Photo l-r Dr Olivia Bush, John Osborn and Dr Tony Blower

Retired businessman donates £200,000 to build the new Bereavement Suite at St Michael’s Hospice

When John Osborn received a letter from St Michael’s Hospice last summer about their Once in a Lifetime Redevelopment Appeal, he wanted to find out more and discover how the Hospice supports its local population.

John said, “I have given to a number of charities over the years but I wanted to support something that would benefit the whole community. As my mother died in a hospice, I thought it would be a wonderful way of remembering a woman who’d had a very hard life and I wanted to do something meaningful in her memory. What I saw at St Michael’s Hospice was just mind-blowing. I’d really encourage other people to visit and see the magnitude of what’s being done in a very cramped space. It’s so obvious that they need more room to provide all the support that’s needed.”

John has followed the Hospice over many years and seen it develop into something truly special for Herefordshire. “I was staggered to find out that the Hospice is very largely self-funding. Anyone can put his hand in his pocket and write a cheque but the real inspiration comes from the number of genuine volunteers there are at the coalface doing the business and keeping the place thriving. That’s why I wanted to give to such a wonderful and much loved local charity.”

The Bereavement Suite within the new Hospice will enable St Michael’s to provide the best possible long and short-term support for families affected by the death of a loved one. Supporting children, parents and all friends and family is a vital part of the service St Michael’s offers to the local population, and this generous donation means the Hospice will have an appropriate space available when people need it most.

Ruth Denison, Head of Fundraising at St Michael’s Hospice, said, “We are absolutely thrilled that John has made this generous donation towards the Bereavement Suite within the new redevelopment and it will be a great honour to name the room after John’s mother Audrey. It’s especially rewarding to know that John has given the donation, in a small part, to say thank you to the thousands of people who have supported St Michael’s in so many ways. We hope his act of generosity will encourage others to give what they can and be part of something really special for the local community.”

St Michael’s Hospice still urgently needs to raise another £1.5 million over the next 12 months. If you would also like to make a Once in a Lifetime difference please contact Ruth Denison at St Michael’s Hospice on 01432 851000.

Photo l-r Dr Olivia Bush, John Osborn and Dr Tony Blower