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A HOSPICE has thanked members of a bridge club for raising and donating more than £43,000 this financial year.
The Sobell Bridge Club handed over £9,000 from the final quarter of 2014/15 to the Michael Sobell Hospice on Sunday, March 22.
Doug Edmonds, chairman of the bridge club, based at Mount Vernon Hospital, in Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, presented a cheque to Lindsey Fealey, CEO of the hospice, which is also housed inside the hospital.
Ms Fealey said: “The Sobell Bridge Club have once again raised an incredible amount for the hospice.
“The charity relies heavily on regular income such as this amount provided by the club.
“It enables us to predict and allocate our resources to the vital areas where our patients need it the most.
“We are very grateful to the club members for all of their support over the years.”
The ceremony was also attended by Councillor Chris Lloyd, chairman of Three Rivers District Council, which is the local authority for many of the club’s members.
He said: “It was a privilege to visit the Sobell Bridge Club and meet those who were learning how to play bridge, as well as some of its regular players.
“They are the second biggest bridge club in Hertfordshire and the 23rd largest club in the country.
“Their efforts over the last 23 years have provided vital support for many people and I look forward to visiting the hospice in the next few weeks and strengthening its links with the Three Rivers community.”
The Bridge club was established in 1992 with two main aims – to provide an opportunity for bereaved and lonely people to meet socially and to support the hospice.
Over its 23 years, the club has grown from a membership of 30 to more than 350 and has raised more than £700,000 for the hospice.