Posts by Sam Heggie

Hospice gets smart thanks to Haven Funeral Services

Local funeral company Haven Funeral Services of Northwood Hills has donated a brand new 49 inch Smart HD TV to Michael Sobell Hospice at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood. The TV is for the family room at the Hospice where patients and their families can spend precious time together, and family members can spend the night to be with their loved ones. Steve Thomas, Area Development Manager at Haven Funeral Services, won the TV at a work conference recently and decided to donate it to a good cause.  He said: “We are delighted to support such a worthy local charity and
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Ruislip Belles and Beaux – bell ringing winners!

BELL BELL BELL, what do we have here?! A very big thank you to the wonderful Ruislip Belles and Beaux that’s what, who made a visit to our Day Therapy Unit on Friday for a special bell ringing performance for patients. The group are fantastic supporters of the Hospice, and this year have raised an incredible £3,200! On behalf of everyone involved with Michael Sobell Hospice, thank you so much for your wonderful support.    
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BNI Rickmansworth launch Donate Don’t Dump campaign

DONATE DON’T DUMP – is the message from Michael Sobell Hospice Charity (MSHC) as it launches a new campaign with BNI in Rickmansworth, to encourage people to donate their unwanted clothing, bric a brac, household goods and gifts, to help make a difference to those receiving specialist palliative care across Hillingdon, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The campaign recently launched by MSHC Head of Income Generation, Caroline Caisley, in partnership with representatives of BNI, based on Church Street, invites employees along with the general public to have a wardrobe clear-out, fill up a bag or two with unwanted donations and simply bring
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Delighted Hospice Lottery Superdraw winner heading to the sunshine!

Wednesday 17 January 2018 was a very lucky day for Superdraw supporter Mrs D from Maidenhead, who was delighted when she received a phone call from the lottery office to say that she had won the top prize of £5,000 in The Hospice Lottery Christmas Superdraw. Our Summer and Winter Superdraws raise extra funds in addition to the weekly draw and this year they have raised just over £82,000. A fantastic achievement and we are so grateful to everyone who takes part. Mrs D said: “With all the rush and bustle of Christmas I had forgotten all about the draw.
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Fancy a flutter on the horses with our new Race Night event!

Calling all fillies and fellas – if you fancy a flutter on the horses or a Friday night out with a difference, then Michael Sobell Hospice Charity (MSHC) has the perfect event for you, taking place on Friday 16th March, 7.00pm, in the run-up to Mother’s Day. Come as an individual or with a group of family and friends, and place your bets on the horse with the most horsepower! There will be eight games played on the night, and each bet will cost £1 per horse, per race. The winner will be the first horse to cross the finish
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Ruislip lady takes on London Landmarks Challenge in memory of Dad

Ruislip lady Ruth Heron will be running 13.1 miles through the City of London on Sunday 25th March in the London Landmarks Half Marathon event in memory of her Dad Ernie who was cared for at Michael Sobell Hospice (MSH) in Northwood. Ruth will be raising money for MSH where her Dad was cared for in 2014. Even though it will be Ruth’s fifth half marathon – “it still won’t be easy”, explained Ruth. Ruth who works at Harefield Library, which is just down the road from the Hospice said: “I’m raising money for the Hospice because the care that
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Judi Byrne joins MSH Charity as new Chief Executive

Judi Byrne has joined Michael Sobell Hospice Charity (MSHC), Northwood, as its new Chief Executive in a role that will help to “build on the achievements” of the past 40 years. With over 20 years’ experience in healthcare services, predominately in palliative and end of life care, Judi’s career spans roles with St Luke’s Hospice, Kenton, Sue Ryder and NHS acute and clinical commissioning organisations. She has also contributed to the NHS National End of Life Care Strategy and led on the building, commissioning and opening of a new hospice in Lincolnshire. Commenting on her new post, Judi said: “I am delighted to
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Local man Leslie is still volunteering at 90!

Meet local man Leslie Pereyra from Ruislip, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday volunteering at the Michael Sobell Hospice Charity (MSHC) shop based on the High Street in Ruislip, where he works every week, saying it has given him a “new lease of life!” Leslie lost his wife to cancer in 2014 when she passed away at the Hospice. He was feeling very lonely and low following the loss. After talking to the Michael Sobell Hospice Bereavement Team, they suggested that he might enjoy volunteering in one of the Charity shops.  Lesley had never even been in a charity shop
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Singer songwriter Kate Nash donates £10,000 to beloved Hospice Charity

It was smiles all round as Northwood-based Michael Sobell Hospice Charity (MSHC) received a whopping £10,000 donation from singer, songwriter and Netflix TV star Kate Nash. Commenting on her donation, Kate said: “Michael Sobell Hospice is an amazing place and a cause very close to my heart. Having spent time with patients, volunteers and staff (including my Mum Marie Nash) last summer when filming my music video for ‘Call Me’, I experienced first-hand the incredible work that goes on here on a daily basis and know that this unique place should be treasured now, and for many more years to
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Summer Sizzler – Ladies in the Night Walk returns!

For the ninth year-running, Michael Sobell Hospice Charity’s (MSHC) biggest fundraiser of the year, Ladies in the Night Walk, is back with a summer carnival twist on Friday 15th June at 10pm. This year’s event will see a sizzling carnival celebration along with a brand new 10-mile route or the popular 5.5 mile walking challenge. Throughout January, anyone interested in signing up for either the shorter five and a half mile walk or the 10-mile route, can claim an ‘Early Bird’ offer of £15pp instead of £25 (up until 31st January). There will also be a February offer of £20pp
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