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Hospice has a new head gardener

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A love of gardening as a small child has led one man to our doors.  Joel Richards has just taken on the role of head gardener at our gardens at Apley in Telford and Bicton in Shrewsbury.  The 47-year-old from Bomere Heath, near Shrewsbury can’t wait to get his hands mucky and is letting his imagination run… Read more »

Hospice says thanks to volunteers

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To mark Volunteers’ Week 2021, we said a huge Thank You to all those who give up their time and work free of charge in our hospices, shops, and gardens.  We have more than 1,000 volunteers in our organisation. At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the large majority were asked to put… Read more »

Volunteer Ralph is proud of his role

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There can’t be many people who are prouder to be a volunteer with Severn Hospice than 74-year-old Ralph Prince.  Since December 1996, he has been a committed lottery collector.  And for the past five years he has helped out at our charity shop in Wem, sorting books, DVDs, and CDs, working on the till and meeting customers.  Ralph, who lives in Stanton-upon-Hine-Heath, is now back working as a volunteer in the shop after lockdown… Read more »

Head gardener is off for pastures new

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A future of wildlife conservation and volunteer work beckons for our green-fingered head gardener.  After almost seven years, Tony Comley has decided the time has come to hang up his secateurs and move on to pastures new.   But he won’t be leaving us for good. Instead, he plans to be back as a regular volunteer.   Tony joined the team back in 2014 and has made… Read more »

Dealership loans electric cars to hospice

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A Shropshire car dealership has just loaned us two electric vehicles, which will be used to take our doctors and nurses out in to the community. Rybrook BMW in Shrewsbury handed over the keys to two BMW i3 vehicles last week and the cars will be used when our clinical staff visit people living with incurable… Read more »

Prayers are answered by tech-savvy chaplain

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Our chaplain is not letting the pandemic stop him from providing spiritual support to our patients.  Before the pandemic, people who were either on our wards at or using our Day Services, met on the third Tuesday of the month to worship in our sanctuary.  But for almost a year they have been unable to do so, as many of them have been shielding and restrictions have been placed on those… Read more »

School students take on global challenge

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Taking inspiration from one of their most famous past pupils, students at a Shropshire school are attempting to virtually circumnavigate the world in, not 80 days, but 40.  And they are doing it all for charity.  To keep the 800 students at Shrewsbury School active during lockdown, philosophy teacher Giles Bell challenged them to run,… Read more »

Lent challenge in memory of renowned musician

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A musician from London, who each year completes a crazy fundraising challenge, is running more than 1,000km during Lent to fundraise for us.  Finan Jones always chooses a charity close to his heart when he undertakes his challenges – which have included swimming 235.2km, surviving on just £47 for 47 days, and running 500km.  In the past he has raised… Read more »

Schoolgirl strides out on End-to-End challenge

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A Shropshire schoolgirl is walking from one end of the UK to the other without leaving her hometown to raise money for us after we cared for her mum.  Imogen Leith, or Immy as she is known, is just 11 years old but she is not letting her age or lockdown beat her and is determined to finish her marathon, 874-mile-long walk – the distance from Land’s… Read more »

Hospice welcomes £21,000 donation

Hospice welcomes £21,000 Tree of Light donation

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Fundraisers in Telford have been thanked for a £21,000 donation ‘which couldn’t have come at a better time’ for us. The four Rotary clubs in Telford chose us to benefit from their annual Tree of Light fundraising campaign. And thanks to their commitment and support – and despite the pandemic – they successfully matched last… Read more »