Staff and pupils at St Martin’s School in Northwood have selected Michael Sobell Hospice (MSH) as their Charity of the Year for 2017/2018.

Every year the prep school selects a charity to support throughout the school academic year to raise money and awareness. This year the Hospice which is based at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre has been chosen by the school.

The school’s Charity Committee, which is made up of Year 7 and 8 pupils, will be getting their heads together in the coming weeks to come up with a programme of fundraising activities to put on throughout the year for the school to take part in. So far, ideas in the pipeline include a cake sale, secret Santa, Bob-a-Job, a balloon race and other sponsored events. The pupils are hoping to beat their target of £8,000 raised last year for the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust.

Headmaster David Tidmarsh said: “This year we were keen to support a local charity which helps local people. Often the smaller charities get less attention than the larger national charities but are no less important. The school has also recently had connections with the Charity, some of our pupils’ families have received fantastic care and support from the Hospice.”

Vanessa Howden-Smith, Community Development Fundraiser commented: “We are delighted that St Martin’s has chosen to support us this year. The school is so local to us, and we are looking forward to working with the staff and pupils on their fundraising efforts.”

This year Michael Sobell Hospice is celebrating 40 years of providing local hospice care and support to patients and their families facing life-limiting illness. MSH needs to raise over £1.6 million each year to ensure the continued funding of vital services including a 16-bedded In-Patient Unit, Patient & Family Support (PAFS) service and Day Centre.

For more information about Michael Sobell Hospice visit  www.michaelsobellhospice.co.uk  or call the Fundraising Team on 020 3826 2367.

 ‘40 years at the Heart of our Community’

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