HOSPICE OF ST FRAN­CIS

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Third Mud Pack Chal­lenge is ‘Best Yet’!

On Oc­to­ber 21, on a crisp au­tum­nal Sun­day morn­ing, over 750 peo­ple, in­clud­ing many from Che­sham, took part in The Hospice of St Fran­cis Mud Pack Chal­lenge III at Ashridge House tack­ling chal­leng­ing, muddy, ob­sta­cles, all to fund lo­cal Hospice care.

Join­ing the throng ne­go­ti­at­ing filthy swamps, slip­pery slides and skips full of cold, muddy, wa­ter, were four par­tic­i­pants from the Filthy Four from Che­sham tak­ing part for the sec­ond time.

Alex Jep­son, a graphic de­signer, said: “It’s the sec­ond time we’ve done it and would def­i­nitely do the Mud Pack Chal­lenge again.

“Our team loved the foam slide and ob­sta­cles, and the mo­ti­va­tion by the mil­i­tary. You al­ways know some­one who needs the Hospice care – a friend’s fa­ther came here – so it’s so good to sup­port a lo­cal char­ity and do some­thing fun too!”

Go Pur­ple

Thank you so ev­ery­one who sup­ported our re­cent Go Pur­ple day on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 7! Over 50 busi­nesses, groups, schools, nurs­eries and in­di­vid­u­als raised £££’s for the Hospice by dress­ing, bak­ing and paint­ing all dif­fer­ent shades of pur­ple to sup­port our Hospice care.

Art Bags

We’ve launched a new Art Bag for 2016, funded by Macmil­lan, to boost the well­be­ing of in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness in our com­mu­nity, or those who sup­port them.

The theme for the sec­ond art bag ini­tia­tive is ‘carve out a time and space for your­self’ and the bag contains all the ma­te­ri­als needed to com­plete a soap carv­ing in­clud­ing a beau­ti­fully scented LUSH soap. Once com­pleted, artists can re­turn their cre­ation to the Hospice to be ex­hib­ited. Find out more on our web­site.

“Our free art bags pro­vide an ac­ces­si­ble and sim­ple cre­ative ac­tiv­ity for those sup­ported by the hospice and the wider com­mu­nity,” ex­plains the Hospice’s Macmil­lan Cre­ative Ther­a­pist An­nalie Ash­well.

“Those who par­tic­i­pated in last year’s art bag re­ported to feel a range of ben­e­fits from be­ing trans­ported away from the here and now, to fo­cus­ing their mind and en­abling thoughts and feel­ings, that are hard to ar­tic­u­late in words, to take shape.”

Christ­mas and Be­yond!

Christ­mas is quickly com­ing and there are many ways to sup­port your lo­cal Hospice this fes­tive sea­son:

Re­cruit the fam­ily (and Jin­gle Dog) and dress up as Santa to join us for our an­nual Santa Dash through the streets of Hemel Hemp­stead on Sun­day De­cem­ber 11 at 10am.

Have fun and help us raise funds for the Hospice this Christ­mas time!

Buy some of our beau­ti­ful Christ­mas cards for sale on­line!

Pur­chase a Nor­we­gian spruce, non-drop, Christ­mas tree from the Hospice in early De­cem­ber.

Great prices with all prof­its from the sale of the trees go­ing to the Hospice.

Keep an eye on our web­site for de­tails.

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