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Hospice in-patient unit transformation is complete

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A major project to transform the in-patient unit at Barnsley Hospice has been completed. All ten bedrooms, and communal areas, including the bathroom and corridors, have been refurbished to provide a more comfortable, calm experience for patients and their families. The bedrooms have specialist beds to improve patient comfort; furniture and décor to create a… Read more »

Local MP joins in celebration of the work of Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership

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Stephanie Peacock, Member of Parliament for Barnsley East, recently visited Elsecar Heritage Centre for a celebration of the work of the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, which is drawing to a close this month. Formed in 2014 the Partnership is funded by the Heritage Lottery, and the project has worked on preserving important environmental sites and listed buildings, as… Read more »

Bespoke gin just the tonic for Hospice anniversary

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A Barnsley distillery is launching a bespoke gin to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Barnsley Hospice and raise money for its care. Darton-based Waterton’s Reserve Gin has hand-crafted the spirit with 25 botanicals and gifted the initial batch to the charity to sell at their Peaky Blinders Ball this Friday, 14 June. Guests at the event will be the first… Read more »

Volunteers encouraged to join Hospice events team

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Willing volunteers who can’t give up their time regularly are being encouraged to join the events team at Barnsley Hospice. The charity holds a range of large and small-scale events throughout the year, including Bubble Rush, It’s a Knockout, Paws in the Park and its Golf Day. Events team volunteers are required to man stalls,… Read more »

Local MP teams up with Sport England to bring funding to Barnsley

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, met with Sport England in Parliament recently to discuss opening up specialised funding for sports and recreation in coalfield areas like Barnsley. The discussions surrounded the national organisation’s ‘Community Asset Fund’, which will seek to deliver £2m for sports and recreation projects in former mining communities. The funding is… Read more »

MP visits Kendray school

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Stephanie Peacock, Member of Parliament for Barnsley East, recently visited the Forest Academy in Kendray. During her visit, Stephanie met with Sam Bailey, the Executive Principal, to discuss the work the school is doing, the challenges faced, and any ways in which the MP could help. Stephanie also had a walk round the school, and chatted to… Read more »