Published Tuesday 7th June 2016

A ‘Celebration Lunch’ held at the home of Roger and Jennifer Morris at Milton, Pembridge raised £3,340, in donations from their guests, for St Michaels Hospice. The following evening Jennifer and her team of young helpers arranged a ‘Style Soiree’ fashion evening in the marquees at Milton. Local models displayed fashions from L’Armoire, C.Savidge, Robes, Philip Morris & Son, Miss Captain and Noted, and the evening finished with a game of Bingo. This function raised a further £6,000, and all were amazed by the willingness of the local community to support and help sponsor the evening.

Jennifer Morris said, ‘St Michaels helps patients to live life to the fullest and its staff always go the extra mile for someone. I have been fortunate enough to witness this first-hand – to be able to fulfil the last wish of a patient who wanted to touch a horse was probably one of the most humbling moments of my life. None of this would have been possible without the help of the dedicated nursing staff at the Hospice, who orchestrated this visit.

‘Last year the staff showed immense kindness and compassion for my god-daughter Natalie Havelock, by arranging for her two young children to spend as much time with her as possible. At the Hospice, they read books, played games and shared meal times. The staff even organised a movie night with popcorn in Natalie’s room so the children could enjoy quality time with their parents.

‘Nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff. They even arranged a 39th birthday tea party for the children to share with their mother a few days before she passed away.

‘Herefordshire is a rural, sparsely populated county, so to have such a first-class facility, which provides the highest standard of palliative care to its patients and supports their families, is a real stroke of fortune for us all. But it also needs the generosity of the local communities who give up their time and financial support to help it prosper.’

Roger and Jennifer Morris with their grandchildren

Jennifer and Roger Morris with their grandchildren

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The Style Soiree fashion evening committee