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Hospice of St Francis News

 


FEBRUARY NEWS FROM THE HOSPICE OF ST FRANCIS


From February 2017 Edition | Boxmoor Direct

The Hospice provides care and suppohospice_st_francis_bubble_rushrt when it matters most to over 2,000 people a year living with, or affected by, a life-limiting illness in West Herts and South Bucks.

We rely on our community’s support to help us raise over £5 million a year so we can help patients like Emma, who was diagnosed with incurable cancer nearly three years ago, carry on living life to the full.  She says, “The team at the Hospice’s Spring Centre have been, and continue to be, fantastic. I’ve had CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), taken part in their HOPE course to improve my resilience and enjoyed therapeutic reflexology.”
Read on to find out how you can help get involved in our fundraising efforts! 
Join our Bubble Rush!
Our Bubble Rush is back for 2017 and this year it’s coming to Bucks too! 

Open to all the family you can run, walk or dance your way through bubble stations as you are blasted by cannons blowing out crazy-coloured bubbles, covering you in safe, frothy foam.  There are no age restrictions and the 5 km route is child friendly. All we ask is that you come and have fun and raise what you can in sponsorship for the Hospice.

Join us on Sunday 30th April at Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead or on Sunday 9th July at Lowndes Park, Chesham.  Register now at www.stfrancis.org.uk/bubblerush 

Returned to Glory Art Exhibition
Our pre-loved furniture showroom on the Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, is holding its popular annual Art Exhibition over the weekend of Saturday Feb 25th and Sun 26th February showcasing paintings, prints, glassware and ceramics from over 20 local artists.
Make a Will in March
Have you been meaning to write a Will for ages or had a recent change in your life?  Make a Will Month helps make the process of writing or updating your Will straightforward and easy to arrange. Local solicitors will write a standard Will with no charge for their service, instead kindly asking you to make a donation that will go directly towards the work of the Hospice.  For a list of participating solicitors, please visit www.stfrancisorg.uk/maw 
There is no obligation to leave a gift to the Hospice in your Will, but if you decide to leave a legacy it will help fund future care for local people.  Last year, over 100 people made their wills in March and donated their legal fees to the Hospice, raising just over £16,000.

Student Volunteer Week
It’s National Student Volunteer Week on 20-26 February!  We welcome students from all backgrounds to apply to volunteer with us, either as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, to gain valuable work experience to support their education or to further their interests.
This year, 16-year-old Zak Tomlin has been gaining valuable experience in our Berkhamsted charity shop, saying, “My role is very varied and involves all sorts of jobs as they are needed around the shop.  It is good to volunteer because I get a taste of a working environment, I meet people of all ages, I get a buzz out of helping plus it will look great on my CV.”

For more information visit
www.stfrancis.org.uk
Facebook at: TheHospiceofStFrancis

Twitter: hospicstfrancis 
Tel: 01442 869555


 

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