Posts By: Lucy Todman

New group could be just the tonic

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The benefits of nature on mental health and well-being have long been known and now we are offering our patients the chance to get more out of their enjoyment of the outdoors.  Occupational therapist Heather Fras has launched a Gardening & Tonic pilot at both of our hospices.  She hopes the horticulture course will instil confidence, well-being, resilience and… Read more »

Hospice to expand its retail network

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We are marking the lifting of lockdown by opening a new community shop – our 29th in the region.  The new community shop is set to open in Arleston But the search is already on for staff, we have already advertised for a new full-time manager and are also looking for volunteers to man the tills, work on the… Read more »

Schoolboy’s cycle challenge for charity

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When nine-year-old Drew Edwards was asked by his school to complete the ‘5K in May’ challenge, he decided to go one step further and raise money for us.  Along with the help of his mum and dad, grandad and little sister, the year four pupil who attends Bryn Offa School in Pant, near Oswestry rode 100 miles in… Read more »

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 »