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Severn Hospice Christmas raffle

Join our Christmas raffle

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We’ve launched our Christmas raffle and we’re hoping our nurse’s personal appeal for support will ensure it’s a success. We use our special raffle and weekly lottery to raise almost £1 million a year towards care – a fundraising source made even more important by the impact of lockdown and pandemic restrictions as people can… Read more »

Severn Hospice nurses retire

Nurses retire after combined 51 years’ service

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Two experienced nurses from Shrewsbury have washed their scrubs for the last time after dedicating a combined 51 years caring for patients with incurable illness. Caring duo Christine Johnson, 61, and Jan Smith, 56, have both retired from their posts. Christine has been with us from the start, joining in 1989 when our first ward… Read more »

Alan’s lasting legacy of care

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In the five years since his wife passed away at our hospice, Alan Cartwright has returned time and time again. And he wants to share their story of care to support this week’s Hospice Care Week. “It’s never been more important to support the hospice. I will do what I can for as long as… Read more »

Jeanette Whitford, Severn Hospice chair

New Chair ready for next chapter

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A new Chair has joined our board of trustees – and she has paid tribute to her predecessor. Jeanette Whitford, who returned to her beloved Shropshire last year, will take over from Tony Cordery, who has stood down after six years in the role. Jeanette said: “I am completely honoured – it is an extraordinary… Read more »

Severn Hospice Lights of Love goes online

Lights of Love goes online

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For the first time ever, families from across the globe can all be part of our special Christmas service to remember loved ones missed. Our Lights of Love service will be taking place virtually this year instead of at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury – and it means anyone with internet access can watch when it is… Read more »

Ovenu donation

Businessman donates 10% of earnings

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The owner of a Shropshire valeting business is looking forward to his next challenge after presenting us with a cheque for £1,145. Andrew Bowcott handed the donation on Friday and hinted of future fundraisers in the pipeline. The owner of Ovenu Telford South pledged to support us after hearing how we lost the ability to… Read more »

Trainer joins board of trustees

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One of our long-standing trainers has stepped up to the challenge of joining our board of trustees. With a background in HR, Ann Johnson is our newest member and brings a wealth of experience. She was appointed trustee late last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that her first 10 months have been challenging… Read more »

Severn Hospice charity shop Mid Wales

New shop opening back on track

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Shoppers will be caring for Mid Wales families whenever they bag a bargain when our new charity store opens in Newtown this week. We had planned to open the shop in the town’s Bear Lanes Shopping Centre in March, but the opening was delayed when the country when into lockdown. Staff are this week putting… Read more »

Little things all add up for one Shrewsbury couple

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Over three decades, two super supporters from Shrewsbury have raised thousands of pounds for us. Anne and Brian Hobson began fundraising 30 years ago and since then they have raised a staggering £38,000. From small beginnings, they have gone on to make wooden toys and birdboxes, organised fetes and auctions, and sold eggs and garden… Read more »

A dozen shops to reopen this month

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Bargain hunters will be in for a treat this month when we reopen 12 more of our community shops.  We closed all 28 of our shops at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Lockdown has meant that we lost the ability to raise £100,000 a week.  But since June, the community shops have gradually been reopening. Our retail staff have worked hard… Read more »