Newsletter – October 2021

Staff News


Happy Retirement:  We said goodbye to Staff Nurse Deborah James on 26th September.  Debs is retiring after 17 years at CoBH.  Her retirement was marked with a celebratory breakfast after her last night shift.  All good wishes for a long, happy and healthy retirement Debs


Long Service: Health Care Assistant, Kim Baines, celebrated an amazing 30 years service this month.  Congratulations Kim – what a fantastic achievement and thank you for all your care and kindness during that time.


HHFT Ambassador:  Senior Sister Joana Ribeiro has taken on the role of HHFT ambassador for international staff working within HHFT.  Many international staff work within the NHS and it is so important that they are welcomed and supported,  Joana is from Portugal and her experience will be invaluable to help international staff to settle in


Welcome: Trust Doctor Hannah Poole has joined us this month.  Hannah will be with us for a year and we are delighted that she has become part of the team.



We need You – Look out for our Annual Door Drop

Which will be delivered from 4th October.  Deliveries are spread over a 2-3 week period from this date so you may not receive it at the same time as others.  The mailing will include our annual appeal and our Christmas card leaflet.  It is not possible to exclude current supporters from the door drop.  However, it is a very cost-effective way for us to reach a large number of households we would normally not be in touch with to raise funds and awareness of our work.  Make your donation online



CoBH Christmas Cards and Gifts will be available from the Hospice from Monday 11th October.   Cards and gifts will be on sale on weekdays from 10am – 12pm and 2pm-4pm.  Please don’t come to the Hospice if you have symptoms or are isolating.  All our Christmas Cards and gifts will be on our website from 4th October and cards can also be ordered on the leaflet in our door drop.
CoBH Shop         2021 Christmas Card Order Form





Congratulations to Harry Plumstead and the Radley Ramblers who completed their 75 Dartmoor Tors challenge and raised a staggering £3,844 in memory of Harry’s Grandmother Nicole Carr-Smith.

Thank you so much



Two local bowling clubs came together for an annual charity match in aid of CoBH. 
The bowls match between the St Mary Bourne and Andover bowling clubs saw players compete for a trophy, as well as enjoying refreshments, a raffle and auction.  The event was opened by Matron Sarah McGaughey and, alongside a car boot sale, raised an amazing £1,040 with a further £205 to come from Lloyds Bank in match funding.  Thank you so much to John Booth, St Mary Bourne team captain and everyone involved for their hard work in raising such a magnificent total.



Thank you to Needles and Natter who have very kindly made and donated these beautiful quilts for us



Thank you to the Andover & District Model Engineering Society who donated £500 from their recent open day at Wherwell.  Trustee Bruce Parker went along to meet members of the group and receive their cheque.




Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Parry on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and thank you to your family and friends for donating a wonderful £810 to CoBH.
Andover Health Walks, the Foresters Arms, the Glen Peters Golf Tournament, Shocking Shambles Line Dancing, Switch International (UK) Ltd, the Tiddly Dyke Quilters, Wherwell Playing Field Pavilion, Woodstock Plumbing and Heating Supplies,
and all Friends of the Hospice and everyone who collects Coins for the Countess.



FOLLOWING the humongous success of his cruises around the town last year, Andover’s very own Santa will be returning this December.
Santa will be travelling around Andover in his sleigh on December 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 and 19.  And this year, lifting of restrictions means the team are able to collect on the nights and have chosen to support CoBH.   At a launch event at the hospice on Friday, Kevin Rush, said: “The main difference is that this year we will be able to do collections, and we want to try and get as much as we can.”
The routes have been slightly altered, so that the team can maximise the number of streets covered. They are also hoping to do something the weekend before, where Santa parks up and is static, so people can donate in exchange for a photo with Santa and the sleigh.  Click here for more information about Andover’s Santa Cruises, including being one of the first to know his routes.



Grace Davis will be shaving her beautiful 4ft long hair on 8th October.  She will be splitting the money raised between Little Princess Trust, Ed’s Expedition and CoBH.  We looked after Grace’s Nana earlier in the year.  Please click here if you would like to donate.



Paul Ellison and Mike Wilson (and Bailey the dog) aka The Lighthouse Laddies are on the final leg of their challenge to visit the 140 Lighthouses across the North-East of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland which make up the Light The North Art Trail.  The challenge is due to finish on 17th October and is in memory of Paul’s brother Graeme who was cared for at Brecknock Hospice earlier this year and to support the work of CLAN Cancer Support in the North-East of Scotland where Mike is a board member.  They have already raised a wonderful £815 and you can support them here



Vicky and Elena will finish off their running challenge in memory of Alex Roberts with the Virtual London Marathon this weekend.  Good Luck Girls!    You can support them here



Sinead Lucker will be running 50 miles in memory of her grandad who was looked after by the hospice a couple of years ago.  Sinead will be aiming to run a couple of miles each day until she has completed the 50 miles.  You can support Sinead here.



Lucy Halpin and Tom Appleton are still running either 50k or 50 miles every month in memory of Kevlar Reid. You can support them here.



Could you bake a cake or cookies for our cake stall?   We are planning to have a cake stall at the Christmas Shopping Event on 20th November to raise more funds for the hospice. Items can be dropped off at the Hospice on the Friday or Saturday morning.  Due to new legislation, please let us know the ingredients of your baked goods.  If you can help or need more information, please contact Michele on 07483 150351





Looking to sell your crafts and handmade items?   Stalls now available at our Christmas Shopping Event at the Hospice on Saturday 20 November from 10am – 4pm.  Please contact Noelle on 01264 359789 or click here for more details

Newsletter – October 2021
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