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THE Hospice of St Fran­cis cares for peo­ple across Bucks and Herts fac­ing life-lim­it­ing ill­ness, among them lo­cal mum-of-two, Charlie Frankum, who af­ter a di­ag­no­sis of cancer in 2013, was given just two months to live last June.

Since then, with the sup­port of the hospice, Charlie has ral­lied and says: “I can never thank the hospice enough for help­ing me heal at a crit­i­cal time in my re­cov­ery and giv­ing me back my life.

“I feel strong, de­ter­mined and in­cred­i­bly pos­i­tive about the fu­ture and it’s down to med­i­tat­ing, trust­ing the uni­verse, hav­ing faith that my an­gels are looking af­ter me and just know­ing that there are lots of peo­ple at the hospice I can turn to if I feel wor­ried about any­thing at all.”

You can read more of Charlie’ story in our sum­mer news­let­ter, avail­able on our web­site here www.stfran­ uk/me­dia-cen­tre/ news­let­ters.

Mean­while, as sum­mer con­tin­ues, we have lots go­ing on in July for those in our com­mu­nity.

Trustees Wanted for Hospice

We are invit­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from en­thu­si­as­tic in­di­vid­u­als to join our Board of Trustees and share re­spon­si­bil­ity for our strate­gic di­rec­tion and gov­er­nance.

We wel­come ap­pli­ca­tions from a di­verse cross-sec­tion of our com­mu­nity and are seek­ing can­di­dates with se­nior man­age­ment or board level ex­pe­ri­ence gained at a char­i­ta­ble, pub­lic sec­tor or com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion – par­tic­u­larly with a re­tail or ecom­merce back­ground or with ex­per­tise in HR or IT who can help shape the fu­ture di­rec­tion of the hospice’s trad­ing arm and back­of­fice ser­vices.

Please visit www.stfran­ to find out more or con­tact Clare Miles to regis­ter your interest by call­ing 01442 869 556 or email clare.miles@stfran­

Gar­den Party is a Record Breaker

Sun­shine and record crowds set the seal on our most suc­cess­ful gar­den party ever, rais­ing more than £38,000 to help fund our vi­tal care.

More than 4,000 vis­i­tors made the most of the sun­shine to flock to the big­gest event in our fundrais­ing cal­en­dar, which took place in the stun­ning grounds of Ashridge House on Sun­day, May 22.

Sup­port­ers en­joyed Pimms and pic­nics on the lawn, cream teas, bar­be­cue and salad lunches on the ter­race as well as live mu­sic, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and over 45 stalls sell­ing lo­cally pro­duced and hand­made wares.

Hospice CEO, Steve Jamieson, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted to mak­ing our gar­den party such a won­der­ful suc­cess – from our hosts Ashridge House, main spon­sors Home and Abroad Rentals and Pimms stall spon­sor BP San­ders, to our vol­un­teers, stall hold­ers and staff. It was fab­u­lous to see so many sup­port­ers of the Hospice hav­ing fun and rais­ing vi­tal funds for the work we do.”

Fam­ily Fun at the Steam Fayre

En­joy a packed week­end of fam­ily fun at the Da­co­rum Steam and Coun­try Fayre from 10am to 5pm on Satur­day, July 30 and Sun­day, July 31 with ev­ery­thing from heavy horse, black­smithing and birds of prey dis­plays to glass blow­ing, archery, steam en­gines, vin­tage trac­tors and fire and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles.

There’s fun for the chil­dren too, with cir­cus skills, Thomas the Tank En­gine rides and a chil­dren’s fair.

Adults £7, con­ces­sions/ chil­dren £4, fam­ily £15 – all pro­ceeds to the hospice.

The ac­tion takes place at Green Croft Farm, Pot­ten End, HP1 2SG.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.da­co­rum­ma­chin­eryand­ .

Swim Ser­pen­tine

Take part in this brand new one-mile open wa­ter swim in the Ser­pen­tine in Lon­don’s Hyde Park.

This mass par­tic­i­pa­tion event on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24 will see 6,000 swim­mers com­plete the chal­lenge as part of this new open wa­ter fes­ti­val, with 18 dif­fer­ent waves through­out the day.

Reg­is­tra­tion is just £25 per per­son and we ask you to raise a min­i­mum of £250 in spon­sor­ship for the hospice.

Visit www.stfran­ uk/ser­pen­tine.

Royal Parks Half Marathon

One of the most scenic city runs in the world, this stun­ning flat course, start­ing and fin­ish­ing in Hyde Park, takes place on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9 in the cap­i­tal’s world-fa­mous land­marks on closed roads and in­cludes four of Lon­don’s eight royal parks. We have just 20 guaranteed places avail­able for you to join our team! £40 reg­is­tra­tion fee, min­i­mum £400 spon­sor­ship.

Find out more at www. stfran­­al­parks-half-marathon.

Grab a bar­gain at Re­turned to Glory!

As our shops make room for ex­cit­ing new stock, make the most of the sum­mer sale at our pre-loved fur­ni­ture show­room Re­turned to Glory (Northbridge Road, Berkham­sted, HP4 1EH) from Satur­day, July 30 to Sun­day, Au­gust 7.

Up to 50 per cent off fur­ni­ture, ac­ces­sories and home­ware. All pro­ceeds to the hospice.

Open Gar­dens

Come and see our stun­ning hospice gar­dens which we’re open­ing as part of the NGS Open Gar­dens Scheme on Sun­day, Septem­ber 4 from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Ex­plore the sen­sory gar­den, wood­land walk or en­joy re­fresh­ments on the lawns with their views over to the Ashridge Es­tate.

The gar­dens were cre­ated from a brown­field site nine years ago and to­day are a haven for plants and wildlife, be­ing tended to by a team of en­tirely vol­un­teer gar­den­ers.

En­trance to the event is £4 and chil­dren en­ter free.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the hospice and events visit www.stfran­, on Face­book find: TheHospice­ofStFran­cis Twit­ter: hos­pic­st­fran­cis or phone 01442 869 555.

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