More than £20K raised following race night for popular farmer

An evening celebrating the life of a popular family man and farmer from Canon Pyon raised more than £20,000 for St Michael’s Hospice.

Vivian Powell died at St Michael’s in Bartestree on Christmas Day last year, aged 68.

In his memory, Vivian’s friends and family organised a Race Night at Lower House Farm in Tillington.

During the night, Vivian’s daughters, Penny and Sarah, paid a moving tribute to their dad and praised the care provided to him, and their family, by St Michael’s.

Well over 200 guests enjoyed a supper before placing their bets ahead of the racing. St Michael’s also benefitted from an auction and raffle with the total amount raised from the night reaching £23,233.

Sarah, on behalf of the family, said: ‘Vivian was so thankful to the Hospice for the support and care given to both him and his family during his final weeks.  The care and compassion offered to him by all the staff and wonderful volunteers was above and beyond our expectations, so we are very grateful to have such a fantastic hospice in Herefordshire.’

Meanwhile, this year’s Oakchurch Fashion Show will be in loving memory of Vivian, who was a close family friend of the Fashion Show organisers, the Price family.

Heart of England in Bloom judges visit St Michael’s

Heart of England in Bloom judges spent the hottest day of the year visiting Hereford.
We’re delighted they were able to start their day by calling in to see us here in Bartestree.

Judges Nicola Clarke (pictured second from right) and Joe Hayden (centre) were shown around the grounds of St Michael’s by three of our gardens’ volunteers. The visitors were then taken to various locations in and around Hereford by the Hereford in Bloom team.

If you’re green-fingered and fancy lending us a few hours of your time every now and again to help maintain our gardens, contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Ben Pardoe on 01432 851 000 or email

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.

Jodie’s big jump raises £2,219.64

A big thank you to Jodie Lawrence who raised £2,219.64 (much of which was gift aided) by taking on the thrill of a tandem skydive.
Jodie, who jumped from 12,000 feet in memory of her nan June Davies said, ‘After nan died in 2018 at St Michael’s, I wanted to give something back to say thank you to the Hospice staff for the care they provided. It was a spur of the moment decision to get in contact with Skydive Swansea, but it turned out to be one of my most unforgettable experiences of my life. Within 10 minutes of landing, I decided it was something I wanted to do again.’
Jodie and everyone at St Michael’s would like to say a heartfelt thank you to those who donated money and supported her charity jump.

Indian dance at St Michael’s

Twinkle Tomy, Angel Tomy and Abigale Binso (check) delighted patients at St Michael’s with a performance of their Indian dance.
Twinkle, who first visited St Michael’s as part of her work experience from St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine said, ‘The Hospice has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it felt good to perform in front of so many lovely people.’
The Day Services Team would like to thank Twinkle, Angel and Abigail for bringing so much joy and colour into the Hospice.

Nurse Jane among city residents to open garden this weekend

Four city gardens will open to the public later this Sunday (30th), and for one of the homeowners, the event will be a particularly meaningful afternoon.

Jane Gennard has worked at St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree for 17 years as a Staff Nurse, but this weekend she will take on a different role as a Hospice fundraiser.

She and four other Aylestone Hill residents are opening their gardens as part of the St Michael’s Open Gardens season.

‘It will be a great privilege for my husband Bob and I to open our garden,’ said Jane.

‘For 17 years, St Michael’s has been a huge part of my life. My role at the Hospice allows me to be part of people’s lives at such an important time.

‘When patients arrive at the door they can be anxious, bewildered and full of emotions, often not knowing which way to turn.

‘We provide peace and quiet, sometimes by just sitting holding someone’s hand in the still of the night.

‘There is often a lot of joy among patients, loved ones, staff and volunteers.  We have been involved in celebrations such as birthday parties and weddings at St Michael’s. These are great occasions, providing lasting memories for all involved.’

Jane says she is always touched by those who want to give something back to the Hospice after losing a loved one.

‘Fundraising brings people together as a community, many of whom are going through the grieving process together at the same time,’ she said.

Jane and Bob, who live on Moreland Avenue, will be opening their garden along with their neighbours, Christina and Anthony Saville, plus Jan Bevan on Link Road and Ruth Smith on Loder Drive, all between 12-5pm.

Meanwhile Gatley Park, between Leominster and Ludlow, is next on the Hospice’s Open Gardens programme.

The public has the rare opportunity to visit the former hunting lodge this weekend (22 & 23rd June).

The property, on the edge of the Mortimer Forest, dates back to the first half of the 16th century.

For further information on all this year’s Open Gardens, including ticketing and directions, click here

Piece of the Puzzle Fundraiser

A friend’s outing to a jigsaw puzzle sale at English Bicknor village hall has put all the pieces in place for a St Michael’s Hospice fundraiser.
Dave Wooles, Jules Barnes and Pat Kirk (pictured l-r) love the challenge of completing a jigsaw and after seeing how many puzzles were being sold, decided their My35 challenge for St Michael’s would be to organise their own sale of guaranteed no-missing-pieces jigsaws.
Pat, who believes jigsaws are a great way to keep your brain active, said, ‘There’s nothing worse than spending hours doing a jigsaw only to discover that a piece is missing. So we decided to ask people to donate jigsaws which we will then provide the quality control on by completing them to check all the pieces are in place, helping raise the maximum amount of money for St Michael’s.’
The friends have been blown away by the generosity of people who have been donating their pre-loved jigsaws. ‘We have already smashed our target of completing 35 jigsaws,’ said Jules. ‘We now have over 180 puzzles that we will be able to sell with the guarantee that new owners will not be left with a hole they can’t fill.’
To coincide with St Michael’s 35th anniversary in October, the puzzle solvers will be organising their own Jigsaw sale and hope to raise around £1,000 for St Michael’s.
St Michael’s Hospice Communication Manager Chris Smart said, ‘Over the years, Jules has raised thousands for St Michael’s Hospice with her party fundraisers and everyone at the Hospice is grateful for her continuing support. We are looking forward to joining Jules, Pat and Dave for their jigsaw sale later in the year and wish them every success.’
Anyone interested in donating jigsaws to help with the fundraiser can contact Jules on 07919 247 248.

Bob’s 35 hundred feet for St Michael’s

There are not many men, aged 85, who are learning to fly a helicopter as a means of coping with the challenge of living with incurable liver cancer.

One such chap is Bob Purvis. Bob is the former President of the Ross-on-Wye Branch of The Royal British Legion, a former President of Ross Town Band and more recently he initiated the formation of The Light Infantry & Rifles Association in Ross-on-Wye.

After his first two lessons, with Captain Alan Ramsden, of Tiger Helicopters Shobdon, Bob added a fundraising twist by setting himself the challenge of flying a helicopter at 35 hundred feet above St Michael’s in Bartestree. Bob has already learned how to control a helicopter in forward flight and how to hover. He has another 44 hours to accomplish, of which 10 hours has to be solo so that he can achieve his Helicopter Licence.

Bob said, ‘Children from the age of 14 can learn to fly a helicopter, so being diagnosed with cancer wasn’t going to stop me.

‘Tiger Helicopters offer a free Air Experience Flight and after I first experienced the thrill of taking control of a Robinson 22 Helicopter I was hooked.

‘Living with cancer makes you appreciate just how crucial Hospice care is and I hope taking to the skies will encourage people to dig deep and donate to a worthwhile cause.’

St Michael’s Hospice Community Fundraising Manager Paddy Nugent said, ‘Bob is a real inspiration and it’s wonderful that he has chosen to support St Michael’s with such a unique challenge.’

To find out more and to support Bob’s challenge visit:

Keepsakes produced for RUN Hereford winners

Our countdown to RUN Hereford is reaching its final stretch.

Those who win each category will be rewarded with a trinket box produced by our friends at Manic Ceramics – Hereford on St Martins Street in Hereford, who can produce bespoke items for businesses and individuals alike.

The 71 items, made by owner Anne Davidson and her daughter Daisy (pictured), will be at the Livestock Market in Hereford this Sunday (12th).

A limited number of places for the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K will be available on the day when registration opens at 8.30am.

Liverpool 5 – Huddersfield 0

Andrew Watkins made the 124-mile trip last Friday with his 11-year-old daughter Evie, to witness his side thrash Huddersfield 5-0 to maintain their push for a first League title since 1990.

St Michael’s Hospice Doctor Clare Scotcher said, ‘Part of the philosophy of care at St Michael’s is to improve people’s quality of life and it’s wonderful that this approach gave Andrew the confidence to arrange a such a big trip.’

Given Andrew’s poor health, St Michael’s nurse Stella Nixon even volunteered to accompany the family on her day off to ensure Andrew’s medical needs were seen to.

Andrew, a keen cricketer, who was captain of leading Herefordshire side Brockhampton said, ‘It was a wonderful night. I was over the moon. I can’t thank St Michael’s enough for helping to make it happen and I think Evie will remember Stella’s act of kindness and compassion for the rest of her life.’

Andrew’s partner, Kim, said ‘When Andrew first came to St Michael’s I never thought he would be able to do something like this. It has meant so much to Andrew to have seen Liverpool play, with Evie by his side.

The match tickets were secured by Andrew’s brother, James, who works for the Football Association and went to the game with his brother, niece and Stella.