Woking and Sam Beare Hospices

BEREAVED families and friends have donated £148,000 to Woking & Sam Beare Hospices through a local funeral home.

Woking Funeral Service director James Ray said he noticed families preferred to ask for charity donations rather than receive flowers, and so set up a scheme to help the hospice through MuchLoved, a bereavement charity.

IN MEMORY – Phil Wormley, left, and James Ray in front of the Tree of Life in Woking Hospice, a sculpture where leaves are dedicated to loved ones

James said: “We’ve seen donations go from around £100 in a collection box at the end of a funeral service to £1,000 online.”

Woking Funeral Service has raised more than £250,000 for various charities since the scheme was started by the Funeral Partners network five years ago, with more than half going to the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

James said: “We always make sure families are aware of the MuchLoved service and many decide to use it. We promote it in the funeral order of service and also send the link for families to distribute to those who can’t attend the funeral.

“I’ve seen Woking & Sam Beare Hospices work relentlessly to improve the quality of life of those with life-limiting illnesses. It’s easy to see why we and so many of our families choose to support them.”

For the full story get the 31 October edition of the News & Mail

IT WAS a night of fantastic fireworks and fiery feats at Chobham on Friday evening last week.

Chobham Rugby Club staged its annual pyrotechnics extravaganza, with the added attraction of brave souls fire walking for charity.

The hospice fire walk track blazes, as the fireworks night crowd looks on

More than 2,000 people were at the club’s ground in Fowlers Mead for the fireworks display, the 27th year it has been run there as a village event.

Before the sky was lit up, 27 people took on the challenge of a sponsored fire walk in aid of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. They have so far raised more than £2,600, with money still coming in and the proceeds of a bucket collection by volunteers on the night to be added.

The hospice charity staged its fifth annual fire walk in the lead up to the bonfire being lit. A 15ft tracks of logs was set alight and burned down to glowing embers before the fundraisers strutted swiftly along it.

John Jones swiftly tackles the foot-warming ordeal

“Before the walk started, Bonnie Parker from Twisted Entertainment performed an amazing fire show,” hospice communications officer Marie Howse. “The bonfire was lit for the perfect backdrop for the shortest, hottest sponsored walk.

“A cheering crowd encouraged the walkers as they all completed their challenge of strolling over the hot embers. “A special thanks to Chobham Rugby Club for letting us be a part of their fireworks extravaganza.”

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices has a variety of fundraising events planned for the rest of the year, from a silent disco at Kingfield School on Saturday to its annual Santa Run on Sunday 1 December.

For more information on how you can help raise money for the charity, visit the events section of www.wsbhospices.co.uk.

For the full story get the 31 October edition of the News & Mail

FIREFIGHTERS have presented a cheque for more than £1,000 to the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices charity, as part of money raised by Woking Fire Station’s open day last month.

Woking White Watch firefighters Mike Frost, Andy Castle and Paul Bills and borough commander Paula Hartwell present a cheque to Nic Morgan-Savage, complimentary therapy lead at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

“We run an open day at the station every year if we can, but I set out this year to make it the best yet,” said Paula Hartwell, the Woking borough commander. “We had more entertainers and stalls for the community to enjoy and help raise more funds.

“We raised over £3,000 on the day, which will be shared by the Fire Fighters Charity and the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.”

After all the funds raised and donations had been collated, the hospices received £1,082.45.

The open day, on 14 September, offered the public the opportunity to meet the fire crews and watch some spectacular displays, as well as entertaining youngsters with face painting, bouncy castles and mini fire engine rides.

For the full story get the 17 October edition of the News & Mail

BIG-HEARTED members of the community splashed out on Sunday to raise funds for charity at the Woking Rotary Swimathon.

Woking Mayor Cllr Beryl Hunwicks with Steve Henderson, commercial director of Trident Honda, Ben Flude, Woking Rotary Club president, and teams from the Marist School and Trident Honda

More than 300 people took the plunge to help the event, which has raised more than £150,000 in the last 11 years.

The Woking Hospice Mermaids, Lyn Hine, Kerry Bennett, Rhona Byrne, Gill Matthews and Heidi Vinson

The event is open to teams of up to six swimmers, who swim for a total of 55 minutes between them in their own lane, with each member getting sponsorship for the team.

Organiser Terry Smith said: “This year we are supporting more charities – the Mayor’s charities, Your Sanctuary and Women’s Support Centre, Woking and Sam Beare Hospice, Transform Housing & Support, Horsell Village School (Outdoor learner-centre), Samber (Riding For the disabled), Woking Street Angels and Woking Shop Mobility.”

For the full story and pictures, get the 17 October edition of the News & Mail

THE Rotary Club of Woking is looking for people to come along a make a splash at its Swimathon on Sunday 13 October at the Pool in the Park.

The fun event, to raise money for local charities, will be started by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, and run from 9am to 6pm.

POOLING RESOURCES – The Rotary Club Swimathon has become a popular annual event and raised more than £125,000 for local charities

The event is open to teams of up to six swimmers, who will swim for a total of 55 minutes between them in their own lane, with each member getting sponsorship for the team.

Team members take it in turns to swim a length at a time, so, on average, each swimmer will complete between 10 and 20 lengths. There is no need for team members to swim the same number of lengths, and everyone who swims will be given a commemorative medal.

Sponsorship is based on the team’s total number of lengths swum, which can be up to 100 lengths or more.

The minimum age for swimmers is eight, although children under the age of 16 will need parental consent.

The Rotary Club stresses that all swimmers have to be safe in deep water, but because team members swim only one length at a time there is no requirement to be especially strong, just confident.  Swimmers will be resting between lengths.

Since the first Rotary Swimathon in September 2007, more than £125,000 has been raised, with £10,000 going to good causes through last year’s renewal.

This year’s beneficiaries are the mayor’s charities – Your Sanctuary and Women’s Support Centre – Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, Transform Housing & Support, Horsell Village School (outdoor learner centre), Samber (Riding for the Disabled), Woking Street Angels and Woking Shop Mobility.

The principal sponsor of the Swimathon is once again Trident Honda.

For further information and entry forms, please visit www.rotarywoking.co.uk. For any other entry or sponsorship inquiries, please contact Terry Smith on 01483 762832 or at terry@wychstar.co.uk. To donate online, the Rotary Club of Woking Benevolent Fund is registered at  www.virginmoneygiving.com, with a page for the Swimathon.

COMEDIAN Bobby Davro visited patients and staff at Woking & Sam Beare Hospice in Goldsworth Park ahead of his annual fundraising gala for the charity.

Davro was accompanied by impressionist Danny Posthill, who was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 in a visit to the Wellbeing Centre and then the ward.

Bobby pops in to visit Pauline and John Erridge and Bernard Eyre at the WSB Wellbeing Centre

The Gala Spectacular will be held on Sunday 27 October at the New Victoria Theatre. The comedian is a longstanding supporter of the hospice after his mother was cared for by the Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge.

Kerry Bennett, the  Woking & Sam Beare Hospices marketing director, said: “It was a pleasure to have Bobby and Danny visit us at the hospice and we are all really looking forward to the Gala Spectacular.

Bobby Davro with flyers for his fundraising show later this month

“On behalf of all those they made smile we thank them both for taking the time out of their busy schedules”.

The hospices deliver 8,760 hours of care and support to 2,000 patients each year. More than 70% of this is done in patients’ homes for in care or nursing homes.

Patients are primarily from Woking, Surrey Heath, north Guildford, Spelthorne, West Elmbridge and Runnymede but the hospice also cares for some people outside this region.

The charity needs to raise more than £8 million a year to provide its services, which are free of charge.

To buy tickets of the Gala Spectacular show, visit wsbhopsuces.co.uk/bobbydavro or call the hospices’ fundraising team on 01483 742771

For more pictures get the 3 October edition of the News & Mail (Pictures by Terry Habgood)

A CYCLIST pedalled the length of Britain in memory of his mother, to raise more than £3,000 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Chris Read exceeded his target of £2,500 while taking part in the 980-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain, to bring his total fundraising for the charity to nearly £10,000.

A triumphant Chris Read at the end of his 980-mile charity cycle ride

He started cycling in aid of the hospice after it looked after his mother Gillian, who lived in Ashford, in her final days around Christmas 2012.

Chris said the cycle ride from Lands End at the foot of Cornwall to John O’Groats on the north Scottish coast was “pretty brutal”. The worst aspect was becoming saddle sore at the end of the fourth day, leaving four more days of painful cycling. Most of the other nearly 900 cyclists were also suffering.

“At the start each day, we all stood up as we started and then there was a collective groan as everyone sat down,” he added.

Chris said he also felt a lot of pain in his knees and the steep climbing on the first day in Cornwall was “horrific”.

“I’m never cycling there again – next time it will be by motorbike, car or coach.”

Despite the pain, Chris described the ride as an amazing adventure and an experience he would never forget.

“If you’re thinking of doing this challenge stop thinking about it and just sign up. It’s probably the most challenging thing you will do on a bike but the feeling at the end is just awesome.”

Chris is planning to take part in the Ride London cycle event next year. He has taken part for the past three years, raising £6,230 for the hospice.

Contributions can still be made to Chris’s sponsorship total at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-read28.

For the full story get the 26 September edition of the News & Mail

WOKING Lions hosted a celebration evening at Horsell Bowling Club recently  to mark raising almost £9,000 for good causes from its Martian Race in June. Cheques were  presented to many of the beneficiaries.

The race honours the HG Wells novel The War of the Worlds, in which the Martians first land on Horsell Common.

CHEQUE THIS OUT – Beneficiaries of the Woking Lions’ Martian Race show off the donations made to their various charities. The mayor is in the back row, second from right

This year’s race, the fourth renewal, was sponsored thanks to Richard Roberts, the managing director of Trident Honda, Ottershaw, and attracted  610 people to register for the 5k, 10km or half-marathon distances.

The evening was attended by the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Beryl Hunwicks.

Among the donations, £1,000 was received by Marion Imrie, chief executive of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, and £750 by David Annand, of Transform Housing & Support’s local branch. 

Tony Bennett, chief executive of Woking Mind, was given £750, and the same amount presented to Steve Thomas, chief executive of Let’s Read. 

On behalf of Woking Lions, president Jackie Taylor thanked those who helped make the Martian race possible, including Fairoaks Airfield and Chobham Business, McLaren and Horsell Common Preservation Society.

For the full story get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

A RECORD £2,000 was raised for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices at an annual fundraising fishing competition.

Match winner Roger Bell, left, was presented with his trophies by Sam Molnar, whose brother, John Akers, was cared for at Woking Hospice

More than 40 anglers of all ages took part in the event, held in memory of John Akers, who was cared for by Woking Hospice until his death in 2013.

Sean Mitchell, who organised the event on Sunday 8 September at Willinghurst Fishery in Shamley Green, said: “Many of us involved have been touched by the great work done by the hospice in helping our family and friends,

“We’re pleased to be have been able to raise some money for such a great cause.”

For the full story get the 19 September edition of the News & Mail

THE care given to a terminally ill woman by the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices has inspired her son to raise money for the charity by cycling the length of the country.

Chris Read is taking part in the 980-mile Deloitte Ride Across Britain, hoping to raise £2,500 for the hospices.

INSPIRED – Chris Read with his son Charlie after completing Ride London this year to raise money for the hospices

Chris has previously raised £6,230 for the hospices by taking part in the Prudential Ride London for the past three years.

The charity looked after his mother Gillian, who lived in Ashford, in her final days around Christmas 2012.

“The care she received was amazing and just as important the care my father received in the months afterwards was life saving. The work they do is truly inspiring and I feel it’s very important for me to give something back,” he said.

FOR more information, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-read28.

For the full story, get the 12 September edition of the News & Mail