Students get their business heads on for St Michael’s

Level 2 Business Studies students at Herefordshire & Ludlow College proved their entrepreneurial worth by raising money for St Michael’s.

Starting with £10, they were tasked with turning their stake into a profit.

Following a raffle and cake sale, they reached £138.88, which the students have donated to their Hospice.

Pictured are six of the students alongside group tutor Juliet Gallagher (left) and St Michael’s Communications Officer Paul Broome (right).

Why I love volunteering at St Michael’s

Camilla Bordewich is a Complementary Therapies Volunteer.

She has helped introduce aromatherapy to our patients.

‘St Michael’s is such an inspiring place and it feels great to use my training in therapies to their fullest extent,’ she says.

‘I would definitely recommend people volunteering here.

‘It’s very rewarding to know that you can help make a difference.’

If you’re interested in joining Camilla as a Complementary Therapy Volunteer, call Beatrix or Hayley on 01432 851 000 or email bveal@smhospicehereford.org or hholden@smhospicehereford.org

Ray’s New Year Hospice Lottery win

2020 started well for Ray Hunter who won top prize of £1,000 in one of our recent Lottery draws.

Ray, pictured with our Lottery Manager Michelle Havard, has been playing each week for the last decade and this was his first jackpot.

‘It was a lovely surprise and comes at a time when we’re preparing to move house,’ he told us.

‘From £1 a week the St Michael’s Hospice Lottery represents a great way to support the Hospice and be in with a chance of winning a real cash boost.

‘I’d like to thank St Michael’s for doing the Lottery. We’re Hospice supporters and regularly donate goods to the Ledbury shop on The Homend.’

The St Michael’s Hospice Lottery takes place each Friday, with a top prize of £1,000, plus a number of other cash prizes.

To sign-up, click here or call Michelle on 01432 852 602.

Stokes Stores continues its generous donations

Since first opening its doors 30 years ago, customers at Stokes Premier Stores Hereford have helped raise around £12,000 for St Michael’s Hospice.

These loyal and generous customers have helped boost this impressive figure by £317 following the store’s Christmas Raffle.

‘Our customers love St Michael’s. They’re just wonderful,’ said store manager, Suzanne Price, who is pictured with colleagues Myke Hirst (left) and Jamie Price (right).

‘Many of them have a neighbour or relative who has been helped by St Michael’s.’

Thank You to Stokes Stores and their many customers for continuing to support St Michael’s.

Putting St Michael’s on the map

A year-long exercise challenge taking patients on a virtual tour of Britain has been successfully completed.

Our Physiotherapy team devised the virtual Tour of Britain which allowed patients to take it in turns using exercise bikes or treadmills to help complete a 7,723-mile journey around the British Isles – without leaving St Michael’s.

Starting and ending in the Cornish town of St Ives – a favourite place for one of those taking part – the journey lasted throughout 2019, ending just before New Year’s Eve.

Rose Livesey (pictured second left) said: ‘I’ve really enjoyed taking part. You really feel as though you are contributing to a worthwhile cause.’

The exercise has helped improve the cardiovascular system and strengthened legs and arms.

Abigail’s heart of gold

Ten-year-old Abigail Kinsey stole our hearts during the holidays.

She held a Christmas raffle to raise money for St Michael’s, and even bought the prizes herself.

Abigail’s great grandfather died at St Michael’s back in 2002 and although she wasn’t around to meet him, she has always said she would like to raise money for her Hospice.

Her previous fundraisers – together with the most recent raffle – mean she has now collected just over £500 for St Michael’s.

What a little star.

Luke’s fitness journey to Paris

Luke’s fitness journey Marathon began about a year ago when he decided to get into shape ahead of the birth of his son.

‘I made the decision to lose weight as I wanted to be healthy and fit for the arrival of my baby boy, so I started a journey of healthy eating and running.’

His hard work saw him shed the pounds and last October Luke completed the Cardiff Half Marathon having lost almost four stone.

In February his grandad, Dave Gray, suffered a stroke just before his 75th birthday. He spent several weeks in and out of hospital before being moved to St Michael’s.

‘I can’t thank St Michael’s enough, from the calming environment, the friendly faces and the invaluable support. ‘They didn’t just help my grandad, they helped our entire family and I’ll be forever grateful.

‘My grandad sadly passed away on the 29th July whilst at St Michael’s.

‘Since then I’ve wanted a way to say thank you so I’ve decided to continue my new passion for running and push myself to endure many cold and wet training runs and complete 26.2 miles at Paris Marathon on 5th April 2020. 

‘As well as raising money for St Michael’s I also hope to continue my weight loss journey.’

You can sponsor Luke by clicking here https://bit.ly/36kvmby

Christmas Draw winner collects prize

Meet Frances Gwynne (right) who won first prize in our Christmas Draw.

Frances, from Hay-on-Wye, is now the proud owner of a Tanzanite and Diamond Dress Ring donated by Andrew Lamputt Silversmith and Jeweller.

Andrew is pictured handing over the ring to Frances at his shop on St Owen Street, Hereford.

‘It’s the first time I’ve ever won anything,’ said Frances.

‘My brother, Ray, died at St Michael’s in May and everyone there was just brilliant. We think it’s a wonderful place.’

The Draw, including donations, raised around £50,000 for St Michael’s.

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets.

May we wish you a very Happy Christmas from all at St Michael’s Hospice.

Scotford’s generous Christmas donation

This is Scotford Lawrence and we think he represents the spirit of Christmas.

He has been sending his friends with email accounts an electronic Christmas greeting. That’s 86 emails sent to 16 different countries – and counting.

But to ensure he continues supporting us, Scotford is donating the price of each card to St Michael’s to ensure we don’t lose out.

Those of his friends without email have received the traditional greeting through the post using St Michael’s Christmas cards.

My wife, Margaret, died at St Michael’s last December having spent her last few weeks here,’ he said.

‘I remain extremely grateful for the care and kindness shown to her and to us as a family during that time.’

Thank You, Scotford, and may we wish you a very Happy Christmas from everyone at St Michael’s.