care news Summer 2013
The Easter Family Day was
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activities to create special memories for families to cherish – see page 15
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Message from our Chief Executive – Nigel Furlong The 2013/14 budget has just been approved by the Board of Trustees. Two key points stand out: Firstly, to maintain our services at their current level our costs will have to rise by about 1.5% (£63,000) to £4.2m. This is the cost of charitable activity, i.e the care we provide to patients. Our core grant from the NHS will rise by just £5,500 (a decline in real terms) and contributes to about one third of our costs. This means that for the most of the remaining £2.7m or so, we are dependant on our many supporters and sponsors. Secondly, that year after year, you and the community of eastern Hertfordshire, contribute so much. This is a source of constant amazement, and encouragement for me and all my colleagues for which we are hugely grateful. Whether it is through shopping in our stores, playing the Lottery, supporting one of our many events, donating from your current resources or through a legacy; without
your support our many patients, carers and family members would cease to receive the very special care that our staff and volunteers provide day in day out. The budget projects a shortfall of some £150,000 over the coming year, which is just about manageable in the short term, but clearly we would all be a lot more comfortable if we could close that gap and achieve a balanced budget. Please do therefore continue your magnificent support – you’ll see on the pages of this Care News many ways in which you can help. Every contribution, large or small, is gratefully received; please be assured that the money raised will be spent wisely (85p in the £1 goes on patient care, the rest on fundraising and fulfilling statutory duties). Thank you again for your support in the past, and thank you for your continuing support in the future.
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My Mum, Beryl – a mother, grandmother, nurse and Hospice volunteer
– by Sarah Ferguson
Our mother passed away at the Hospice on 29 December 2011. She volunteered at the Hospice and probably never expected to end her days there, but the service and care that she received were outstanding and she knew that she was in the right place. The staff and volunteers were all so gentle and kind and the atmosphere at the Hospice was one of calm for everyone. As a family, we spent Christmas there, trying to hold onto the little time we had left with her. The staff brought in chairs and blankets and never made us feel like we were in the way, even though I’m sure we were. Their dedication to making Mum’s last days as comfortable as she could be, was amazing. It can’t be easy working in an environment where you know that whatever you do will not affect the inevitable outcome. However, what the staff and volunteers do does make a difference. As a family, we felt like it was our home for the time we were there – the kids felt free
to play and make noise and we adults made enough teas and coffee to sink a few hundred ships… But we did it in an environment which is conducive to the hardest things one ever has to go through, which is losing a parent/loved one. Mum volunteered because she wanted to give something back. A nurse before us 4 children and 7 grandchildren arrived, she was never able to return to her vocation due to the demands of family and a dodgy back … but Isabel Hospice gave her an avenue to offer her time to others in need of support and in need of a cup of tea or a little chat. We often forget coming from a big family that some people suffer alone and their last days on the planet are not surrounded by the love and support that our mother had in her last days. However at the Hospice the staff are there for those people, as are the volunteers, and as we all know it’s the little things that sometimes make all the difference - someone going out of their way to ask questions about you and care about the answers, someone sitting and listening to you is often what everyone needs.
So thank you Isabel Hospice for all you did for our Mother and us. Beryl’s son Gary, his wife Emma and their children Jack age 9 and Harry age 7 did a 13 mile bike ride in her memory from Standon to Hoddesdon and then presented the money raised to the nurses at the In-Patient Unit.
In this issue of Care News you will find a book of Grand Draw tickets. Each ticket is £1 (books of 10) and you could win our top prize of £1,000. Why not sell a ticket or two to family and friends or maybe treat yourself to a book for £10. The winner will be announced at our Annual Meeting on 12th September, 7.30pm at Van Hage, Great Amwell. All are welcome to attend.
If you require additional tickets, please ring Fundraising on 01707 382500
Our Day Services Doris, Don and Tom why we love the Day Care at Isabel Hospice
The Day Services that are provided by Isabel Hospice are seen by many of our patients as a lifeline in very difficult and emotional times. The time that they spend there is time where they can meet up with newly made friends and take part in arts and craft activities which can take their mind off their troubles. To enable our patients to be able to access our Day Services in a place close to where they live, we have sessions at Stockwell Lodge in Cheshunt, Douglas Tilbe House in Welwyn Garden City and The St Barnabas Centre in Thorley, near Bishop’s Stortford.
Here is what some of our patients say about why they go along.
Doris Atkins from Welwyn Garden City
I was really low before I started coming here but now I look forward to my Tuesdays. I love the craft activities, drawing, hand printing, silk scarf making…. I use my time here to not only talk to the medical staff about any concerns I have, but also chat to the other patients. I come along in the morning, we all have some soup and a sandwich at lunch time and I go home again at 3pm. My husband is also supported by the Hospice, and comes along to a Carers Group once a month. We feel very well looked after by the Hospice.
Don Johnson from Brookmans Park
When I was first referred here, I really was pretty unwell but the comfort and attention I get here has made a big difference to me. A volunteer driver brings me and takes me home each week. There is so much patience and understanding from the staff and volunteers, I find it so comforting. My wife has Alzheimers and is in a care home so I live alone. She was an artist with a real natural talent, so I enjoy doing the art here as it reminds me of her. Everyone here really gives themselves 100% to the patients. It’s not just words, it’s true love.
Tom Watson from Hertford
Meeting the people and the staff here really gets you out of yourself every week. You get motivated to get yourself up and out and sometimes I put on my Highland dress. Although I do get out and about a lot when I am at home, coming here is a highlight of my week. There are so many different art and craft activities to do and different people to talk to.
Charity Shops A new shop which specialises in furniture opened in Welwyn Garden City in March. The shop in Fretherne Road complements the existing shop in Stonehills. Thanks to Terry Mitchinson, editor of Welwyn Hatfield Times and Isabel Hospice patron for snipping the ribbon at the opening. Could you spare a few hours a week to volunteer in the shop? If you would like to volunteer, call Anna Boatman on 01707 382500 to find out more. Picture: Opening day at Fretherne Road Photo courtesy of Welwyn Hatfield Times
The doll’s house to remind me of my niece When Amanda Witt sat down to browse doll’s houses on eBay, she had no intention of buying one then and there. She was doing what so many of us do when we have a spare five minutes, she was just having a little look! When she came upon this beautiful mansion style house (complete with Victorian furnishings, people and working lights) and saw the blue charity ribbon next to the house details, she clicked on it to investigate further and saw it was being sold by Isabel Hospice. “That was so weird” said Amanda. “My niece Samantha Bruzon from Hertford was cared for by the Hospice for 7 weeks last year. She had breast cancer, and was only 40 when she died. In fact, she celebrated her 40th birthday in the Hospice. I travelled from London, and my sister travelled from Cambridge to see her at their In-Patient Unit and I saw what wonderful work they did there. I felt this doll’s house was meant to be for me. I knew the Hospice had the conventional charity shops in towns, but I didn’t realise they also did eBay.
drive, if I won it, could I come in a taxi from London to collect it. He agreed and when I won it, I was so delighted. Lee said “The doll’s house was donated by one of our volunteers Pam Thomas, who works in our Bishop’s Stortford shop. She is moving and didn’t have the space for it. She had built it from a shell. She papered the walls, built all the staircases and the inside rooms. She collected the furniture over 20 years and is delighted it has gone to a good home.” Amanda said “It’s such a beautiful thing. My daughters are 2, 3 and 16 so at the moment it is set up in my bedroom rather than out for them to play with. They have more child friendly doll’s houses! They can play with this when they are a bit older. It’s more of an heirloom rather than a toy. I feel in a way I was meant to have it and I think of Samantha when I see it.”
Sneak a peek at what we are selling on ebay today by going to www.isabelhospice.org.uk
I phoned up the Hospice and talked to Lee, the Hospice’s eBay Manager, who had listed the doll’s house. I said as I didn’t
Entries for our Christmas card competition are now open! Get your pictures/designs in now. Send to Jenny Burke at email@example.com by 25th May and you could see your design on sale in our shops in October. 5
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Bang to rights! Jail & Bail makes a mint
Public curiosity turned to delight when shoppers realised that the 8 people in jail in the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City were being kept there until they raised £1,000 each. “What a great idea” said one man, “I’ll give a few quid just to keep a few of them in there longer!” The event raised a whopping £7,493! The convicts were Terry Mitchinson (Editor of Welwyn Hatfield Times and Hospice Patron), Paul Winspear (Editor of Herts & Essex Observer), Chris Lane (Crane & Staples Solicitors ) Nigel Adams (Big Black Hen estate agents), Mary Sykes (representing Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Athena – Ware, Ashbourne Insurance, Eurochauffeurs.com and DSCO Chartered Accountants), Richard Taylor (Simpsons Creative), Monique Chandler (Howard Centre) and Cllr Janice Elliott (Deputy Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford). The jailbirds spent hours on their mobile phones and laptops, coercing, bribing and pleading, spreading their tale of woe on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Emma said “All the prisoners were fantastic sports. Thanks also to Chief Inspector of East Herts Police, Gerry McDonald for his support, and the Howard Centre for lending us the venue.”
Networking with Heart
Our twice monthly networking lunches, The 1st Thursday held at Lussmanns in Hertford, and The 3rd Thursday held at Grill 55 in Bishop’s Stortford, are a great way to meet new business people and have a delicious lunch. Every event is sponsored by a local company, who give a 10 minute presentation. If you are interested in signing up to sponsor or join the lunches, go to: www.the1stthursday.com or www.the3rdthursday.com
Austin’s Charitable Fund Claire Austin, Managing Director of Austin’s Family Funeral Directors, visited the In-Patient Unit with Jonathan Aves and Caroline Langdell from Hertfordshire Community Foundation to present a donation of £5,600. The Austin Fund issues grants annually and is made up of donations from Austin’s and from local bereaved people. Emma said “Each year Austin’s choose which charity they will make the donation of funds to, and we are very grateful to have benefitted once again.”
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Claire Austin added “We are always delighted to support the work of the Hospice and the care they provide to local families. However, this year it has been wonderful to have them as our annual charity for the Austin’s Charitable Fund.”
Sixteen intrepid trekkers have signed up for the challenge in November! Nuffield Health & Fitness in Hertford are sponsoring their fitness and Julia Clark from www.jclarkfitness.co.uk is providing weekly training sessions, ensuring the team are at similar levels of fitness. Dave Burke, News Editor of the Welwyn Hatfield Times, will be blogging en route where possible! Follow their progress on their website www.teambasecamp.co.uk
Megaman Recycling Weekend
As well as sponsoring the Hanbury Manor Golf Day (see page 17), Megaman have donated hundreds of light bulbs for sale in our 12 shops. They also held a re-cycling weekend.
Thank you to Ashbourne Insurance who have adopted us as their charity of the year. We look forward to working with their team in the future.
• Emma, Claire & Caroline
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Please return to: Fundraising, Isabel Hospice Head Office, 61 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JR Tel 01707 382500 Email: email@example.com
Helping to provide care with each cup you share Please support Isabel Hospice by holding a fundraising care4acuppa this year. With over 165 million cups of tea and 70 million cups of coffee drunk every day in the UK why not put yours to work for us by holding a fundraising tea party or coffee morning where you could have a bake sale, hold a raffle, organise a bring & buy! See leaflet enclosed to register your events, which can take place wherever and whenever you like.
Should Dad go into the Hospice? I felt so guilty….. By Pam
Maybe we were ‘lucky’ as my Dad’s illness only impacted on him and us for a relatively short time. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011, aged 88, and was under the care of Mr Khan and hospital specialist nurse Anne Bradley. As he responded well to treatment he mainly saw Anne for checkups. However she always made it clear that she and the Isabel Hospice team were part of our support network. As Dad, Cecil Hudson, was well throughout 2011 and early 2012 we had no reason to make contact with anyone. However when he became poorly, and came to stay in our home in late April 2012, we were again reminded that support was there at the end of a phone. I made contact with Anne as a safeguard... Dad was with us 24/7 and becoming more dependent on our help... and she asked if we needed to put his Hospice referral into operation. I was very loath to do so, I felt I was letting him down knowing his hatred of hospitals. He had also told the doctor he wanted to stay with us at home.
By August I was beginning to find looking after someone you love who is changing from the person you know quite challenging By August I was beginning to find looking after someone you love who is changing from the person you know quite challenging. I felt helpless – he wouldn’t eat. What could I do to tempt him? Frustrated – he wasn’t in pain but couldn’t walk or move easily. What could I do to support him? Sad – he had lost his great zest for life and was just sitting quietly. How could I engage him? Cross – he didn’t seem to care how he looked or behaved, when that had always been a priority. How could I give him back his pride? Frightened – what would I do if he fell, was in pain or died? My dear, proud, independent, supportive, wise and loving Dad was there and I wanted to wrap him in cotton wool and keep him in a safe, loving place, but could we cope with the challenge? My family were all supportive and would take turns to sit with him after work, and his partner spent time with him each week and so I did have a break, but I was totally out of my comfort zone. I spoke to Anne Bradley who spoke again of the Hospice. I made that crucial call, the one which was to change Dad’s last month and open up a different world to us as carers. We had a visit from a Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist Diane Spencer*, and she chatted to me and assessed Dad’s needs. Knowing his fear of hospitals she spoke to him with carefully chosen words and was supportive of my feelings. Her visit impacted immediately... equipment was delivered to help him be more independent,
carers started to visit daily, to wash and dress him, which gave us quality time together, attendance allowance started to go into his bank account which made him smile (he had never claimed benefits in his life). Over the next month we, as a family, were amazed by how much support was given to us via GP visits, District Nurses, daily carers as well as Isabel Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialists, Marie Curie nurses and carers who arrived at 10.00pm and left at 7.00am caring for Dad and allowing us to sleep without worry. Tina Croft (Isabel Hospice Cinical Nurse Specialist), someone I had spoken to and who had been encouraging and supportive during my self doubt, arrived one lunchtime early in September. We sat talking and I told her how I couldn’t cope with Dad dying here but he wanted to be here. He never talked about death; always positive; he wasn’t an old person who welcomes it! I felt Tina was completely non-judgemental, she reassured me, highlighted what we had done and was both professional and caring. “Do you still want your Dad to come to the Hospice?” she asked. My head said yes, my heart screamed NO. “You mustn’t feel guilty; you have done everything you can. Have a think while I go in and see him.”
Do you still want your Dad to come to the Hospice?” she asked. My head said yes, my heart screamed NO. When she returned she acknowledged a marked deterioration, felt more support was needed as well as an assessment of his medication (he could no longer swallow tablets easily). She felt we needed some respite. She offered to see if there might be a place in the Hospice early in the following week. Meanwhile she suggested that we had some support from the Hospice volunteer service. A retired nurse who was now a Hospice volunteer could come and sit with Dad for a few hours at the weekend to give us some free time! On Saturday Judith, a volunteer, drove a considerable distance to our home to spend six hours with Dad. I was working on a photography assignment of long standing and couldn’t let the clients down. Judith...warm, friendly and composed... instilled confidence and calm in us all and I, already on a guilt trip, was reassured by her presence. She spent the time with Dad and his partner providing company, care and calm. We felt a great deal of gratitude to her and marvelled at her selfless work in providing such a lifeline and support when things aren’t easy. Dad was allocated a place at the Hospice In-Patient Unit in Welwyn Garden City on the following Tuesday. With some misgivings I accepted it. The paramedics were gentle and kind
Pam and Cecil
On our arrival he was taken to a bright, airy room and made comfortable. It was obvious from the minute he arrived that he felt calm getting him to the ambulance and during the journey. The carers stayed at home to tidy Dadâ€™s room, something else which was unexpected. On our arrival he was taken to a bright, airy room and made comfortable. It was obvious from the minute he arrived that he felt calm, he became instantly more settled. I was given coffee, biscuits and a friendly ear to chat to by another Hospice volunteer. I was made to feel welcome. Sadly Dad died that evening... quietly and comfortably with us holding his hands and a lovely nurse sitting with us answering our questions and unobtrusively providing support. In death he was treated with enormous respect and care â€“ a yellow gerbera left on his pillow and a white bow tied on his door. We were given as much time as we needed to say our goodbyes. We can only be grateful for the many illustrations of human care, kindness and support given to us by people who are part of the Isabel Hospice team. Those employed provide an incredible service (they still phone us individually to ask how we are coping with our loss and remind us of the counselling service). Those who volunteer, in all their capacities, are caring and selfless. I feel privileged, humbled and immensely grateful to have had all of this support...the hospice and the entire team allowed both my Dad and me to have what we wanted, he stayed at home for all of his illness but died in a comfortable environment with us beside him.
Isabel Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tina Croft
The carers and paramedics were gentle and kind getting him to the ambulance and during the journey.
*There are no Macmillan nurses working in patients homes in eastern Hertfordshire.
Chain Walk 15th September
These Sunday morning walks (17 routes to choose from), all take place simultaneously across our catchment area of eastern Herts. Each walk is circular ranging in distance from 5 to just over 12 miles, as well as our 20 mile Chain Walk Challenge route! With this choice you are bound to find one to suit you. Walks start at approximately 9.30am with a stop for lunch at a local pub.
We would love to sign up as many walkers as possible, and are also looking for volunteer walk leaders who will lead the groups (maps will be provided for walk leaders ahead of time for pre-walk preparation)
If you are interested in walking, in leading a walk or would like some more information please let me know.
Maria Alexander – 01707 382500 firstname.lastname@example.org
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No ticket for the final? Then join us on Wimbledon Finals Day for this fabulous event. Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn, Herts
Sunday 7th July 2013 12.30 for 1.00pm Set in the glorious Meadow Marquee, with all the atmosphere & excitement of The Wimbledon Championships
Live coverage of the Men’s Final with all its gripping moments.
Tickets £40 per head Tables of 10 or join a mixed table
To include; • Drinks on Arrival & Full Buffet Lunch • Bar open all afternoon • Teas available • Raffle & Auction
For a ticket application Contact: Sue Coleman
Tel: 01438 717 406
or Barbara Doherty
Email email@example.com Tel 01279 842140 This event is organised by The Hospice Special Events Committee. 10
Sponsored Cycle Ride
Sunday 19th May
Sign up on the day!
£20 per adult • £5 per child (under 14)
New 100km route to add to our existing 25km and 50km routes
Starting from Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club, Hadham Road, CM23 2QE
9:00am, 9:15am & 9:30am start All enquiries to Maria Alexander:
Losing a daughter and a husband was so hard ... but with Isabel Hospice you are never alone - by Jo Portch When my daughter Alyson was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged 40, her doctors said she didn’t fit the profile for that type of cancer. She was tall; she was athletic and didn’t drink or smoke. But cancer it was, and it took her life aged just 42, leaving behind a daughter aged 9, two sisters, two nieces, a nephew and my husband Fred and myself. Whilst Alyson was at the In-Patient Unit in her last days, I was told many times by nurses and volunteers what an inspiration she was to all those she met. This gave me a great deal of comfort. Alyson worked as the Head of Paediatric Speech and Language therapy and touched many children’s lives. She was a positive person and didn’t want to be defined by her illness. Up until it became really impossible, even when she was so ill, she got up every day, showered, did her make up, got dressed, put on her earrings and was ready for the day. When she knew she was dying, she came back to live with me and Fred in Ware. She cleared as much of her own house as she could to try and relieve the burden from us of having to do that after she died. She started a book and a file for Jessica, her daughter, writing everything down that she thought we would need after her death. She put together a beautiful memory box for Jessica filled with photos and mementoes of the fun and loving time they had spent together. One time in the early hours when I went in to her room, she was busy wrapping presents and writing letters for family and friends to be given after she had gone. She wrote a a few things down she really wanted at her funeral, a poem specially for Jessica and a song she and Jessica liked. Other than that, she was happy for us to do what we felt, and this took the pressure off me knowing whatever we arranged she would be happy with. She went into the Hospice on Tuesday by ambulance. She just wanted to be there in the end, and felt safe and secure once she had arrived. She rallied a little once she was admitted and texted university friends from her room, asking them to visit. The chef was amazing, and did a meal for them all. However, on the Sunday she died, with Fred, me, and family, at her side. A nurse, Tina, who was due to go off duty, sat with us all until the end, a real testament to the kind of staff the Hospice has,
Jo and Fred always ready to go the extra mile for patients and family members. After Alyson’s death on 27th September 2009, there was a big hole left in our lives. After a few weeks, it became clear my husband Fred was not quite himself. 11 years before, doctors at Mount Vernon had told him “go away and live your life” when they diagnosed him with terminal kidney cancer with a year to live. Sadly, after all those years of beating the odds, on 3rd January 2010 he was diagnosed with multiple brain tumours. For the second time in the space of a year, Isabel Hospice looked after us. Fred decided he wanted to be at home, and not go to the Hospice’s In- Patient Unit as Alyson had done. We had a bed put downstairs and I slept in the living room with him. It was hard; I was his main carer, although I had support from the district nurses as well as the Hospice nurses. He was restless, hard to settle and on reflection, maybe it would have been better for both of us if he had gone to the Hospice. He died on 1st October 2010 and again our family was devastated. The Hospice was there to support us once again. I was offered the chance to go to a coffee morning to meet other bereaved relatives. And as part of the support the Hospice even offered to send a volunteer to come and pick me up to take me there. I felt it was all a bit of a fuss and didn’t want to take them up on the offer. However, now I have and I find it so helpful. The receptionists always have a smiling face. Nothing is too much trouble for anyone. I couldn’t have done without them. Pam Firth, who was Head of Family Support at the time, was amazing during Alyson and Fred’s illness and continued to support us after their deaths. Jessica attended the CATS (Children And Teenage Support) meeting with my daughter Elizabeth, with whom she now lives along with her husband. Jessica had a few sessions of art therapy. All of these events were handled with professionalism and empathy. I still find it very hard to talk about our loss as a family, but if it makes one person want to help by donating money or volunteering it will be worth it.
Gifts in Wills Make A Will Week
Once again Make A Will Week was a resounding success, with many of the participating solicitors being fully booked well in advance of the week. To date we have received £13,000 in donations, with more still to come. Thank you to everyone who chose to support us in this way, and particular thanks to the following firms who gave their time free of charge to support the promotion and help raise vital funds: Bernard Pearce & Co, Betteridges, Braddon & Snow, Breeze & Wyles, Crane & Staples, Curwens, Duffield Harrison, Ewart Price, Garden House, Gisby Harrison, HRJ Law, Lever & Co, Longmores, Maddersons, MLC Solicitors, Pellys RJP, The Probate Bureau, R A Savage & Co, Stanley de Leon, Tees Solicitors and Whiskers LLP.
Deputy Director of Fundraising
For those of you who didn’t get round to taking part this year, keep an eye out early next year for details of Make A Will Week 2014!
Gifts in Wills
At Isabel Hospice we appreciate how important it is to get the details of your Will right, and in particular to ensure that your family and loved ones are provided for. Once you have done this, you may also be in a position to benefit good causes which are close to your heart. If you are considering leaving charitable gifts in your Will and want to know if Isabel Hospice is the right charity for you, you are very welcome to visit us for a tour of our facilities and a chat about the work that we do, with absolutely no obligation.
If you would like to find out more about leaving Isabel Hospice a gift in your Will, you can email Charity Warnes on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 01707 382544
Supporters “Clean Up” for the Hospice
We have recently completed a major refurbishment of a bathroom at our In- Patient Unit, thanks to the Musgrave Family Charity and The Rotary Clubs of Stevenage & Hatfield. The work involved purchasing a new specialist side opening bath and replacing the wall tiles and flooring using specialist materials for infection control, as well as replacing the shower unit with one that could accommodate a wheelchair. The bulk of the cost of the bath was funded by the Musgrave Family Charity who donated €10,000, with Rotary funding the remaining £12,416 to complete the refurbishment. The official opening of the bathroom was held in March and we John Minhinick, President of Rotary International, Great were honoured to be joined by John Minhinick, President of Rotary Britain & Ireland cuts the ribbon! International in Great Britain and Ireland. Also in attendance was Debbie Hodge, Rotary District Governor, along with members of Stevenage and Hatfield Rotary clubs, and Lynn and Graham Penny who worked as volunteers at the Olympics last year, helping to raise funds which were then multiplied through the Rotary matching grant scheme. Whilst most of us take bathing for granted, it is often a luxury for our patients who may not be able to access their bath at home, and is hugely therapeutic in relieving pressure and discomfort. We are enormously grateful to everyone who was involved in making the project happen, with particular thanks going to Frank Taylor of the Rotary Club of Hatfield for the many hours he devoted to this. The first bath was given within an hour of the work being completed, and the bathroom seems to have been in almost constant use since!
You made it happen
You made it happen
‘There have been so many people and businesses that help the Hospice throughout the year; we are grateful for each and every one. Here is a snapshot of some fundraising events “There are so many people and businesses that help the Hospice throughout the year; that have taken place since the last issue of the Care News that we hope will inspire you. We we are grateful fo each and every one. Here is a snapshot of some fundraising events would like to thank thatsince has the helped that haveeveryone taken place last us.’ issue of Care News that we hope will inspire you. We would like to thank everyone that has helped us.” Lisa Seccombe - Director of Fundraising & Public Relations Lisa Seccombe Director of Fundraising & Public Relations
Thanks to florist Margaret Kay based in Coopers, Bishop’s Stortford for the donations made for every hand-tied Mothers Day special bouquet purchased.
The annual Jingle Bells
Bells & Bows – Thanks to Martin Vella and the directors of Pexhurst for the £2,000 donation to cover our Bells & Bows promotion. Thanks also to all our collectors who stood in freezing weather around our area and those members of the public who gave so generously!
Abigail Victoria headlined ‘Some & Bows Fun Run & Walk saw 249 people Enchanted Evening’, with Richard run and walk around Arundel and Julian Barber asStanborough part of Annie Lakes in aAnnie varietyThomas of festivesaid Thomas’s year of fundraising. costumes. Thanks to “It really was a truly enchanting evening our sponsor Johnwith Lewis Welwyn and everyone Haileybury Chapel providing the perfect setting us raise for Abbie, Richard and Julianwho to helped perform at their nearly £6,000. very best. With an audience of close to 300, ticket sales amounted to over £4,000 and the amazing generosity of all present on the night raised the final total to £4,800 - stunning! “
The Boars Heads Got Talent in Bishop’s Stortford raised an Virgin London Marathon – thank you so much to all our runners who A great night of ‘Promises’ amazingThank £575.60, you to all those who attended took on this epic challenge to raise money for the Hospice. We really was auctioned by Shirley our 8 Lights not the figure we Of Love Ceremonies and all those who tookStorey part. Your appreciate all your dedication and the hours of training you put in. and the Ladies After stated incontinuing our last support for the Hospice Thanks 8s at Wodson Park, raising an to Gary Collier who raised is much appreciated. ‘Grief is not issue. Apologies and over £5,000 when he amazing £8,469.38. Thanks forever, but love is’ (Anon) and this love thank you for your Ran To The Beat for the shines through as every is lit. The Stuart Storey totree auctioneer Hospice. Thanks Sunday also to Cycle Ride – at the ceremonies raised around £35,000. continuing support. who made the most of everyone who has put of Care News going time onwho a pair of trainers and this great event every lot, and everyone to press, run to raise money for donated a promise, both was just about to take the Hospice in various The Rotary Walk capacities throughout large and small. place. Thanks in advance Run by Rotary Clubs 2012! to all the cyclists who took of Hatfield and part and the volunteers Welwyn Garden City March and April wereThanks to all ourwho made the day amazing and Supported by The Chadwell After 8’s finished off their year of fundraising trekkers who took part Quizzical months thanks possible. Thanks also to with a donation of £1,000. Thanks to Shirley Storey and all Welwyn Hatfield in our Sahara Challenge to Paul Winspear (Editor of her group for their continuing support. Their next event is an organiser Carol Newland, in October. Please see Times, Ramblers Auction of Promises on 15th March, see page 19. the Herts & Essex Observer) page 7. for putting together yet Worldwide Holidays, holding one, as well as our again, a great fundraiser Quadrant Design and North Mymms Fundraising for the Hospice! Print Solutions, Roche Support Group and Sue Bishop’s Stortford health and beauty salon and spa, Urban Spa & Elements hair held Christmas Products UK, Jouns Evening at the Water Lounge. Thanks to Jackie Colman and her staff for all their Purkiss-Webb. ThanksShopping to and Kelynack and fundraising over the years. all you quizmasters and Citrus Designs. Lindsey Peters from Rosemary Conley supporters. Sworders Fine Art Diet and Fitness is our very own Duracell Bunny! She does warm ups for Auctioneers held a two our events and led our Midnight Walk Thanks to The Entertainer shop in day Asian Art Evaluation They made a splash and raised some cash! 60+ swimmers and The Kardy-O-Fun Party has been The Howard Centre for donating 60 event with BBC Antiques in aid of Isabel Hospice andwhich we hope took partorganised in the Hospice’s Sunset Swim Rosemary Conley’s charity and was led soft toys which will be given to our Roadshow expert Lars Tharp will raisebyover £5,000. to Affinity Water for the man whoThanks created Kardy-O-Fun, bereaved and pre-bereaved children. offering expert advice. the the charismatic international fitness who took part. sponsoring evening, and to everyone instructor Kardy Laguda. Pictured here are the shop manager Thank you to Sworders for Lou Bridgway and Anthony Oliver from their continuing support. our Warehouse. A host of musical events over the last few months have raised lots of money for us. Thanks to Ware Choral, Welwyn Garden City Band, Roselands School Choir from Hoddesdon, the Salvation Army for their carol concert, the Radlett Light Operatic Society, Three Valleys Male Voice Choir.
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Nine members of the Digswell Park Sports Association put together a performance of show tunes. Gary Smith, Chairman of the Association said, “Isabel Hospice is a charity close to the hearts of many of our members. We wanted to support a local cause and were delighted present £955 to part the in Hospice. The castinspent the best 55 members of staff from theto Concerto Group took The Major Series October, running through smelly mud, and watercompiling logged fields before finally having toshows climb a and hugeGary slippery partsmoke, of 12 months different songs from slope, only to slide down the other side! Thanks guys, your stamina was amazing! They raised would like to say thanks to the club and to all the Members and £15,703.14. To take part in this event in March, see page 5. guests who were in attendance on the night. 22/01/2013 11:38
‘We would like to thank everyone who has sent a donation to Isabel Hospice. If you would like a receipt or acknowledgement, please remember to give us your name and address’
Volunteering Hospice Volunteer Bags £1,000 top prize on our weekly Lottery! Isabel Hospice volunteer, Sue Flin from Ware was a lucky Lottery winner in January, scooping the £1,000 prize. She received the phone call from our Lottery Manager Lisa Archer whilst shopping with her granddaughter. Sue first joined the Lottery in 1995 and buys one ticket a week. “My husband Terry was diagnosed with cancer 16 years ago in the November and he died on Christmas Eve. Isabel Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialists came and visited him and also provided me with support. After his death I came along to the evening bereavement socials the Hospice ran at the time, and attended for a year before feeling it was time for me to ‘move on’. I worked as a secretary for a local firm in Hoddesdon, and then when I retired I looked after my grandchildren.
“Volunteers like Sue with flexibility and a willingness to help, very much fit into the ethos of the Hospice” When they started school I decided it was time to do something for myself. I had volunteering in the back of my mind for a while, and when the Hospice newsletter Care News popped onto my mat, and I saw the plea for volunteer drivers, I signed up. In the last 3 ½ years I have volunteered in a variety of roles for the Hospice. I still drive patients from their homes to the Hospice’s different services, but I also spent some time in the Lottery Office helping out with admin, before re-training and becoming a nurse helper at the Hospice’s Day Care Service in Welwyn Garden City. I am trained to help with personal care. My bereavement is long enough ago that I am able to cope with the nature of volunteering at a Hospice but at the same time have the empathy and compassion to be able to be a help to both the patients and their carers. I really enjoy my time with them all, and like the fact that at the Day Services there is a lovely atmosphere and a wide range of people to be able to help the patients, carers and the nurses!”
Lisa and Sue at our Day Service in Welwyn Garden City
Jane Hollowday, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Hospice said “Volunteers like Sue, with flexibility and a willingness to help, very much fit into the ethos of the Hospice. We care for the whole person, not simply their illness, and so to be able to do this, we need volunteers who understand that we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. Each person they are helping is an individual. Sue is a much valued member of our volunteer team and we are delighted that she won the £1,000 Lottery prize.”
Lisa Archer, Lottery Manager added “If you would like to be in with the chance to win our weekly prize of £1,000 (or one of the other 27 cash prizes each week), then fill in the application form and return it to us. You have to be in it to win it!”
If you would like to volunteer in any capacity for the Hospice, call 01707 382500.
Easter Family Fun
Every member has the chance to win one of 28 cash prizes each week!
Georgina Brown, a proactive maths teacher from Queenswood School, Brookmans Park, was looking for projects for their Community Action Day. For many years a number of the sixth form girls had given up an hour a week to do local projects such as visit homes for the elderly and local churches. She contacted Isabel Hospice and came in for a meeting with the Family Support Team where we explained that what we would really like is something that families could do together – the idea of our first ever Easter Family Fun Day was hatched!
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Getting to know
Name: Keith Ames
Favourite ever film: Rollerball.
Position within the Hospice: Driver (transporting goods between our Warehouse and our 12 shops and making collections of goods and furniture that have been donated for sale).
What would be your desert island luxury: A laptop.
Date when joined Isabel Hospice: 25 Feb 2013
What is the most surprising thing that has ever happened to you: Getting married! Name one ambition you would like to realise before you retire: To stay healthy.
Where do you live: Welwyn Garden City. Last book read: A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. Its about how a man who lives on the street found hope. Favourite Journey: Anywhere at sea, I love cruises. Where in the world is your favourite place to visit: Las Vegas Happiest when: In the company of family and good friends. Favourite Food: Any fish dishes or Greek food. Most memorable day: I should say my wedding, but it was being at the birth of my daughters.
What is the proudest achievement in your working life; Designing and assembling a computer system for a severely disabled person. Giving them a wider social circle, where judgements were not made on appearance. Sweet or Savoury: Savoury. If you weren’t in your present job, what would you like to have been: Travel writer or explorer. What are your hobbies: Bowls, DIY and keeping tropical fish.
Do you have old or broken jewellery & a Heart of Gold?
You can really help us - Please donate it
We are asking for any unwanted jewellery, good condition or broken, even those single earrings and odd backs. We need any of the following no matter how small or the condition Costume jewellery: Beads/bangles/necklaces/earrings/watches/bracelets/rings Precious metals and stones: Gold/silver/gemstones Intact or broken jewellery: Snapped chains/broken watches/odd earrings
How it works
• Give us a ring and we can put a Heart of Gold envelope in the post to you • Fill the envelope with any items of jewellery and seal it • Post it back to us in the secure delivery envelope provided (free postage)
We sell the items and every penny goes to our Hospice 16
Call 01707 382500
TEA IN THE GARDEN
You are invited to come and take afternoon tea in a variety of beautiful gardens in Hertfordshire throughout this spring and summer and raise funds for Isabel Hospice. For more information please contact Renee Friend on 01279 755320 Sunday 2 June 2pm – 5pm CANCELLED Once again the garden of Great Munden House, Great Munden, Nr Ware, Herts SG11 3HU will be open to the public by the kind invitation of Bridget Wentworth Stanley. All proceeds from this open garden will go to Isabel Hospice.
Sunday 16 June 2pm – 5.30pm The garden of Bromley Hall, Standon, Nr Ware SG11 1NY will be open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Proceeds from the teas will come to the Hospice. This stunning garden is set in 4 acres surrounding a 16th century farmhouse. Some elements are traditional - formal hedging, Irish yews, and mixed borders, vegetables, mown paths through long grass. Others are modern; a grove of white poplars and a modern formal garden on the site of the old tennis court. Everywhere there are places to sit, view and contemplate. Sunday 30 June 2pm – 5pm The Gardens of Mackeyre End House, Harpenden, Herts AL5 5DR will be open to the public as part of the NGS. Proceeds from the teas will come to the Hospice. This beautiful garden is set in 15 acres of formal gardens, parkland and woodland. The front garden is set in a framework of formal yew hedges. There is a Victorian walled garden with extensive box hedging and a box maze, a cutting garden, kitchen garden and lily pond. The Courtyard garden has extensive yew and box borders and the west garden is enclosed by a pergola walk of old English roses. Sunday 14 July 1.30pm – 5pm The garden of Dassels Bury House, Dassels, Ware SG11 2RW will be open to the public as part of the NGS. Proceeds from the teas will come to the Hospice. Dassels Bury is not just a garden! Walk through wild flower meadows and woodland with alpacas and rare breed chickens. The terracing creates stunning views and visitors can see the double herbaceous border with inspired planting and fountain; kitchen garden with raised beds, soft fruit and asparagus, the wildlife pond, fine glass house, croquet lawn and borders.
Summer Fair Monday 1st July 2013 10.30am ~ 4.00pm This marquee event will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Standon Lordship, in the heart of the rolling countryside between Standon & Barwick, by kind permission of The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Viscountess Trenchard & Viscount Trenchard Standon Lordship was the Tudor house built by Ralf Sadlier, Privy Councillor to Henry V111. Ralph Sadlier features in Wolf Hall & Bring up the Bodies by Booker Prize Winner Hilary Mantel. Bring your friends and family for a wonderful day out. Browse the exciting stalls, displaying food, fashion, plants and accessories. A percentage of their day’s takings will be donated to Isabel Hospice.
Delicious refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Entrance £3.00 − Free car parking − Raffle For further details please contact Barbara Doherty Email: email@example.com Tel: 01279 842140 To book a stall call Brenda Childs 01992 550 924 This event is organised by the Hospice Special Events Committee
Team entry is £600 and includes a fantastic 3 course lunch served in Poles Hall
This great day of golf is being held at the prestigious 5 Star Golf & Country Club just outside Ware. The day has kindly been sponsored by Megaman (a leading manufacturer of low energy light bulbs). To book a team, call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500. Itinerary 8am - Registration with tea, coffee and bacon rolls in the Zodiac Room 9am - Marshals briefing 9.15am - Shotgun start - Team Stableford competition - Best 2 from 4 to count 3/4 Handicaps 2pm approx - Golfers return to the Clubhouse 3.45pm - Lunch is served in Poles Hall 5pm - Prize Giving and Auction
Allied Health Professionals – Spotlight on our team Our Allied Health Professional (AHP) team is made up of Paula Bavetta, Senior Physiotherapist; Katie Margetts, Occupational Therapist; Ola Klimaszewska, Physiotherapy Assistant and Paul Riley, Lymphoedema Therapist. Paula has experience in neurological and amputee rehabilitation along with general physiotherapy experience. Paula moved into palliative care 3 years ago following a career break to care for her family and study horticulture. Paula is keen to provide a service to all our patients and their families that assesses the individual’s physical and functional needs and then provides a programme of therapies that aims to maximise the quality of life, thus restoring control and confidence in their abilities. Outside work, Paula likes to garden, walk and sing in the Adoramus choir.
June Green had coped very well with her disease for some years, and was referred to the Hospice following a particularly bad spell of complications. The AHP team worked closely with June, who was willing and enthusiastic about therapies offered. As June had lymphodema (swelling) in both legs, this affected her mobility and caused great discomfort in her legs. A programme of care and management was put in place to reduce the swelling. Paul said “It was a pleasure to work with June as, whilst we worked to treat the oedema, we would have long chats.” As the oedema volume reduced, Paula and Ola started working with June to develop a progressive exercise programme aimed at regaining the strength needed to achieve June’s goal of being able to independently stand and walk. As well as exercise, June was encouraged to set herself smaller sub-goals that the team felt were achievable. In the first instance just being hoisted into a chair was to be celebrated!
Katie, an OT is the newest member of the AHP team, coming to the Hospice from the NHS. Katie will be starting and running groups Paula, Katie, Ola & Paul and offering one-to-one sessions. She will be helping with anxiety management and dealing with improving daily living skills and As June improved she was able to practice sessions of “sit to stand” interests. Outside work, Katie’s love and passion is her dogs. with two people attending. With her tenacious attitude she was Ola has been with the AHP team for 4 years and works closely with soon able to get herself out of bed on her own. Aided by Paula and Ola, June progressed from standing to being able to walk from Paula and Katie. Ola works at the In-Patient Unit as well as seeing her room to the reception area. Although a short distance for able patients at home and at our Day services. bodied people, this was a great achievement for June. Paul, the Lymphoedema Therapist, has been at the Hospice the Katie helped June develop the skills that would be needed for her longest and started as a volunteer over 10 years ago. His role is in daily living; to be confident and safe in the day to day activities the care and management of patients known to the Hospice with that we take for granted. To June, her appearance was very lymphoedema. important and being able to manage her hair and make up gave The team aims to offer a patient centred holistic approach to care. her dignity and some control of her life. June’s care has been a The ethos of the team is to work together to improve the lives of complete team effort. our patients. June’s care demonstrates how the AHP team provides an individualised and seamless approach to the rehabilitation needs of a patient.
Old and new, there’s an event for you!
There are a number of exciting fundraising events taking place in 2013. Tear out this page and return it to us, indicating which events you are interested in, or visit www.isabelhospice.org.uk for information.
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Networking with Heart Lunches – monthly The 1st Thursday and The 3rd Thursday – held in Hertford and Bishop’s Stortford. See page 6. Tick the box if you would like more information
Furneux Pelham Walk - 9th June An enjoyable village walk, followed by a hog roast. Please tick the box for more information.
Starlight Walk – 29th June It’s back with an earlier 10pm start time but the same amount of fun! See page 2. Please tick the box for an entry form or sign up on-line www.isabelhospice.org.uk
Annual Meeting – 12th September Held at Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell. All welcome. Please tick the box if you would like to attend.
Chain Walk – 15th September Lots of walks to choose from with a stop for a pub lunch. See page 10. Please tick the box for an entry form. 18
Brocket Hall Charity Golf Day - 31st October A great day of golf on the Palmerston course. Please tick the box for more information.
Forthcoming Events May
12th May Sunday Cycle Ride The event will once again start and finish at Woolmer Green Village Hall SG3 6XA. You can choose from a 10, 25 or 50 mile route followed by a cash BBQ and refreshments. You can sign up on the day. Enquiries: 01707 382500 Pimms O’Clock A great afternoon with Pimms and a hog roast with all the trimmings. £15pp. Live music. High Fields, Park Green, Berden, CM23 1BA. Ticktets: 01279 778973. 14th May Coffee Morning Markwell Pavillion in Bishop’s Stortford. 10.30am – noon. All welcome. Enquiries: 01279 755320 16th May The 3rd Thursday networking lunch – at Grill 55 in Bishop’s Stortford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person. 19th May On Your Bike see page 8 for details. 23rd May Isabel Hospice Charity Golf Day at Hanbury Manor. See page 17 for details. 25th – 26th May Isabel Hospice is an affiliated charity to the London2Brighton Challenge. Participants book directly with the organisers at http://www. london2brightonchallenge. com paying an entry fee of £75. Participants are expected to raise a minimum of £400. For more information please call Maria Alexander on 01707 382500.
1st June Jumble Sale Thundridge Village Hall. 2.30pm. 20p entry. Come and grab some bargains. Enquiries: 01920 462992 2nd June CANCELLED Open Garden with teas in aid of Isabel Hospice at Great Munden House. See page 17 6th June The 1st Thursday networking lunch – at Lussmanns in Hertford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person.
For further information on any of these events listed below, log on to www.isabelhospice.org.uk or call Fundraising on 01707 382500
9th June Stortford Singing with Stortford Young Voices - Guest singers, The Herts and Soul Choir along with many primary schools will be participating in this event. Organised by Cllr Janice Elliott, Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford. Tel.01279 755 320
9th July Coffee Morning Markwell Pavillion in Bishop’s Stortford. 10.30am – noon. All welcome. Enquiries: 01279 755320
Furneux Pelham Walk This is a very enjoyable annual walk. Starting at The Brewery Tap. There will be a Hog Roast available to purchase afterwards in the pub garden. For more information and a sponsor form contact Mary Gethin on 01279 777610.
18th July The 3rd Thursday networking lunch – at Grill 55 in Bishop’s Stortford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person.
11th June Coffee Morning Markwell Pavillion in Bishop’s Stortford. 10.30am – noon. All welcome. Enquiries: 01279 755320 16th June Teas in Gardens Bromley Hall – see page 17 19th – 22nd June The Greenwood Players present ‘Calendar Girls’. Raising funds for the Hospice and other charities. 8pm Cuffley Hall, EN6 4JA. Tickets £12.00 (includes a £2.00 charity donation) Box office 0790 202 9115 20th June The 3rd Thursday networking lunch – at Grill 55 in Bishop’s Stortford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person. 21st June Madrigals will be performed at 9pm in the beautiful setting of Amwell Pool, Nr. Ware by Haileybury Madrigal Society. There will be a collection for Isabel Hospice. 29th June Starlight Walk 10pm start. See page 2 for details. 30th June Teas in Gardens Mackeyre End House, Harpenden, see page 17.
1st July Summer Fair in the grounds of Standon Lordship. See page 17. 4th July The 1st Thursday networking lunch – at Lussmanns in Hertford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person. 7th July Wimbledon Finals Event see page 10
14th July Teas in Gardens Dassels Bury House see page 17
27th July Jumble Sale Thundridge Village Hall. 2.30pm. 20p entry. Come and grab some bargains. Enquiries: 01920 462992
1st August The 1st Thursday networking lunch – at Lussmanns in Hertford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person. 10th August Coopers of Stortford Country Show – a great family afternoon (midday to 3pm) • Longest Runner Bean • Best Tasting Victoria Sponge Cake • Best Tasting Jam • Biggest Onion • The Dog The Judge Would Most Like to Take Home • Judging of the Longest Slug Photo Competition • Isabel Hospice Cake Stall 11th August Bark in the Park see page 7. 13th August Coffee Morning Markwell Pavillion in Bishop’s Stortford. 10.30am – noon. All welcome. Enquiries: 01279 755320 15th August The 3rd Thursday networking lunch – at Grill 55 in Bishop’s Stortford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person. 22nd August Ladies Golf Day Why not join us for this great day of golf and fundraising. At Brocket Hall Golf Club (Welwyn, Herts AL8 7XG). For more information contact: Jan Leggetter 01438 716079. 24th & 25th August Goatfest Live Music Festival, The Goat Inn, Codicote A wonderful weekend of live music in aid of the Hospice and supported by Runwood Homes. Contact Rowan Patel from Ace of Herts Entertainment for tickets: 07961791556.
5th September The 1st Thursday networking lunch – at Lussmanns in Hertford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person. 8th September Run to the Beat powered by Nike+ 2013 - This is London’s half marathon, set to music. Isabel Hospice has 8 places left. The event has been relocated to start/finish at Greenwich Park. The entry fee is £45, and we ask runners to raise a minimum of £300. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please contact Maria Alexander on 01707 382500. Entry deadline 12th July. 10th September Coffee Morning Markwell Pavillion in Bishop’s Stortford. 10.30am – noon. All welcome. Enquiries: 01279 755320 12th September Isabel Hospice Annual Meeting will take place at Van Hage Garden Centre. 7.30pm. All welcome. Call Susan Warren for more information 01707 382500. 14th September Jumble Sale Thundridge Village Hall. 2.30pm. 20p entry. Come and grab some bargains. Enquiries: 01920 462992 School Disco Thanks to Anita Smith for organising this event at the QEII Hospital Club. Contact her on 07854 765744. 15th September Chain Walk Annual fundraising series of walks. See page 10 BUPA Great North Run One of the most popular races in the UK, The Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the world, starting in Newcastle City Centre and finishing 13.1 miles later in South Shields. If you have secured your own place and would like to run for Isabel Hospice call Maria Alexander in Fundraising on 01707 382500 for a fundraising pack. 19th September The 3rd Thursday networking lunch – at Grill 55 in Bishop’s Stortford. Call Emma Lippiatt on 01707 382500 to sign up. £15 per person.
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