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Easter Fayre Fantastic Success Raising £35,000!

Easter Fayre 2016 VF

Above: Vanessa Feltz and her grandson meeting Peppa Pig 

Thank you very much to all our supporters who attended our Easter Fayre at the weekend. St John’s Wood Gardens was filled with thousands of families from the local community enjoying the sunshine. We are delighted to announce that more than £35,000 was raised at the first of our much-anticipated Fayres held throughout the year.

Children enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt, funfair, the chance to meet and greet with Peppa Pig, donkey rides and our BBQ. Meanwhile local traders lined the park selling delicious food, clothes, jewellery, books and much more.

We would like to thank our sponsors; Barclays St John’s Wood, Hamptons International, Yasmeen Restaurant and Casualty First. The day could also not go ahead without our loyal volunteers.

The generous support of the local community helps us to continue to deliver our expert palliative care services on-site and in the community completely free of charge.

Upcoming events include Make a Will Fortnight during April 18-29, Paint the Park Pink on May 8 and a range of challenge events. Get in touch for more information by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 020 7806 4011.

Come and Enjoy our Easter Fayre

Easter Fayre 2016

Come along to our annual Easter Fayre on Saturday March 19 and Sunday March 20, open from 11am-6pm at St John’s Wood Church Gardens, Wellington Road (entrance), NW8 7PF.

Children can enjoy exciting fairground rides along with seasonal activities such as an Easter egg hunt, donkey rides and the exciting chance to meet and greet Peppa Pig on both days.

A fine selection of crafts and gifts will be on sale from a range of local stallholders. Savoury and sweet food and refreshments will also be on sale.

All are welcome to enjoy this much-anticipated annual family day out as entry is FREE.

If you would like to trade, volunteer or find out more about our Easter Fayre, call 020 7432 8275 or get in touch by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Carer Feb 2016

 

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Thousands up for grabs in Hospice Lottery

Every Saturday, our 159 Lottery players are in with a chance of winning up to £25,000. We receive profits directly from the number of Lottery players we recruit, so we need your support. From every £1 entry, 50p comes directly to St John's. Sign up and help us safeguard the future of our Hospice. 

Each week your personal six-digit Lottery number will be entered into a draw and the winning numbers will be chosen at random. You can purchase as many numbers as you wish for £1 each, giving you even more chances to win a number of great cash prizes.

 ‘We’re delighted to support St John’s Hospice.  We live mainly in Manchester, but also on Abbey Road, just round the corner. Whenever we’re in London, we always visit the Coffee Shop just inside the Hospital and make sure that our Lottery subscriptions are up to date. It’s a quick and easy way of helping to fund the excellent work that the Hospice does, and you just might win £25,000! I am a trustee of a charity myself, and I fully support the way that any surplus made by the Hospital helps to finance the Hospice, which provides free care to those who need it. As you may know, it takes over £5million to run the Hospice for a year, and playing the Lottery makes a real contribution towards these costs. I do hope you’ll join in and start playing the St John’s Hospice Lottery. Me? Yes, I’ve already planned how to spend my winnings - trade in the old Mercedes A-Class for a new one, and get a 65-inch 4K television. Here’s hoping!’ Paul Berman and Helen Whitehead, October 2015

Personally I think £10 a week is a sum I don’t miss, but over the course of a year it adds up to a substantial donation to a worthy cause. The regularity is crucial for the funding of any service. And of course it is quite fun receiving lotto letters every now and again; the anticipatory thrill of the envelope opening is only diminished by the fact that I have only ever won a fiver!' Dr Oliver Firth, November 2015

To buy a single entry for just £1, visit our partner Unity Lottery’s website. The lottery raised more than £3,000 for the Hospice last year.

For more information, visit our Lottery page, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Unity or call the Unity office on 0870 050 9240.

Delight at Dog Visits by Therapaws

Therapaws Harley and Oscar

TheraPaws Shelley and Flora

TheraPaws is a community initiative delivered by The Mayhew Animal Home. Volunteers take their assessed dogs into a range of care centres to engage with people, provide company and brighten up their day.

The Hospice has been visited once a week by Therapaws for the last 2 years. Our regular volunteers are Zoe and Claire one week, who bring Flora the pug (pictured above), and then Janice with Harley and Oscar (pictured above) the next week.

This interaction has many benefits for our patients, including:

-       Social interaction and companionship, reducing isolation.

-       Emotional and physical well-being including stress reduction and lowering of blood pressure.

-       Unlocking memories and emotions, especially for those suffering with dementia.

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Shelley said: ‘A visit from TheraPaws can make a patient’s day. Seeing and playing with the animal takes the patients’ minds off their situation, even if it’s just for a minute. One example is a patient was asking for painkillers but when the dogs arrived they started playing and soon forgot about the pain. The dogs transport patient’s minds to a different place and help them forget for a while. Many patients look forward to the visit from TheraPaws and are always asking me when the next visit is. To see the difference a few minutes with a dog makes is unbelievable. Patients are so sad when the time is up and they have to say goodbye.’

We are very grateful to the dedicated team of volunteers and their dogs from Therapaws for their visits, which they provide free of charge. Volunteers from Therapaws also recently helped out at our Paddington Christmas Fayre, roaming the grounds offering ‘pug hugs’ in exchange for donations.

Click here for more information about volunteering, or get in touch with Shelley on 020 7806 4049 or by email.

Thank You and How to Help in 2016

First of all, thank you to all those who have supported us during 2015. Because of you we have been able to care for more than 3,000 patients and families this year; so you have truly made all the difference to our patients’ lives.

Looking back, 2015 was the year our community fayres in the summer, at Easter and Christmas raised more than £150,000 in total. As visitors flocked with families in tow we were reminded that the Hospice treats more than just its patients. Thanks to the amazing support of our local community we are able to look after their loved ones too.

We are busy planning our schedule of events for 2016. Click through to find out how you can get involved. For now:

Take our Pedometer Challenge for New Year

Drop of your unwanted gifts to our charity shop on St John’s Wood High Street

We are always available to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call 020 7806 4011 or send us an email. We would love to hear from you.

Hero for a Day - Christmas Day at St John's Hospice

Every day it costs £13,351 to fund all the services and care at St John’s Hospice. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Shakib family, Christopher A. Holder, Mark and Liza Loveday and an anonymous donor whose generosity have funded Christmas Day at the Hospice. 

Thanks to these supporters we are able to make the festive period extra special for our patients and their families. 

If you have a day that you would like to fund, or if you have any questions about how you can also be a ‘Hero For A Day’, please do not hesitate to contact the team by email or call 020 7806 4011.

Happy Christmas from all the patients and staff of St John’s.  

Hundreds Gather Together to Remember Loved Ones

Church 2015

Emma and Elena Wragg remembered their mother and grandmother Jennifer along with hundreds of other guests last night and raised £10,000 for the Hospice.

Patients, relatives, staff and volunteers enjoyed a poignant multi-faith service led by leaders from the Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish Faiths. Remembrance readings from a variety of guests were interspersed with prayers and Christmas carols led by the impressive St John’s Wood Church Choir.

Over 20 candle lights flickered along St John’s Wood High Street as the congregation walked from the church back to the Hospice where Sylvia Young Choir greeted them with festive songs.

Stars dedicated by loved ones in recent weeks were displayed throughout the marquee as guests were treated with mince pies donated by Marks & Spencer Finance and Tesco St John’s Wood as well as mulled wine and canapés.

The Lord Mayor of Westminster welcomed everyone to the Hospice before the Christmas Tree lights were switched on to everyone’s delight.

It is not too late to dedicate a star in memory of a friend or family member. The Wall of Stars will be displayed in the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth until mid-January 2015. You can view your messages in the Book of Dedication in the Chapel and all the donations from this year appear online here.

We would like to thank all the performers and those who spoke at Light up A Life, Hyman’s Robertson for their sponsorship and everyone who attended this special event and has donated to the appeal.

Join us this weekend for our Paddington Christmas Fayre Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13 and our inaugural Light Up A Life service on Sunday evening.

Christmas Events Raise £45,000

Dance troop Paddington 2015

Our second Christmas Fayre held last weekend has raised £10,000 for the Hospice, bringing our Christmas total to more than £45,000. On the first weekend of December our Christmas Fayre raised an incredible £25,000. Over last weekend Paddington Recreation Ground saw stalls selling a variety of winter goods alongside funfair rides including the Big Wheel, Slide and Bungee. Performances from local community groups on stage set the scene while Father Christmas was visited in Santa’s Grotto.

This year, along with our annual Light Up A Life service in St John’s Wood Church, St John’s Hospice held an inaugural service at St Mary with All Souls in Kilburn. The two evenings allowed even more people from the local community to remember and celebrate the lives of loves ones. Our appeal has raised more than £10,000 to date.

St John’s Hospice cares for more than 3,000 people every year. Our care is completely free, so St John’s must raise more than £1.7million every year to continue its work. St John’s would like to thank everyone who attended these special events and has donated this Christmas. We are a local charity and rely on the goodwill and generosity of our supporters to continue our work. We really appreciate your support.

Christmas Fayre Raises Over £25,000

CFayre 2015

Our Christmas Fayre last Sunday has raised £25,000 for our patients and families. Hosted for the fourth year on St John’s Wood High Street, our annual event is always packed with Christmas fun and this year was no exception. We were delighted with how many people turned out on a wet morning to support the Hospice and get in the Christmas mood.

From plenty of gifts and home accessories, clothing and jewellery through to a selection of delicious food, the High Street hosted more than 80 stallholders from in and around London to tempt visitors.

Meanwhile children were spoilt for choice as the fayre flaunted donkey rides and many fairground rides. There were queues to meet and greet Peppa Pig and to see Father Christmas in Santa’s Grotto for the majority of the day. 

The Christmas Fayre 2015 was sponsored by Seddons, Lord’s, Winkworth, Barclays, Yasmeen and Chestertons and many other businesses also gave generously to the raffle, Santa’s Grotto and Peppa Pig.

“This is a fantastic total,’ explains Director of Fundraising Mark Thomas. ‘From the committee of volunteers, stallholders and business sponsors, through to the visitors themselves, we’re very grateful to everyone for their continued support.”

Our next big event will be Light Up A Life next Wednesday December 9. This cherished annual occasion provides a moment amidst the Christmas rush to remember loved ones no longer with us at a short inclusive service. For more information and make you dedication onlne click here.

Our two-day Paddington Christmas Fayre will be held at Paddington Recreation Ground on the weekend of December 12th and 13th.

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