Ray's thirst for life was powered by his love of music

07 June 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

Raymond Thompson's life was full of music, he wrote songs and he loved to sing; his highlight was performing "My Way" with Jonathan Wilkes at Stoke's Got Talent.

What would you do with £2,000?

26 April 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

Play The Donna Louise Raffle for your chance to find out. Not only will you be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous cash prizes, you'll also play your part in providing fun and laughter for our children and a lifeline for our families. 

What does it mean to be a Care Support Worker? You can learn all about it from Liz Diaz..

17 February 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

Care Support Worker Liz assists the nurses in the care of the children, young adults and their families. Here she tells us more about her role and what it means to be part of The Donna Louise team.

Meet Children's Nurse Angela Wheat

10 February 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

Angela has worked as a children's nurse at The Donna Louise since the very first day the Hospice opened in August 2003. She clearly remembers the first four children who stayed here and over the years has got to know, and care for, hundreds of children and their families.

Learn about John Henderson, one of our amazing Care Support Worker's

03 February 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

John is one of The Donna Louise's Care Support Workers and plays a vital role in the day to day care of the children and young adults who come to the Hospice.

As a Care Support Worker his role is about doing everything he can to look after the children including keeping them entertained, caring for them and offering general support to their families.

Helen Delap, wife of former Stoke City and Ireland International midfielder, Rory Delap is to take on 40 charity challenges in her 40th year

02 February 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

Helen Delap, wife of former Stoke City and Ireland International midfielder, Rory Delap, is taking on the biggest challenge of her life to celebrate her 40th Birthday.

The mother of 3 has pledged to take part in 40 challenge events to raise £40,000 for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice.

Meet Angela our resident Social Worker

24 January 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

Angela WardAngela is The Donna Louise's resident Social Worker and helps our families to access the emotional and practical support they need. This usually involves liaising with various agencies within the statutory and voluntary sector.

Nicky Greatholder joined The Donna Louise in 2004 as a children's nurse and she hasn't looked back since.

17 January 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

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Nicky joined The Donna Louise in 2004 as a children's nurse. Thirteen years later she is a team leader and absolutely loves her job.

Having completed her general nursing training, followed by specialist oncology training, Nicky worked in several nursing roles when she came to The Donna Louise in a temporary role, but that's where the story only begins. 

Our Education and Development Lead, Gill Clifford opens up about what it’s like to work here at The Donna Louise

09 January 2017
Written by Joshua Slater

Gill Clifford

Gill joined The Donna Louise as a children's nurse 11 years ago. Having always worked in children's palliative care, she was no stranger to working with children, but her previous roles had been in the community, a hospital, in schools and working with health visitors. Gill had always enjoyed working with children with long-term conditions and being able to build relationships with them and their families. When the opportunity to work at The Donna Louise came up, Gill jumped at the chance to apply and joined the Hospice as a children's nurse.

Anthony Bunn, Editor of Duck Magazine, pays testament to The Donna Louise after a recent visit with the Stoke City Football Team

23 December 2016
Written by Joshua Slater

Fifteen years ago, I wrote a piece for The Guardian newspaper........Stoke-on-Trent had recently been voted something like the Least Desirable Place to Live in Britain. You'd think that as a Stoke City supporter, any title would be more than welcome, yeah? This obviously wasn't the case. So, I took to the laptop to write a riposte, a defence of The Potteries.

In my article, I commented how cities are hard to change and that you have to do the very best with what you've got. The likes of Chester, Durham and York are aesthetically stunning places. But the city of Stoke-on-Trent really is left holding the ace card.....

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