Woking and Sam Beare Hospices

WOKING & Sam Beare Hospices’ Midnight Walk attracted about 420 people to tackle its eight-mile course last weekend.

The walkers began to gather at Woking Leisure Centre at about 8pm for the 10pm start, the atmosphere building as those taking part exchanged stories about why they were walking.

EYECATCHERS – Monica and Sarah show off a  distinctive line in sunglasses

For many it was in memory of a loved one, and often with the walkers wearing a personalised T-shirt.

The warm-up concluded with a burst of disco music echoing the 80s theme of the night.  Legwarmers and shell suits had their day again.

IN THE PINK – Hilary, Sandie and Sarah enter into the spirit of fancy dress

The lead walkers completed the course in around two hours, although the event continued into the early hours as the remainder came home to the Leisure Centre.

Among the walkers was Marian Imrie, the new chief executive at the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Marian was present throughout and remained after her walk to hand out medals to the finishers.

The event, sponsored by Trident Honda, raised more than £60,000 last year, but a figure for this year’s event has yet to be finalised.

For the special picture spread get the 27 June edition of the News & Mail

WOKING Football Club’s manager has donated a prized possession to be auctioned in aid of the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices charity.

Alan Dowson handed over his Conference South Play Off medal to support the organisation’s fundraising efforts.

Alan Dowson hands over his medal to Phil Wormley

The medal is one of a limited edition of 23 given to the team and support staff at the club when it beat Welling Utd in the play-off final to be promoted back to the National League.

The promotion represents a successful season for “Dowse” and his players and a significant moment in the Cards’ history.

“I am delighted to give my winner’s medal to such a worthy and important cause as Woking & Sam Beare Hospices,” said Alan.

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is running a silent auction for bids to win the medal.

Bids for the medal should be sent, along with your name and a contact number, to business@wsbhospices.co.uk.

Payment, by cheque, credit card or cash, must be made within 24 hours of the auction deadline of noon on Friday 12 July. The winner will be announced during the pre-season friendly against Oxford United on Saturday 13 July.

For terms and conditions and more information, visit www.wsbhospices.co.uk/businessgroup.

For the full story get the 27 June edition of the News & Mail

A WEST End man who took up Thai boxing to help his daughter continue in the sport has raised more than £5,500 for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices by taking part in a fight, in which he suffered a broken rib.

Kelvin, a lifelong Woking-area resident who runs an electrical contracting company, turned to his business contacts and wide circle of local friends in his fundraising.

Coach Chris Murphy helps Kelvin warm up

He has previously raised £7,000 for the hospice, most of which came from running the London Marathon in 2014.

In January this year, after training regularly for several months, Kelvin noticed that there was to be a Thai boxing show in Guildford in May .

“I thought this would be a great way of raising money for the Woking Hospice. I would be able to sell lots of tickets and due to my age would be the complete underdog in this fight.”

Before he could take part in the full fight, he had to compete in two interclub bouts, which are similar to intensive sparring in which no winner is declared and the referee steps in if someone is getting hurt.

“Mick Murphy, Chris Murphy and Paul Boosey at Woking Thai spent lots of time with me improving my technique and fitness. Everyone at the club was really supportive and helpful in my training.”

The fight, at Rubix Nightclub at the University of Surrey, was refereed by Chris Batcheldor, a former Thai boxer, who was at The Winston Churchill School with Kelvin.

He was drawn against an opponent who had just turned 25. In the third of five scheduled rounds, Kelvin suffered a broken rib, but refused to retire.

“In the fourth round, I couldn’t breathe, and so the fight was stopped. The best man won and the greatest respect to Harry Vito Hale for smashing it and I wish him all the best in his future. This has been one hell of a journey.”

Kelvin said that he had always planned to take part in just one fully competitive fight, but is continuing training with Woking Thai at the Leisure Centre and nearby boxing club and will take part in interclub bouts.

He said that his wife Rebekah said the fight was the “craziest, most stupid” thing he had done.

Kelvin said he has been amazed at the amount of support he has received from friends and family.

“I have also been amazed and overwhelmed at the generosity of people. I was in the barbers talking about what I was doing and the chap next to me who I had never met before just handed me £5 to put towards my cause.

“It is an absolute pleasure to give just a little bit back for the great things that the people at the hospice do for others.”

DONATIONS can be made via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kelvin-franklin1.

For the full story get the 30 may edition of the News & Mail

A HIGHLY experienced senior healthcare manager has taken the role of chief executive at the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices on a fulltime, unpaid, basis.

Marian Imrie, who lives in Camberley and has an accountancy background, takes over at the hospices from Jayne Cooper, who was appointed to the role in May 2017 after seven months as interim CEO and director of nursing.

The new CEO of Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, Marian Imrie

The News & Mail reported two weeks ago that half of 627 people questioned in a recent survey did not know that the hospice is a charity and more than a third had no idea how it is funded.

Marian said that only a small proportion of the income comes from public funds. The vast majority of funding comes from donations, fundraising events and the hospice shops.

Tim Stokes, the hospices chairman, said that Jayne had decided to step down and thanked her on behalf of all the trustees.

“Her leadership has steered the hospices through a period of great change culminating in the relocation of services to its current facility in Goldsworth Park.

“Jayne has managed this transition with great efficiency ensuring that the exemplary care that we provide for our patients and their families in both the community and within the hospice has been maintained at the highest level. She has been actively engaged with our communities in the important work of promoting the role and the nature of hospice care in addition to shaping the development of its longer-term strategy.”

Tim said that Marian brings a “wealth of general and commercial management experience in the healthcare sector to her new role.”

For the full story get the 30 May edition of the News & Mail

DRUMS beat out a rhythm across Goldsworth Park Lake as teams of paddlers vied to speed colourful boats across the water on Sunday.

Twenty-two teams competed in this year’s dragon boat races, raising money for the Woking and Same Beare Hospices charity – urged on by drummers sitting in the bow. Many of the crews were racing for the first time.

A team of mighty dragon boat racers take to the water, urged on by the beat of their drummer

The 2019 champions were Viscount, one of two teams entered by builders Natta, from Crondall, near Farnham. The company came second last year.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the races and take part in the family fun day run alongside the event.

A lion from the Chinese School of Woking dances to encourage the racers and bring them fortune

Members of the Chinese School of Woking performed an awakening ceremony dance with their Chinese lions and the painting of the dragon’s eyes by Richard Roberts of sponsors Trident Honda and hospice supporter Sue Cook.

Rachelle Barnett, the events manager for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, said: “We are delighted to have had so many teams take part this year, the money raised will help us continue to provide our specialist care.

“We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the incredible volunteers who help set up and run the event, we couldn’t do it without them, to the community for joining us and enjoying the day, to all our fantastic Dragon Boat Teams and of course Trident Honda for sponsoring this event for the fourth year – we are truly grateful to you all.”  

See the special picture feature in today’s (23 May) News & Mail

THE future of the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is being put at risk from a lack of understanding about its value and that it is a charity reliant on fundraising activities and its 18 shops, the organisation has said.

The comment came after research into the views of local residents.

Woking and Sam Beare Hospices CEO Jayne Cooper

Half of 627 people questioned in the boroughs and areas covered by the hospice did not know that it is a charity and more than a third said they had no idea how it was funded.  

The hospice covers Woking, Surrey Heath, north Guildford, Spelthorne, Runnymede, and West Elmbridge but 31% of those surveyed thought that it cared only for people in Woking.

Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, said: “There was overwhelming surprise about the volume of services that we provide and a lack of understanding that we care for the whole family and not just the person who is unwell. We also learnt that a large majority where shocked to hear that over 70% of our specialist care is delivered in patient own homes.”

Jayne was speaking in the run-up to the launch of the hospice’s 2019 appeal, which coincides with Dying Matters Week, which began on Monday and runs until Monday 20 May.

For more information, www.wsbhospices.co.uk/2019Appeal

For the full story get the 16 May edition of the New & Mail

DRESS up for the 80s disco theme and “Let’s get physical” for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Midnight Walk at 10pm on Friday 21 June.

But this eight-mile challenge for ladies is about more than just the way the charity works to care for its patients’ physical needs – it also enables the hospice’s staff and volunteers to ensure that many other important aspects of their wellbeing are met too.

EVERY STEP YOU TAKE – Being part of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ Midnight Walk on June 21 helps to raise vital funds for the charity. This year the walk has an 80s disco theme.

Funds raised by walkers help the charity’s counsellors to listen to patients and also to their family and carers, helping to explore and alleviate their worries.

Event sponsorship can directly help the hospice’s social worker Caroline Hodgson to offer advice on often complicated issues that may be concerning patients and their families, such as benefits and finances, as well as arranging important experiences.

Caroline said: “We’ve organised two weddings, one vow renewal and arranged for a patient to have a virtual reality experience.  We will always try to go the extra mile, that’s what hospice care is about.

“If I can help a patient achieve their dreams, plan for the future, or be there for them at the end, then I’ve done my job.”

At a time when everything can feel confusing and overwhelming, the reassurance given by the CoSI team in people’s own homes overnight, matched with their nursing expertise, can reduce any stress caused by feeling responsible for a loved one’s medical needs, and enable families to be just that – family, not carers.

To support all these elements of the hospice’s care through your physical challenge, please register online for £15. Visit www.wsbhospices.co.uk/midnightwalk.  Female walkers must be aged 11 and upwards.

The hospice would also welcome men and ladies as volunteers to help with marshalling or indoor duties on the walk. There are further volunteering opportunities throughout the year within Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.

Please contact Rachelle Barnett on 01483 742683 or r.barnett@wsbhospices.co.uk to find out more about joining the support team.

For the full story get the 9 May edition of the News & Mail

A LUCKY guess won more than chocolate for one local family – they ended up with a brand-new tumble dryer as well.

Nick and Evone Purvis, along with their children Callum and Amy, received the appliance thanks to a winning guess in the charity event organised by RSM Domestic Appliances in Knaphill.

Nick and Evone Purvis with Amy and Callum, and Steve Haydon from RSM Domestic Appliances

All it took to enter was the donation of an Easter egg at their store in the High Street, allowing the family the chance to guess how many eggs were packed into the drum of the new Blomberg tumble-dryer.

“It’s a 10 kg machine, so it has the biggest drum you could get,” said Kirsty Haydon of RSM. “We managed to fit 255 eggs inside. Their guess was 256, just one out, which was the closest of all the entries by a long shot.”

The tumble-dryer was delivered and installed free of charge. The competition was the family firm’s way of boosting donations to Eagle Radio’s Egg Appeal, which collected chocolate eggs to share around more than 50 local charities and organisations, including Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, yourSanctuary and Woking Community Health Recovery Service.

For the full story get the 25 April edition of the News & Mail

YOU could be winning a brand-new tumble-dryer for just the price of an Easter egg, thanks to a charity event being run by RSM Domestic Appliances in Knaphill.

Donate an Easter egg at their store in the High Street, and that’s your chocolate entry to guess how many eggs are packed into the drum of the gleaming Blomberg appliance.

The magnificent grand prize of a brand new Blomberg tumble dryer

“Someone is going to win it and whoever that is are going to be over the moon. It’s just been named best tumble-dryer by Which,” said RSM managing director Steve Haydon.

“There’s no catch, no trick – just donate an egg and hopefully win a tumble-dryer. It costs £369.99, but will be free for the price of an Easter egg.”

How many eggs? The answer may surprise you

The competition was hit upon by the firm as a way to boost donations to Eagle Radio’s Egg Appeal, which helps give local, less fortunate children a happier Easter, collecting chocolate eggs to share around to more than 50 local charities and organisations, including Woking and Sam Beare Hospices, Your Sanctuary and Woking Community Mental Health Recovery Service.

If no one guesses the exact number, then nearest the total will win. If several people have the same winning guess, their names will go into a hat and the winner then chosen with a blind draw.

The competition will run until Friday 26 April. All eggs donated at RSM by 14 April will be dropped off to the Eagle Radio appeal. Any entries after that will be taken to St Peter’s Hospital for distribution there.

For more details, visit their website at rsmdomesticapplainces.com.

For the full story get today’s 11 April News & Mail

THE annual Midnight Walk to raise funds for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices will have a 1980s theme this year.


Top row, from left; Ali Cole-Wilkin, Susie Roberts, Jane Freeland. Bottom row, from left; Ella Jackson,  Beth Freeland and Megan Freeland.

The charity’s biggest annual fundraising event will include Susie Roberts and her Deans K-As Team who will be walking in memory of her husband Dean who was cared for by the hospice in 2016 before he died aged 54. He was the former chairman of Knaphill Athletic Football Club.

Susie said: “Deans K-As have taken part in the Midnight Walk in Deans memory every year since and we will continue to do so. Seeing all those people standing together makes me realise I’m not on my own. It’s such a fantastic event to be a part of.”

Jayne Cooper, the hospices CEO, said: “Last year we cared for over 2,000 patients, their carers and families across North West Surrey and the Midnight Walk raises the essential funds we need to continue this.”

The eight-mile Midnight Walk route starts and finishes at Woking Leisure Centre starting at 10pm on 21 June, and it is open to girls and woman aged 11 and over.

Registration is now open and if you sign up before 30 April you will enjoy the early bird entry of £15 per entrant. Walkers are encouraging all our walkers to dress in their best 1980’s gear and there will be prizes for the best dressed team and individuals. Walkers can also buy Midnight Walk T-shirts. The event is being sponsored by Trident Honda for the fourth year running and is supported by Freedom Leisure Centre.

FOR more information visit www.wsbhospices.co.uk/midnight or call 01483 881752.

For the full story get today’s (21 March) News & Mail