Luxfords of Weybridge support their local charitable hospice
Woking & Sam Beare Hospice’s charity specialist bookshop that has been in Weybridge for many years is moving to a new home, that will still be in Weybridge, and before the third national lockdown our staff and volunteers were busy packing up all the books to be kept safely in storage until we are able to push forward with the move and reopen.
We have been extremely fortunate to have been given support on this move from local business Luxfords of Weybridge, who stepped in to donate to us all the storage boxes we needed and transported all our stock of books and vinyl to safe storage.
“Over the past 10 or so years, I have lost three very special ladies from my life and two of them spent their last days being cared for in Woking Hospice” commented Colin Craib, Branch Manager of Luxfords of Weybridge. “As soon as I saw the Facebook post from the Hospice asking for support with the book shop move I knew this was something I wanted to help with. While income for charities has been massively restricted due to the pandemic, with shops being closed, charity events being cancelled, there was no way I could watch what should be a good source of income for the hospice, actually cost them money to move and rehome.”
Kerry Bennett, Marketing and Retail Director for Woking & Sam Beare Hospice adds: “We are incredibly grateful to Luxfords of Weybridge for the generous support given to us with storage boxes and transportation of the stock from our Weybridge bookshop. All the books and vinyl that have been kindly donated needed to be stored safely ready for when we are able to reopen in our new location.
“The details on the move are still being finalised and with the current lockdown this has incurred some extra delay but we are very excited that things are moving forward and as soon as we can we will be reopening in Weybridge.”
In addition to the support with moving our bookshop the Hospice is very excited that going forward Luxfords of Weybridge have offered to donate the furniture they collect from house clearances to our charity shops.
Colin comments: “Luxfords is a very family orientated business and we have always tried to help out in the local community where possible, be it collecting furniture for charity shops, donating vehicles for local events or just gifting packing materials for charity shops to pack up items. We have always liked to help and will continue to do so, particularly even more so in times when it is needed most.”
Kerry adds: “This future partnership with Luxfords of Weybridge means we will be able to increase the volume of high quality items we can offer to our customers and in turn this will help us to generate vital funds in support of the delivery of our care to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. We are extremely grateful to Luxfords, as we are with all businesses that support us and work with us.”
Luxfords of Weybridge is now also a part of the Hospice’s Business Support Group, which is formed of likeminded community businesses who want to support a local charity and build their networks with one another.
For more information about the business group click here
13th February 2020
Natta Building Company supporting the hospice in 2020
Natta Building has announced that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are one of their national nominated charities for 2020.
In 2018 Natta began fundraising for the hospice by taking part in our annual Dragon Boat Race on Goldsworth Park Lake, they have continued over the last two years to raise money through a variety of fun team based events and last year took part again and won the Dragon Boat Race raising over £4000.
Following this Natta’s MD John Whelan visited the Hospice and saw a new opportunity for how they could get further involved.
“After meeting with the Hospice Fundraising Director we agreed to undertake the groundworks and hard landscaping to develop a once derelict unused bit of land at the back of the Hospice into a new ‘Wildlife Garden’. In July, a team went to the Hospice to embark on the project. Natta donated all of manpower, machinery and material excavating and clearing the old space, preparing the ground and constructed all of the hard landscaping areas”. commented John Whelan “The project took 4 weeks to complete and as well as the labour and plant Natta donated 200m² of block paving to create the beautifully curved pathway”.
Phil Wormley, Head of Fundraising for the Hospice, said: “On behalf of the hospice and the patients that will benefit from having an enhanced environment because of what is going to be a beautiful space and where wildlife can thrive, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the team from Natta and to Valerie for sharing her vision that has moved this project forward.”
In September 2019 the Contracts Manager in charge of the project, Paul Magennis, returned on ‘planting day’ to visit the volunteers and Hospice workers and to see the completed garden.
“I was only too glad to be associated with the Hospice project. My heart goes out to all the nurses and carers who form attachments to patients whose stay can only be a short one. Very proud to be a small part of helping.” Commented Paul
In October, nine employees from Natta took part in the Hospice Firewalk challenge led by their MD, John, it was a great team-building event to get involved in whilst raising funds for the hospice.
If you are a local business looking to support the hospice find out how to get involved here.
20th June 2019
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices launch new Business Supporter Group
On Thursday 6 June Woking & Sam Beare Hospices hosted the first Business Breakfast to launch its Business Supporter Group for local companies of all sizes who collectively want to help the community in North West Surrey.
The Hospice cares for patients, with life-limiting conditions, and their families both in the hospice in Woking and in homes throughout the heart of Surrey. The hospice covers six Boroughs throughout Surrey with over 70% of the care in people’s homes.
Your business can make a real difference to our shared community by becoming part of the Woking & Sam Beare Business Group
How can you get involved? Choose to support Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and we will work with you on developing a range of activities that will raise money, increase staff morale and build your company’s profile.
As part of the Business Group you would receive our Business Supporter logo to use on print and digital materials as well as invitations to future Business Breakfasts and other benefits.
Hospice room naming to mark 26 years’ of partnership
In loving memory of Michael Roberts, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is delighted to announce that one of its 20 bedrooms at newly built Woking Hospice has been named after the late Mr Roberts, whose family have supported the hopsice for over two-and-a-half decades.
On Wednesday 20th June, a special room naming ceremony was held to mark the extraordinary life of Michael Roberts, who was the father of Mark, Richard, Christopher and James Roberts and founder of Trident Honda, the family run community car dealership in Ottershaw has been a corporate partner of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices since 1992.
Also in attendance for the naming of the room were Terry Smith and Tony Usher representing Woking Rotary Club who over the years have been hugely supportive of the hospices and have now funded the hoist for Room 20.
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments: “The Roberts family have been supporters of the hospice for many years and our corporate partnership with Trident Honda has now reached a milestone. After 26 years’ of partnership their time and generosity has raised in excess of £250,000 to help us to continue to deliver specialist palliative care to thousands of patients and their families across Surrey. We are proud and delighted to be able to honour Michael Roberts’s legacy by naming room 20 after him.”
Michael Roberts was cared for at the original Woking Hospice in Hill View Road, where he passed away peacefully last Spring. He and his family, over many years, have always supported the hospice and in more recent years’ Trident Honda has been the proud sponsor of the hospice’s flagship events – the Midnight Walk and the Dragon Boat Race.
Richard Roberts, Managing Director of Trident Honda, adds: “When the Hospice team stepped in and supported our father it was as if a weight had been lifted from our shoulders. Until you experience what the Hospice team deliver at such a difficult time, you can’t truly understand how much we as a community need the Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Our mother and all four sons will be ever grateful for the dignity and respect given to Michael last year.”
The extent of the Roberts family’s support is unique and goes far beyond the money they have raised and donated. Richard Roberts has given his time for free initially with the Capital Appeal Committee and now having joined Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Board of Trustees last year.
Jayne adds: “It was a great honour to have cared for the late Mr Roberts. Our team of specialist healthcare professionals deliver the highest standard of care to patients who very often have complex life-limiting conditions. We could not do all we do without the support of our community and families like the Roberts. Trident Honda have given so much to the hospice and we are fortunate to have the expertise of Richard Roberts on our Board. Being able to name a room after his father is a mark of our respect and appreciation. On behalf of all of us at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, I thank the whole family for all they have done over many years.”