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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.

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