Support hospice by going purple
IT’S Hospice Care Week from October 5 to 11.
Last year our experienced team supported more than 2,100 patients living with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers from Chesham, Amersham and across West Herts.
During the week, do look out for posters around the area, and online, outlining how we help those with a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, or visit our website www.stfrancis. org.uk to find out more about us.
We would also be delighted if the people of Chesham could support us during the week by joining our Go Purple day on Friday, October 9.
Can you wear purple for the day, bake purple-iced cakes to sell and host a coffee morning or be creative and organise your own crazy purple-themed fundraising activity? The aim is to make purple the colour of the day and help us turn purple into pounds.
Anyone can take part – schools, businesses, individuals. All we ask is that you have fun and donate what you can to help people who need our hospice services.
For your Go Purple info pack, call 01442 869 555 or email gopurple@stfrancis. org.uk. ■ IF you like mud and the outdoors, you may also like to support us during October by doing our five or 10-mile Mud Pack Obstacle Challenge on Sunday, October 18 around the stunning gardens of Ashridge House.
Open to anyone over 15, you can register today at www.stfrancis.org.uk/ mudpack.
Our Pony Days continue to be popular with 11 families taking part over the past few months.
These see children riding horses in our grounds, which helps them build resilience either pre or post bereavement.
LAST year we supported over 750 patients, and their carers, at our Spring Centre.
During the autumn we are running a hair, wig and nail care workshop designed to increase women’s self-esteem and
COLOURFUL: The Hospice of St Francis is urging people to Go Purple on October 9 confidence after chemotherapy and are continuing to offer courses like our kitchen garden group, cognitive behavioural therapy and adapted tai chi to help with patients’ wellbeing.
FIFTY leaves dedicated to a special people who have died have already been bought on our new Memory Tree in our chapel.
IF you are looking to update your furniture or start a new hobby, we have painting workshops using chalky Autentico paint during the autumn at Returned to Glory, our preloved furniture store in Berkhamsted. Find out more on Facebook/ ReturnedtoGlory.
WE know we are early, but our charity Christmas cards are available now for those who like to be organised. We have lots of lovely designs and prices starting at £3.25 – available via our website.
For all those who love our annual Santa Dash at Riverside Hemel Hempstead, this year’s date is Sunday, December 13 at 10am. Ho Ho Ho.