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Valentine Concert raises Funds for Hospice

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Students from Saint Christina’s School delighted us with a Valentine’s Concert, the first of our 2014 Music Series, to raise money for the Hospice.

The concert was held on Wednesday 12 February in our beautiful onsite Chapel, the Church of Saint John of Jerusalem, which could not have been a more perfect setting for this special evening. With just 3 weeks to prepare, the choir performed flawless renditions of classic love songs, such as What a Wonderful World and Oscar winning song Beauty and the Beast. We also got to hear a recital of traditional love poems by the students.

The total raise from the concert was £519.81!

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and students who attended for their support and generosity. With special thanks to Mr Allan Richards and the Music Department at Saint Christina’s School for organising such a wonderful concert.

Our next concert at the Chapel will be performed by students from Arnold House School on Tuesday 11th March – please call 020 7806 4074 for further details.

Hospice Shop Gets John Lewis Touch

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The St John's Hospice Shop has just had a window makeover thanks to the John Lewis Oxford Street branch.

Employees from the Oxford Street store descended down on to the High Street, stripped the window and redressed it complete with new mannequins and clothes. ‘Now it looks like a high end retail clothes store' commented Katherine, the Charity Wide Community Officer at the Hospice.

The Hospice shop benefits from donated goods from the local community and stocks among other items high end fashion clothing at very affordable prices. For more information on how to donate to the Shop, visit the Hospice Charity shop page, call 020 7449 9791 to speak to the Shop Manager or just drop in at 86 St John’s Wood High Street, NW8.

Light Up A Life raises over £18,000

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The St John’s Wood Church was packed for the Hospice’ annual Light Up A Life remembrance event. Hundreds turned out on December 11 for the moving service before walking through the street back to the marquee at the rear of the Hospital Chapel for the switching on of the Christmas Lights. The procession was greeted by carols from the Sylvia Young Choir as they walked up the drive which was lined with lanterns. The evening raised over £18,000 for the Hospice.

The Wall of Stars was also unveiled featuring personal dedications to loved ones. The Wall of Stars is now displayed in the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth and will be there until mid January 2014. You can also view your messages in the Book of Dedication in the Chapel and online here. If  you would like to make a donation or dedicate a star, click here or call 020 7806 4011.

Christmas Fayre entertains tens of thousands and raises £25,000

Fayre Tens of thousands of residents enjoyed our Christmas Fayre last Sunday - raising £25,000.

Visitors enjoyed funfair rides and Christmas shopping at 70 stalls selling clothes, jewellery and cosmetics along with festive food and mulled wine.

Meanwhile, over 250 children met Peppa Pig - the busiest attraction of the day - while hundreds of others were entertained on rides.

Over 13 schools and theatre groups performed Christmas songs on St John's Wood High Street throughout the day, including Sylvia Young, the Rock Choir Saint Christina’s and Sarum Hall School.

Actress Maureen Lipman drew the raffle and then switched on the St John’s High Street Christmas Lights before an Elvis impersonator performed the finale.

The Hospice Fundraising Director Mark Thomas said: "We are so grateful to the whole community for making our Fayre such a success. It was a wonderful event, which everyone seemed to have a fantastic time at - but also raised £25,000. All of these funds will go to providing specialist palliative care to Hospice patients."

“We appreciate the support of all the volunteers who helped out on the day, the St John’s Wood NW8 Business Association and all our sponsors (Lords, Casualty First, Hanover Residential, Anscombe and Ringland, Penrose Care and JPC Law). Without them, we wouldn’t be able to stage such a big event."
“We are planning to make next year’s even better!”

During the day children also got the chance to meet with live reindeer, which were kindly sponsored by the Duke of York. Santa Claus himself also made an appearance near his Grotto on the High Street. He will be in his Grotto on Dec 5 (3.30pm-6pm), Dec 7 (2pm-6pm), Dec 8 (11pm-5pm), Dec 12 (3.30pm-6pm, Sat 14 (2pm-6pm), and Dec 15 (11-5pm).

All proceeds from the Fayre and the Grotto go to the Hospice which is part of the charitable Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth and provides free care for over 2,000 people and their families every year.
The Fayre was sponsored by Lords, Casualty First, Hanover Residential, Anscombe and Ringland, Penrose Care and JPC Law.

Art Exhibition raises £4,000 for Hospice

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The Patricia Glasswell and friends art exhibition has been running for over 10 years and has since raised over £40,000 for St John’s Hospice. This year, local artists including Patricia Glasswell, Sarah Foskett, Yvonne Fletcher, Jean Reddaway, Linda Foskett, Carol Bloomfield, John Owens, Sarah Anderson and Jean Strang displayed their artwork throughout the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth to help raise even more money.

Read more: Art Exhibition raises £4,000 for Hospice

High School students garden at the Hospice

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Students from the American Schoool in London took time over the weekend to come and help out with the gardening at the Hospice. One enthusiastic student decided to put in words the work they did.

We all trekked off to the St John's Hospice across the road from American School in London, which some of us have been working on for a number of years. This time we raked and filled numerous rubbish bags, we planted six big patio pots, which will come alive in the spring, and completed the final stage of our bed border, which has been in progress for three CSDays (successfully managed by three 6th graders). This bedraggled corner of the Hospice used to be a place where rubbish from all over the Hospital was dumped. It now is a thriving outdoor haven for patients to get some fresh air and admire the beautiful flower beds.

Stats of the day:

300 bulbs

25 bags of leaves

25 plants

6 big patio pots

32 earthworms, found, halved and replanted

25 courageous ASL volunteers and 1 dog

 

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