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Sonia Thompson Memorial Concert benefits Paul Sartori


Photo (Sing for Joy picture) Some members of the “Sing for Joy” choir are pictured handing the cheque over to Toni Dorkings from Paul Sartori, from left to right: Gilly Flanagan, Mary Oakley, Toni Dorkings, Yvonne Arthur, Sue Blick (Musical Director) and Tanya Matharu.

A concert was held recently at St Mary’s Church, Warren (near Castlemartin) in memory of much loved choir member Sonia Thompson which raised a total of £740 for the Paul Sartori, a local charity providing care to people with life limiting illnesses.

Various members of the “Sing for Joy” choir group organised this event in Sonia’s memory, who passed away last year.  It was the choice of the family that the proceeds of the concert should go to Paul Sartori, due to the excellent care received.

Toni Dorkings, Community Fundraiser for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home thanked the members of the “Sing for Joy” choir group and the family of Sonia Thompson adding, “The amount raised will directly help more people in Pembrokeshire who require our services, and ensure that we can continue to offer the vital care and support to people living in the county with any life limiting illness.”

Concerts, coffee mornings and local community events like these are crucial to the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home charity.  If you have an idea for a local fundraiser, but would like some help and advice, Paul Sartori urge you to contact Toni Dorkings the Community Fundraiser either via email or by phoning 01437 763223.

‘Sartori Bear’ is saving bears from landfill and assisting new E-Commerce project


Photo:– This is ‘Sartori Bear’ – he loves pickle and jam sandwiches (in the same sandwich); he tries to save as many other Teds as possible from the dreaded land of Landfill; his favourite pass time is sniffing out forgotten treasure from donations, he then cleans them up, photographs them with his Grandfathers 1930s box brownie, and lists them on tedbay!  He has customers all over the world including Bruno Bear in Borneo, Cynthia Bear in Sydney, Fritz Hound in Hungary and Davina Doll in Denmark!


Paul Sartori Hospice at Home has invested in a new e-commerce project to diversify their income stream.  Paul Sartori currently have 11 shops throughout the county and are now progressing with this exciting challenge of raising additional funds for Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home Service.

Soon to be officially released, Paul Sartori have recently prepared figures for their financial year 2016 to 2017, and they have seen: a 25% increase on direct service provision, 17% increase in number of hours care, 23% increase in complementary therapy and a staggering 38% increase in counselling and bereavement support.  The charity has recognised that these increases need to be supported to ensure services remain free.  The sales generated through the retail shops at Paul Sartori currently contribute in excess of 40% of the income needed to support all services.

A new member to the Paul Sartori team has been recruited to support this project.  Simon Reason, who has been appointed as the E-Commerce Manager has passion and drive for the project, stating “Every day, generous local supporters donate an amazing array of valuable items. E-Commerce will enable us to show and sell some of these amazing Charity Shop Treasure Finds, to both National & International audiences”.  Simon’s previous role with the charity was a Warehouse & Distribution Centre Van Driver, so he is well aware of the importance of the charity in the community through its services and also retail support.

Simon is not only listing exciting items, with the help of “Sartori Bear” on ebay, facebook and other online portals but also busy looking for volunteers and together with Caroline White, the Volunteer Coordinator for Paul Sartori, they are appealing to people who have an interest in antiques and memorabilia, taking pictures, experience on social media platforms and want to help this Pembrokeshire based charity.  “We are looking for all different ages, from all different background”, mentioned Caroline adding, “Volunteer training and ongoing support will be offered to successful candidates”.  Caroline urges anyone interested in any volunteering, to contact her directly on 01437 763223 or email her

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Fun & Frivolity is promised at this year’s Mid-Summer Mayhem Weekend


Kids Disco at Mid-Summer Mayhem in 2016

The Mid-Summer Mayhem Family Fun Weekend this year will be held the first weekend of the summer holidays, 21st and 22nd July at The Plough Inn, Sageston all in aid of the Paul Sartori Foundation, Pembrokeshire’s only hospice at home service.  Last year, this fun-packed weekend raised just over £1,000.00 and Paul Sartori are promising even more fantastic fun this year!

This event promises lots for the whole family and will deliver in bucket loads; including family fun and games; a fun auction with fantastic prizes.  The theme this year is 80s with great music – don’t forget to wear your best fancy dress!  A car boot sale, bouncy castle, indoor stalls and kids disco will also await.  Camping is also available from ££7.50 per night.


Visitors to the event will also get the opportunity to see a star attraction – wonderful steam engines to be brought along by Richard Scourfield.  These have proved very popular and have been a great sight and endured great curiosity from all ages.

“This will be the third year that we have held this event at The Plough Inn and it is gaining great support from locals and visitors alike”, said Toni Dorkings, Community Fundraiser from the Paul Sartori Foundation, “There is no admission charge but donations are of course welcome, and all funds raised go back into supporting our services”, added Toni.

For more information call Toni on 01437 763223 or email her


Paul Sartori welcomes QinetiQ to new Head Office


Photo (QinetiQ pic 1) From left to right: Daniel Worley, Long Test Track Technical Lead and Mel Potter, Project Controller from Pendine Range, Laura Hugman, Clinical Team Manager; Renate Thome, Clinical Educator and Judith Williams Funding & Projects Coordinator at Paul Sartori

Staff from QinetiQ who work at the MOD Pendine Range visited the Paul Sartori Foundation’s new Head Office at Paul Sartori House, Winch Lane Haverfordwest on Wednesday 31st May to cement the relationship that has been formed following a corporate charity nomination by employees.

“Thank you to all the employees at the MOD site in Pendine who voted for us,” said Judith Williams, Funding & Projects Coordinator at Paul Sartori “We are ever so grateful that they voted to support the Paul Sartori Foundation and their support will make a real difference to people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness.”

Staff from Paul Sartori were welcomed in April to the site at Pendine where they were privileged to have received a tour and presentation on their operations.

Thank you to Judith and Sandra for organising the visit, it was great to meet the clinical staff to hear about their experiences from the field and to meet some of the non-clinical team in their new office setting. We felt there was a resounding theme of empowerment throughout the Hospice team and a conscientious commitment to delivering the best services to the people that you support.

 (Speaking on a personal note) It has been a privilege to fundraise for this wonderful charity and together with my colleagues at QinetiQ, we look forward to continue supporting Paul Sartori as our local Charity of the Year partner.”

Due to the recent Head Office move, a reciprocal visit was offered a few months later for QinetiQ to visit Paul Sartori House where a tour included the Equipment Store department, showing the massive amount of equipment that gets loaned to local people; a visit to the newly equipped Complementary Therapy and a visit to the vast Sartori Warehouse and Distribution centre which supplies all 11 charity shops in the county with donated items from the public.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Dan and Mel from QinetiQ and show them around.  They have a very exciting fundraising events scheduled this year, which also coincides with our 35th year anniversary celebrations,” explained Sandra Dade, Charity Manager, adding “We look forward to developing a successful partnership that is mutually beneficial and delivers a real change to ensure excellent care to our patients.”

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service provides a range of services to people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service enable people in the later stages of any life limiting illness to be cared for at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear.

Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website, or by phoning 01437 763223.

Judith Williams,, Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service, tel: 01437 763223 (5th June 2017)

Notes to Editors:

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service:

  • is particularly keen to dispel the belief that it is a cancer charity as this deters people with other life-limiting conditions from contacting the Paul Sartori Foundation (approximately 35% have a non-cancer diagnosis)
  • operates an open referral system with over 15% of referrals from patients, family and friends.  The biggest referral group is District Nurses, followed by Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists and hospital staff
  • was established in memory of Father Paul Sartori, a much loved local priest, who recognised a need for hospice care, but unfortunately died of cancer at the age of 39.  The Foundation was set up in his memory and provides care to people with any or no faith, and not just Catholics
  • charity was registered in 1982 and celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2017
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