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Cuppa for KEMP, 1st March 2018

Get the kettle on to support hospice care in Spring 2018!

Pencil a date in the diary now and get together with friends, family or colleagues to hold a Cuppa for KEMP.  It’s a simple and fun way to support your local hospice (what better way to spend some time with friends than with a cheery brew and a biccy or two!) and we will send you all you need in our Cuppa for KEMP fundraising pack!

Niki Ferris and her family regularly hold ‘afternoon tea and cake’ events for KEMP. Niki says: “KEMP have helped my family through some difficult times and they were a great comfort to us so it’s lovely to do something to help. We really look forward to the event. We invite family, friends and neighbours, and it provides a lovely chance to see everyone and get together.”

What you can do…

You could host a huge local tea party, a workplace coffee and cake break, a cream tea for your neighbourhood watch group, a community centre cuppa get-together, a bake & brew sale or maybe a simple ‘tea for two’!

Whatever you decide to do, do it over a brew and raise some money for KEMP, the Wyre Forest’s Hospice.

Your fundraising and support means that we can continue to provide specialist care and support for people with life limiting illnesses, their families and carers as well as providing free bereavement support for everyone in the Wyre Forest area. Your support means the world to us…thank you.

 

For more details on holding a Cuppa 4 KEMP in 2018 please call the fundraising team on 01562 756066 or email fundraising@kemphospice.org.uk

Download a Cuppa for Kemp Fundraising pack here or click on the cuppa below!

 

Hospice Care Week 2017, 1st January 1970

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The theme for Hospice Care Week 2017 is ‘We are Hospice Care’ and this week we will be sharing stories with you from staff and volunteers who provide incredible hospice care here at KEMP.

We all have an idea of what the work of a hospice is but there is so much more going on each and every day.  This is what we would like to share with you this week. Here are KEMP we exist for the Wyre Forest community and it is only with your kind and generous support that we are able to care for over 1,000 people each year.

Please read our stories and share with colleagues, friends and family. All of our services are provided free of charge and available to anyone living within the Wyre Forest. By spreading the word you could be helping a family get the support they need, at what is, probably, their time of greatest need.

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Nisa Making A Difference Locally Appeal, 1st January 1970

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This year, local retailer Nisa is celebrating its 40th birthday by donating £10,000 with Making A Difference Locally to your favourite local charities!

For the chance to win KEMP Hospice one of their ten £1,000 donations, please nominate us using the form on the Nisa website. There will be three other opportunities to nominate us throughout the year, with a total of £40,000 of donations given away to celebrate Nisa’s 40th birthday this year!

See below for a list of your local Nisa stores, and then please fill in the form on their website to nominate KEMP Hospice today!

Nisa Local

27-28 the Horsefair, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 2EN

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96 Canterbury Rd, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 6DH

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116 Tennyson Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 3YT

Stourport Nisa

2 Woodbury Road, Stourport-On-Severn, Worcestershire, DY13 8XL

Nisa Bowketts

Market Square, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8BL

 

 

 

A year of Challenges for KEMP, 1st January 1970

George Murcott and Chris Wills are supporting KEMP with a series of fantastic challenges during 2017 to say thank you for the support their family received after their niece Arabella passed away at just 18 months old.

Both Chris and George are keen cyclists so have chosen a number of cycling events as well a run and a Triathlon! Here is a list of the challenges they will undertake this year:

March 2017 – Ride The Reservoir Ride the Reservoir

A 75km cycle to kick everything off!

’19th March saw the BRATs actually on tour together in one of our official events, Ride The Reservoir. Some testing climbs at the start, nothing too severe in terms of gradients but they just last for a long distance before finally flattening out. Coupled up with a blowy day making for crosswinds and headwinds the whole way round, the enjoyment of the route was diminished somewhat! Still 50 miles done in under 4 hours and no real tiredness or soreness after, which bodes well for our longer touring rides.’

 

April 2017 – Halesowen Spring Triathlon 

A 400m pool swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run! kemp1

‘Just survived the Halesowen Sprint Triathlon, with help/guidance/abuse from Chris! Lovely day out in the glorious sunshine and a really well run event. 400 meter pool swim (11 mins), 25km bike ride (just over an hour)(with some nice hills and fast sweeping descents) and a 5km run (28 mins). The run turned out to be the hardest part for me, despite having run marathons, as I struggle running after cycling. It didn’t help either that I have become an old man as I pulled something in my back literally just before the race start! A good day though!’

April 2017 – Easter Epic Sportif Birmingham 10k

84km cycle with lots of hills, around Lower Broadheath, Malvern, Bromyard, Bewdley and Stourport.

April 2017 – Great Birmingham 10k Run 

‘Great Birmingham 10km done and dusted, surprisingly hot day by the end of it. No PBs for either of us, but based on recent form I was happy enough with my 52:26 getting me the coveted 1638th position! Well, I did beat 5000 people.’

May 2017 – St Giles Hospice Cycle 

100km from Chasewater Country Park, Burntwood, covering Cannock Chase, Penkridge, Bradley, Derrington, Apeton, Lapley and Hednesford.

St Giles Cycle‘No we didn’t quite make it to the coast, this bit of Chasewater Country Park does look like a beach though. This was our start and finish point for the St Giles 100km sportive that we did today, lovely weather throughout though it wasn’t as warm as this start line pic suggests! It was glorious when we got back though, I was tempted to have a dip. First time they’ve run this event and would be tempted to do it again, if all of LEJOG is like today I am going to thoroughly enjoy that fortnight! Reality check: LEJOG is MUCH hillier :-(‘

May 2017 – Coast to Coast Cycle – Whitehaven to Tynemouth 

Saturday: cycle through the Lake District. Whitehaven to Penrith, 86km of riding, 1509 metres of ascent, 1385 metres of descent.

Sunday: cross the Pennines (without thumbing a lift!). Penrith to Allenheads with some fairly serious hills, 54km distance, 1428 metres of ascent, 1173 of descent.

Monday: Ride to Tynemouth. Allenheads to Tynemouth, hills again! 85km distance, 1093 metres of ascent, 1476 metres of descent. Probably followed a few drinks in Newcastle! Coast 2 Coast

‘Sun, rain showers, thunder, lightening, torrential downpours and floods, heat and cold. 86km and 5 hours something. And it was rather fun. Quite a few cheeky hills on the way. Now Chris Wills and i need to refuel ready for tomorrow. Coast 2 Coast day 2 – No monsoon today, just a nice cool breeze to cool us down. Hard climbs and some amazing fast descents, and a day featuring more cyclists and motorcyclists than cars, a nice change. 140 or so miles from West to East and close to 3 miles vertical distance as we crossed the Pennines. ‘

Chris takes on the amazing Lands End to John O’Groats Challenge – July 2017

An incredible 1000 miles in 14 days! Chris’ challenge will need sheer determination and a huge amount of encouragement to get back in the saddle each day as he’ll cycle an average of 72 miles per day.

Lands End plymouth Scotland! John O'Groats

Update from Day 2 ‘Today was billed as the hardest day and they weren’t kidding! Dartmoor is very hilly, well over a mile ascent and over 60 horizontally. I was practically asleep on the bike by the end of 6 or so hours in the saddle!’

One week in – Injury free so far, saddle sores and insect bites don’t quite count as injuries but they aren’t helping. At lunch today we crossed the Scottish border into Gretna. First rainy day so I nearly took their hand off when soup was offered, turns out that turnip soup is absolutely delicious! Just finished up for the day in Moffat and will pass through Edinburgh tomorrow. Some 80+ mile days coming up which are billed as hard. Hope my legs are up to it!’

He made it! On Saturday 15th July, after 14 days of cycling Chris made it to John O’Groats and celebrated in style with a glass of champers!

A huge WELL DONE and THANK YOU from everyone here at KEMP! What an achievement!

September 2017 – Velo Birmingham 

As a final flourish, the rather worryingly long Velo Birmingham, 100 mile bike ride. 15,000 riders on the closed roads of Birmingham, worth the entry fee just to avoid Birmingham drivers!

To support George and Chris on their epic journey please take a visit to their Just Giving Page.

 

Summer Community Events, 1st January 1970

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We have some fantastic community events perfect for all the family this Summer, we hope to see you there! A huge thanks to everyone that has organised an event for KEMP!

 

Raffle and Tombola – Far Forest Countryside Show

12th/13th August

Sue Lewandowski and some of her colleagues from TLC Care at Home (situation right above our Bewdley shop on Load St), will be at the Far Forest Countryside Show this weekend holding a raffle and tombola in aid of KEMP.

The theme for this year’s show is Alice in Wonderland, and there will be a treasure hunt around the ground for children of all ages to find the characters. There is a licensed bar and teas and coffees are also on sale around the ground too. On Saturday evening entertainment goes on until 10pm.

So if you were planning to go along to the Far Forest Countryside Show this weekend, please look out for the KEMP banner and show your support for Sue and her colleagues who have lots of lovely prizes!

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Far Forest Pavilion / Showground
Tenbury Road (A456)
Callow Hill
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Nr Kidderminster
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Raffle and Tombola – Borrington Bash

1st July 2017

Please join Mandy Griffiths at the Borrington Bash on Saturday 1st July where she is hosting a tombola stall to raise money in aid of KEMP. Local residents and businesses have generously given prizes for the stall, as well as to a raffle that Mandy is hosting on her Facebook page. Prizes include lots of baked goods, as well as 2 tickets to West Midlands Safari Park and a voucher for a dinner for 2 at The Granary worth £60!

Raffle tickets cost £3 per ticket and are still available from the Facebook page, where you can find out more about Mandy’s support of KEMP. Please show Mandy your support and be sure to head over to the Borrington Bash which takes place this Saturday to try and win one of her fantastic prizes.

 

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Bewdley High School Reunion – The Gainsborough House Hotel

8th July 2017 @ 8pm

Gainsborough House Hotel, Bewdley Hill, Kidderminster DY11 6BS.

 

Wendy Marshall has unleashed her Event Organising skills and is hosting the Bewdley High School Reunion and Charity Night, taking place at the Gainsborough House Hotel on July 8th.

Doors open at 8pm and the event is for anyone who previously attended Bewdley High, but also to anyone who just fancies a good night out. Entry is pay on the night and costs £12, with £2 of that going to KEMP Hospice. There will also be a raffle on the night, with tickets selling for £2 a strip and £5 for three strips.

Entertainment includes Ricky Cool and the In Crowd (who we are reliably informed are headed by a former woodwork teacher from Bewdley called Mr. Rogers!), and 2 very talented locals called Two Doors Down.

So, whether you have attended Bewdley High School or just fancy a nights entertainment, get yourself to the Gainsborough on the 8th July and be part of the In Crowd!

 

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Speed Dating – Kidderminster Cricket Club

25th July 2017 @ 7:30pm

1 Offmore Ln, Kidderminster DY10 1TL

Looking to kick-start your social life, and perhaps meet someone special? Whether you’re seriously looking for love or you’re just game for a laugh with the guys or the girls, speed dating is great fun.

Taking place at the Kidderminster Cricket Club on Tuesday 25th July at 7:30pm, this speed dating event is your chance to meet new people from in and around the Kidderminster and the Wyre Forest area whilst also supporting KEMP Hospice.

The event will run in parallel for two age groups 25-35 & 35-50, and will cost only £8.00 per person.

Ample parking is available at the venue and there is a bar available to purchase drinks on the evening.

To find out more information or to book your place please call Alison on 07703020930.

 

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Santa Fun Run 2018!, 2nd December 2018

THANK YOU!

We had a brilliant day on Sunday Dec 3rd 2017 at our 10th Anniversary Santa Fun Run in Kidderminster’s Brinton Park and we hope you thoroughly enjoyed yourselves too!  A huge thank you to the fantastic Santa’s who ran in support of KEMP Hospice in 2017 making it our our biggest run ever! It was incredible to see everyone taking part and you are all #KEMPheroes. Now the hard work begins…

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Sponsorship

Now is the time to start collecting those final owing offers of sponsorship! Make sure you take your sponsorship form around the office or email out your Just Giving page and let people know you had a fantastic time!

Sponsorship can be handed in by popping into the hospice here on Mason Road, between Monday and Friday 8:30 am until 5pm (on a Tuesday and Thursday we are open until 8pm).  You can also hand in sponsorship money to any of our retail shops. Alternatively, please pop a cheque and your sponsor forms in the post to us or call us on 01562 756077 and we can take payment over the phone.

With your help we can continue to help and support over 1,000 local people this year who need our free services. As the Wyre Forest Hospice, we are there for the entire family when someone is living with a life-limiting illness. Our nurse supported Day Hospice and Hospice at Home Service are able to provide essential care at the most difficult time.  Our pre and post bereavement service is available for anyone who has lost a loved one, regardless of the cause. We even have a dedicated service for children.

We are only able to provide these services with your help. Less than a third of our funding comes from the NHS, meaning we rely heavily on the kindness of you, our community to help us raise an incredible 70% of the funds we need to run the hospice each year. Thank you for taking part and raising sponsorship, it does really make an incredible difference to the lives of others.

Santa Fun Run 2018 anyone?

We are overwhelmed by the demand for Santa Fun Run in 2017 and for the first time ever we had to close registration early due to the number of participants! So if you enjoyed last year’s run (or missed out on registering) please get in touch and get your name down on the 2018 PRE-RESERVE LIST!! 

Drop Shelley Stanley an email on shelley.stanley@kemphospice.org.uk or call the fundraising office on 01562 756077. More details about registration will then follow early 2018!

Don’t forget it’s always the First Sunday in December – get it in the diary now: SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND 2018

If you ran in 2017…how did you do?

Please find below the times recorded by Stourport & Kidderminster Athletic Club. Their support on the day was fantastic! Due to so many Santa’s running they unfortunately were unable to time everyone coming over the finish line.

RECORDED TIMES BY S&K ATHLETIC CLUB 2017

 

Pictures & Videos

Head over to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for all the event photos and videos! We would love to see your pictures, if you have any please share them with us!

 

 

Our 10th Midnight Walk, 1st January 1970

On Saturday 17th June 2016, hundreds of ladies donned on their trainers and dressed in pink to celebrate 10 years of our popular 5k woodland walk, around the Wyre Forest at Midnight.

Everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by Signal 107’s Dicky Dodd, Tom Joseph performed as Michael Buble and local singer, Meg Shaw sang during our Midnight Memories.

We hope to raise £20,000 this year’s walk, with the money going towards providing specialist care and support to patients, carers and families who are living with a life limiting illness and bereavement, in Wyre Forest.

Shelley Stanley, KEMP’s events fundraiser, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported our 10th Midnight Walk – it was a fantastic evening and we could not be luckier with the weather.

“We would not have been able to hold the Midnight Walk without the support of so many local businesses, including event sponsors Oakleaf Commercial Services, Standard Motor Transport for lending us their trailer, Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) for doing a wonderful job with the first aid and radio communications – it is a real pleasure to work with this brilliant local charity. Signal 107 for all their support on the night and the lead up to the event, Loxley Scaffolding, Midcounties Co-op, Co-op Bewdley Bridge, Stourport Tesco, Marvin Cox Lubricants, Quads and Castles, Walton and Hipkiss, the staff at Wyre Forest, and last but not least, the incredible 40 volunteers who gave their time.”

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Alice Wilson, Lisa Hale, Scarlet Hale Lindy Gibbons, Laura Taylor, Amanda Keen

Spring Community Events, 1st January 1970

Welcome Spring

We have some fantastic community events perfect for all the family this Spring, we hope to see you there! A huge thanks to everyone that has organised an event for KEMP!

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Monday, 17th April 2017 – Easter Egg Hunt in aid of KEMP at Gilt Edge Sports Club, Kidderminster. 12 noon with the hunt starting at 1pm. Tickets are £3.00 per child and they must be purchased in advance from Gilt Edge Club. For more details please contact Lorna on 07956 778763 or 07854 808569

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St.Georges Day Family Market

Join KEMP and Bewdley Chambermaids for our first open event in Stourport! On Saturday 22nd April we will be holding a St. George’s Day Market along Riverside Meadows, Stourport between 10am and 4pm. With stalls, live entertainment, homemade cake competition, best dressed shop window competition and activities it’s a great day out with the children all in support of your local hospice.

Stalls are still available and you can reserve your place by calling Ann on 01299 404226 or emailing Bewdley Chambermaids on lymanhughes34@aol.com alternatively, please click here ST. GEORGE’S MARKET 2017 – Booking form to download your booking form.

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KEMP’s new lottery – ‘Your Hospice Lottery’, 1st January 1970

Are you one of this week’s lucky winners?  Check the results HERE

KEMP CEO leads by example

Terry Osborn, CEO of KEMP Hospice sets the wheels in motion for supporters playing the Your Hospice Lottery by becoming the first person to sign up in support of KEMP.

Speaking of joining, Terry said “I am delighted to be the very first player, please do join the lottery too, it’s really easy to sign up online!”

Since launching this brand new and fun way to support the hospice, KEMP are very excited to have their first player and hope more will follow and their number of players will grow and grow!

KEMP supporters can join the lottery at any time and the first draw will be held on Friday 18th November.

CLICK HERE to join and help raise vital funds for hospice care and be in with a chance of winning a cash prize!

December Community Events, 1st January 1970

Got 2 Sing – Winter Wonderland Concert

Join the fantastic Got 2 Sing Choir for their Christmas Concert at St. Anne’s Church, Bewdley on Sunday 11th December 2016, for an evening of carols and songs.  Tickets are available now by calling 03330 146 164 or by emailing office@got2sing.co.uk Adults £8.00 and Children Under 16 £5.00

Christmas Jumper most welcome! KEMP will be there holding a raffle on the evening.

 

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