Charity of the Month: St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice

The charity for the month of October is St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice. This hospice has a skilled team consisting of nurses, therapists social workers, benefits advisers, counsellors, befrienders and a Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy team. It was set up in 1988 and it has been providing palliative care which goes beyond the scope and the finding of the NHS.

I got to hear about St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice some days ago from their fundraising team, and a quick look on their website told me all I needed to know. This charity is mainly funded by donations; about 85% of the care is funded by charity donations from the community and all the services provided by the hospice are free for the patients and their families.

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Charity of the Month: St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice

St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice also has 9 shops and a furniture warehouse which helps raise funds for patient care. The shops have a lovely range of clothing, furniture, and accessories. Watch this video below to find more about the shops and how they work:

During a typical 24 hours at the Hospice our staff will support around thirty local people and their families through a range of services including complementary therapies, one to one care and bereavement support – St Luke’s Hospice.

How to Support St Luke’s Hospice Charity

So how can you support this charity? If you are able to, here are some quick ways you could help people get the care they need:

  • You can donate. If you are a UK taxpayer, you should remember to gift aid your donations to make them go even further.
  • If you live in Cheshire, you can visit one of the 9 shops to grab some bargains.
  • There are fundraising opportunities available.
  • Also, there are volunteering roles available.

There are so many other ways to support this charity from as little as £1, please click here for more information. You can also read about other charities here.

Blogging Tip: Take time off

Hey below bloggers! I have not written a blogging tip post in a bit. A lot of juggling has been going on behind the scenes for me, but I am working on a new blogging routine and it looks like I am settling into a new way of running Fashion and Style Police. So do expect regular blog posts from now on. The plan is to go back to blogging more often and so far my new blogging schedule is working really well.

This brings me to the theme of today’s post. I have been blogging for almost 9 years now, and it has been a learning journey all the way. I have gone from blogging a few times a week, to blogging everyday and back again. The learning experience is forever ongoing. Blogging is not something to learn and you stop learning. The big wide web keeps changing and so does your blog, which means forever twerking, learning and relearning things to keep your blog active.

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Blogging Tip: Take time off

One thing I have had to learn this past year is that it is ok to take time off. Like most things in life, taking time off is important to keep your ideas fresh and to stay healthy mentally and physically. Being self employed and relying heavily on my blog income made me struggle with taking time off. I must confess, I used to panic whenever I took a couple of days off, but I am pleased to say that is no longer the case.

Since the start of the pandemic, I take as many days off as required and I feel no panic or guilt. The irony of it all is that my views have increased massively even though I now blog less. The panic and fear were just the ego part of me trying to control everything which usually leads to less productivity.

Days off are important for any job especially when you are self employed and running your own business. You are your blog and you cannot afford to break down, and this is why taking time off is important.

The only blogging tip I have for you is to take a break every now and again, so you can come back ready buzzing with fresh ideas that create amazing blog posts. Also, remember to feel no guilt or fear when you do this. Your blog will be fine, your views will rise and your blog readers will understand. You are more than your blog. Stay safe.

Tips for Setting Up a Home Office

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With millions of people now working from home, it has become very important to have a good home office set up to help you work from home successfully. Working from the dining table, bed or sofa may not be ideal long term. Having a home office would allow you work, study or do both like I do, comfortably from home. I have worked from home for almost 9 years now, so I have a lot of experience when it comes to staying comfortable as you work from home. It is quite easy once you have settled in and worked from home for some time.

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Tips for Setting Up a Home Office

Here are some tips to help you set up your home office –

Choose the right workspace

It is important to choose the right workspace at home for your needs. I can work in any room in my house but I usually find myself working repeatedly in a few spots. I like being able to work where I feel like and that works for me perfectly. It all depends on your home, family, your preferences and the kind of work you do. The most important thing is to pick the right workspace that works for you. If you need to create space for your home office, you can make use of self storage centres to store away items you have no need for and make room for the new normal. If you are looking for affordable self storage, you should check out Now Storage self storage for personal and business self storage.

Invest in the right gadgets

I always ensure I have all the right gadgets for work ready on a daily basis. My MAC laptop still works great for me and I recently invested in a MAC keyboard and a Canon printer for uni work. Also, I plan to grab the MAC mouse as well. Working from home is easy once you have the right gadgets in place.

Get storage boxes

It is important to get storage boxes ready for your home office, especially if you are doing a lot of printing or you need extra space for paperwork. Having storage boxes allows you to keep valuable documents in one place neatly. The last thing you would want is to have work documents scattered everywhere.

Add some green plants

Green plants add some colour to your space and it also purifies the air. Also, research has shown that plants can increase productivity by 15%. I have my Snake Plant on my table where I work and I plan to add more plants to our house. Bringing in a bit of nature into the house is a great way to create an amazing home office, plus it helps you stay productive.

What do you think of these home office tips? Do you work from home? How are you finding it all? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, let’s chat. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

 

 

 

 

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