To hospice fundrais­ers with love

Char­ity event or­gan­ised by name­sake coun­cil­lor

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

MICHAEL So­bell Hospice is to ben­e­fit from a 007-themed fundraiser or­gan­ised by a coun­cil­lor named James Bond.

The event will be a spon­sored walk on Novem­ber 28 which sets off from St Luke’s Hospice in Ken­ton and fol­lows an eight mile route to Michael So­bell in North­wood, with pro­ceeds go­ing to both hos­pices.

Mr Bond, who is a coun­cil­lor in Har­row, de­vised the event in mem­ory of his mother

The Uxbridge Gazette Se­ries Mar­garet, who was cared for at the North­wood Hospice.

He will be wear­ing his best 007 tuxedo for the walk and oth­ers will be tak­ing part dressed as char­ac­ters from the fa­mous fran­chise, which is back in the news this week as the lat­est Bond film Spec­tre ar­rives in cine­mas.

Coun­cil­lor Bond said: “My mother was cared for at the Michael So­bell Hospice in the weeks lead­ing up to her pass­ing and I can’t thank them enough for the kind­ness they gave, not only to my mother but to my brother and fa­ther at such a sad time.

“I also want to ac­knowl­edge and sup­port St Luke’s Hospice, who give so much care and devo­tion to the ter­mi­nally ill and their friends and fam­ily.”

To help launch the walk, chief ex­ec­u­tives of St Luke’s and Michael So­bell Hospice, Robin Webb and Lind­sey Fealey, joined Coun­cil­lor Bond in dress­ing up as char­ac­ters from the James Bond films.

Robin Webb said: “It’s an op­por­tu­nity for our teams to work to­gether which I think is the start of some­thing new and ex­cit­ing go­ing for­ward.”

Com­mu­nity and Events Fundraiser of Michael Bell Hospice Tr­ish Mule added: “Ev­ery fund raiser is a huge event for us. Walk­ing brings aware­ness for us which is so im­por­tant and any­thing raised di­rectly helps us fund the hospice.”

This is the sec­ond fundraiser the coun­cil­lor has set up for Michael So­bell Hospice in mem­ory of his mother.

In 1987, Coun­cil­lor Bond set him­self the task of try­ing to visit ev­ery tube sta­tion in a day. His ef­forts saw £23,000 raised for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port and So­bell Hospice.

To reg­is­ter for the free walk on Satur­day

Michael Novem­ber 28 at 10.30am, visit www.stlukes-hospice. org/hos­pice2hos­pice or call 020 8382 8112.

n THE NAME’S BOND...: Coun­cil­lor James Bond with chief ex­ec­u­tives of St Luke’s and Michael So­bell Hospice, Robin Webb and Lind­sey Fealey

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