Sup­port hos­pice by go­ing pur­ple

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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.

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