Hospice Heroes

Hospice Heroes
We would like to introduce you to Harry who has recently completed the Manchester Marathon to help raise vital funds for patient care. in October he will also be taking part In the Liverpool Marathon and we wish him all the luck for completing this!

Harry also kindly supports the hospice through ongoing support from Wall James Chappell  
Thank you so much to the team from Lloyds Bank, Black Country, Shropshire & Midlands who recently completed a 14 mile trek across the highest points across Staffordshire and Shropshire.

The guys and gals wanted to raise £5,000 for the Hospice and they have reached that and beyond.  

The team have been supporting us this year as we celebrate our milestone anniversary and we cannot thank them enough for their support. You are all absolutely amazing!

If you want to add to their total, their Justgiving page is still open!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Laura and all the guys from Pure Gym Brierley Hill for their amazing and unique fundraising. They completed a lunge-a-thon from the gym all the way to The Mary Stevens Hospice.
Lunging is a challenging exercise to do so walking whilst lunging all the way to the Hospice was very tough, but they completed it and we can’t thank them enough for their kind support.
Let us introduce you to Alison. On Saturday 11th September 2021, Alison hiked up mount Snowdon to raise vital funds for The Mary Stevens Hospice.
At 3.30am she started hiking along the Llanberis path up Mount Snowdon along with a small group. Although this was very tough for her, fellow climbers made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience and we would like to share some photos from her hike.
The Hospice is very close to Alison’s heart as her mum volunteered on the reception desk at the Hospice for some years and also provided much needed care for her aunt last year.
Alison has already raised an amazing £450 passing her target of £100. Thank you so much Alison for your kind support of the Hospice.

Six of our fabulous In Patient Unit nurses are taking on Snowdon!

Day to day our nurses provide specialist, palliative care to those that we care for here at the Hospice. The team have various levels of fitness and even after 12 hour night shifts, the training is well underway to help them achieve their goal.

Anna, Helen, Linda, Jap, Rachelle and Sue will be waking up Snowdon in October 2021 to raise much needed funds for the Hospice as we celebrate our 30th anniversary year.

The team, driven by their supportive colleagues will be putting their best feet forward and we would like to wish all of the team the very best of luck in completing their Snowdon challenge. From the ward to the top of Snowdon, you are all true Hospice Heroes!

Show your support and leave your well wishes for our nurses on their JustGiving page

Two of our fabulous Day Services Nurses, Anne and Ruth are taking on a fundraising challenge in September, which they are calling ‘Anne & Ruth’s Scottish 500’

It’s a 500 mile cycling challenge around the north coast of Scotland, starting and finishing at Inverness. Anne will be the pedal power, riding her bike over the seventeen days and Ruth will be following closely behind in her campervan in charge of cooking and laundry.

Anne loves these trips and whilst she does get a little nervous about them, she loves simply getting on her bike in the morning and peddling somewhere new!

Our nurses are doing this challenge because they both love working for the Hospice and believe there is a fantastic team all throughout the Hospice. Their wish is to raise as much money as possible to continue to support the people in our area with life limiting illnesses.

Please show your support for Anne and Ruth on their JustGiving page.

Matt is fundraising for The Mary Stevens Hospice through an event which he has called ‘Clare’s Crazy Cruise’, which will see him and a team of men squeezing in to soft top Mini’s and rallying all across the UK, visiting some of the places that his fiancé Clare loved so much.

Clare passed away at the end of 2020, and honoring her final wishes, Matt will be fundraising on our behalf, Clare loved everything about the Hospice and supported us for many years.  

Matt and his team set off from the Hospice on Monday 2nd August to begin their fundraising journey, up and down the country. They will be travelling for seven days, all while being chased by the ‘police’, Italian Job style!

What a fabulous fundraising idea Matt, we are really lucky to have a Hospice Hero like you!

Show your support on Matt’s fundraising page here.

Sally is a true Hospice Hero, She has been raising funds for many years by her jam making and running the Terracycle recycling scheme. She has raised well over an incredible £2,500 for the Hospice and we can’t thank her enough!

Sally runs our Terracycle recycling scheme whereby she raises vital funds to help patient care here at The Mary Stevens Hospice. Participants can get involved by collecting smaller amounts of items and dropping them off in Norton, Stourbridge, or collect the minimum amounts and request a free postage label. Further details can be found on her Facebook page here

Sally set up this scheme so she could give something back to the hospice after providing some absolutely incredible care for her wonderful father-in-law. They miss him dearly and raising money for the hospice is her way of saying thank you.

Dave Macklin has written his own poetry book which is filled with over 100 poems, with all of the proceeds from the sale of these books being donated to the Hospice.

The poems inside ‘Painting With Words’ reflect his interest in wildlife, nature and landscape. Many of the poems have been written from Dave’s inspiration from Halesowen, The Black Country and North Worcestershire. Dave has already donated £1,000 from the sale of his book to the Hospice, for which we are incredibly grateful.

If you would like to support the Hospice by purchasing one of Dave’s Books you can order one directly from Dave: davidmacklin7@gmail.com or call/text on 07932 555964. You can also purchase through Dave’s Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PoetryByDavid?ref=search_shop_redirect

Some of you may recognise Will Phipps from our award winning Pantomimes, as he always stars as our “Silly Billy” and is a firm favourite with our audiences. He also produces and directs our incredible pantomimes.

Since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020, Will has written and presented our BIG VIRTUAL QUIZ, every Saturday night and has helped raise well over £7,000 towards patient care, during these troubled times.

With such dedication to our cause, he never fails to entertain, make us laugh and present with his fantastic sense of humour, testing questions and kind heart, and we really can’t thank him enough!
He really is The Greatest Showman.

Why not join us at one of our Saturday quizzes and see if you can become our weekly Champions? It’s so easy to play and we guarantee you will feel like you’ve had a night out without leaving the house! 

Will also runs his own Entertainment business, Funtime Theatre of which are also a huge supporter from helping at our events and recently launching their brand new children’s books of which 10% of each book sale is donated to help patient care here at the hospice.

We really can’t thank you enough Will, you are a true Hospice Hero!
We would like to introduce you all to Claire. Over the past 11 months she has been fundraising in many different ways.

To date Claire has raised in excess of £800 to help fund patient care here at the Hospice of which is such an incredible amount.

Claire, we cannot thank you enough for all your kind support, you are a true Hospice Hero! We can’t wait to hear all about your next fundraising ideas.

Let us introduce you all to Tom and Josh, who on the 24th April will be running the marathon distance from Worcester to Halesowen. They will be donning their running shoes to raise funds for The Mary Stevens Hospice which has played an important role in providing care for members of their family and friends.
They have already hit their sponsorship target and you can follow their progress here.
Thank you so much Tom and Josh for your kind support, you are true Hospice heroes and we wish you all the best on Saturday!
We would like to introduce Maria, who is a true Hospice Hero by doing an incredible job fundraising for us this April.
She will be completing 10,000 steps a day throughout April to reach an overall target of 300,000 steps for the whole month!
Maria wanted to give something back in the 30th anniversary year, as the Hospice is very close to Maria and her family after providing care to her mom, Helen Goodwin.

Follow Maria’s progress and show your support here.
Thank you so much Maria, we can’t wait to follow your steps and wish you all the luck in completing your challenge
Matthew is 12 years old and he set himself the challenge of running 5k everyday during February to raise funds for patient care here at The Mary Stevens Hospice.

Thank you very much for your support Matthew. We loved meeting you and hearing all about your challenge.

In the Spring Katie and Rob will be doing a skydive to raise funds for the Hospice. A skydive can be a daunting thought for anyone, so if you would like to show them both some support, please visit Katie’s JustGiving and Rob’s JustGiving pages. 

Thank you both for your support! 
Sam and Jon, co-hosts of the Oddscrackers podcast are raising funds for the Hospice through their Cheltenham Festival donations page. Their podcast is free of charge and are asking if anyone has enjoyed tho podcast they would be hugely grateful for any donations. 

Please read Sam’s JustGiving page to read his beautiful words about his wife Kate and why he has chosen to raise money for Mary Stevens Hospice. 
Let us introduce you to Bobbi-Ann, she is 8 years old and loves to read books. She has set herself an exciting challenge to complete the whole J.K Rowling Harry Potter books collection to raise funds for patient care.

Bobbi-Ann has set up her own sponsorship page here, so that we can keep up to date with her progress.

Thank you so much Bobbi-Ann and we wish you all the best in completing your challenge!
This is Lauren and on the 21st December she had her long hair cut to raise funds for the Hospice. Lauren has raised an incredible total of £430.00 for patient care here at the hospice!

Mary Stevens looked after her Nanny Jo, although this was before she was born her family still speak of the kindness shown by The Mary Stevens Hospice.

We can’t thank Lauren enough for all her kind support!
Wayne has set himself the challenge of walking, running or cycling 2021 miles this year! Alongside raising money for the Hospice, Wayne will also be raising money for Young Minds. Take a look at Wayne’s inspirational updates and show him some support on his GoFundMe page here.
Helen and Louise are two of our amazing nurses here at the Hospice. Over 12 months they are walking and running 874 miles which is the equivalent of Lands End to John O Groats to raise funds for patient care.

Helen decided she needed a challenge especially after all the gyms being closed and race events postponed.
When they saw this challenge they couldn’t resist!

Visit Helen’s JustGIving Page
Visit Louise’s JustGiving Page
To donate and show your support!

Thank you both for all our amazing work 💙
Brad is running 5K every day for a year in memory of his mom, Kim Ralph. Every single day Brad has completed his 5k and we are just amazed at his dedication. To catch up on Brad’s progress and show your support, you can visit Brad’s JustGiving page here.
This is Emma, she is 10 years old and during 2021 Emma has challenged herself to walk 30 miles in each month for the whole year, to celebrate the Hospice’s 30th Anniversary year. Read all about Emma’s Challenge here.
Gaz has been completing regular gaming challenges in memory of his Dad, Carl Hughes. To date, Gaz has raised over £1,500 for the Hospice. Please take a look at Gaz’s JustGiving page to show your support.

For many years, Thelma has been raising money for the Hospice by growing some amazing plants in her own garden. In previous years, people have been able to visit her garden and take pots of plants grown by Thelma, and many of those people have kindly given a voluntary donation to the Hospice. All that changed last year with the pandemic and a JustGiving was set up to make sure all of Thelma’s hard work wasn’t in vain. Thelma raised a huge £3,495 and counting, for which we are incredibly grateful and so are our gardens!
Samantha Byrne shaved her head LIVE YouTube at the start of March to raise funds for the Hospice in memory of Clare Hill. Sam is keeping her Go Fund Me page open until the end of March if you would like to show your support and make a donation. On the page you can also relive the moment with Sam and read her lovely words about Clare. 

Sam, you are very brave and we would like to thank you for supporting Mary Stevens Hospice! 
In January Tom and Dominic raised funds for the Hospice by streaming a variety of games for 15 hours! They both took on this challenge in memory of their grandparents who were both supported by the Hospice. They absolutely smashed their target of £100 and in total raised £325! 

A huge well done to both of you and thank you for supporting the Hospice! You can still donate to the boys fundraiser on their Go Fund Me page.
Towards the end of 2021, Issy raised over £300 for patient care by producing professional musical messages for people to send to, friends and family during lockdown.