Switching on the lights of our Memory Tree for 2020
On Thursday 19 November we switched on the lights of our Hospice Memory Tree and marked the start of Light up a Life for 2020.
Like everything this year it was a little different attended only by Marian Imrie our CEO, Mary Morgan our Spiritual Care Lead, our special guest John Sinclair and his bagpipes.
John’s wife Jane was cared for by the hospice and we were delighted that he was able to join us to switch on the lights of the Memory Tree.
“We spent Christmas in the hospice last year and it was a very special time for our family. Jane’s room ended up looking more like Santa’s Grotto than a clinical room and during this time we were also aware of the Light up a Life Services and we saw the Memory Tree in the café filled with dedications, they reminded us all that we were not alone” commented John “So it is a real privilege to come today to switch on the lights for 2020, my family can’t thank the hospice enough for the care they provided not to just to Jane but to the whole family”.
You can watch the lights being switched on and enjoy John playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes here.
Our Light up a Life services this year are being recorded so we can still come together albeit in a slightly different way to remember our loved ones. Our first service at St Andrews Church can be watched here.
If you would like to add your own dedication to the Memory Tree you can download your candle here
Although we are still having to restrict the number of visitors to the hospice and the café is closed you can see our beautiful memory tree in the window of the hospice and we also have a new tree lit up outside too.
Both trees were very kindly donated by Woking Funeral Services.
16th December 2019
Light up a Life Celebrations come to a close for 2019
The last of our Light up a Life Celebrations for 2019 took place at St Marks Church in Whiteley Village on Sunday 15 December. We are delighted that so many were able to join us at these very special events each one was filled with families, friends, staff and volunteers all coming together to remember loved ones
We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the churches who have hosted our services this year St Andrews Church in Goldsworth Park, St Dunstan’s Church in Woking, St John’s Church in Egham and St Mark’s Church in Whiteley Village and to all the volunteers that helped and supported these special events.
By inviting us into their churches we are able to reach out to the community we care for each year across North West Surrey at a time of year that can be so hard for so many.
If you were unable to attend any of our Light Up a Life celebration a recording of the service at St Dunstan’s Church can be viewed here
Brooklands Radio will also be broadcasting the service from St Marks Church at 7pm on Christmas Eve you can listen by going to www.brooklandsradio.co.uk and clicking on the Listen Live red button or on DAB radio.
The Memory Tree will be in the Garden Café until Monday 6 January if you wish to add a star with a dedication for a loved one or add a dedication to our online Light up a Life Memory Wall with messages and photos here.
25th November 2019
Switching on the Memory Tree for 2019
On Thursday 21 November staff and volunteers at Woking & Sam Beare Hospice were joined by some very special guests to switch on the lights of the Hospice Memory Tree.
Switching on the lights this year were the Grandchildren of Gill Doherty. Lily, Alice, Belle, Lola, Beatrice and Anna who were joined by Gill’s, husband Paul and her three children Jon, Abi and Andrew.
Gill who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease had been cared for at her home in Walton-on-Thames by the Sam Beare Hospice Team before she died on the 1st December 2018, just a couple of weeks before her 68th birthday. Gill was a talented writer who spent much of her spare time writing short stories and poems and had expressed hopes of one day having her work published.
As a surprise for Christmas 2017 Gills Daughter in law Gemma collated some of Gill’s children’s poems, illustrated them and got a small run of books published as Christmas gifts for the whole family. Following Gills death as a tribute to the memory of a loving wife, Mother and Grandmother the whole family agreed to have the Children’s Book of Poems published and in appreciation of the care that she had received the proceeds from the sale of the books donated to the hospice.
Anna, Gill’s youngest Granddaughter at just 3 years old was given the job of switching the switch following a countdown from the other children, staff, volunteers and supporters. Once the lights were on there was entertainment from Sarah Jones singing some festive tunes and a beautiful and emotional rendition of You Lift Me Up performed by Sophie Walker age 10.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to all of Gill’s family, for attending the light switch on and to all the children for helping us they did an amazing job.” commented Marian Imrie CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices “Also thank you to the Major of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks and Rhod Lofting founder of Woking Hospice for joining us it was a fantastic way to start our Light up a Life Celebrations”.
The Memory Tree will be In the Hospice Café until January and all are welcome to add stars and dedications, you can do this by visiting the café, via the website here
A Collection of Children’s Poems by Gill Doherty is available at the Café at any of the Light up a Life Services and on the hospice website here
Photos courtesy of Surrey Advertiser
29th October 2019
Sky Sports Commentator Richard Boxall raises over £35,000 at Charity Golf Day
We are delighted to share that Richard Boxall’s Charity Golf Day was a huge success raising in excess of £35,000 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care.
In memory of his late Dad Colin who was cared for by the Hospice Sky Sports Golf Commentator Richard Boxall hosted a Golf Day at Foxhills Country and Golf Resort on 15th October 2019.
Richard was joined by his Sky Sports Colleague Robert Lee and together they provided a masterclass session for the 72 players who took part. Then after 18-holes of golf, members of Richard Boxall’s family joined the players for dinner. Guests were treated to a question and answers session with both Richard and Robert entitled ‘Team Europe the Ryder Cup, one year on, one year to go’.
Richard Boxall comments: “My family benefited personally from the exceptional care provided by Woking & Sam Beare at what was an extremely difficult time for us when they cared for my Dad. So I was absolutely delighted to host this very special golf day in support of this amazing local Charity. I would like to personally thank my friend Julian Wakeling [Volunteer Golf Ambassador at Woking Hospice] who orchestrated everything and made the day possible.”
Julian Wakeling adds: “Helping Richard to organise his day has been a truly amazing and rewarding experience with a fantastic outcome. The money we have raised will make a meaningful difference to our Hospice. Golf has the power to bring our community together and I would like to especially thank our Sponsors and Partners who include Foxhills, Golfbreaks.com, The European Tour Foundation, Kia West End Garage, The Brickmakers Arms, Windlesham and Chennai Dosa Artisanz.”
Marian Imrie, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care, comments: “As a charity we are reliant on fundraising income from events like this golf day. The Hospice is extremely grateful to Richard Boxall, his family, Robert Lee and to Julian Wakeling and on behalf of all those Surrey families that will benefit from the significant amount of money raised I would like to thank all the companies and individuals who generously donated, contributed prizes, took part on the day, bought raffle tickets and for their generous bids on the auction prizes.”
You can support the hospice by signing up to our Golf Society, its free to join and will give you access to some of the best golf courses across Surrey, click here to find out more.
7th October 2019
Make a Will Fortnight
From Monday 14 October –Monday 28 October, local solicitors and Will Writers across North West Surrey have generously agreed to set aside a limited number of appointments to help you make a standard Will, in return for a donation to the hospice.
Lyons and Company were one of the solicitors that supported Make a Will Fortnight last year, and Clare Leigh, Wills and Probate Partner, and her team are looking forward to being involved again this year.
“Make a Will Fortnight is a really good opportunity to make a Will, knowing that not only will you ensure that your affairs are in order and your wishes either put in place or updated, but that by doing so you are also able to support the work of Woking and Sam Beare Hospice” commented Claire Leigh “Despite the importance of making a Will, it is something that many people put off doing. The opportunity to make a Will, free of legal charges, whilst supporting the Hospice proved a great incentive for those we helped last year. The scheme made it simple and accessible for our clients to be involved in and was very worthwhile for all who took part”.
“We would like to thank all the solicitors and will writers who have kindly agreed to be a part of our Make a Will Fortnight” commented Lucie Trussler, Legacies Manager at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices “The funds raised from this will help us to continue to support the families in our community through some of the hardest times in their lives”.
Appointments will be available at the participating solicitors throughout the fortnight for more information or to find your local solicitor please contact our legacies team on 01483 881752 or email email@example.com
24th July 2019
Children’s Book of Poems published in tribute to Gill Doherty
A beautiful book of children’s poems has been published in memory of a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Gill Doherty to raise funds for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
A woman of many talents, besides being a wonderful drama teacher and gifted artist, Gill spent much of her spare time writing short stories and poetry. With many years’ experience as a school teacher and loving grandmother, much of the inspiration for her poems came from the many children that filled her life.
“Gill frequently shared her poems with me and expressed her hopes of one day having her work published “commented Gemma Doherty, Gills Daughter in Law “In the months leading up to Christmas 2017, I came up with an idea to secretly collate some of Gill’s children’s poems, illustrate them and get a small run of books published for the whole family as surprise Christmas presents which everyone absolutely loved”.
Gill lost her battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in December 2018 – a couple of weeks before her 68th birthday. She had been officially diagnosed in early 2017 but had suspected for some time that something was seriously wrong and sadly as Gills condition rapidly deteriorated she no longer had the energy to write.
Over 70% of the care Woking & Sam Beare Hospices provide is in the community, Gill was cared for by the Sam Beare Community Team in her own home by our Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) along with physiotherapy and occupational therapy. This specialist care is tailored to the individual patients and gives them the choice of staying in their own home.
Following Gills death the whole family agreed that it would be a fantastic idea to publish the books in her memory so they could share her beautiful poems and raise money for two charities that had helped her so much in her final months – Woking & Sam Beare Hospices & The Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The Book of Poems are available in the Hospice Gift Shop in the Garden Café at Woking Hospice, Goldworth Park. By making a £5.00 donation for the Book of Poems you will be supporting Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and remembering Gill. You can also order the books online here.