Published Friday 4th August 2017

A relationship that began over 30 years ago has inspired a St Michael’s Big Tea and raised over £1,000.

Brenda Savory, who with help from friends and family, organised the 2-day event at Glenmore Park in Hereford, said, ‘I first met St Michael’s Head of Facilities Stephen Rabbitts in the early eighties. His dedication to the Hospice was contagious. I saw how much he cared, and that made me want to care too.’

Since the relationship began, Brenda’s fundraising has included abseiling, hosting dinner parties, selling countless raffle tickets and making more cakes than a series of The Great British Bake Off.

Brenda’s granddaughter, Jessie Sandford, also helped out. She had the idea to give the Big Tea a roasted flavour by inviting guests to a Coffee and Cakes fundraiser over two days.

‘We had guests aged from 3 to 88, and their generosity was incredible,’ said Brenda. ‘Friends and family helped bake, and local companies donated some of the raffle prizes. I want to thank everyone who helped raise a staggering £1,060. It made all the work worthwhile, and left me with a warm glow and a sense of achievement.’

Stephen Rabbitts said, ‘Brenda and all her friends have always supported me, and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without their support. I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved.’