The Hospice of St Francis – Hospice News  – January 2023

The Hospice of St Francis relies upon community fundraising to help fund the £5 million needed each year to provide free care. By supporting the Hospice, you are helping more people in the local community to feel safe and supported through a life-limiting illness and to live their precious life well.




News and Events


Hospice Coffee Mornings and Craft Fayres (Jan 2023)

On the last Friday of the month (except December) The Hospice of St Francis hosts a Coffee Morning in the Hospice Bistro and a Craft Fayre in the Acorn Suite.  The next event is Friday 27th January. Pop along for a coffee and a chat to find out more about the Hospice and the work that they do. All proceeds from the Craft Fayre go to the Hospice. Contact: Reception on 01442 869550 to book your place. Find out more here:


Christmas Tree Collection, (Jan 2023)

Teams of wonderful volunteers will be collecting and recycling Christmas trees this January, from the following postcodes: Harpenden (AL5) / St Albans (AL1, AL3 and AL4) / Hemel Hempstead (HP1, HP2 and HP3) / Tring (HP23) / Berkhamsted (HP4). Collection dates: Saturday 7th to Monday 9th January 2023.  You don’t need to be in on the day! Simply leave your tree outside your house on the evening of 6th January (you can even specify exactly where your tree will be during registration!). Visit the Hospice website to register:

Donate to our shops!

We’d love to have your unwanted Christmas presents! Drop any donations off to any of the Hospice shops on Tuesday 4th January. Thank you for your support. Find your nearest shop on the Hospice website:


Green with Envy Fashion Show (Feb 2023)

Get ready for another fantastic fashion show at Shendish Manor! (Apsley, HP3 0AA). Wednesday 1st February. Doors open at 7.00pm for 7.30 start – Bar open from 7.00pm. Opportunity to buy clothes and accessories being modelled. Plenty of free parking and guaranteed fun! Tickets available to purchase here:


A new year, a new YOU!

Get involved with some of our fabulous fundraisers in the upcoming year!


Hospice Skydive (March 2023)

Always wanted to do a Skydive? Know anyone who wants a challenge? Why not, join a team of skydivers who are jumping to raise funds for the Hospice on Saturday 11th March at The North London Skydiving Centre (Cambridge). Register here:


Berkhamsted Half Marathon (March 2023)

Calling all runners! Take part in this fabulous local event on Sunday 5th March! The 40th Berkhamsted Half Marathon and 5 Mile Fun Run is routed through the beautiful Chiltern countryside! For more details and to sign up please visit:


Brighton Marathon (April 2023)

2023 will see a new route for the marathon! Be part of this unforgettable day and accomplish an achievement of a lifetime in the buzzing and vibrant city of Brighton and Hove. Sign up now:


Bubble Rush! (May 2023)

Join in the fun at Bovingdon Airfield Hemel Hempstead, on Sunday 14th May for lots of brilliantly bubbly fun! The course is family friendly, so you can walk, run, dance, jog, or toddle through the foam, and it is suitable for pushchairs too! Register today:


RideLondon Essex (May 2023)

Ride London – Essex 100 will take place on a new 100-mile traffic-free route, starting and finishing in central London and taking in 60 miles in the beautiful Essex countryside. The date is Sunday 28th May 2022. Register today and support your local Hospice! Book your place here:


Walk Your Ridgeway (June 2023)

Come together with family and friends on Sunday 11th June 2023 to support the Hospice and walk in remembrance of special people on this thirteen mile or twenty six-mile walk, (you pick!) retracing our history through Berkhamsted. More information available on the Hospice website:


Trek Scotland – Edinburgh 7 Challenge (Sept 2023)

Registration is open for a fantastic fundraising opportunity for 2023! Make a new year’s resolution to support your local hospice. Journey a marathon distance while enjoying the spectacular views of Edinburgh from the 7 highest viewpoints around this vibrant city. Dates: 22nd- 24th September. Sign up now:




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