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KEMP Hospice – Head of People

KEMP Hospice is an adult day hospice, based in Kidderminster, providing support to patients, families and carers dealing with life limiting illness and bereavement across the whole Wyre Forest. Established for over 35 years, KEMP is not only well loved by our community, but it really is a great place to work, where we encourage you to use your strengths to succeed and to thrive.

A brand new vacancy has arisen for a Head of People to join our team, to bring together our staff and volunteers across the hospice and our retail arm, streamlining processes and ensuring we have a cohesive approach to how we recruit and look after all our people. You will additionally ensure our operational compliance with Health and Safety and Information Governance legislation and best practice, with the support of the Senior Management Team.

This is a truly special role within KEMP Hospice, a values-driven organisation where culture fit is important. We’re looking for a collaborative team-player who can quickly get under the skin of what makes KEMP so special. You will be experienced in advising on and supporting the wider management team in HR matters and problem resolution at all levels of the organisation so you will be able to cope with the pressure this brings.  You will thrive in a demanding but influential role, always passionate about building and growing a team of amazing people who reflect our values at all times.

As a key member of our Senior Management Team you will help us deliver progressive organisational change, building capability, engaging and getting the best from our staff and volunteers and promoting a genuinely diverse and inclusive workplace.

You will have:

  • Experience of operating as the standalone or as a senior HR professional within a complex organisation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and influence across all levels of an organisation
  • Up to date knowledge of current employment law and its impact on organisational policies and procedures
  • A commitment to putting all the people we support at the heart of everything we do

This role is a real opportunity for you to shine and to make a significant impact on the quality of the lives of the people we support.

How to apply:

Please use the links here to download the Head of People: Full Job Description & Person Specification form, Application and Equal Opportunities form as well as a copy of The KEMP Way & a History of KEMP. We would ask you to complete all forms and return these to us by email to: recruitment@kemphospice.org.uk

Closing Date:

Sunday 22nd April 2018 

Interviews to be held:

Thursday 3rd May 2018

We would strongly encourage any interested candidates to visit KEMP Hospice prior to applying.

For an informal conversation about this role, or to arrange to visit, please contact our CEO Heidi Hawkins on 01562 756000.

Woofs & Wellies

It’s Back for 2018!

First held in 2014, we are excited to re-launch our popular pooch dog walking event for Spring 2018!

Our family friendly 3 mile walk takes place around the beautiful Wyre Forest on Sunday 29th April and we want to fill the forest with our favourite fluffy friends.

It costs £5.00 per dog (every pooch gets a doggie bag too) and all adults and children go free!

All we ask is for each family to try and raise a minimum of £20 in sponsorship which will go directly to continuing the incredible work done by KEMP Hospice right here in the Wyre Forest community.

The Wyre Forest is the perfect venue for a family friendly dog walk with superb facilities including a Cafe, Children’s play areas, toilets, sufficient parking (payable) and a doggie wash (also payable)!

Our Woofs & Wellies walkies gets underway at 11:00am and we’ll be celebrating our love for our four-legged friends and KEMP Hospice too!

We asked Gavin Collyer, Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon at Companion Care Veterinary Surgery inside Pets at Home in Kidderminster why our four-legged friends are so important, “Dogs are invaluable companions and the bond that most of us have with our dogs is incredibly strong. They offer unconditional love and support to us no matter what we may be going through. They can lift our spirits when we are feeling down, they provide companionship and can be a great comfort especially to those who need unconditional interaction with another living being. Dogs decrease levels of human loneliness and they give us a sense of purpose as we have to care for them. This relationship is particularly important to those people who live alone, don’t socialise much, have seen family members grow up and move out or people who have recently experienced a major change in their life, such as the loss of a close human companion. Some dogs are also used as service, therapy or assistance animals to help with a number of conditions such as mental health or with certain physical disabilities.”

Gavin told us why he was supporting our KEMP Hospice Woofs & Wellies event: “Taking your dog for a walk is not only beneficial for them but also for the whole family. Walking your dog is so much more than just a way of exercising them. It stops them from getting bored, it’s a behaviour training opportunity, and it teaches your dog how to behave in other canine company. On top of all this, it gets both of you out and about while helping to grow the bond you have with your dog! Dogs make a massive difference to us and our world is a better place with them in it.”

For more information please contact Shelley, Event Fundraiser on 01562 756077 or email shelley.stanley@kemphospice.org.uk 

Register here!!

A huge thank you to our event sponsor Companion Care Vets and our thanks to Forestry Commission England and the Wyre Forest.


Bewdley Spring Shopping Event

Originally planned for Friday 2nd March 2018, but unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions and forecast the organisers and stallholders have made the decision to postpone the event until Friday 18th May 2018.  We hope you will be able to join us then

Entrance will be £2.00 per person on the door.


Spring is in the air and it’s time to get that Spring wardrobe ready! Why not come along to Bewdley’s first late night Spring shopping event on Friday 18th May 2018.

Held at St. George’s Hall from 7pm until late there will be stall holders galore perfect for everyone to enjoy, such as Gin Tasting, vintage furniture, handmade gifts – what a fantastic opportunity to get your gifts for Easter and Mothers Day, books and cards, bridal wear, candles and much much more!

Tickets are available from the KEMP shop in Bewdley or you can pay on the door on the evening.  It’s £2.00 per person.

Cuppa for KEMP

Get the kettle on to support hospice care in Spring 2018!

Pencil a date in the diary and get together with friends, family or colleagues to hold a Cuppa for KEMP.  It’s a simple and fun way to support your local hospice (what better way to spend some time with friends than with a cheery brew and a biccy or two!) and we can send you all you need in our Cuppa for KEMP fundraising pack!

Niki Ferris and her family regularly hold ‘afternoon tea and cake’ events for KEMP. Niki says: “KEMP have helped my family through some difficult times and they were a great comfort to us so it’s lovely to do something to help. We really look forward to the event. We invite family, friends and neighbours, and it provides a lovely chance to see everyone and get together.”

What you can do…

Download our Cuppa for KEMP fundraising pack and decide what event to put on. You could host a huge local tea party, a workplace coffee and cake break, a cream tea for your neighbourhood watch group, a community centre cuppa get-together, a bake & brew sale or maybe a simple ‘tea for two’!

Whatever you decide to do, do it over a brew and raise some cash for KEMP, the Wyre Forest’s Hospice.

Your fundraising & support means we can continue to provide specialist care for people with life limiting illnesses, their families & carers as well as providing free bereavement help for everyone in the Wyre Forest. Your support means the world to us…thank you.

Click here for a Cuppa for KEMP poster to advertise your event & download a CUPPA for KEMP fundraising pack here or click on the cuppa below!

If you would like more details on holding a Cuppa for KEMP please call the fundraising team on 01562 756066 or email fundraising@kemphospice.org.uk


Hospice Care Week 2017


The theme for Hospice Care Week 2017 is ‘We are Hospice Care’ and this week we will be sharing stories with you from staff and volunteers who provide incredible hospice care here at KEMP.

We all have an idea of what the work of a hospice is but there is so much more going on each and every day.  This is what we would like to share with you this week. Here are KEMP we exist for the Wyre Forest community and it is only with your kind and generous support that we are able to care for over 1,000 people each year.

Please read our stories and share with colleagues, friends and family. All of our services are provided free of charge and available to anyone living within the Wyre Forest. By spreading the word you could be helping a family get the support they need, at what is, probably, their time of greatest need.

Story 5 - Befriending.pdf

Story 4 - ACP

Story 3 - Chaplaincy.pdf

Story 2 - image

Story 1 - image

Nisa Making A Difference Locally Appeal


This year, local retailer Nisa is celebrating its 40th birthday by donating £10,000 with Making A Difference Locally to your favourite local charities!

For the chance to win KEMP Hospice one of their ten £1,000 donations, please nominate us using the form on the Nisa website. There will be three other opportunities to nominate us throughout the year, with a total of £40,000 of donations given away to celebrate Nisa’s 40th birthday this year!

See below for a list of your local Nisa stores, and then please fill in the form on their website to nominate KEMP Hospice today!

Nisa Local

27-28 the Horsefair, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 2EN

Nisa Local

96 Canterbury Rd, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 6DH

Nisa Local

116 Tennyson Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 3YT

Stourport Nisa

2 Woodbury Road, Stourport-On-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8XL

Nisa Bowketts

Market Square, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8BL




A year of Challenges for KEMP

George Murcott and Chris Wills are supporting KEMP with a series of fantastic challenges during 2017 to say thank you for the support their family received after their niece Arabella passed away at just 18 months old.

Both Chris and George are keen cyclists so have chosen a number of cycling events as well a run and a Triathlon! Here is a list of the challenges they will undertake this year:

March 2017 – Ride The Reservoir Ride the Reservoir

A 75km cycle to kick everything off!

’19th March saw the BRATs actually on tour together in one of our official events, Ride The Reservoir. Some testing climbs at the start, nothing too severe in terms of gradients but they just last for a long distance before finally flattening out. Coupled up with a blowy day making for crosswinds and headwinds the whole way round, the enjoyment of the route was diminished somewhat! Still 50 miles done in under 4 hours and no real tiredness or soreness after, which bodes well for our longer touring rides.’


April 2017 – Halesowen Spring Triathlon 

A 400m pool swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run! kemp1

‘Just survived the Halesowen Sprint Triathlon, with help/guidance/abuse from Chris! Lovely day out in the glorious sunshine and a really well run event. 400 meter pool swim (11 mins), 25km bike ride (just over an hour)(with some nice hills and fast sweeping descents) and a 5km run (28 mins). The run turned out to be the hardest part for me, despite having run marathons, as I struggle running after cycling. It didn’t help either that I have become an old man as I pulled something in my back literally just before the race start! A good day though!’

April 2017 – Easter Epic Sportif Birmingham 10k

84km cycle with lots of hills, around Lower Broadheath, Malvern, Bromyard, Bewdley and Stourport.

April 2017 – Great Birmingham 10k Run 

‘Great Birmingham 10km done and dusted, surprisingly hot day by the end of it. No PBs for either of us, but based on recent form I was happy enough with my 52:26 getting me the coveted 1638th position! Well, I did beat 5000 people.’

May 2017 – St Giles Hospice Cycle 

100km from Chasewater Country Park, Burntwood, covering Cannock Chase, Penkridge, Bradley, Derrington, Apeton, Lapley and Hednesford.

St Giles Cycle‘No we didn’t quite make it to the coast, this bit of Chasewater Country Park does look like a beach though. This was our start and finish point for the St Giles 100km sportive that we did today, lovely weather throughout though it wasn’t as warm as this start line pic suggests! It was glorious when we got back though, I was tempted to have a dip. First time they’ve run this event and would be tempted to do it again, if all of LEJOG is like today I am going to thoroughly enjoy that fortnight! Reality check: LEJOG is MUCH hillier :-(‘

May 2017 – Coast to Coast Cycle – Whitehaven to Tynemouth 

Saturday: cycle through the Lake District. Whitehaven to Penrith, 86km of riding, 1509 metres of ascent, 1385 metres of descent.

Sunday: cross the Pennines (without thumbing a lift!). Penrith to Allenheads with some fairly serious hills, 54km distance, 1428 metres of ascent, 1173 of descent.

Monday: Ride to Tynemouth. Allenheads to Tynemouth, hills again! 85km distance, 1093 metres of ascent, 1476 metres of descent. Probably followed a few drinks in Newcastle! Coast 2 Coast

‘Sun, rain showers, thunder, lightening, torrential downpours and floods, heat and cold. 86km and 5 hours something. And it was rather fun. Quite a few cheeky hills on the way. Now Chris Wills and i need to refuel ready for tomorrow. Coast 2 Coast day 2 – No monsoon today, just a nice cool breeze to cool us down. Hard climbs and some amazing fast descents, and a day featuring more cyclists and motorcyclists than cars, a nice change. 140 or so miles from West to East and close to 3 miles vertical distance as we crossed the Pennines. ‘

Chris takes on the amazing Lands End to John O’Groats Challenge – July 2017

An incredible 1000 miles in 14 days! Chris’ challenge will need sheer determination and a huge amount of encouragement to get back in the saddle each day as he’ll cycle an average of 72 miles per day.

Lands End plymouth Scotland! John O'Groats

Update from Day 2 ‘Today was billed as the hardest day and they weren’t kidding! Dartmoor is very hilly, well over a mile ascent and over 60 horizontally. I was practically asleep on the bike by the end of 6 or so hours in the saddle!’

One week in – Injury free so far, saddle sores and insect bites don’t quite count as injuries but they aren’t helping. At lunch today we crossed the Scottish border into Gretna. First rainy day so I nearly took their hand off when soup was offered, turns out that turnip soup is absolutely delicious! Just finished up for the day in Moffat and will pass through Edinburgh tomorrow. Some 80+ mile days coming up which are billed as hard. Hope my legs are up to it!’

He made it! On Saturday 15th July, after 14 days of cycling Chris made it to John O’Groats and celebrated in style with a glass of champers!

A huge WELL DONE and THANK YOU from everyone here at KEMP! What an achievement!

September 2017 – Velo Birmingham 

As a final flourish, the rather worryingly long Velo Birmingham, 100 mile bike ride. 15,000 riders on the closed roads of Birmingham, worth the entry fee just to avoid Birmingham drivers!

To support George and Chris on their epic journey please take a visit to their Just Giving Page.


Summer Community Events

Summer on a beach

We have some fantastic community events perfect for all the family this Summer, we hope to see you there! A huge thanks to everyone that has organised an event for KEMP!


Raffle and Tombola – Far Forest Countryside Show

12th/13th August

Sue Lewandowski and some of her colleagues from TLC Care at Home (situation right above our Bewdley shop on Load St), will be at the Far Forest Countryside Show this weekend holding a raffle and tombola in aid of KEMP.

The theme for this year’s show is Alice in Wonderland, and there will be a treasure hunt around the ground for children of all ages to find the characters. There is a licensed bar and teas and coffees are also on sale around the ground too. On Saturday evening entertainment goes on until 10pm.

So if you were planning to go along to the Far Forest Countryside Show this weekend, please look out for the KEMP banner and show your support for Sue and her colleagues who have lots of lovely prizes!



Far Forest Pavilion / Showground
Tenbury Road (A456)
Callow Hill
Nr Kidderminster
DY14 9DA






Raffle and Tombola – Borrington Bash

1st July 2017

Please join Mandy Griffiths at the Borrington Bash on Saturday 1st July where she is hosting a tombola stall to raise money in aid of KEMP. Local residents and businesses have generously given prizes for the stall, as well as to a raffle that Mandy is hosting on her Facebook page. Prizes include lots of baked goods, as well as 2 tickets to West Midlands Safari Park and a voucher for a dinner for 2 at The Granary worth £60!

Raffle tickets cost £3 per ticket and are still available from the Facebook page, where you can find out more about Mandy’s support of KEMP. Please show Mandy your support and be sure to head over to the Borrington Bash which takes place this Saturday to try and win one of her fantastic prizes.




Bewdley High School Reunion – The Gainsborough House Hotel

8th July 2017 @ 8pm

Gainsborough House Hotel, Bewdley Hill, Kidderminster DY11 6BS.


Wendy Marshall has unleashed her Event Organising skills and is hosting the Bewdley High School Reunion and Charity Night, taking place at the Gainsborough House Hotel on July 8th.

Doors open at 8pm and the event is for anyone who previously attended Bewdley High, but also to anyone who just fancies a good night out. Entry is pay on the night and costs £12, with £2 of that going to KEMP Hospice. There will also be a raffle on the night, with tickets selling for £2 a strip and £5 for three strips.

Entertainment includes Ricky Cool and the In Crowd (who we are reliably informed are headed by a former woodwork teacher from Bewdley called Mr. Rogers!), and 2 very talented locals called Two Doors Down.

So, whether you have attended Bewdley High School or just fancy a nights entertainment, get yourself to the Gainsborough on the 8th July and be part of the In Crowd!


Ricky Cool and the In Crowd



Speed Dating – Kidderminster Cricket Club

25th July 2017 @ 7:30pm

1 Offmore Ln, Kidderminster DY10 1TL

Looking to kick-start your social life, and perhaps meet someone special? Whether you’re seriously looking for love or you’re just game for a laugh with the guys or the girls, speed dating is great fun.

Taking place at the Kidderminster Cricket Club on Tuesday 25th July at 7:30pm, this speed dating event is your chance to meet new people from in and around the Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest area whilst also supporting KEMP Hospice.

The event will run in parallel for two age groups 25-35 & 35-50, and will cost only £8.00 per person.

Ample parking is available at the venue and there is a bar available to purchase drinks on the evening.

To find out more information or to book your place please call Alison on 07703020930.


Speed Dating


Santa Fun Run 2018!


We had a brilliant day on Sunday Dec 3rd 2017 at our 10th Anniversary Santa Fun Run in Kidderminster’s Brinton Park and we hope you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves too!  A huge thank you to the fantastic Santa’s who ran in support of KEMP Hospice in 2017 making it our our biggest run ever! It was incredible to see everyone taking part and you are all #KEMPheroes. Now the hard work begins…



Now is the time to start collecting those final owing offers of sponsorship! Make sure you take your sponsorship form around the office or email out your Just Giving page and let people know you had a fantastic time!

Sponsorship can be handed in by popping into the hospice here on Mason Road, between Monday and Friday 8:30 am until 5pm (on a Tuesday and Thursday we are open until 8pm).  You can also hand in sponsorship money to any of our retail shops. Alternatively, please pop a cheque and your sponsor forms in the post to us or call us on 01562 756077 and we can take payment over the phone.

With your help we can continue to help and support over 1,000 local people this year who need our free services. As the Wyre Forest Hospice, we are there for the entire family when someone is living with a life-limiting illness. Our nurse supported Day Hospice and Hospice at Home Service are able to provide essential care at the most difficult time.  Our pre and post bereavement service is available for anyone who has lost a loved one, regardless of the cause. We even have a dedicated service for children.

We are only able to provide these services with your help. Less than a third of our funding comes from the NHS, meaning we rely heavily on the kindness of you, our community to help us raise an incredible 70% of the funds we need to run the hospice each year. Thank you for taking part and raising sponsorship, it does really make an incredible difference to the lives of others.

Santa Fun Run 2018 anyone?

We are overwhelmed by the demand for Santa Fun Run in 2017 and for the first time ever we had to close registration early due to the number of participants! So if you enjoyed last year’s run (or missed out on registering) please get in touch and get your name down on the 2018 PRE-RESERVE LIST!! 

Drop Shelley Stanley an email on shelley.stanley@kemphospice.org.uk or call the fundraising office on 01562 756077. More details about registration will then follow early 2018!

Don’t forget it’s always the First Sunday in December – get it in the diary now: SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND 2018

If you ran in 2017…how did you do?

Please find below the times recorded by Stourport & Kidderminster Athletic Club. Their support on the day was fantastic! Due to so many Santa’s running they unfortunately were unable to time everyone coming over the finish line.



Pictures & Videos

Head over to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for all the event photos and videos! We would love to see your pictures, if you have any please share them with us!



Our 10th Midnight Walk

On Saturday 17th June 2016, hundreds of ladies donned on their trainers and dressed in pink to celebrate 10 years of our popular 5k woodland walk, around the Wyre Forest at Midnight.

Everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by Signal 107’s Dicky Dodd, Tom Joseph performed as Michael Buble and local singer, Meg Shaw sang during our Midnight Memories.

We hope to raise £20,000 this year’s walk, with the money going towards providing specialist care and support to patients, carers and families who are living with a life limiting illness and bereavement, in Wyre Forest.

Shelley Stanley, KEMP’s events fundraiser, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported our 10th Midnight Walk – it was a fantastic evening and we could not be luckier with the weather.

“We would not have been able to hold the Midnight Walk without the support of so many local businesses, including event sponsors Oakleaf Commercial Services, Standard Motor Transport for lending us their trailer, Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) for doing a wonderful job with the first aid and radio communications – it is a real pleasure to work with this brilliant local charity. Signal 107 for all their support on the night and the lead up to the event, Loxley Scaffolding, Midcounties Co-op, Co-op Bewdley Bridge, Stourport Tesco, Marvin Cox Lubricants, Quads and Castles, Walton and Hipkiss, the staff at Wyre Forest, and last but not least, the incredible 40 volunteers who gave their time.”

MW 8 Alice Wilson, Lisa Hale, Scarlet Hale Lindy Gibbons, Laura Taylor, Amanda Keen

Alice Wilson, Lisa Hale, Scarlet Hale Lindy Gibbons, Laura Taylor, Amanda Keen

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