Ruth’s Marathon fundraiser

As a teacher, Ruth Hayden-Cox is used to reminding her young charges about the importance of preparation.

Now, she is putting her own words into practice as she gears up for her first ever London Marathon on 28th April.

We think that’s quite a challenge but thankfully, choosing who to raise money for wasn’t.

‘My dad, Andrew Cox, works at St Michael’s,’ said Ruth, a teacher at St Paul’s Primary in Hereford.

‘I know that he’s a brilliant nurse and that he’s passionate about his job. The Hospice has helped a number of children and families associated with St Paul’s and I just happen to think that it’s a very special place.’

To sponsor Ruth, visit her JustGiving page here https://bit.ly/2HMQgXF

Ten-year-old’s technology detox for St Michael’s

Like most ten-year-olds, Charlie Wood enjoys spending some of his free time making the most of modern technology.

But for the next week (until next Monday, 18th), the Sutton School pupil is on a self-imposed technology ban having decided to ditch the gadgets in a bid to raise money for St Michael’s.

It means Charlie’s iPad, Xbox and Wii have been packed away by his parents, with access to the family computer only allowed for homework.

‘I love watching my iPad, especially YouTube,’ said Charlie on his JustGiving page. ‘My parents are always moaning at me to get off it.

‘That’s why this is a real challenge for me as seven days without my iPad or Xbox will be tough.’

Charlie has already beaten his fundraising target of £100 and hopes to raise as much as he can by next Monday (18th).

‘He came up with the idea all by himself,’ said dad Steve. ‘I think it’s fantastic.’

To help Charlie raise as much as possible for St Michael’s, click here https://bit.ly/2TxaHPk

Castle partnership bears fruit for St Michael’s

Eastnor Castle has long been known for its eye-catching charm – but its fundraising is just as worthy of acclaim.

The popular tourist attraction near Ledbury, in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, has collected well over £15,000 for St Michael’s Hospice having chosen it as their Charity of the Year for 2018.

The money, totalling £15,701.80, came from a wide variety of fundraising events including a 100-ft abseil down the Castle’s north turret, hosting the Hospice’s first Open Gardens event of last year, plus a Sounds of Summer music event featuring the St Michael’s Hospice Community Choir.

‘We’re delighted our friends at Eastnor Castle have helped us raise such a significant sum of money for their Hospice,’ said Paddy Nugent, the Community Fundraising Manager at St Michael’s.

‘The year has provided us with some wonderful memories and the money will help St Michael’s continue to care for patients and families affected by a terminal illness.’

Money was also raised through collection buckets on the entrance to the venue, plus raffle and auction prizes donated by those at the Castle, which were held at various Hospice-related events throughout the year.

‘We’ve loved having St Michael’s Hospice as our Charity of the Year and we’re so glad the 12-month partnership was a great success,’ said James Hervey-Bathurst, owner of Eastnor Castle.

‘St Michael’s care reaches so many people throughout Herefordshire and beyond, and we’re delighted this money is going to such a worthwhile cause.’

If you or your business would like to support St Michael’s, you can contact Paddy on 01432 851 000 or email pnugent@smhospicehereford.org

The fundraising group which ran its heart out for St Michael’s

A fundraising group which spent a year taking part in runs across the country smashed its fundraising target on the way to collecting thousands for St Michael’s Hospice.

The Runathon 12 in 12 was set-up by Darren Gibbons with each member of the 14-strong group asked to complete at least 12 running events throughout 2018, with many completing many more.

Most of the distances were 10k’s or Half Marathons, with the majority of members taking part in our RUN Hereford event at Hereford Leisure Centre last May.

Darren himself completed 18 half marathons, two marathons, three triathlons and a duathlon.

The group’s efforts have helped raise the incredible sum of £5,835.85 for St Michael’s.

And the story doesn’t end there.

Darren’s efforts may even see him crowned a world record holder after he completed the Swansea Half Marathon while blindfolded.

Special visitor turns heads

St Michael’s Hospice is used to receiving visitors but last week it welcomed a guest which turned many heads.

Dash, a ten-year-old racehorse who spent his early racing life being trained by the late, great Sir Henry Cecil, was brought to the Hospice in Bartestree by Jo Bowkett.

Jo will be riding Dash for the very first time during the Charity Flat Race taking place at Hereford Racecourse on Tuesday 26th March as part of the St Michael’s Hospice Charity Race Day.

While at St Michael’s, the pair were introduced to Ray Mustoe, a patient who has been a fan of horse racing for many years.

‘It was great to chat to him about his love of racing and meet other patients and members of staff at the same time,’ said Jo, who is based near Pershore in Worcestershire.

‘I’m looking forward to the race on 26th March. I’m a little bit nervous but I know it’s for a great cause.’

Jo is one of a dozen riders taking part in the race, each having to raise a minimum £1,500 for St Michael’s to take part.

To sponsor Jo, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/jo-bowkett1

For sponsorship, hospitality and general admission details relating to the Charity Race Day, visit st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/charity-raceday/

Male Voice Choir’s rousing fundraiser

A sell-out crowd was left enthralled by the captivating sound of a 45-strong male voice choir.

More than 200 people packed into Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall to hear the vast repertoire of the Caldicot Male Voice Choir.

The group, founded back in 1963, was ably supported by young soloist Amber Powell and guitar vocalist Kirsty Thomas.

Proceeds from the evening totalled £2,725 which has been kindly donated to Bartestree-based St Michael’s Hospice.

‘It was a wonderful, memorable evening,’ said Tom Williams, one of the organisers who has a special connection to St Michael’s as his wife, Angie, works in the Hospice at Home team.

‘I’m so grateful to fellow organisers Phil Lockett and Wendy Pritchard-Lockett for all their hard work, which included securing the 50-plus raffle prizes, and I know Phil would like to thank all the companies and individuals who donated.

‘We’d also like to say thank you to Ruth Denison, the Hospice’s Income Generation and Marketing Director, for giving a wonderfully rousing speech outlining the work carried out around Herefordshire and beyond by St Michael’s, and for Ruth’s help selling the raffle prizes alongside Angie.

He said he is already planning a similar event for next year.

Captions:

Photo 1: Ruth Denison, the Hospice’s Income Generation and Marketing Director (second left) welcomes organisers of the Caldicot Male Voice Choir concert to St Michael’s. They are Phil Lockett (left), Tom Williams and Wendy Pritchard-Lockett.

Photo 2: Ruth Denison (the Hospice’s Income Generation and Marketing Director) and Tom Williams, one of the organisers.

Ned’s generous donation

A car dealer from Hereford has donated thousands of pounds to his Hospice following a year-long fundraising drive.

Ned Potter gave £25 to St Michael’s Hospice for each car he sold in 2018 – helping raise £3,700.

Ned, whose business is based on the Beech Business Park off the Roman Road, said the year was one of his most successful to date.

‘2018 was my best year for a decade,’ he said.

‘I’m delighted this will help St Michael’s, which is a cause close to my heart, and the hearts of many people across Herefordshire and beyond.’

Over the course of the year, Ned sold 101 Volkswagen’s and 47 Skoda’s.

The businessman has taken part in a number of Hospice fundraisers over the years, including RUN Hereford and the Wheelie Big Cycle.

‘Support from businesses such as Ned Potter is invaluable to St Michael’s,’ said Paddy Nugent, the Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager.

‘We’d like to say a big thank you to Ned for this very generous offer and thank him for his continued support.’

If your business would like to get involved with St Michael’s, you can get in touch with Paddy on 01432 851 000 or pnugent@smhospicehereford.org

Delight for dozens of dancers

Dozens of fundraisers hotfooted it to Bishop’s School in Hereford on Saturday for an afternoon of dance.

The St Michael’s Hospice event has raised at least £1,300, with more set to come in through online donations.

Eighty dancers took part, with more than half staying the entire six hours.

The event was led by Becks White and Laura Lowe from The Starlight Company, which is based in Hereford.

Those taking part enjoyed various dance disciplines including Zumba, ballet and dance party hits.

‘The Danceathon was a fun, energetic way to spend a Saturday afternoon and we’re so grateful to those who took part,’ said Paddy Nugent, the Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager.

‘Becks and Laura led the day so well, and everyone was impressed by their energy and enthusiasm.

‘Many thanks also to Bishop’s School for the loan their hall to us free of charge, and to CRG Security for opening and closing the venue, again without charge.’

Caption: Pictured are those who took part in all six hours of Saturday’s Danceathon

Wedding wish comes true for bride

A wedding wish has come true for a bride who feared her terminally-ill mother wouldn’t live to see her tie the knot.

Kerry Webb, planned to marry Dean Badhams-Williams in the near future although the couple hadn’t set a date.

But when Kerry’s mum, Cindy Davies, was diagnosed with terminal cancer just six weeks ago, the bride-to-be decided to bring the wedding plans forward to enable her mum to see her in her wedding dress.

Having mentioned her wishes to staff at St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree, where Cindy is being cared for, the family was told a wedding blessing could be arranged by the chaplaincy team at the Hospice last Saturday, which was attended by around 50 family and friends.

‘I just didn’t want to get married without my mum being there,’ said Kerry, who was given away by her grandad, Cindy’s father. ‘I wanted her to see me in my wedding dress.’

The blessing was arranged at such short notice that Kerry hadn’t even chosen a dress, instead wearing one which had been donated.

After the blessing, the couple enjoyed their first dance – Adorn by Miguel – before guests enjoyed food prepared by St Michael’s.

‘The Hospice has been amazing in making everything possible,’ added Kerry, who is 31.

‘From the moment I mentioned what I’d like to do, they’ve been great and have even sorted catering and a photographer, Cat Beardsley Photography, who took photos on behalf of St Michael’s.

‘It all happened so quickly, but it means so much to us.’

The blessing is set to be followed by a wedding service at Hereford Register Office later in the year.

Cafe lends a hand to growing friendship

Not only is our café proving ever popular, it’s also a place where friendships are grown.

For Martin and Clinton, who attend one of our Day Services groups, they look forward to visiting the café each week having set-up an informal lunch group.

The pair had never met before visiting St Michael’s Hospice but are now the best of friends.

‘We just began chatting,’ said Clinton.

‘Martin said, ‘Shall we both come back out here for lunch?’

The friends now meet each Tuesday, and they hope others will join them.

‘It’s open to anyone,’ said Martin.

‘It helps that it’s an informal setting, which I think breaks the ice.

‘The food in the cafe is very tasty and enjoyable. We look forward to our lunch here each Tuesday.’

Anyone wishing to join them can do so from about 12pm each Tuesday in the Café, which is opposite the St Michael’s Hospice Reception in Bartestree.