Local man Mark Parsons from Marlow is taking on an epic walking and climbing challenge whilst raising money for Michael Sobell Hospice, in memory of his brother-in-law Brian Thatcher, who passed away at the Hospice.

Mark will be walking from Marlow Bridge at 8.00am on Thursday 24th May to the source of the Thames, and will then scale the Three Peaks of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, before returning to Marlow one week later!  In total, Mark will be walking around 150 miles and climbing over 3,000 metres.

Mark explains why he is supporting the Hospice: “Dignity and care at the end of our life is something we all hope for, but when we sought this for my wife’s brother Brian, I was surprised to find that the Hospice is part-funded by the Charity and not fully funded by the NHS. Michael Sobell Hospice looked after Brian and his family with such care in his final week of life, that my eyes were suddenly opened to the importance of our Hospice’s – and so I want to make a contribution to its £1.6m annual fundraising target. Brian stayed one week – that means my ambitious target is to raise £2,500 – the cost of one week’s care.

You can still sponsor Mark for this fantastic fundraising challenge by clicking here 

If you would like to take on a challenge for Michael Sobell Hospice please click here or call 020 3826 2367.


‘At the Heart of our Community’



  • Michael Sobell House (MSH) (Reg. Charity Number: 1079638) is the Hospice and specialist palliative care centre at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood; enhancing without discrimination, the care of patients with life-limiting illnesses.
  • With a 16 bedded in-patient unit and day therapy centre, MSH aims to ensure that all patients facing life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers, receive the best possible care to enhance quality of life, with the focus placed on providing relief from their symptoms.
  • A patient may be admitted for symptom management, respite care, rehabilitation, or for care in the last days of life, and will be cared for by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, complementary and art therapists, housekeepers, volunteers, chaplains and administration staff.
  • There is no charge for the care provided, but Michael Sobell Hospice relies heavily on charitable donations. It costs £6,000 a day to maintain our current levels of care, £2,500 of which is provided by fundraising. The Charity needs to raise over £1.6 million pounds this year to ensure the continued funding of the care, comfort and support of patients, families and carers.

For more information please contact the PR & Marketing team on 020 3826 2363/2367 or email Marketing@michaelsobellhospice.co.uk