THE HOSPICE OF ST FRANCIS
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.
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. stfrancis.org.uk/spring 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.