Green-fingered gardeners raise thousands

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Kind-hearted and green-fingered customers at a Telford garden centre have raised £2,000. Lakeside Garden Centre in Priorslee stocked up on ‘Rainbow’ narcissi bulbs and made the decision to sell them in aid of us. And they never guessed their venture would be such a blooming success. The packets of bulbs flew off the shelves as… Read more »

Fundraising pensioner beats lockdown by going online

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Fundraising pensioner beats lockdown by going online A well-known Shrewsbury pensioner, who has raised thousands of pounds for us, has swapped her collection bucket for a mousemat and turned to the internet to fundraise. For more than 20 years, the Beharrell family have raised thousands of pounds for us in donations from shoppers visiting Shrewsbury’s… Read more »

Severn Hospice chief executive Heather Tudor

Latest lockdown brings fresh concerns

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Latest lockdown measures have left us reeling as we have been forced to close all our shops for a second time and we face more restrictions on our fundraising. We have to raise more than £8 million a year from the public to provide our services. Devastated Our finances were devastated by the spring lockdown,… Read more »

Keepsake robins cause a flutter

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An extra special guest arrived at our hospice this week. Pip Haywood, his mum Becki and brother Oskar dropped by after being specially chosen to receive one of our brand-new robins. Following the success of our sell-out ironwork forget-me-nots back in 2016, we have launched our seasonal hand-painted keepsakes. Presented Pip, 10 was presented with… Read more »

Severn Hospice volunteer

Volunteers recognised for 915 years’ combined service

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Our charity stalwarts are celebrating a combined 915 years of volunteering. We presented 74 of our volunteers with certificates and badges for their long service and dedication – among them are five who have given up their time for 30 years. Another six have reached the 25-year mark, eight have helped for two decades, six… Read more »

Severn Hospice fundraisers

Friends nearly quintuple fundraising target

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Five men from Shrewsbury have almost quintupled their original fundraising target for us after we cared for their friends. And on Tuesday they presented us with a cheque for £9,348.55 – almost five times their £2,000 goal – during Hospice Care Week which celebrates the hard work of the sector. Adam Harris, Ryan Tisdale, Michael… Read more »

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 »