Hospice Volunteer Mike Moore donates copies of his new book
Mike Moore GP is a well-known figure in the Weybridge community and an long standing supporter of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and joined the Hospice Team as a volunteer in the Weybridge Bookshop just after it opened in 2007.
Mike has now written his own book ‘Half a Double Life as a memoir depicting the events that shaped his life.
At just ten years old he suffered the tragic loss of his identical twin in an accident where his twin brother drowned but Mike was saved.
This life-affirming memoir shows there can be light in the darkness of grief, and charts Mikes career as a doctor, forensic medical examiner and police surgeon. And the family he made when he lost his own.
“We are absolutely delighted and incredibly grateful that Mike has donated ten copies of his new book to Woking & Sam Beare Hospice” commented Mel Sibley, Manager of Weybridge Books “The books are available to purchase from our shop on the High Street on Weybridge, all the proceeds from the book sales are being donated to charities important to Mike which is just wonderful”.
“I have supported the Sam Beare Hospice charity for a number of years” commented Mike “It is a pleasure to donate these copies of my first book to help the raise funds so they can continue their important work both in the Community and at the Hospice”.
We know how much our supporters are missing our Weybridge Bookshop please be assured we are working very hard to secure a new home and as soon as we have an update we will share this.
Following the Governments roadmap announcement on the 22 February we are currently working towards reopening all of our shops on Monday 12 April. As we are all very aware these dates may be subject to change but we are hopeful that it won’t be too much longer until we can welcome you all back.
“Our retail shops are a vital part of our fundraising and it has been incredibly hard for all the team having to close, reopen and then close again. We are working towards the 12 April for all our shops to open again” Commented Kerry Bennett, Marketing and Retail Director for the hospice “I would like to say a huge thank you to all our retail staff and volunteers for their commitment and resilience through what has been an incredibly tough year”.
We are also now starting to make plans for reopening our warehouse so we are able to accept your donations, so please keep hold of your wonderful donations for just a little longer and updates on reopening will be here on our website and on our social media.
Until we are able to reopen you can continue to support us by shopping in our Online Shop, Ebay listings page or through Facebook Marketplace, thank you to everyone who has continued to support us in this way
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
16th June 2020
Update on the re-opening of our shops and warehouse
All of our 18 Shops and Warehouse are currently still closed and we hope to gradually reopen from the beginning of July.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to get our Warehouse ready to open from the beginning of July together with a handful of our shops. We are planning a phased reopening over the next 2-3 months to ensure we are able to open as safely as possible to protect our staff, volunteers and customers.
We will endeavour to keep these website pages updated with when the shops will be opening and what their trading hours will be.
Your donations are important to us and we are very grateful for your generosity but initially we will be limited on what we are able to accept as we reopen. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this might cause but please bear with us as we get back up and running and adjust to new ways of working.
Please do NOT leave your donations outside a closed shop or the Warehouse. This could become a Health & Safety issue and the Council will view this as fly-tipping. If you want to be sure then please call ahead if you want to be sure we can accept your donations once the Warehouse and shops start to open again.
There is no money or valuables left in any of our closed Shops and these will continue to be checked regularly.
We hope you will return as we are able to reopen as the Hospice is reliant on your custom and every penny we are able to raise goes towards helping us to continue to provide our care.
Our hospice eBay shop is back open click here to see listings more are being added everyday.
Alternatively, you can still support us by fundraising or making a donation to the Hospice. For more information please click here.
20th November 2018
Lottery win for hospice shop volunteer
Monica Jackman of Virginia Water has won the first prize of £1000 in the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices weekly lottery.
Monica has worked as a volunteer at the hospice shop on Station Parade in Virginia Water for the last two and half years, originally a regular customer Cheryl the store manager approached Monica to see if she would be interested in volunteering and she now works every Tuesday morning.
“Volunteering at the hospice shop is an opportunity for me to give something back to the community” commented Monica “ I love working here it has such a lovely atmosphere we have lots of regular Customers who come in for a browse and a chat the shop has a fantastic community feel and I would recommend volunteering to anyone“.
“I was so delighted to hear that Monica had won first prize in the lottery” added Cheryl Moreton, manager of the Virginia Water Shop “She is so hard working and is always so helpful. We are a big part of the local community and we have lots of regular customers who love visiting the shop”.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard that I had won £1000 I buy a lottery ticket a couple of times a month from the shop” added Monica “I have three children so it is perfect timing for Christmas, I’m planning to take Cheryl out for a nice lunch and I am sure I will donate some of it back to the hospice as they do such amazing work”.
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices delivers specialist palliative care to people who have advanced life-limiting conditions and provides support to their families and carers. Covering six Surrey boroughs 70% of the care is provided in patients own homes alongside the new hospice in Woking. All our services are provided free of charge and for every £5 of costs incurred we need to raise £4 from voluntary income. Our 18 charity shops across Surrey are an integral part of providing this income along with our lottery and raffles.
If you would like to sign up to our lottery you can find out more information here or you can buy a ticket at any of shops, find your nearest shop here
We currently have over 800 volunteers working for the hospice all of who are invaluable to us continuing to provide our care, if you are interested in volunteering find out more here
9th November 2018
Opening of new WSBH Boutique in Chobham
Our new WSBH Boutique opened on Friday 9 November on Chobham High Street, our first ever Woking Hospice shop was in Chobham and we are delighted to be back in the village with our new style retail outlet.
Janie Elliott-Dunn, Head of Retail for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, commented: “At a time when the high street is in competition with the growth in online shopping, our new Chobham boutique marks the changing face of the past, and more traditional charity shop to the new face of retail for the Charity.
“Like many charities we are reliant on voluntary income and all the profits from the sale of goods from our 18 stores are vital funds that enable us to continue to deliver our care, free of charge across six Surrey Boroughs. It is therefore important for us to provide the very best shopping experience for our customers. Our Chobham shop is our first WSBH boutique, offering a range of high-end products, clothing, homeware and gifts. We are also introducing new goods, scarves and lifestyle items.”
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, said: “I am personally very excited about the opening of our WSBH boutique in Chobham – it looks absolutely stunning. We are exceptionally grateful to everyone who has enabled us to open this new store and I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special note of thanks to leading chartered surveyors and commercial agents Curchod & Co.
“We could not do what we do without our tremendous community, businesses and other supporters. As with all of our supporters and partners, we are extremely grateful to Curchod & Co for the outstanding services that they have provided us with and who are continuing to support us as much as is possible. Your expert professional services and advice has been invaluable in the acquisition of our new Chobham store – thank you.”
The Chobham Shop will be open for business from 9th November, opening hours Monday – Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00pm. Please drop in for plenty of gift ideas, Christmas stocking fillers or even a nice evening dress for your office party.
Janie adds: “We are very grateful to the local community for donations of pre-loved items they no longer want but are still in good saleable condition. With this in mind if anyone would like to donate goods – if you are a UK tax payer paying any tax at all, you can sign up for our Gift Aid scheme, which means we can claim back from the government 25p for every £1 on any item sold, at no extra cost to you. It adds 25% on every sale and is a win, win situation for everyone involved.”