Author: Gemma Thompson

Wing Walk Success for Nick Forster!

On Friday 18th August, Nuneaton based Nick Forster completed a once-in-a-lifetime challenge; a Wing-Walk, in aid of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. After climbing onto the wing of the plane, Nick’s harness was fastened, he was given some safety instructions and then he was holding on for dear life while the plane took off, flew high above fields and into the clouds, before landing safely back on the ground. It must have been a terrifying experience, but Nick completed it with a brave sense of calm, even having chance to admire the view, while his family looked on. Nick,...

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Garland Partners get ‘Totally Wiped Out’ for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice

Staff at Europe’s leading digital video solutions provider, Garland Partners, are used to dealing with challenges and solving problems. They don’t only demonstrate that in their work, but also through their continued dedication to supporting local charity, the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. A team of 10 brave Garland men and women took part in ‘Totally Wiped Out’ in Nottingham on 15th July 2017, raising an amazing £3,070, including a generous £1000 worth of match funding from Garland Partners. In this obstacle course of king-sized games, the team faced a series of hilarious challenges, including a punch wall, jumping over...

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Cyclists set their sights on Amsterdam for local good cause!

On the 30th August, 5 amazing cyclists will be setting off from London, on their quest to reach Amsterdam in just 4 days! They’ll cover an amazing 360 miles as they journey to Calais, then on to Belgium where they’ll try not to sample too many Belgian beers, and then on to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, where they can take a well-earned rest and reflect on the completion of their huge challenge. Alan & Cameron Park, Glyn Pears and tandem riders Drs Jim & Cathryn Jacob are looking forward to the adventure, although recognise it will be a...

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Yorkshire 3 Peaks conquered for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice!

Phill Allsopp, Sales & Marketing Director at the Lea Marston Hotel, endured terrible weather on the weekend of the 15th July to conquer 3 Yorkshire Peaks in aid of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. Phill said “It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I feel amazing to have done it and raised money for such a great cause! It rained all day and was very windy at the top of the mountains but I completed 65,000 steps, 1800m of accent, 26 miles – all in 10 hours!” Friends, family and colleagues from Lea Marston Hotel helped...

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National Grid brighten up the Warren with a brand new lick of paint!

Richard Loukes & a team of 10 volunteers from National Grid visited the Mary Ann Evans Hospice on Tuesday 5th July as part of a community support day. The team arrived early and were set the task of repainting the Hospice’s Bereavement Centre, the Warren, giving it a brand new lick of paint to brighten it up. National Grid kindly donated a budget of £300 for equipment and materials and Richard made sure there were plenty of rollers, paint trays and of course, the all-important paint. Gemma Thompson, Fundraiser at the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, said “It was fantastic...

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Partnership with Galliford Try off to a tidy start!

Galliford Try Infrastructure on Leicester Road, Wolvey, recently chose local good cause the Mary Ann Evans Hospice as their charity of the year, having researched causes in the area and casting a team vote. The team, having just launched the partnership on the 3rd of July, hosted a staff ‘Big Brew’ tea party to kick off their fundraising efforts and will continue to hold events throughout the year, with a fantastic £1500 fundraising target. As part of their partnership, the team at Galliford Try also offered to do some community work in the Hospice grounds and recently sent a...

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Nuneaton Lions Club, Frank Parkers Butchers & College Street Allotments make meaty donation!

The Nuneaton Lions Club, a charity that aims to benefit worthy causes, has recently donated to a well-loved local charity, the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. The donation was made following a presentation from Chriss Gillmann, Secretary of College Street Allotments, to the Nuneaton Lions. Chriss described how the allotments have been providing the hospice kitchen with donations of fresh produce, biscuits, and snacks and raising money for patient meals for many years. The Nuneaton Lions Club were so impressed they decided to donate £100 for the hospice kitchen which was spent at Frank Parkers Butchers, who generously supplied a...

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Bulkington Silver Band ‘Party in the Park’!

On Saturday 8th July, the brilliant Bulkington Silver Band held their annual ‘Party in the Park’ as part of the Brass Fest UK weekend which saw over 100 brass bands playing to the public during the weekend across the United Kingdom. Michael Taylor, Musical Director for the band said “Bulkington Silver Band is proud to play its part in this celebration and performed a specially commissioned piece for the event, ‘Spirit of Brass’, as well as a hymn tune – Manchester, in remembrance of the victims of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert.” The proceeds for the...

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Brave supporter Alison Dearden completes Triathlon for local Hospice!

On Sunday 9th July, Alison Dearden, from Abbey Physiotherapy on Coton Road, Nuneaton, was battling through scorching temperatures of more than 30 degrees at the Festival of Endurance, Hever Castle Triathlon. Alison successfully completed the 1.9km lake swim, 60km cycle and 4km in a fantastic time of 4 hours and 6 minutes! Alison was taking part in the triathlon in aid of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice and has so far raised £771.17; a tremendous amount! The triathlon follows a previous challenge for the charity; a 10KM Open Water Swim in 2015, where Alison raised over £500. Natalie Smith,...

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Epic 24 Peaks Challenge beckons for Nuneaton local, Barry Goss!

Mary Ann Evans Hospice supporter, Barry Goss, is aiming to raise a fantastic £1,000 by taking on a challenge of epic heights this September. This exciting challenge will see Barry attempt to summit 24 Peaks in the Lake District, all over 2400ft, in 24 hours. The first trekking day is from Bow Fell to Green Gable, summiting 9 peaks over a distance of 17 miles, with a target time of 13 hours. The second day treks from Red Screes to White Stones, to conquer the remaining 15 peaks, over a distance of 14 miles, with a target time of 11...

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Challenge Events

It’s time to find your trainers, dust off your walking boots or get pedalling for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice! Whether it’s ticking off that iconic cycle journey from your bucket list, or viewing some of the most stunning scenery around on a challenging trek, we’ve got the event for you! We wouldn’t be able to run these events without the organisation of Global Adventure Challenges, so a great big thank you goes to them for making sure everything is perfect for you and you’re supported from the start to the end of your journey! With a minimum sponsorship target, half of the amount will go towards the admin and costs for the trip. The other half (and anything you raise over the minimum) will come to the hospice, ensuring that we can continue to provide exceptional levels of care to those living with life-limiting illness in the local area. So…where will you go? Can’t find your dream challenge, or got a team of adventurers who want to take on a specific goal? Contact us on 024 7686 5439 or email Natalie.Smith2@geh.nhs.uk to see how we can help...

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Tickets NOW on sale for Mudnificent 7!

Are you ready to get muddy? We now have places available for the Mudnificent Seven obstacle race, taking place on Saturday 12th August at Heart Park, Heart of England Conference & Events Centre Warwickshire! It’s a unique event, where 7 different companies put together a section of the Mudnificent course with their own obstacles. Over 4,000 take part in this seriously fun, mud-packed celebration of obstacle courses! Natalie Smith, Events Fundraiser at the Mary Ann Evans Hospice said “We’re calling on all of our supporters who are aged 16 or over and who don’t mind getting messy, to take part...

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Garland Partners team get “Totally Wiped Out” for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice!

  Never ones to back down from a challenge, Garland Partners are about to face their biggest obstacle yet…but it’s all in the name of charity.  As Europe’s leading digital video solutions provider, we at Garland are used to dealing with challenges and solving problems.  This year, we’re challenging ourselves a bit further — we’re going to tackle Totally Wiped Out’s huge obstacle course in support of local charity, the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. We’re hoping for your support for this great cause! The Mary Ann Evans Hospice provides exceptional care and support to patients and their families in Nuneaton, Bedworth,...

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Mary Ann Evans Hospice – Eggheads Quiz!

Always shouting the right answer at the TV during BBC Eggheads? Think you’ve got what it takes to be ranked among the quizzing elite? Now is your chance to find out! Join the Mary Ann Evans Hospice on Friday 14th July at Ambleside Club, Nuneaton, for their Eggheads Quiz Night, featuring BBC Eggheads Lisa Thiel & Barry Simmons. It’ll be a fun-filled evening to test your knowledge, in teams of up to 6, all to raise money for the local good cause which provides care and support for patients with a life-limiting illness, their families and their carers in...

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Hospice garden party to feature Britain’s got Talent’s Semi Finalist, Hoop Guy!

John Parnell, who is commonly known as Hoop Guy, impressed the Britain’s got Talent judges with his hoop skills and catchy song. John has been a long-time supporter of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice and now, as one of Nuneaton’s biggest entertainers, he will be joining the Hospice for their Garden Party once again, to perform and teach you how to hoop! Although we all know him as Hoop Guy, his skills don’t just stop with the hoop, John is also a talented stilt walker, balloon modeller, juggler and unicycler! Taking place on Saturday 24th June, 11:30am-3:30pm, It will...

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Local Bank goes green for Mary Ann Evans Hospice

At the end of May, TSB Bedworth & their area team spent a very wet afternoon in the Mary Ann Evans Hospice Gardens, developing their relationship with their selected ‘Charity of the Year’. The team of 15 braved a miserable downpour with smiles, determination and some impressive gardening gear to clear the patch on the Hospice’s car park border. They planted several rose bushes to brighten the entrance to the site. Despite the dreadful weather the team soldiered on and got the work done in just a few short hours, warming up afterwards with a hot cuppa. Area manager,...

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Nurse Bags donated to grateful Hospice at Home team, following loving care

The Hospice at Home service offered by the Mary Ann Evans Hospice takes caring to the heart of the community. Established in 1994, the Hospice at Home team are dedicated to providing a highly personalised, caring, safe and effective care service in your own home, ensuring patients and family’s needs are met and wishes fulfilled. Following support from the team for her husband Christopher, June Gibbs and her daughters Kay and Jill donated funds to the hospice in order for the team to purchase nurses bags, allowing them to comfortably carry the equipment they need out into the local...

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Year-long partnership announced for Lea Marston Hotel and the Mary Ann Evans Hospice

The Mary Ann Evans Hospice are delighted to announce that they have been chosen as the ‘Charity of the Year’ 2017 for the Lea Marston Hotel. The year ahead will see the hotel organise events and activities for guests and staff, aiming to raise plenty of funds for the local good cause while increasing awareness of hospice services in the local community. Liz Gibbon, Sales Manager at the Lea Marston Hotel, said “At Lea Marston Hotel we pride ourselves on our traditional family owned heritage and have a vision to be the best independent family owned hotel in the...

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Make a Will Month – June 2017

Throughout June a selection of solicitors in North Warwickshire, are kindly donating their time and Will-writing expertise in return for a donation to the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. If you have not yet made a Will to provide for your family in the future you may like to take the opportunity of Make a Will Month.  Throughout the month of June, local solicitors have teamed up with the Mary Ann Evans Hospice to offer a Will writing service.  The solicitors are all keen to communicate the message that writing a Will is the only way you can be sure...

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Bubble Rush 2017 Photos

We hope you all had a fantastic day raising lots of money for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice at the Bubble Rush 2017. As promised, you will be able to purchase an electronic copy of your bubbly photos soon! Our volunteer photographers from Corley & Fillongley Photographic Club took thousands of photos on the day and they are available to purchase for 50p per photo. All our photographers gave their time and their photos for free so we could raise even more money! 100% of photo money (less small card fee) will come to the Hospice. We are currently uploading loads of bubbly images to Facebook for you to view!! Due to unexpected delays from the cyber attacks we are now not able to sell our images until more have been uploaded and referenced. Please accept our apologies for the delay – images will now be available to purchase from Thursday 1st June by visiting www.maryannevans.org.uk/bubble-rush If you see an image you like, you will need the reference number from the caption of the image to be able to purchase it, so please note this down. If there isn’t one there just yet, we thank you for your patience while we get them all written in! Please check back nearer June to find the caption. The images are stored on Facebook with watermarks – albums are split into photographers and in...

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#TeamMAEH raise over £18,000 at the London Marathon 2017!

On Sunday 23rd April, 11 inspiring runners set out from Greenwich, South London, on a mission to run 26.2 miles for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice at the world-famous London Marathon. Running through streets lined with cheering crowds and passing many of the capital’s most famous landmarks, they experienced an exhilarating but challenging run across London to the finish line in view of Buckingham Palace. Along with the huge sense of achievement they felt when they crossed the line, they were greeted by supportive family and friends and awarded with a medal – some were even presented theirs by...

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Good Luck #TeamMAEH at the London Marathon!

On Sunday 23rd April, #TeamMAEH, a group of 12 runners representing the Mary Ann Evans Hospice will be lining up on the start line of the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon. Although nervous of the 26.2 miles ahead of them, they will be excited to see all of the Capital’s landmarks, including the Cutty Sark, London Eye, Tower Bridge, Big Ben & Buckingham Palace. The atmosphere will be electric and the cheers from the crowd will support the brave runners right to the finish, where they can celebrate their amazing achievement with friends and family! Each runner has put in a lot of training hours, running long distance on weekends and taking part in training events, such as the Silverstone Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March. Throughout their training, they have each been working extremely hard in order to reach the minimum sponsorship target of £1200. #TeamMAEH runner, James Percival, decided to take on the London Marathon to honour his Dad, Robert, who received Hospice at Home care after being diagnosed with Cancer of the Oesophagus. “The care and support we received from the Hospice was so important to us and I knew I wanted to give something back” said James. “I’m really looking forward to running one of the most iconic races in the world in memory of my Dad. So far, I’ve raised over £1,900 in sponsorship;...

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NatWest Nuneaton present ‘Bubble Rush Bootcamp’ in support of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice!

Over the Easter weekend, on Thursday 13th, Saturday 15th and Tuesday 18th April, NatWest Nuneaton will be transformed into a ‘Bubble Rush Bootcamp’ in support of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. NatWest Nuneaton have chosen the hospice as their ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2017 and NatWest staff members have got the partnership off to a bubbly start by signing up to the amazing ‘Bubble Rush 5K’ organised by the hospice on Saturday 6th May at Bramcote Barracks, Nuneaton. “We’re really pleased to have been selected as NatWest Nuneaton’s Charity of the Year for 2017 and have already been...

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Mary Ann Evans Hospice and Badgers Atherstone 10K get running together!

The Mary Ann Evans Hospice are delighted to announce that they have been selected as the nominated local Charity for the 2017 BADGERS Atherstone 10K, which takes place on Sunday 27th August! The 10K race, now in its 4th year, is hosted by the BADGERS, a UKA affiliated running club in North Warwickshire and is centred on the pretty market town of Atherstone. The event promises to offer a challenging course, taking in the beautiful North Warwickshire countryside including exclusive access through the private Merevale Estate. The race starts on Long Street and finishes in historic Market Square, providing a number of public houses and cafes looking forward to welcoming runners and spectators. Mary Ann Evans Hospice Fundraiser, Natalie Smith, said “The hospice are really proud to have been selected to partner this fantastic event, which typically sees around 600 runners take to the pretty, but challenging route. The BADGERS were keen to engage a local charity, where funds raised in profit from the event can be spent locally, and the hospice definitely fits the bill! The funds raised will go towards providing exceptional levels of care and support to those living with life-limiting illness, their families and their carers in the local area. We’re excited to cheer runners on during the day and hold a merchandise stall at the end of the race”. Nivette Mullan, Race Director and Chair...

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Coventry Community Cheers on New Charity Shop!

Coventry’s Trinity Street was a buzz this weekend with the opening of the Mary Ann Evans Hospice charity shop. The people of Coventry were gathered outside, eager to find some hidden gems in the brand new shop at 10.00am on Saturday 4th March where Kay Alexander, Hospice Patron, was the guest of honour and opened the shop with a cut of a golden ribbon.  Customers then stormed the store looking for a bargain and were not disappointed. Shop volunteers were on hand to fill up any gaps and offer help, while Chief Executive; Liz Hancock greeted people at the...

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Commuters, students, businesses and train station staff share the love of their local Hospice

  Morning commuters at Nuneaton, Coleshill and Atherstone railway stations received a Valentine’s treat on Tuesday 14th February as they were gifted Love Heart sweets and information cards inviting them to share photos and spread the word about local hospice care, from the Mary Ann Evans Hospice. The campaign, aiming to raise awareness of the amazing work that hospices do in the local community, was part of ‘Love your Local Hospice’ week which ran from 13th – 19th February. Throughout the day, the community posted photos and tweeted on social media platforms Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtags #loveyourlocalhospice...

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Children’s Bereavement

The Warren will be running a children’s bereavement group on Friday 3rd March, 4.00pm – 5.15pm.  If your child has had a bereavement & is aged 5 – 11, please contact Gill Hancock at gill.hancock@geh.nhs.uk or call 024 7686...

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Aviva Community Fund – Carers Cafe

Voting is now closed for the Aviva Community Fund. Thank you to all who voted! We will keep you updated on how we did and developments to the project as it happens. We will be setting up Carers Café in conjunction with Mary Ann Evans Hospice, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Guideposts Carer Support Service & Age UK. The Carer’s Café will aim to get carers talking and expressing what truly matters to them. We hope to welcome around 300 carers to the Carer’s Café in its first year and develop our services to increase the support we can provide to carers in the local community. Although the Carer’s Café will be held at the Mary Ann Evans Hospice, all carers across the local area will be invited to attend. The wellbeing of the carer will be the main aim of the Carer’s Café. Find our project here  Contact Gemma at gemma.thompson@geh.nhs.uk for more...

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