Judi Byrne joins MSH Charity as new Chief Executive

By Sam Heggie | 24 January, 2018

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!

By Sam Heggie | 24 January, 2018

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

By Sam Heggie | 23 January, 2018

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!

By Sam Heggie | 9 January, 2018

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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Hospice receives amazing cheque for £15,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation

By Laura Kaye | 12 December, 2017

The Hospice has recently been chosen to receive a grant of £15,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation via voting in the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards scheme.  It was one of three charities shortlisted to receive an award in the Middlesex area category. John Briggs from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Middlesex visited the Hospice to present a fantastic cheque of £15,000. John had a tour of the Hospice and was introduced to members of staff and the fundraising team. The masons have always been very generous to the Charity, and in the past has helped to fund a grant

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Watford Carpenders Park Garden Centre come up smelling of roses!

By Sam Heggie | 17 November, 2017

Thumbs up to the team at Watford-based Carpenders Park Garden Centre who have kindly donated a clematis, a honeysuckle, bird feeders & 12 pairs of gardening gloves to Michael Sobell Hospice (MSH), in support of its volunteer gardeners, who help maintain the Hospice gardens all-year round. Commenting on the donation, MSH Community Development Fundraiser, Vanessa Howden-Smith, said: “We are hugely grateful for this wonderful donation from Carpenders Park Garden Centre. Our patients and families always comment on how lovely our garden area is and this is thanks to our fantastic and dedicated team of volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the

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