Posted: Mon 29th Apr 2024

Big hearted engineers adopt much-loved hospice that serves Flintshire

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales


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A much-loved hospice that serves Flintshire has been adopted as a charity by a high flying precision engineering company after staff voted to support it.

St Kentigern Hospice, was chosen by Continental Diamond Tool Ltd (CDT) because of the “wonderful care” it has shown for relatives of team members, including both parents of engraver and dispatch officer Helen Turberville.

The company,  which supplies sophisticated parts for production machinery for Rolls-Royce and other aerospace companies, has made its first donation to the charity with Helen handing over a cheque for £1,000 at the hospice in St Asaph which provides support for people in parts of  Flintshire, Denbighshire and eastern Conwy,

The donation was made to mark the 40th anniversary of the specialist firm – one of only two of its kind in the UK –  which employs 40 skilled staff at its factory on the Tir Llwyd Industrial Estate in Kinmel Bay.

Helen said: “My parents, Maureen and Ted Felton, from Kinmel Bay, were both here and the care and support the hospice gave was a great comfort to them and to us as a family.

“My mum used to come to the day centre here and made many things I still have at home including a tie-dyed silk scarf.

“Then she was a resident here and was struggling with her mobility and they helped her a lot before she passed away here.

“My dad was in hospital in Liverpool and I asked for him to be moved to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and they said he only had a matter of days so I requested that he come to St Kentigernand the staff here managed to get him in.

“He knew we were trying to get him here because on one of his good days we managed to tell him and it meant a lot to all of us as a family.

“St Kentigern is a wonderful place and my mum made a lot of friends here. It’s very comforting here and I’m delighted that CDT are supporting it.”

The hospice has been extended to 12 beds from eight but it also provides extensive day care and respite services as well as wide range of therapies and over the past 12 months more than  600 people from across the area have used its services.

It costs £3 million a year to run St Kentigern with three-quarters of that raised by the Income Generation Team whose fundraisers are working on one of the year’s major events, the Twilight Trek which takes place on Saturday, June 29.

They also provide a Wish Ambulance which aims to make the final wishes of its residents come true and they have included a lady in her 30s who wanted to spend a final couple of hours in her own home.

Another patient wanted to see a fireworks display for the last time and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute came in to stage a show

CDT are now partnering with St Kentigern to support the hospice and make those dreams come true.

CDT Finance Manager Michaela Lawton said: “It is a fantastic cause, it’s local and after a discussion with our employees about which charities to support St Kentigern was put forward and it was a no-brainer really.

“I came to visit the hospice and was so impressed by the work they are doing and by the fantastic range of services and activities they provide, not only to their patients but to their families at the most difficult time in their lives.

“This is the 40th anniversary of the company and we want to set up a long-term partnership with St Kentigern to mark that and we aim to support them with regular donations in the future.”

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Becky McNay, from Wrexham, joined St Kentigern four years ago and she said: “It’s been amazing, I’ve really loved it. It’s such a rewarding place to work.

“I had always wanted to do palliative care from when I was 16 when my nan came to live with us when she was terminally ill.

“You just cannot work in a place like this because it is a job. You have to really want to do it. It’s really great to build relationships with the patients and their families because their loved ones play such an important role as well, often requiring support themselves.

“St Kentigern is not just about the process of dying, it is so much more than that.

“The ethos of the hospice is about providing holistic care and focusing on the patient’s wishes, like goal setting as opposed to focusing on their disease.

“We offer a variety of services including respite care, symptom management, outpatients’ complementary therapy, music therapy and craft groups.

“We also have a wellbeing programme which covers a variety of subjects including advanced care planning like discussing legal and financial issues, incorporating wills and lasting power of attorney.

“I really enjoy the one to one care and the privilege of having time to spend with patients and their families – you just wouldn’t get the same amount of time in an acute ward of a hospital.”

The company was founded in 1984 as Consort Precision Diamond and in 2018 was bought and rebranded by Continental Diamond Tool, based in New Haven, Indiana.

It makes a range of highly specialised diamond tools for advanced manufacturing industries, including the aerospace, automotive, medical and semi-conductor sectors.

More than 60 per cent of the company’s products are exported to 30 countries, with sales growing particularly strongly across Europe and Asia, as well as North America

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