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The newsletter of The Hospice of St Francis
CEO update
Happy New Year!
In March I will complete
my first full year with The
Hospice of St Francis as
CEO. It’s been a busy year,
but I expect 2016 to be
even busier. There are many
challenges ahead, such as
continuing to develop our
service delivery and the
increasing complexity of caring for people with multiple medical conditions.
Another challenge is funding. We’re working closely with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to generate more income in order to expand our services, both in the Hospice and in our community. Our fundraising team is developing more innovative events such as the new Bubble Rush (please see page 5).
Despite the challenges, we continue to do amazing work at this Hospice, as evidenced on the front page and page 2. For me,
the Hospice is not just our building on Spring Garden Lane. The Hospice is the services we give to our community, be that in our Spring Centre, in people’s homes, through our education and training courses, or in other settings such as care homes and Watford General Hospital. We need to do even more to infiltrate our community and I am keen to meet as many local people and businesses as possible. Please get in touch with me if you would like to help.
Thank you for your support. Steve Jamieson, CEO
Berkhamsted lady conquers new heights
Mrs Paddy Fergusson from Berkhamsted took to the skies recently in a hot air balloon, raising £1,250 to thank the Hospice for the post-cancer treatment she received at our Spring Centre.
On a glorious summer’s evening, she set out to conquer her fear of heights by taking a 2,600ft balloon flight with Champagne Flights of Aylesbury.
“I am absolutely terrified of heights,” explained Paddy. “However, I thought if I chose to do something terrifying, people would feel compelled to sponsor me! Once I’d told everyone I was doing the challenge, my friends and family were amazingly supportive.
“It’s all for the Hospice. I’m so grateful to the staff there for all the support they gave me. Not only did I receive visits and telephone
calls from Liz, such a helpful community nurse, but I also had regular physiotherapy and massages from other team members to help relieve aches and pains, which was marvellous.”
New Year... new Will
If your New Year’s resolution is to write a Will, take advantage of our Make a Will Month in March.
Several local solicitors have agreed to waive their fees, enabling people to donate an equivalent amount to the Hospice. For a list of participating solicitors, please visit
There is no obligation to leave a gift to the Hospice in your Will, but if you decide to leave a legacy it will help fund future care for local people with life-limiting illness.
Last year, over 80 people across Herts and Bucks made their Wills in March and donated their legal fees to the Hospice, raising just under £15,000.
Our Corporate Partner Network delivers for Zing
Caroline Watson, Director and
Founder of Zing Marketing, writes:
Zing joined the Corporate Partner Network (CPN) in December 2013. At the first CPN meeting, we were immediately struck by how different this was from other local networking meetings. Not only was it encouraging to meet a group of local business people who all have the Hospice at the heart of their business fundraising goals, but everyone is very community focussed and seemed keen to learn about each other’s businesses.
We have forged some fantastic partnerships with other CPN members and have added two new clients to our business portfolio, thereby generating additional revenue. We are also working with another CPN member, introducing them to our clients as a consultant offering complementary services. So the
network really is delivering on its objective to make a difference to our business.
Plus, as a proud Silver
Corporate Partner, we
know that Zing are
providing funds to help
the Hospice keep six
specialist nurses on the
road for a day to support
patients in their home,
so our membership fee is
making a real difference to people’s lives.
The Hospice has also provided the perfect opportunity for some Zing team building – we entered a team for the Mud Pack Challenge and a couple of our guys took on the London to Brussels cycle challenge, so the CPN has proved to be a great decision for our business, the local community and the Hospice too!
Support those who support us – find a list of our corporate partners here:

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