Corporates Getting Creative

Samsung organise sponsored fancy dress walk

13029672_1075207519168893_1246589006951629995_oGraduates and Placement Students at Samsung Europe and UK took part in a 6 mile sponsored walk/run in fancy dress on 15th April, to raise money for our Hospices. They organised the event for the benefit of the Hospices bereavement group for young people – Tommy D. The group of over 30 employees went from Goldsworth Park where the new Hospice is being built, to Samsung House in Chertsey.

As part of the sponsored walk, the graduate and placement students were split into 6 teams tasked with arranging up to 2 fundraising events prior to the event. They came up with lots of creative ways of raising money including a spring treasure hunt, a silent auction, golf days, a football tournament and a mobile phone recycling day. To date they have managed to raise £7,500, with the final amount to be confirmed at the end of April.

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Trident Honda gear up for three year partnership

IMG_3351websizeTrident Honda, a local car dealership based in Ottershaw and trading in Woking, Weybridge, Chertsey and the surrounding areas, has officially launched a new three year partnership with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, which will see the business support the charity through sponsoring key annual events in the Hospices’ calendar. A proud family business with local roots, Trident Honda is a long-time supporter of the Hospices, having been involved since the 1990s.

Managing Director, Richard Roberts and the team from the dealership welcomed Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Director of Fundraising, Louise Morris, and Hospice founder, Rhod Lofting, to the company’s offices on Thursday 17th March to discuss how they could support the Hospices and how both could benefit from the partnership.

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Charity of the year at British Gas Staines

unspecifiedHospice staff were invited to British Gas in Staines on 9th March to find out the Hospices had won the British Gas Staines’ charity of the year for 2016 after beating 14 other charities that were shortlisted. A stand was set up in the foyer of one of their buildings, where staff along with Hope, the New Build Appeal Mascot, spent the day encouraging employees to learn more about their new charity of the year.

The Hospices were put forward for consideration by Cass, an employee at British Gas who felt that we would be a deserving winner. British Gas Staines will be having numerous in house charity events including bake-offs and cake sales to raise money and staff will also be participating in many of the Hospices events, as well as giving up their time to volunteer with us.

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Tante Marie announce partnership with Hospices

img_1966 (800x533)World renowned culinary academy, Tante Marie in Woking, hosted a brunch in their restaurant on Tuesday 19th January to announce their new partnership with the Hospices, having selected us as their nominated charity.

Managing Director and Principal at Tante Marie, Andrew Maxwell who also hosted the event said “Supporting local people, through our network of suppliers and professional contacts, is an important foundation for the way we approach our business. Our new relationship with Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is underpinned by this ethos. We are honoured to be able to do our part in raising awareness and funds for the new Hospice thereby supporting the fabulous work that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices do in our community. We look forward to working closely with the Hospices in the future.”

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Sweet donation from British Sugarcraft Guild

In November, members of the British Sugar Craft Guild (BSG), Guildford & Woking branch, donated 31 skillfully decorated Christmas cakes to Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Becoming somewhat of a tradition, the BSG have been donating their specially made cakes to the Hospices for many years. In the process, they have managed to raise thousands after the cakes have been given to local companies and organisations to be raffled off. Members of the BSG hope they’ll be able to reach £4000 for the total raised this year.

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Squires bring festive cheer to Woking Hospice

Squires Garden Centre in Woking, a long-time supporter of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, had patients and staff in the festive mood last week as they delivered and decorated a new Christmas Tree for Woking Hospice.

Having been selected as Squires’ chosen charity for the third year in a row, newly appointed manager of 3 months, Ed Ridgeon was keen to give the Hospices his full support, “We believe it to be extremely important to get behind the Hospices and do whatever we can to support them. We particularly enjoy working with their friendly and enthusiastic team and hope to raise a great deal throughout the year.”

He added “This year we have donated a Christmas tree and decorations, which my colleagues came to personally decorate and for the top of the tree, we built and painted a birdbox with the Hospice colours and Dove logo to add a personalised touch.”

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Free-falling Fundraising

Colleagues from the Woking office of LexisNexis, a legal based business solutions company that provides tools and information to assist legal professionals, have taken to the skies to raise funds for us. The brave five were joined by our Challenge Events Fundraiser Mellisa for their skydive, which saw them all jump out of a plan at 15,000 feet.

“It started over a chat and a cup of tea, then one thing led to another!” explained Samantha Sharpe, Content Engineer at LexisNexis. The team described the jump itself as ‘amazing’, ‘very surreal’ and ‘with spectacular views’ and everyone returned to base buzzing. “We’d definitely recommend it if you fancied giving it a go!” added Samantha

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Colleagues take on Ride London-Surrey 100

DCIM100GOPROGOPR2222.A group of work colleagues from the Woking based print and communications company Optichrome will be going the extra mile for our Hospices, as they take on the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100.

The four guys, who all love cycling and stopping for cake along the way, are looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to ride for our cause which is close to their hearts.

The team are part of Optichrome’s year long campaign to raise funds for our charity after we provided care for the owner, Ted Stephens, during his illness, as well as ongoing support to his family since.

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Samsung Supports Tommy D

Samsung croppedSamsung has hosted a unique “Give & Gain Day” for teenagers from our bereavement group Tommy D.

The 8 youngsters, along with some of their parents and counsellors from our Children’s Services, were given a warm welcome at Samsung’s headquarters, where they also meet Chelsea footballer Cesc Fabregas, who happened to be visiting at the same time.

They enjoyed a tour and careers tips before each being presented with a Samsung tablet, to allow the group to stay in touch more easily. We are truly grateful for Samsung’s invitation and extraordinary hospitality and hope this will be the start of something beautiful.

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Foundations cement their support for hospice care

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFoundations, local independent Estate Agents in Woking, have officially launched their partnership with our Hospices, which will see us receive a donation for each completed property sale.

Our Chief Executive Nigel Harding meet with the Directors of the family run business, Les Morales and Gero Anone, to celebrate the partnership, which will also see us receive free advertising in their weekly publication and in their office windows.

When the local business was looking for a charity to support Director Les Morales knew it had to be our Hospices. Not just because of our exciting new plans for the future of Hospice care on the local area, but also because his mother used to work for us.

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Toshiba’s Joyful Fundraising

Toshiba CroppedThe entire team here at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices would like to thank the lovely Joy Stockwell, who has worked at Toshiba Information Systems in Weybridge for the past 14 years.

With the help of her colleagues she started fundraising for us back in 2000 and has raised an amazing total of £36,653.22. The most recent donation consisted of two televisions – one for our reception area at Woking Hospice and the other for a patient’s room at Sam Beare Hospice.

Joy retired just before Christmas and we as well as all the staff at Toshiba will surely miss her. She is here pictured with our Director of Income Generation, David Jenkins, Corporate Fundraiser Anita Avery and two of her colleagues Andrew Douglas and Sarah Dickinson.

Thank You River Bourne

Riverbourne CroppedA big thank you to the team at the River Bourne Health Club in Chertsey, who throughout 2014 raised £2367 for our Hospices. They finished of their year of fundraising by pulling together a festive team of 9 to take part in our December Santa Fun Run.

The cheque was presented by Deputy Mayor Derek Cotty together with the River Bourne’s Events & Activities Manager Sarah Townsend.

“The River Bourne team is just fantastic and each year they pull out all the stops to raise money for our Hospices,” said Corporate Fundraiser Anita Avery, who accepted the cheque for our Hospices. “We are grateful for always being their Charity of Choice and look forward to lots of fun and inspiring fundraising in 2015,” added Anita.

Mustang’s Amazing Pedal Power

Mustang Prudential Ride CROPPEDMustang Engineering supported us in 2014 by entering 2 teams into the Prudential Ride London-Surrey cycle challenge. Our Corporate Fundraiser Anita Avery and Melissa Stock from our Challenge Events Team visited Mustang Engineering at St Andrew’s House in Woking to collect the off line donations raised and were presented with a big cheque for the total of £1554.09.

The team wanted to raise funds for a local charity and having heard about our Hospices they decided it was the perfect cause to support.

“I have been so overwhelmed by Mustang Engineering’s drive and enthusiasm and hope that our partnership will continue to grow,” said Anita Avery. She added, “they worked so hard ahead of the challenge and really showed off their amazing pedal power and team spirit, which was such a joy to see.”

Strictly Come Fundraising

DSCF0059BEntec Access Systems Ltd swapped their usual business of manufacturing automatic doors and shop fronts for a taste of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, when they held a Charity Social Dance to raise money for us.

The event held in Kingston raised £1,350 through ticket sales and raffle prizes, with some of the prizes being donated by local companies.

Professional dancers Adelmo and Leah, who appeared with the dance troupe Kings & Queens on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, performed and added a sprinkle of star quality to the event.

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KFC Woking raises funds with Apprentice-style training

KFC Woking raises funds with Apprentice-style trainingEmployees at KFC Woking took part in a three day Finance University and raised an impressive £1,150 for us.

As part of their training, students were tasked with a one-off Apprentice-style challenge which involved managing six stalls at the Woking market with all profits going to the our Hospice. The KFC students managed to sell everything from picture frames to water pistols, putting into practice the skills they had learned during the course.

Everyone had great fun whilst supporting us, and we look forward to getting the local KFC team involved with fundraising for us again soon.

See the photos from the cheque presentation at Woking Hospice here.

Mustang take on the challenge

Mustang take on the challengeMustang Engineering are riding for us in the upcoming Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 and their two teams have been training hard ahead of the big day.

The cyclists are all looking forward to take on the Surrey countryside on August 10th and being cheered on by our supporters!

“We wanted to raise funds for a local charity and having heard about Woking & Sam Beare Hospices we thought what a great, cause to support,” explains Natasha from Team Mustang.

We look forward to giving Mustang Engineering a tour of our Hospices soon, so they can see how their efforts will make a real difference, and wish them good luck with their pedal power challenge

Officebase’s Egg-straordinary Fun-draising

The Eggs FactorThe staff at Officebase decided to do something truly creative to fundraise for us in the run up to Easter. They paid to enter their own ‘Eggs Factor Competition’!

As the photo shows some of the homemade creations were truly eggs-traordinary, and the joint winners were Mickey Egg-head, created by Ann Woodford, and McShell, who was made by Ana Goodwin.

Happy Easter to all at Officebase!

Libra brought sweet music to the Hospices…

Libra brought sweet music to the HospiceWoking based Libra Estate Agents donated two new sound systems, one for each of our Day Units, and received a personal thank you from staff as well as patients. Owner, Franco Orlando, and Residential Sales Manager, Dawn Brown, visited Woking Hospice to present the gift, and to learn more about how the donation would benefit our patients.

Our Corporate Fundraiser Anita Avery had provided the Estate Agents with a wish list of things that we would like, but haven’t got a budget for, and we are grateful that the Libra team got in touch and has been so supportive of our cause.

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Charity starts with a survey!

SurveyFollowing on from the very successful Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil (SRW) Manager’s conference held in October, attendees were asked to complete a feedback survey.

For each completed survey a donation of £5 would be made to Woking Hospice.

In total 46 surveys were completed and SRW handed over a cheque to Woking Hospice for £230.

This money will be put towards the ongoing care and support the hospice provide to patients and their families. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey.

Sweet Christmas Fundraising

Sweet Christmas FundraisingIn November members of the British Sugar Craft Guild, Guildford and Woking branch, donated 32 skillfully decorated Christmas cakes to Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

The majority was raffled off by local companies to raise money for us.

It’s an annual tradition that the group donates the cakes, but this year, thanks to popular TV programs like the Great British Bake Off, the guild had more members than ever, and therefore also have more cakes to give.

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YBS grant will help patient comfort

YBS grant will help patient comfortThe Yorkshire Building Society in Woking has helped us secure £1,950 towards a new specialist in-patient bed.

Branch manager Paul Judkins and Customer Representative Lewis Houghton visited Woking Hospice to learn more about how the donation from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation will benefit our patients.

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Skanska donates iPads to help patients

Skanska donates iPads to help patientsThe Woking office of Skanska has kindly donated two brand new iPads to the Hospices. The technology will make it easier for patients to keep in touch with their loved ones abroad when admitted to the ward.

The idea came after a patient was very upset he couldn’t contact his only daughter in Australia. One of the nurses had her own iPad with her, and lent it to the patient so he could communicate with his daughter for free over the internet using “facetime”.

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