Poverty Corner reform to raise cash for St Michael’s

Back in the 70s David Beale (pictured 3rd from the left) played the bass guitar with the chart-topping Steve Gibbons Band.
Later he went on to form his own band ‘Poverty Corner’. Four decades later and David has reformed the band to play a St Michael’s Hospice fundraiser at Bromyard Cricket Club.
With publicity and marketing help from his daughters, Claire Jellis and Alice Beale (pictured 2nd and fouth from the left) the gig raised £325 for St Michael’s.
David said, ‘Friends of mine have received exceptional care at St Michael’s Hospice, and I wanted to do something to help. I want to thank my fellow band members Steve Palmer singer, Geoff Masters on drums and Graham Masters on guitar. I’d also like to thank Bromayard Cricket Club for free use of the venue and a donation from bar sales.
Everyone at St Michael’s would like to thank all those who supported the event and hope Dave and Poverty Corner 2 keep on rocking for many years to come.
Photo l-r: Graham Masters, Claire Jellis, David Beale, Alice Beale, Geoff Masters, Roger Page (Mayor of Bromyard) Diane Beale, Steve Palmer and Clare Davies (Mayor’s assistant)

Racing Pigeons flying high for St Michael’s

A pigeon fancier from Herefordshire has raised £1,285 for his local Hospice through the sale of 24 racing pigeons.
Joe Baker organised the sale of his birds in memory of his wife Maureen who died on 29th August 2019 after being cared for by the St Michael’s Hospice at Home Team.
Joe, who has been keeping pigeons since 1978, sold the birds with help from British Homing World magazine which published his half-page advert free of charge.
The advert brought people from Dorset, Walsall, Herefordshire, East Grinstead, Cottingham and Surrey to buy Joe’s top-class specimens.
Also, wellwishers from Gwent, Warrington and Bristol sent donations totalling £110. Together with collections raised earlier in the year, Joe and his friends and family have raised over £2,100 in memory of Maureen.
Joe said, ‘St Michael’s Hospice cared for Maureen wonderfully. All of the carers and nurses are extraordinarily dedicated people. Maureen had to battle with her illness for almost a year. In spite of the odds, she was able to stay with us longer than anyone expected. This time was a blessing for our family, allowing us to enjoy and make the most of her last weeks and months.’
St Michael’s Hospice Communications Manager Chris Smart said, ‘Joe’s fundraising has touched many of us at St Michael’s Hospice. We want to say a heartfelt thank you to Joe and all those who supported his unique fundraising venture.’

My 35 Waterfalls

Starting on April 15th 2018 and finishing on May 28th 2019 Allan Lloyd and Honor Cartwright visited 100 Welsh Waterfalls to help raise awareness about St Michael’s Hospice and extend the Hospice outreach programme in Radnorshire.
As part of documenting the challenge, Honor photographed each waterfall. With 100 beautiful landscapes to choose from she selected 35 of the images to create 35 bespoke hand-made greeting cards.
The sale of the unique cards will raise money for the ‘My 35 for St Michael’s’ campaign which is celebrating 35 years of care at St Michael’s Hospice.
Honor said, ‘It is indeed a great privilege to be able to support St Michael’s Hospice in their 35th Anniversary Year’.
St Michael’s Hospice Communications Manager Chris Smart said ‘It’s always a delight to hear about Allan’s fundraising. His dedication has inspired so many people to support their Hospice and the cards Honor has created are an artistic legacy to an inspiring challenge.’
Honor’s cards, measuring 15cm x 20 cms, can be purchased for £2.35 (check price with Allan) each from the shop in Reception at St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree.

Aylestone School students take on a sponsored walk for St Michael’s

Around 300 students from Aylestone School in Hereford took part in a sponsored walk to support their local Hospice. Setting off from the school on Friday 5th July the 11-mile route took the students along the beautiful Lugg flats and out into the Herefordshire countryside. 

Alison Pritchard, Student Services Support worker at the school, said, ‘The walk is becoming a tradition at the school. It reflects how students and staff care for their local community and shows the appreciation they have for everything St Michael’s Hospice provides.’

Year 10 student, Kinga Podgorska who raised over £200  in sponsorship, said, ‘I think it’s a good idea and I’m pleased that by walking 11 miles I will be helping so many people going through difficult times.’

Paddy Nugent, Community Fundraising Manager, said, ‘We would like to say thank you to all the students and teachers who took part and helped raise the funds needed for St Michael’s to continue providing services free of charge to the local community.’

My 35 ‘Bags of rubbish’ for St Michael’s

Rachel Palmer’s My 35 ‘Bags of rubbish’ for St Michael’s has cleaned up an area of the upper Wye Valley and is helping families living with a terminal illness.
Rachel, who was inspired by the ‘My 35 for St Michael’s’ campaign, said, ‘St Michael’s cared for my husband Ben Palmer in the summer of 2017. It is such a special place that I wanted to do a fundraiser which was also valuable in its own right.
‘Ben and I loved the magnificent River Wye, and he was a knowledgeable birdwatcher who also enjoyed volunteering on litter clean-ups.’
Rachel’s clean-up operation has already raised over £570. ‘I think my friends and family donated because they liked the combination of helping a much-loved charity and cleaning up a beautiful part of the country which is affected by the accumulation of litter from the nearby road.’
At St Michael’s we think this is a ‘neat and tidy’ idea and we would like to thank Rachel for making the world a better and cleaner place to live. St Michael’s Hospice and Rachel would also like to send a heartfelt thanks to Keep Wales Tidy for the bags and Powys County Council who helped dispose of all the collected litter.

To support Rachel and donate click here

Sainsbury’s Hereford announces volunteering project with St Michael’s Hospice.

This initiative is a part of the supermarket’s 150th birthday celebrations, which includes 150 days of volunteering across the country that continues the company’s history of putting local communities first.

Over the next five months, Sainsbury’s staff will be volunteering at St Michael’s Hospice,  helping out at Hospice shops, and marshalling at Hospice fundraising events.

Sainsbury’s Hereford PR Ambassador Eleanor Bowers said, ‘We have chosen to support St Michael’s because it’s a charity very close to our hearts.

Thousands of colleagues across the UK are participating in the campaign, which includes supporting causes as diverse as local youth groups, elderly care homes, sports teams, community gardens and even bunny sanctuaries. 

As part of Sainsbury’s latest Living Well Index, research has shown that those who connect more to their community are more likely to be living well. This insight is a key reason why stores across the country are connecting with their local area in a bid to make everyone feel a part of the greater community.

Sainsbury’s Hereford store manager Adam Harding said, ‘We’re excited to be helping St Michael’s – it’s a great way for our colleagues to come together and support the community. We’re looking forward to seeing the impact these 150 days has on the people we care about.’

St Michael’s Community Fundraising Manager Paddy Nugent said the Hospice is very touched by the commitment from Sainsbury’s and Argos. ‘Having their staff’s expertise and enthusiasm will make a big difference to all at St Michael’s, and we appreciate their time.’

Photo: St Michael’s Community Fundraising Manager Paddy Nugent with staff at Sainsbury’s in Hereford

Conquering 100 waterfalls for St Michael’s

AN adventure which started on April 15, 2018 to visit 100 Welsh Waterfalls in aid of St Michael’s Hospice was successfully completed on May 28th 2019.
This demanding challenge, aimed at promoting awareness and support for St Michael’s Hospice, was the idea of Honor Cartwright.
Allan Lloyd, Kington resident and fundraiser, had previously campaigned for the provision of cancer facilities at Hereford Hospital, and more recently climbed the six highest Welsh peaks in a single month in support of the Hereford hospice.
It is hoped, now that the 100 Welsh Waterfall Challenge has reached its watershed, donations in aid of St Michael’s Hospice will be considered by individual members of the public.
The equivalent to £50 for each waterfall visited is thought to be a realistic target.
On this occasion, donations raised will go towards extending the Hospice outreach programme eventually making this service also available towards Radnorshire.
Both Allan Lloyd and Honor Cartwright wish to thank other walkers who approached them during the waterfall challenge as a result of the supportive press publicity this campaign received from the Hereford Times. Allan is willing to download a list of waterfalls visited as requested.
Family members are now asking what will be the next challenge; members of the public may wish to make suggestions.
Allan can be contacted on 01544 230408, by email allan.lloyd579@btinternet.com, or by mail at Swanclose, Hergest Road, Kington HR5 3EL.

Jules’ birthday bash helps Hospice

Since 1993, Jules Barnes has been celebrating her milestone anniversaries by inviting friends to a big fundraising party celebration. Over the years all the money raised from tickets and raffle sales has been donated to St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford.

Jules fundraisers have celebrated her 50th, 60th and 65th birthdays and even her wedding day. After the success of last years 65th celebrations at The Plough Inn, Overross which raised £1,217 Jules didn’t want to wait another five years, so on Saturday 11th May Jules held her 66th birthday party at the King Charles II pub in Ross-on-Wye.

With help from her partner Frankie Griffiths, the couple booked local band, Wolves and Renegades, and sold over 200 tickets. Local shops donated raffle prizes, and along with donations the evening of fun and laughter looks set to raise over £1,300 for St Michael’s Hospice.

Jules said: ‘It’s becoming a great tradition. I have known people who have died at St Michael’s Hospice and each time the care has been exemplary. After taking a tour of the Hospice in Bartestree, I saw for myself why people have such high praise for everything the Hospice does. I am delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile charity and would like to thank all the people who turned out to support us.

Chris Smart, St Michael’s Communications Manager, said: ‘We are very grateful to Jules and everyone who made the evening such a success. We look forward to her celebrating many more birthdays.’

Photo: Jules Barnes and Frankie Griffiths

India Wilkinson remembered

Well over 200 people, including many of India’s friends and family, filled the York Hall at Malvern St James Girls’ School to celebrate India’s life and enjoy an evening which included a personal appearance by TV’s Julia Bradbury.

India’s grandfather Roger Young said the ‘exceptional care’ his granddaughter received at St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford was the inspiration behind the event.

‘Hospice staff did everything possible to enrich her life,’ he said. ‘She benefited so much from physiotherapy sessions with Siobhan MacQuillan who always listened to India and recognised she was an intelligent adult with a determination to stay independent for as long as possible.’

Roger began planning the celebration while India was still alive with the pair approaching Malvern St James, where India was a pupil, for help. India’s former Headmistress, Olivera Raraty said, ‘India has deeply touched the lives of our school’s community, so there was a real desire to support St Michael’s and help organise a memorial day for her.’

The affection felt for India was illustrated on the night by the screening of a film showing over 40 of her friends lighting candles to commemorate what would have been India’s 20th birthday in January.

The highlight of the evening was an auction of prints created by India with help from Ledbury Letterpress and Tilly’s Press in Ledbury. The limited edition artworks also featured in a film made by India while at St Michael’s Hospice. India’s film and prints contain inspirational quotes and were first shown at India’s memorial service which was held at Canwood Gallery in Checkley where a sculpture raised in memory of India now stands for all to view.

The five prints, each with illustrated quotes, including ‘We are all stories in the end – just make it a good one’ and ‘Happiness is a quiet dog walk’ sold for a total of £4850 in the auction hosted by TV personality Charlie Luxton.

India’s passion for sport was celebrated earlier in the day when school staff along with students past and present turned out to play a memorial netball match. India’s love of science and art was also marked with the unveiling of a new painting by sixth form art student Josselyn Chau, which reflects India’s appreciation of Gustav Klimt and contains photographs and quotes contributed by friends and family.

India’s mother, Zinnia Wilkinson, said, ‘The evening was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge everything the Hospice did for India, and continues to do for my family. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their generosity. The support from the communities of Malvern St James and St Michael’s Hospice is what had helped keep me going during times when I didn’t feel like keeping going.’

The Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager, Paddy Nugent, said, ‘It is humbling to see the gratitude shown by all of India’s friends and family. We would also like to give special thanks to Roger Young, Rebecca Jones, Sue Davies, Ali Haydn-Jones, Matthew Young and everyone at Malvern St James for giving their time and resources so generously.’

Photo l-r:  Olivera Raraty, Siobhan MacQuillan, Zinnia Wilkinson and Paddy Nugent.

Wedding provides golden fundraising opportunity

Newly married John and Emily Davies invited friends, family and neighbours to join them for a Pimms reception at Acton Beauchamp near Bromyard.
Guests, at the sold-out event, brought their own picnics and were treated to a dessert of strawberries and cream.
Ticket sales, donations, raffle and generous bids on auction lots raised a total of £9,698 giving something else for the couple to love about their wedding weekend.
Mother of the bride Mary Morris said, ‘St Michael’s Hospice has cared for many of our neighbours and family members so I’m delighted the event raised so much for a very important cause. What made the day extra special was my sisters and I did the same thing after our weddings, so it’s continuing a family tradition. I would also like to say a special thanks to the ladies that helped organise the event.’
St Michael’s would like to wish John and Emily a long and happy marriage and thank all their family, friends and neighbours, for such raising such a wonderful amount for St Michael’s.

Photo l-r: John and Emily Davies, Healthcare Assistant Isabelle Mcshane, Graham and Marry Morris and St Michael’s Director of Income Ruth Denison.