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The newsletter of The Hospice of St Francis
Celebrating 10 years of Grant Making
Grant funds two new Rise- Recliner Chairs
A £3,000 grant from the Boshier-Hinton Foundation has funded two new Rise- Recliner Chairs for our Inpatient Unit.
The high pressure relief armchairs, which tilt and recline and can be used to sit and stand, mean that patients who might otherwise be bed-bound can spend their days out of bed and in total comfort.
Former patient Gill Lightstone, who had fractures in her legs and arm, caused by secondary bone cancer, referred to the chair as “a huge friend.”
She said, “Being stuck in bed all day was hugely frustrating. Having the chair has made such a di erence to my days. I just feel really comfortable, safe and con dent.
“I can sit in it for up to eight hours a day, control it myself, sit up and have my meals and interact much more easily with my family and friends when they come to visit.
“I can get my legs in a comfortable position, lie down and go to sleep if I want to and mentally it’s given me a real boost.
“It makes me feel normal, which sounds silly, but four buttons on a remote control – up, down, tilt and rise – mean I can be my own boss.”
*Since this article was written, Gill has sadly passed away. Our thanks to Gill’s family for allowing us to share her story.
Forget-me-nots selling fast
There are just two weeks left to purchase your special Forget-Me-Not  owers before our new Forget-Me-Not Remembrance Garden opens to the public.
Hundreds of beautiful handcrafted blooms, produced by the team who brought a sea of poppies to the Tower of London, have been reserved by people across the UK in memory of their loved ones.
“After seeing the reaction to the Tower of London poppies last year, it inspired us to recreate something similar in the Hospice grounds,” said our In Memoriam Fundraising Manager, Vanessa Howden-Smith.
“You don’t need to have had any association with the Hospice and you can buy as many  owers as you like.”
Jill Grimwood, 57, has reserved a  ower
in memory of her mum Hazel, who passed away at the Hospice in January of last year.
“Mum loved her garden, which would always be full of  owers, including Forget-me-nots, and I thought what a lovely idea,” said Jill.
“When the display comes to an end, I’m going to plant it on Mum’s allotment, which was one of her favourite places to be. I hope by supporting the Hospice in this way, it will enable it to carry on caring for other families like mine.”
The Garden has the capacity to display 1,500 of the 20-inch  owers, which cost £25 each. A stunning display, designed to resemble a waterfall and river, will be on view to the public from 14th May – 10th June, after which time, the  owers can be collected from the Hospice or posted as a special keepsake.
Reserve your Forget-Me-Not online or download an order form here: and send it back to us, call
01442 869555 or email vanessa.howden-
Charity begins at the gates
One thriving local business which enjoys the bene ts of being a member of our expanding Corporate Partner Network is an architectural ironworker, which started life as a gate-maker, Mr Gates (MG Group).
Mr Gates designs, manufactures and installs steel and timber gates, railings, staircases and balustrades and provides a range of products to clients across Hertfordshire, London and the South East.
Set up by MD Sunil Chandarana  ve-and-a-half years ago, the company now employs 30 people at its Northbridge Road site in Berkhamsted.
“As both a local resident and employer, I’m very driven by the need to give back where I
can,” explained Sunil, whose grandmother was cared for at our former Shrublands Road building. “I’m delighted to be a member of the Corporate Partner Network (CPN), which helps the Hospice  nancially and gives me and my sta  the opportunity to spread the word about all the good work the Hospice does.
“I’ve made some valuable contacts through people I’ve met at the Network’s events and we’ve been able to share business ideas and discuss new opportunities of working together.”
Our Corporate Fundraising Manager, Carolyn Addison, added, “Over 100 local businesses are now members of the Corporate Partner Network – companies as diverse as sole traders, high street names and thriving start-ups. Anyone is welcome to join us.”
Find out more about The Hospice of St Francis’ Corporate Partner Network at and Mr Gates at
Sunil Chandarana with Carloyn Addison (back row, centre) and some of the Mr Gates team or visit our website
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