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.
This event is kindly sponsored by Trident Honda and McLaren Group.
26th August 2021
Amazing response to the Hospice Woodland Walk
We are incredibly excited about the response so far to our brand new fundraising event for 2021, the Hospice Woodland Walk supported by McLaren Group and Trident Honda.
It’s open to everyone looking for a fun day out as a family or for avid walking groups/individuals there is a 5 mile or 10 mile route option and all participants will receive a unique Woodland Walk Medal.
The family friendly event takes place on Sunday 17th October and starts and finishes at our Event Village which will be based at the McLaren Technology Centre.
The Event Village will be packed full of fun – it will include a tombola, a face painting station, a hat decorating stall, a stall of crafts created by our wonderful volunteers and so much more.
We are also delighted that Baron’s Pubs will be providing refreshments on the day at the Heather Farm Cafe which is situated along the Woodland Walk route.
Special thanks to the Horsell Preservation Society and Fairoaks Airport for their part in helping with this community fundraising event. And to Claire Wormley Photography for providing the wonderful pictures.
Please note this event does not include access to the McLaren Technology Centre.
30th June 2021
Every so often the Hospice sends out campaigns to supporters through the post. Early last week our June Mailing went out to thousands of supporters to help raise awareness and funds for long term Hospice care sustainability.
Wilson, one of our Hospice at Home Health Care Assistants. He has shared more about his nursing background and what a normal day looks like for him as he sets out to visit patients in their homes at night.
As part of helping us achieve our long term sustainability the mailing also includes details on how to sign up for Regular Giving and our popular Hospice Lottery. Small, regular contributions like this ensure we can continue to deliver our care when and where it is needed the most and in years to come. And for the price of a ‘take away’ coffee you could give a regular gift from as little as £3 per month to help provide care where it is needed the most.
As a charity working alongside our NHS colleagues we rely on donations and one of the most effective ways to show your support is in making a regular monthly donation by Direct Debit. You can sign up here to give a small amount via Direct Debit or take part in our weekly Hospice Lottery with a chance of winning £1,000.
Thank you again, your generosity enables us to care for some of the most vulnerable people living in your community and their families. We could not do this without the help of people like you and our local community.
29th June 2021
Introducing the Hospice Woodland Walk
Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care have a brand new fundraising event for 2021, the Hospice Woodland Walk supported by McLaren Group
The family friendly fundraising event takes place on Sunday 17th October and starts and finishes at the Event Village which will be based at the McLaren Technology Centre.
Open to everyone looking for a fun day out as a family or for avid walking groups/individuals there is a 5 mile or 10 mile route option and all participants will receive a unique Woodland Walk Medal.
The Hospice Woodland Walk is set against the beautiful backdrop of wooded and wetland areas that takes you from McLaren Park, across Fairoaks Airport, to Heather farm and onto Horsell Common and there’s a Nature Trail along the way for the younger and older walkers to enjoy and raise money for Hospice care.
“We are so pleased to be able to share the news of the Hospice Woodland Walk with our local community, it has been planned with staggered start times to ensure the event is COVID safe and something all the family can take part in and enjoy” Phil Wormley Director of Fundraising “We would also like to say a huge thank you to Trident Honda for their continued support and their generous and much valued sponsorship of our events. It is fantastic to be able to work with them on an event which will enable us to raise vital funds for the charity”.
Richard Roberts, Managing Director of Trident Honda said, “We are absolutely delighted to be able to support the hospice again in the delivery of outside events after the lockdown that put a stop to them over night”.
We also want to thank the McLaren Group for sponsoring the event and allowing us to set up our Event Village at the McLaren Technology Centre.
Registration is open click here to choose your distance of 5 miles or 10 miles and request your start time. We are encouraging walkers to register as soon as possible to guarantee their place and help us ensure the safeguarding all participants.
Adults £15, Children £5 (if under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), under 5’s go free
Special thanks to the Horsell Preservation Society and Fairoaks Airport for their part in helping with this community fundraising event.
Please note this event does not include access to the McLaren Technology Centre.
9th June 2021
The Kemp kid’s year of charity challenges continues
This year the amazing children of the Kemp family from Bisley, Woking , decided to undertake an incredible fundraising effort to help support our hospice charity.
Ella , Lottie , Joshua  and Hattie  set themselves the task of completing a new challenge every month for 2021 – taking it in turns to choose the challenge they want to do.
January was Ella’s choice and she choose the ‘read-athon’ challenge. An amazing 21 books were read between the older three and Hattie had a story read to her each night.
Ella commented: “We are raising money for the Hospice, so they can keep on caring for people like Granny Pip”, a family friend’s grandma who was cared for by the Hospice.
For February, Lottie choose the ‘Keepy-uppy’ challenge. They practiced their football skills to see if they can do more keepy-uppies at the end of the month than they could at the start. And they succeeded.
“I have experienced the care that nurses give to those who are unwell, and I want to help raise money for such a good cause. I also want to be active to help others” commented Lottie.
In March, the children went on muddy puddle walks chosen by Hattie and covered as many miles as they could during the month.
In April, Joshua choose an Easter themed bake-off challenge and explained: “Corona virus means not as much money is being raised for charities and I feel sad about that, so my brothers and sisters and others wanted to do something to help.”
In May, the children did as many things as they could 100 times to mark Sir Captain Tom Moore’s birthday challenge. They ran up and down stairs 100 times, swam 100 lengths of a swimming pool, did 100 jumps on a trampoline, 100 laps of the garden, keeping a balloon off the ground for 100 passes, 100 cartwheels [between them all!], 100 games of cards [averaging 3 games each day], eating 100 smarties with chopsticks, 100 penalty shootout kicks and the list goes on.
During the May/June half term, the family went to Cornwell and the kids had lots of beach and sea themed challenges.
Thank you and well done to Ella, Lottie, Hattie and Joshua on such an amazing achievement so far. We can’t wait to see how the rest of your fundraising challenges go and are so grateful for your support.
You can follow their amazing fundraising efforts on their Justgiving page:
If you would like to take on your own challenge for 2021 visit our events page or get in contact with our fundraising team.
24th May 2021
Woking Football Club Wing Walk
On the 19th May Woking Football Club took part in a daring Wing Walk challenge in support of our hospice.
The day started at 7am to catch a coach to the venue – a private airfield in the Cotswolds.
There was a lot of nervous conversations being had on the bus and the team decided to select envelopes to decide the order of the participant.
The order was: 1. Daniel O’Sullivan 2. Alan Dowson 3. Tommy Block 4. Jodie Selley 5. Rich Ewins 6. Steve Knight 7. Mandy Black 8. Josh Casey
Each participant was nervous as they approached the plane, however all stated that once they were strapped in and set off that it was absolutely an amazing experience.
The weather was superb and the sun blessed up right up until the last participant took part.
Over £6,500 has now been raised via the Just Giving page.
“Completed the Wing Walk, I was the first one to get up there and do it. It’s fantastic the Hospice has managed to raise over £5,000 through sponsorship and donations hopefully we can keep that going and thank you!” Daniel O’sullivan, Woking FC Media Assistant
“What an experience and great to do for the charity, really appreciate the donations.” Tommy Block, Woking FC First Team – midfielder
“I can honestly say that the support and encouragement that Woking Football Club have for each other is so lovely to see. They work well together and it was a privilege to work alongside them in this amazing event. Their continued support for the Hospice is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with them in future” Krista Lougher, Community Fundraiser
A huge thank you to all who took part from Woking FC and the events sponsors Seymours Estate Agents, Laithwaites Financial Advisors, MKJ Group Ltd, Boz’s Fruit and Veg and Gary Block Decorating.