We thought who better to describe our Support Groups than those themselves.

Nuneaton Support Group

When I heard about the Mayor’s Appeal for a Hospice back in 1987 I decided to organise a barn dance, which raised £450.00. I was invited by Bill Olner to visit the Town Hall to present him with the cheque. Little did I know that that was the beginning of my 28 years involvement with the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.

I have now been the chairman of the Nuneaton Support Group for 25 years and our small but very committed group have since been raising money year on year totalling £500,000.00

We hold an annual Christmas Raffle and more recently have hosted the famous Merry Midwives shows at the Abbey Theatre in Nuneaton raising a magnificent total of £23,500 over the past 9 years. We are all 28 years older than when we started on our fundraising journey so please when we are standing on the streets or outside the shops of Nuneaton, Bedworth, Atherstone or Bulkington look upon us kindly and pop a contribution in our tins. We are grateful for any support we can get.

Thank you.

Jenny Oliver

Coleshill Support Group

Back in 1983, Dad died of lung cancer and my sister and I raised some funds for St.Mary’s Hospice.

From then on, bitten by the fundraising bug, we joined together with a few friends and began holding dances at our local social club, donating the proceeds to various charities. Reading local information in the library one day, we discovered that we had a local hospice in Nuneaton and invited them to come along and receive a cheque. In 1999, the Coleshill Support Group was born.

Since then we’ve trundled along having fun & raising some funds along the way. We are a small but happy group and meetings are still very rare but we are very proud to be associated with the Mary Ann Evans Hospice and very much look forward to celebrating 25 years of fantastic work with them.

Jackie Treadwell

Exhall Support Group

We have been involved with the Hospice from the very beginning when the first appeal took place to build a Hospice and have been raising funds for over 27 years. We have our regular coffee mornings at St Giles small hall on the third Wednesday of the month at 10.20am.

We are a small group of helpers who are dedicated to help raise funds for the work of the Hospice and we presented a cheque for £1,410.50 at the end of the year. We have regular customers who come to the coffee mornings and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a piece of cake and a chat.

All are welcome.

Chrissie Hughes

Young Friends

Our Young Friends Group is made up of students from King Edward V1 College and is an invaluable group of supporters who work alongside the fundraising team to help achieve the charitable funds required to be raised each and every year. They hold their own cake bake sales and fundraisers at the College.

“As a voluntary co-ordinator for KEC ‘Young Friends,’ I can truly say that I am so glad that our students started to fundraise and volunteer their help at the MAE Hospice. It has made such a difference to them, not only has it has helped them to become more confident and caring but also to be more aware of their community.  From their positive comments, I know it has had a very positive impact on them.”

Dawn Cross