THE Hos­pice of St Francis cares for peo­ple across Herts and Bucks fac­ing life-lim­it­ing ill­ness, among them lo­cal man Bill Bar­rett, 66, who re­ceives care at home from the hos­pice’s com­mu­nity nurs­ing team to help with his chronic lung dis­ease.

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De­spite wear­ing a breath­ing tube Bill re­cently com­pleted the hos­pice’s five-mile Mid­night Walk, along with his wife Vanessa, to thank the staff for the care they have pro­vided. n Sup­port for Car­ers

Any­one af­fected by a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness can ac­cess the hos­pice’s ser­vices and there is also a ded­i­cated car­ers’ sup­port pro­gramme run­ning which in­cludes a first aid course and a mov­ing and han­dling train­ing course dur­ing Septem­ber.

To find out more about these and other ser­vices avail­able from our Spring Cen­tre visit www. stfran­ cen­tre. n Come to our Gar­dens!

As we en­joy the last days of sum­mer the Hos­pice will be open­ing the gates to its seven acres of vol­un­teer-kept gar­dens as part of the NGS Open Gar­dens Scheme on Sun­day, Septem­ber 4 from 2pm to 5pm.

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

En­trance to the event is £4 (chil­dren en­ter free). n Ways to Sup­port Us

Mean­while, as sum­mer draws in, we have plenty go­ing on to help the hos­pice raise the £4.8m it needs ev­ery year to pro­vide its ser­vices from our Go Pur­ple event on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7 to a huge va­ri­ety of more phys­i­cal chal­lenges. n Go Pur­ple!

Any­one can go pur­ple! It’s a sim­ple way to sup­port the Hos­pice and raise what you can for our care just by invit­ing a few friends over for a cof­fee morn­ing with pur­ple-iced cakes, wear­ing pur­ple for the day or com­ing up with your own pur­ple-themed fundrais­ing idea. n Trek China

If you’d like to travel fur­ther afield, come and find out more about our won­der­ful trek to China leav­ing next au­tumn at an open evening on Mon­day, Septem­ber 12. n Mud Pack Chal­lenge III

Well over a 1,000 lo­cal peo­ple have par­tic­i­pated in our Mud Pack Chal­lenge over the last two years.

If you have seen the posters but never com­mit­ted, now’s your chance to get in­volved.

Our Mud Pack Chal­lenge III is bet­ter than ever and gives you the chance to test your stamina by run­ning through var­i­ous ob­sta­cles and lots of mud – all in the beau­ti­ful gar­dens of Ashridge House.

The mud-soaked smi­ley faces at the end show that every­one en­joys them­selves so give it a go and sign-up now. n Swim with a dif­fer­ence Test your stamina by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the brand new one mile open wa­ter swim­ming event in Lon­don’s Hyde Park Ser­pen­tine Lake on Satur­day, Septem­ber 24.

We are look­ing for keen swim­mers who want to swim the lake and raise what they can for our care with ev­ery stroke. n Rookie Cooks Chal­lenge

Are you a novice in the kitchen? The Rookie Cooks Chal­lenge, start­ing on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 29, will train eight peo­ple to cook from scratch with the hos­pice’s award win­ning chef Chris Took.

The eight-week fundrais­ing course will end with a three-course grand fi­nale din­ner on Satur­day, Novem­ber 20 to show­case your newly ac­quired culi­nary skills.

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