On Saturday 11th September over 500 people attended a charity music event held in memory of Ken Bray and in aid of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care.
Ken’s wife Lucie had the idea for Kenfest as a celebration of Ken’s life that would bring together family, friends and colleagues, whilst raising funds for the hospice in appreciation of the care he received when he was in Woking Hospice at the end of last year, before he passed away on the 28th December.
Lucie and her friend Karen Theunissen with the help of family and friends organised the fantastic event that was held at Chobham Cricket Club. Ken’s business Bray Wealth Management is on Chobham High Street where Ken was a well‐known and well‐respected member of the village community.
Kenfest sold out weeks before the event itself and did not disappoint those who attended. There was music and dancing which included Ken’s children Freddie and Phoebe singing in a choir and performing in a band which was especially formed for the event with their friends, many of whom are pupils from St Andrew’s school in Horsell. Phoebe also performed with the Susan Robinson School of Ballet from Byfleet, having been a pupil there since the age of 3. The headliners of the evening were the fantastic Liverpool Echoes led by Yanni Tsamplakos. Ken and Yanni were friends for over 50 years meeting originally on the Liverpool music scene in the 60s both having performed at the legendary Cavern Club.
There was a real festival vibe to the day with a bar and food stalls selling crepes, curries and cupcakes and an auction with some fabulous and unique lots on offer.
Lucie and her friend Karen visited the hospice to present a cheque for an incredible £40,732.30, these funds were not only from Kenfest itself but donations from Ken’s funeral and over £4,000 from family friend Gilly Binks who ran the Windsor Marathon in his memory.
“I can never thank Woking Hospice enough for being there when Ken & I really needed them and no one else could help. I know Ken would be absolutely thrilled with the amount we raised in his memory and I have absolutely no doubt he’s looking down on us now pleased and proud” said Lucie.
“We are incredibly grateful to Lucie, Freddie, Phoebe, Karen and all those who helped organise Kenfest, what a wonderful way for those who knew him to remember him and celebrate his life”. Commented Phil Wormley Director of Fundraising Woking & Sam Beare Hospice “The funds raised in Ken’s memory will help to ensure we can continue to provide specialist care to those in our community when they need us the most”.
30th November 2021
Lucky Lottery Winner
Every Friday the Woking & Sam Beare Hospice lottery is drawn and one lucky winner scoops the £1,000 jackpot prize, the winner last week was Valerie, from Woking.
“I was not expecting to find out I was the winner of the lottery draw. I support the Hospice on a regular basis through volunteering and playing the lottery as I like knowing the money is going towards a great cause and I want to support my community – winning is a bonus!”
Not only has Valerie supported the hospice by playing the lottery each week for several years, she is also one of our amazing volunteers who has given up her time to work on reception, help with tours round the opening of the new Hospice building in 2017 and now with our In Memory Team.
“I was delighted when Valerie won the £1,000 1st prize in our weekly lottery recently. Of course, I’m always happy for the winner but it seems extra special when won by one of our valued volunteers” Carole Miles, Lottery and Raffles Manager.
By joining the hospice lottery you can help us to be able to care and support over 2,000 patients and their families each year, plus have the chance to win the £1,000 jackpot or 24 other cash prizes each week.
Hospice Golf Society reaches its 5 year anniversary
The Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Golf Society has been “Playing for Good” for 5 years and since it began in 2016 has helped to raise over £200,000 which is a significant achievement.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the Golf Society. The Players, Golf Clubs and Sponsors have all played their part in reaching this amazing milestone” – said Phil Wormley Director of Fundraising “I would also like to say a special thank you to Julian Wakeling, Tony Jarvis and Malcom Wells for all their hard work over the last five years bringing these golf days together and we look forward to the next five years of fantastic golf days and fundraising”.
Charity golf days have not only helped to raise vital funds for the Hospice but they have also provided an exceptional opportunity to engage with our local community helping to raise awareness of the work and care the hospice provides to the community across North West Surrey.
Recent golf days have been held at the following golf clubs New Zealand, West Hill, Woking, Hindhead, Hankley Common, Foxhills and The Berkshire
“The Golf Society have exciting plans for 2022 and if you would like to be part of something special either participating as a player, as a Sponsor or a Golf Club hosting a charity day for us then please do get in touch” – Julian Wakeling – Volunteer Golf Ambassador for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and Founder/Trustee The Health & Wellbeing Charitable Golf Trust.
T: 07595 916444 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
6th October 2021
Hospice staff take on the Jerusalema dance challenge
Staff from all across Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care have joined the ‘Jerusalema Dance Challenge’ and hope their inspiring and uplifting video will be getting plenty of views, likes and shares online.
As well as being a real staff morale booster the idea behind the dance challenge is to highlight the many teams that are an essential part in enabling us to deliver vital care to thousands of Surrey families each year, as well as debunk myths about what a hospice is.
See the extended version of the video here [including the funny bits that didn’t make the official version] and read below to find out how it all started and how the video was created.
In June 2021, several members of the Clinical Team who had seen other organisations come together to dance to the upbeat ‘Jerusalema’ [a track by Africa artist Master KG] suggested that the Hospice should join in too. Eleni Tsiompanou, Consultant Palliative Care Doctor, explains why:
“Music and dance has always connected human beings and helped them express their feelings in a harmonious way. So we thought why not celebrate the Hospice’s contribution to the local community with this inspiring song that has lyrics that remind us to look out for each other.
Once the idea was born, we started to practice the steps with groups of staff getting together in their lunch break. To ensure we were Covid safe we took advantage of the good weather and practiced outside. What was really uplifting was to have the opportunity to come together with other departments, many of whom we had not seen in some months due to the restrictions. And we had plenty of laughs as we tried to coordinate our moves – some more successfully than others!”
Majella Slattery, Clinical Administrator, adds;
“The Hospice is an uplifting place to work and this dance reflects the positivity and optimism of the staff. Obviously we have sad times too but to make a difference to other people at a difficult time is such a positive thing.”
The Jerusalema dance craze started in 2020 and has taken the world by storm since. Everyone from the Irish Police to Scottish Covid Vaccination Teams have created videos where they dance together to lift the spirit of others and show unity at such a challenging time.
Krista Lougher, Hospice Fundraiser, comments:
“I believe it is important to take part in fun team activities within the Hospice to ensure that we show that we are a team and that when we work together we achieve great things. We love being silly from time to time to put a smile on people’s faces and this certainly was fun to do.”
We are delighted to announce that the actor Peter Egan has become a Patron for Woking & Sam Beare Hospice. Peter is best known for his roles in Downtown Abbey, Unforgotten and After Life 2 and outside of acting he is a campaigner for animal rights.
Earlier this year Peter’s wife of 49 years Myra was cared for by the Hospice team before she sadly passed away in March.
“The Hospice Staff were so wonderfully helpful to both myself and my daughter Rebecca, I don’t know what I would have done without them during the last few weeks of Myra’s life. They are an amazing group and all their carers and employees are caring and compassionate, I am so impressed with them and that is why I have decided to become their Patron” Peter Egan
“We are incredibly grateful that Peter has decided to become a Patron for our charity and, having experienced for himself first-hand just how important hospice care, is I am sure he will be an amazing ambassador for us.” commented Marian Imrie CEO Woking & Sam Beare Hospice.
Peter’s first job for us as Patron will be to officially open the Hospice Woodland Walk a brand new fundraising event that will take place on Sunday 17th October. Starting and finishing at the McLaren Technology Centre walkers can choose between a 5 mile or 10 mile route.
During the pandemic with so many restrictions in place all of our fundraising events had to be cancelled, which has had a significant impact on fundraising. This will be the first “real life” Hospice Led event for almost 2 years and it will not only help raise the vital funds we need but will be an opportunity for us to meet and enjoy this family fun event with our supporters.