Torch Bearer Anne

The Sam Beare Hospice Shop in Church Street, Ashford welcomed Anne Gray, one of the Olympic Torch Bearers.
Anne is a community patient at Sam Beare Hospice, and was nominated to carry the torch by her husband, as even though she is battling secondary breast cancer she stays positive and has raised thousands of pounds for the Hospice.

Anne came along to officially open our newest retail outlet which has prooved a popular concept with the residents of Ashford and the surrounding area.
Anne told us ” It’s important that we raise awareness in this area as even though Sam Beare Hospice is based in Weybridge their services cover a wide area of North Surrey. I have been so amazed and impressed by the care provided to me. Like most people I had always been under the impression that Hospices only provided in-patient care to the terminally ill at the end. But they contacted me soon after my diagnosis to see if there was anything I needed and subsequently helped me enormously when I was almost too ill to attend my own 50th birthday. I now know that the Hospices provide an enormous range of services and help to people like me and our families – their aim is to keep you as well as possible for as long as possible, emotionally and physically.”

Anne supported the Hospice on her BBC trailer which was played out before her torch run and has raised over £15,000 at a party. Her fundraising for Sam Beare continues with a 3 day cycle event in France organised by Charity Action Cycles in September, where teams of 4 cycle 500 miles through hilly and mountainous regions. If you are inspired by Anne’s story you can donate on her Justgiving page