Nottinghamshire Hospice

Adding Life to Days

Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman praises Nottinghamshire Hospice

Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman, Councillor John Handley, has praised Nottinghamshire Hospice for ‘adding life to days’.

The hospice has been chosen as the Chairman’s charity this year with numerous events being planned to raise vital funds.

Councillor Handley has personal experience of hospice care within his family – his sister-in-law Marian Brown spent the last two weeks of her life in a hospice in Barnsley, passing away in 2004.

Recalling his personal experience Councillor Handley said: “My sister-in-law had only been diagnosed seven weeks before her death with ovarian cancer and the hospice made her last fortnight a quality experience despite the circumstances. The care was unbelievable and there was as much care for my wife Margaret – Marian’s sister – as there was for Marian herself, because they were both so close. I learnt a lot about the work of hospices from this experience and so the opportunity to support our local hospice this year seemed a great one to me.”

Councillor Handley, together with his wife Councillor Margaret Handley, visited the hospice on September 28th to find out more about our work and spent the morning chatting with patients, carers, volunteers and staff.

He said he’d received many requests from organisations to be his chosen charity, but was inspired after meeting with community fundraiser, Elaine Hopkins, who told him about how we need to raise £7,000 a day to provide our services free of charge to patients and their families.

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Councillor Handley said: “Nottinghamshire Hospice does incredible things. It does a phenomenal amount of work and it really does fulfil its motto of ‘adding life to days’.

“It is vital that they and other hospices raise funds. It is difficult because they are voluntary organisations and they have to find funding through charitable work, but money is not a bottomless pit. I hope that by organising events we will not only raise money for Nottinghamshire Hospice but also raise its profile to build more awareness of the vital work it does across the county.”

A recent hog roast event at Beauvale Priory generated £400 for the hospice and there are more Chairman events planned in 2018, including two community choir events in Brinsley. Hospice volunteers also recently enjoyed afternoon tea with the Chairman at County Hall as a thank you for the wonderful work they do. During his visit on 28th September, Councillor Handley also donated a cricket bat signed by players from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club after a hugely successful season for them, having won the Royal London One-Day Cup, the Natwest T20 Blast and promotion back to the County Championship Division One.

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Community fundraiser, Elaine Hopkins, said: “We are so grateful to Councillor John Handley for choosing Nottinghamshire Hospice as his charity of the year, he has already shown a great deal of support for us both in fundraising and in raising awareness of the hospice. Both he and his wife made our volunteers feel really special at the recent afternoon tea. All the money they raise will make a real difference to our patients and their families at a most difficult time in their lives.”

If you’d like to find out more about how you can support Nottinghamshire Hospice, head over to the Get Involved section of our website or call us on 0115 910 1008 ext 251.

You can also keep up with the latest news from Councillor John Handley, on the Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman’s Facebook page.