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Newsletter Summer 2020


Adele Neal

Community Fundraising Update

Although the past few months have been very different for us all, it has been incredible to see the local community still fundraising for the Hospice in new and inventive ways. We cannot thank everyone enough who has so kindly donated and fundraised in the past few months during such unsettling times, here are a small selection of the people who contributed:

Adele Neale walked 100 miles during lockdown to raise funds for the Hospice in memory of her sister, Helen. In the rain and shine, Adele raised over £1,362 for our Hospice.

We were lucky to have the fantastic Daren Bavister host two quiz nights for us in May and June. It was lovely to see so many staff, volunteers and supporters taking part in both the quizzes, helping to raise £825 for our wonderful Hospice!

A number of wonderful supporters have been making masks during the past few months, with the proceeds of the sales coming to the Hospice. Thank you so much to Emily Hankin, Anne-Marie May and Jane Laugharne for your kindness and generosity.

A huge thank you the King of lockdown quizzes, Richard Curtis at the Portsmouth Arms for supporting the Hospice with a week of brilliant quizzes. We can’t thank Richard and all the amazing quizzers enough who helped to raise over £5,884.

Alfredo and Eileen Lavorgna have been busy growing and selling their beautiful plants, with the help so some friends too! We are sure many gardens in Basingstoke are blooming at the moment to due to Lavorgna’s green fingers. The sale of all the plants sold, raised £2,000, a staggering sum.

Thank you to Natasha Watts for holding a virtual concert, lots of supporters enjoyed the night from the comfort of their own sofa’s and helped to raise £1,150.

Huge congratulations to Iris who completed 5k each day for a week during lockdown, raising £930 in sponsorship!

Headshaves! A huge thank you to members of Chineham Rugby & Football Club, Emma Farnden and David Salisbury who all took the plunge and shaved their hair off during lockdown! Your bravery has helped the Hospice hugely and we appreciate your support so much. We hope all your hair has started growing back everyone!

The very talented Harry Hellier has raised the amazing sum of £1,150 with his ‘Song for Mum’ which he wrote, recorded and made a video for all inspired by his fantastic Mum, Jo Hellier, a physiotherapists at the Hospice. You can still view the video here, have your tissues at the ready!

We launched Isolate & Donate in April so supporters could support us while isolating in their own homes. There were zoom quiz nights, head shaves and gym membership fees donated to help raise £3,714. It was fantastic seeing so many of our supporters reaching out to take part in this campaign.

The incredible sum of £4,333 was raised by so many fantastic supporters who all took part in the 2.6 Challenge this April. From people taking part in 26 challenges in one day, cycling 26km and someone completing 26 different dances, there were so many brilliant ideas!

Lots of you got your Harry Potter quiz hats on to take part in Suki, Amelia and Evelyn’s quiz and helped to raise £500 for our Hospice, a magical sum to have raised!

The fantastic sum of £120 was raised by Cami Cameron who sold books in her front garden, hopefully lots of the local community have been enjoying their new books!

We can’t name every person who supported us in the community over the past few months as there has been so many of you, but we are so grateful to each and every person who has supported the Hospice. Thank you so much everyone for your continued support through such challenging times, you have all made such a big difference to the services we provide to our patients and their families. 

For information on how you can support St. Michael’s Hospice, please contact Dasiy Mitchell, Senior Fundraising Manager, at or 01256 848853.

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