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St Clare's Nurse To Trek Great Wall Of China

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 Lucy Rybin, a St Clare's Ward nurse in the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, will be getting out her walking boots and jetting across the globe this October to take on the challenge of a lifetime to raise vital funds for St John's Hospice - the Great Wall of China!

Lucy said: "I was first introduced to St John's Hospice in 1994 when a dear friend passed away. I soon began working for the Renal Unit in the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth and have done so for the part 17 years. The Hospice and the Hospital mean a lot to me and as this year the Renal Unit will sadly close its doors, I thought it was the time to set myself a big challenge. This 80km trekking challenge is going to be physically demanding as it will follow old sections of the Great Wall, as well as a lot of steps! I have to raise £2,700, so please be generous and dig deep to support the Hospice and keep me going on my adventure."

If you would like to support Lucy and help her reach her fundraising target, please visit her fundraising page here.

Click to find out more about challenge events or, like Lucy, organise your own event in aid of the Hospice. 

If you're interested, contact Alice on 020 7806 4074 or email her.

Scorching Sunshine for Second Summer Fayre

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Last weekend for the first time, we held a second Summer Fayre at Paddington Recreation Ground. Glorious sunshine shone down on a small area of the park where hundreds enjoyed their surroundings which were perfect for such a hot day.

Over the course of the day, temperatures rose to 26 degrees so families enjoyed burgers and hot dogs from our BBQ alongside refreshing cold drinks while basking in the sunshine. Parents could also enjoy some shopping with 40 stalls selling clothing, toys and jewellery as well as delicious snacks. Meanwhile, it was clear the children were delighted with the appearance 14 fairground rides in their local park, including two trampoline attractions, the huge Helter Skelter and even Dodgems.

As always, our amazing volunteers turned up to help with the day; selling tickets, flyering and providing much-needed man power!

We are delighted that the fayre was so well attended in a new area. The support of the community is invaluable to us and we are so grateful. Thank you very much!

£10,000 was raised for St John's Hospice. All proceeds from our events go towards continuing our vital work at the Hospice, where we provide free care and support to more than 3,000 patients and their families each year.

Perhaps Paddington Recreation Ground hasn’t seen the back of us!

M&S Hold Bake Sale In Aid Of St John's

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Teams across the M&S Head Office in Paddington have dusted off their pinnies, unpacked their mixing bowls and whisks, and baked for St John’s Hospice! On Tuesday 16th June, keen bakers from across the business brought in a variety of home made cakes and pastries to sell to their colleagues, with a signature bake from each team being put forward to the judges.

Two members of the St John’s Hospice fundraising team were lucky enough to join the judging panel and enjoyed a delicious array of baked goods from beetroot brownies to a Dalek chocolate cake! The overall winner was Anna who baked a wonderful rhubarb cake in the shape of a caterpillar named Corinne.

M&S have supported the Hospice in many ways over the past few years, and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support.

Record Turnout At Summer Fayre

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Thousands of families enjoyed a glorious day out at our annual Summer Fayre and helped to raise over £55,000 for St John’s Hospice – a record amount! St John’s Wood Church Gardens were buzzing with excitement as people of all ages experienced the fun of the fayre on what turned out to be 2015's hottest weekend so far.

Children were delighted by the 16 fairground rides including Dodgems, Mega Slide, Train Set and Big Wheel, with Water Zorbing being the biggest hit of the day. Over 60 stalls lined the park selling a variety of items from clothes and toys to books and an array of world cuisines fed hungry visitors.

Peppa Pig was a sell out with over 300 children meeting their favourite TV Character at intervals throughout the weekend and, for the first time ever for a Hospice Fayre, hundreds of children took part in a Frozen sing-a-long and had the opportunity to meet Princess Anna.

The event was such a huge success due to the help of over 200 volunteers from local businesses, schools, universities and even the armed forces. A special mention goes to Halifax who sent over 50 volunteers on Sunday to expertly run our Bar and BBQ.

Steve Barnes, Hospice Director commented "I have never seen a fayre so busy, it is wonderful to see so many people turning out to show their support for the Hospice. We are very lucky to be part of such a supportive community."

We would like to thank our sponsors Barclays, Knight Frank, Abbey Road Dental, Seddons and Casualty First for helping to make this event possible.

Our Summer Fayre is part of St John's Hospice's fundraising efforts and all proceeds go towards caring for seriously ill people and their families in the local area. To find out about our other events, click here to go to our events page. For any more information, please call 020 7806 4011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Successful Hospice Walk Raises Thousands

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Nearly 120 walkers of all ages enjoyed the second St. John’s Hospice Walk In The Park.

Both walkers and volunteers basked in the sun on Saturday as they took in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Park, some animals in the London Zoo and the spectacular view of London from Primrose Hill.

Read more: Successful Hospice Walk Raises Thousands

Correction To Our Monthly E-news

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Earlier this week, our monthly email was sent out with an error that we would like to correct. A caption describing a picture with one of our runners, Tim Swanton, as being with his daughter is incorrect. The girl in the picture with TIm is in fact one of his students and we would to apolgoise to Tim and the parents of the girl for any incovenience this may have caused. 

Tim, a teacher at St Christopher's School in Hampstead, together with the other London marathon runners have raised over £18,000 for the Hospice. We are very greateful for their hard work and support. 

If you would lik to support the Hospice through an event, we have  a variety of events to suit your needs. Have a look at our events page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  

Mike Does 'Hospice Walk' In Memory of His Father

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Mike Laffy and his family are taking part in our 6km Walk in the Park on Saturday 16th May in memory of their father and is encouraging everyone to sign-up as well. 

Following a terminal cancer diagnosis, Mike’s father, Peter, was admitted to our Inpatient-Unit in 2007 for respite care and symptom control. 

"Everyone was so kind and caring here," explained Mike. "Dad found this a really peaceful place. He was so relentlessly cheerful whilst here." 

Mike, a resident of St John's Wood, is walking in memory of his father on 16th May.  "The care my dad received here at the Hospice means so much to me and I urge others to come along for the walk to help make sure that their services continue to be available for future patients."

The Hospice walk is a 6km walk that starts at the Hospice and takes you through most of St John's Wood and one of London's royal parks, Regent's Park. It finishes back at the Hospice where you will enjoy BBQ, drinks and entertainment. 

It's not too late to register, simply click on the button below, pay your registration fee securely online and away you go. You can also fundraise online for the Walk via the dedicated Walk In The Park page. 

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For more information or to register via telephone, please call on 020 7432 8275 and ask for Jessica.

Thank You To Our Marathon Runners

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After an incredible day at the 35th London Marathon, St John’s Hospice is celebrating after it's runners raised over £16,000. The Hospice had eight runners amongst the successful 37,675 who crossed the finish line on the day.

For most of our runners, London Marathon was their first ever Marathon.  Tim Swanton, the Head of Sports and Physical Education at St Christopher’s School in Hampstead has had incredible support from his pupils, friends and family for his first ever 26.2 miles. Tim’s goal was to beat the record set by his father and has raised nearly £5,000 in the process.  For Tim,  "It's been a wonderful experience, being able to run and represent such a great charity is fantastic. A huge thank you for the opportunity to be able to run!"

And for all of our runners, Tim, Luis, Jessica, Shiho, Toshiya, Paul, Nick and Alex, a big congratulations needs to be said to this inspiring group of people, to their family and friends for their support and to everyone who came to cheer them along.

The funds raised will help make a difference to the lives of our patients and their families who rely on our services. 

It is still not too late to donate to their efforts, please click on their names to support our runners.

If you would like to take part in our events, please visit our events page or call 020 7806 4011.

Daughter Honours Her Father's Memory By Conquering Grand Canyon

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In 2003, after my dad’s cancer was deemed terminal, it was a hospice that made his final weeks as comfortable and peaceful as possible. He was treated with the dignity and care he deserved, received both physical and spiritual support, and we, as a family, were given the best assistance with what was to come. I was young at the time, but not young enough to forget all of that.

Read more: Daughter Honours Her Father's Memory By Conquering Grand Canyon

Support Our Marathon Runners

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At the end of this week, 36,000 runners will be gearing up, ready to face the 26.2 miles of the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon.  St John’s Hospice has had wonderful support from all of our charity placed runners, and we have been lucky to have a few other runners use their marathon places to raise extra money for the Hospice.

Read more: Support Our Marathon Runners

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