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The Carer 2015 February editionOur Feature rich newsletter is now out available online and in print. Read the amazing stories from our patients, some who have dined and entertained royalty and dignitaries including Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher and some whose stories are inspiring and touching.

Learn what St John's Hospice's has planned for 2015 and how you can get involved. You can read all these and more online here.

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Hospital Launches New Book

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We are proud to launch our new book titled Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth: A History in Photographs. 

The book provides a photographic journey through our 158 year history, from our beginnings in Great Ormond Street, through the two World Wars, to the present day. This is available from Amazon, click here to purchase. 

We will also be printing copies to be sold in the Hospital and the Hospice Shop on St John's Wood High Street from February. The book is available for £6.

Soji Moustache Power Raises Over £1,000 For Hospice

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Not many people can say they grew a moustache and raised over £1,000.00 all in one month, but Soji Bakare who works in Theatres at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth did just that.

Throughout November, Soji took part in Movember to raise money for St John’s Hospice.  Movember is a month long fundraising event that has raised over £300 million since it began.  All over the world fundraisers grow and groom their moustaches to raise money and awareness for health charities, and Soji decided to use this opportunity to raise money for St John’s Hospice.

As Soji’s moustache grew, so too did his fundraising total.  Soji’s enthusiasm for the cause was infectious, and he finished Movember having raised over £1,100.00 for the Hospice.

Soji’s incredible total will go straight to supporting the 3,000 patients and families St John’s Hospice cares for every year.  The Hospice needs over £5.2 million each year to continue to do this, and we couldn’t continue our work without special people like Soji.  We think Soji is real hero, congratulations to Soji!

Please get in touch on 020 7806 4011 if you would like to organise your own fundraising event and be a Hero For the Hospice.

Light Up A Life Raises Thousands For Hospice

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Hundreds of people attended our annual Light up a Life event on Wednesday the 10th to make it the busiest and most successful to date raising over £20,000.

Read more: Light Up A Life Raises Thousands For Hospice

Christmas Fayre Entertains Thousands

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The Christmas Fayre raised a record £26,000 for the Hospice after thousands enjoyed a day of festive fun.

The famous High Street was transformed into a festive marketplace as 70 stalls sold a variety of goods and festive bargains, from clothing and toys, to continental foods and Christmas puddings.

Read more: Christmas Fayre Entertains Thousands

Count Down to Our Christmas Fayre

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Our annual Christmas Fayre is just around the corner and is set to be our biggest and best yet! With only two weeks to go, we at the Hospice are working tirelessly to make sure this year’s Fayre fulfils all expectations.

So check your calendars and make sure that Sunday 30 November has been kept free to help fill St John's Wood High Street with festive cheer for this wonderful event in aid of St John’s Hospice.

Expect festive carols performed by the local choirs, hot mulled wine and delicious Christmas treats, and a lot of happy children as they delight in the big fairground rides and trips on our magical reindeers. They also get a chance to meet TV characters Ben & Holly.

For those of you searching high and low for the perfect Christmas gifts, look no further. With over 60 stalls selling a tempting range of jewellery, clothing and festive foods, we are positive you will find something to put a smile on each of your loved ones’ faces.

The Fayre starts at 11am and entrance is free, so come on down with the whole family and help bring in Christmas 2014.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information regarding the Fayre, email our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 020 7806 4011.

Movember 2014

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This November, St John’s Hospice will be organising our first official ‘Movember’.  Movember is a unique, month-long fundraising event.  On November 1st, fundraisers put down their razors and grow, groom and style their moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health.  To date, Movember has raised £346 million for men’s health charities all over the world – and we think it is time that St John’s Hospice officially took part.

If you use social media, your feeds will be filled with photos of moustache growing attempts as work teams, sport groups and friends join together to grow their ‘Mos’ (moustaches) to raise money.   Moustaches are shaved off on December 1st when Movember officially ends. 

Movember is an easy and fun way to fundraise.  But in the light heartedness of the event there is a distinct message – to promote health.  At St John’s Hospice, health and care is at the centre of what we do.  Every year we support 3,000 terminally ill patients and their families to live as healthy and independent lives as possible for as long as possible for free.  

And we would love you to get involved. All St John’s and St Elizabeth staff and supporters are invited to take part in St John’s Hospices first Movember.  Keep an eye out for growing moustaches when you are visiting!

To start fundraising or to donate, click on the button below. If you need any more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 020 7806 4011 for a fundraising form. 

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Keep us updated via Facebook and Twitter as well with your moustache growing efforts, and let’s see who grows the most impressive moustache!  Happy Mo-Raising!

Hospice Wins 2014 Charity Times Award!

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St John's Hospice was last night announced winner of the 2014 Charity Times Awards for our partnership with John Lewis Oxford Street. The Hospice has been working with John Lewis for many years and we are so proud to have been recognised on a national scale! A huge thank you to the team from John Lewis for their support and work with our Charity and patients!

The American School Gives Garden Make Over

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A wonderful team of enthusiastic students and their parents from The American School in London gave our garden a much needed tidy on Sunday. The school who are long standing supporters of the Hospice repositioned some of our large plant pots, populated them with red berries and ivy, planted crocus bulbs and tulip bulbs, raked, pruned, and weeded and generally cleaned up the flower beds.

The Garden now looks very festive in plenty of time for Christmas at the Hospice. Pam who coordinated the group sai;

“It was a dry and warm day so everything went very smoothly; we even finished quicker than usually in just a few hours”.

Twice a year, the school has a community service day where families go out into the community together to help. It is also a huge help to our two resident, volunteer gardeners, especially in autumn when there are hundreds of leaves falling from the trees. They said;

“We love having the school come along and refresh our garden which is loved by all patients and staff.”

To get your school involved with the Hospice, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 020 7806 4011.

Fireman Tackles 4,000 Miles For Hospice

DRocheSince June 9 of this year, Darryl Roche has been cycling for two hours a day, every day. That is 12 weeks non-stop, 168 hours, and approximately 2,772 miles in total so far. A major achievement – and he is not going to stop. Darryl will continue cycling until 25th October. By this point, his total mileage will be close to an incredible 4,000 miles.

Darryl is doing this to raise money for St John's Hospice. His grandmother, Frances Goater, passed away under the care of our nurses on 9 June 2011 and Darryl was touched by the care his grandmother received. He calls the Hospice a place that gives 'peace and comfort to people with terminal illnesses.' Darryl bravely began his cycling challenge the date his grandmother passed away and will stop on her birthday, 25 October. He is undertaking this challenge at his local gym and also at the base fire station where he works.

Darryl is a fire fighter for the Paddington Fire Station White Watch, and a local resident. The Hospice still continues to support Darryl's grandfather, whom he thinks the world of. Darryl says 'it would bring a great smile to my grandfather's face by completing this task.'

Darryl aims to raise £2,000 for the hospice. That is just 50p per mile. If you would like to support Darryl, and help him reach his target, please visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/darrylscyclechallenge.

For more information on how you can support St John's Hospice, please call 020 7806 4011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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