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
11th May 2018
The future of North West Surrey hospice care
Today [Friday 11 May], we announced our vision for the future at a special event to launch our new Five Year Strategy [2018 – 23], which was attended by the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP.
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices delivers care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their carers and family members, to a region with a population of approximately 360,000 people [which includes Spelthorne, West Elmbridge, Surrey Heath, Runnymede, Woking and North Guildford]. Our services are a life-line to many people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It is therefore imperative that our services are accessible to all those that need them.
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments: “The face of hospice care and its role within the community is changing across the UK, this is largely due to our communities living longer but there is also a shift in how we provide our specialist palliative care services. We are a central part of a coordinated approach with our healthcare colleagues from across our region for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Now our new state-of-the-art hospice has been open for almost one year, it is time to reflect on all of our learning and to look to the future to ensure our services are of the highest standards and that they are accessible to all who need them.”
The purpose of the hospice’s launch event, attended by the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP, whose constituency of Weybridge and Runnymede forms part of the region that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices delivers care across, is to engage our community in our plans for the future.
Ms Cooper adds: “Our Five Year Strategy [2018 – 2023] sets out our organisational goals and ambitions and is reflective of the changing face of hospice care. Through the delivery of innovative and collaborative working with other healthcare providers, partners, supporters, other organisations and our community, we have set out key priorities for the organisation. This includes our plans for developing a robust and sustainable model of specialist palliative care and building solid two-way engagement across our community.”
As part of the event, Mr Hammond was taken on a tour of the new Woking Hospice facility in Goldsworth Park Centre. He then join a number of hospice key supporters for a short presentation about the hospice’s plans for the next five years.
Jayne Cooper concludes: “We are a central part of the Surrey Community and announcing our plans in this way is an opportunity for us to share with the community what we plan to deliver for them over the next five years. For many of our patients we only get one chance to get it right and this is the most important driver for the delivery of our new strategy.
I am very grateful to Mr Hammond for taking time out of his busy schedule to join us at our launch event. I am excited about the future of hospice care and I feel honoured to be leading such an innovative and forward thinking organisation such as Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. But we could not do all we do without our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners. I therefore would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all of us at the hospice to say thank you and we look forward to our continued future journey together.”
To read more about our Five Year Strategy and our vision for the future please click here.
18th November 2017
Weybridge shops celebrate 10 year anniversary
On Thursday 16th November the Sam Beare Charity shop and book shop celebrated ten years of trading on Weybridge High Street where they have been raising funds and awareness for both the hospices.
To mark this special occasion the Mayor and Consort, Councillor Rachael Lake and Ian Lake visited both shops along with Micheal Aspel Patron to the charities. They met and chatted with members of staff and the team of volunteers who help run these wonderful shops.
“The shops are a real asset to the high street” commented Mayor Rachel Lake ” The window displays always look beautiful and the staff are very helpful”.
Visitors to the shops were treated to goody bags and thanked for their support, most were shocked it was ten years they had been open and complemented the staff and the quality of the items available.
“Although the original Sam Beare Hospice Building has closed the community team is still based in Weybridge and they are an integral part of the care we deliver” commented Liz Cussans HR & Volunteer Services Director “Over 70% of the care we provide is in the patients own homes by our community teams 365 days of the year”.
If you would like to donate any quality items to the shop or your time to help support the patient-centered charity, please visit your local shop Find your local charity shop you can also find more For more information on volunteering visit here
Photo by Darren Pepe
12th July 2017
Weybridge Community Hospital Fire
“On behalf of us all at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices we were very saddened to wake to the news of the fire at Weybridge Community Hospital.
It is with huge relief that no one has been hurt but we appreciate the disruption to the Weybridge community, which we are a part of.
The beds at Sam Beare Hospice were relocated to Woking in December 2016 and our community team are now based in Queens Road. I therefore would like to reassure our patients in the Weybridge area that this incidence will not impact on their care.”
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
For our patients and carers who are concerned about their care during this time please contact the Sam Beare Community Team on 01932 598385.
15th December 2016
Remebering Decades of Care
On Sunday 11th December staff, volunteers, supporters and patients took part in an emotional farewell celebration at Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge. It marked nearly four decades of delivering excellent palliative and end of life care throughout the community.
The event started with a reflective service at St James Church, which was followed by a walk to Christ the Prince of Peace Church for a blessing. Afterwards there was tea and cake served at Sam Bear Hospice, where the walls had been decorated with newspaper clippings and photos from the 39 years that the hospice has been providing care locally.
At 4 pm 39 of the hospice’s past and present staff members, all of whom have played a pivotal role at Sam Beare, each released a balloon to mark the hospice’s 39 years of service.
Jayne Cooper, Interim CEO and Director of Nursing, explained, “As a charity that puts its patients and their families at the heart of everything we do, we made the decision to merge Woking and Sam Beare Hospices to develop a brand new state-of-the-art facility. As the beds from the Weybridge hospice have now been relocated, it is important that we take this opportunity to recognise the almost four decades Sam Beare has been delivering excellent patient care.
As a hospice care provider that covers a large area of Surrey, 70% of what we deliver is out in the community and our specialist Sam Beare Community Team will still continue to support and care for over 280 patients and their families at any one time throughout Weybridge and the surrounding areas.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful team of dedicated staff and volunteers for all of the fabulous work they do, and are continuing to do; without you the work we do would not be possible.”
Read more about our new hospice and new build appeal to deliver the best quality of care and support here.
Download and read the full Sam Beare Hospice story: Sam Beare Hospices: a memory by Samantha Oakley.