, showing that he will be a great asset to the charity.Trevor Bolshaw then gave a fascinating talk about his life in music, from his years as a young boy studying the piano to progressing to being one of Britain's most celebrated broadcasting organists.He spoke of his days sitting, watching, listening and learning at the Regal Cinema in Darlaston, and of his quite famous days performing in America and for BBC productions.His musical interpretations of his career were spectacular, including works by some of the great composers in musical history, and captivated all those present.

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