Bumper year for Isabel fundraising

PUBLISHED: 12:07 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009

Panshanger pupils singing at the day centre

Panshanger pupils singing at the day centre

PUPILS from Panshanger School in WGC sang at the hospice s day centre in Hall Grove. The performance by the year six pupils delighted the relatives of those cared for by the hospice, as they met up for a Christmas lunch. Family support assistant Jenny Mc

Val Robinson, chairman of the hospice support group, with, from left, Charles Wallis, Matt Spencer, Tim Hudson, Barry Pasby and John Pasby

PUPILS from Panshanger School in WGC sang at the hospice's day centre in Hall Grove.

The performance by the year six pupils delighted the relatives of those cared for by the hospice, as they met up for a Christmas lunch.

Family support assistant Jenny McCredie said: "Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many people who attend our day hospice.

"They will have lost loved ones in the last year and we meet up every Wednesday morning as a way of supporting them.

"It was super to hear the children singing for us and made the lunch a lovely occasion."

# A SCHOOL choir serenaded shoppers in WGC to raise money.

Children from Roselands School in Hoddesdon sang in the Howard Centre as people did their Christmas shopping.

Val Robinson, chairman of the hospice's support group, said: "This is the third year Roselands have sung to shoppers while we collected donations.

"It's lovely to hear the children sing and play their instruments live. It puts everyone into a really Christmassy mood."

# A TRAINED chef combined his love for food and golf into vital cash for the hospice.

Barry Pasby, who is captain of the Millers (over 55s) at the club, organised golf days, challenge matches with the pros, and prize draws throughout the year.

And along with wife Jennifer, he also hosted 23 dinner parties, called Come Dine With Us, at their home.

Barry, who trained at Westminster College before continuing his culinary expertise as a classical French chef at The Savoy Hotel, raised a total of £5,300.

Barry said: "The idea of hosting dinner parties came following a buffet supper that we did for 25 people from the golf club last December.

"At our first dinner party we entertained a group of eight, and the word just spread.

"The evenings proved to be been very rewarding, but it will be nice to get our weekends back!"

# AN Old Time Music Hall marked both the hospice's 25th birthday and a village hall's 50th anniversary.

The Memorial Hall in Welham Green played host to the event organised by the North Mymms fundraising committee.

It was fitting that a little girl who sat in the audience 50 years ago to hear her father sing, should ably assist in the production of this music hall in 2007.

Judith Terry (nee Childs) was one of the driving forces behind the show, acting as assistant producer and director to Rosalind Rees.

Shows ran over two nights, and raised £2,707.

# SANTA took a break from flying through the sky in his sleigh - to fall through it with a parachute strapped to his back.

The Christmas figure - also known as 80-year-old Les Mace - took part in a tandem skydive, and raised £500.

Les said: "It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Isabel Hospice cared for my wife in 2003 and although I do support them on a regular basis, I felt I wanted to do more.

"When my daughter suggested it I thought it was a wonderful idea."

Les attends the bereavement group's coffee morning at Hall Grove in WGC and when someone mentioned he looked like Santa when he grew his beard, he decided to grow it again for the skydive.

"I have been doing some pilot training at Panshanger Aerodrome, so heights don't bother me," he said.

"The jump itself was so amazing, I just loved it. In fact, I would love to do it again."

Lisa Seccombe, head of fundraising said "We are amazed at Les's daredevil feat. We are so grateful for the funds he raised for the hospice.

"We just couldn't function without people like him raising money for the hospice, whether it be jumping out of a plane or standing outside supermarkets, collecting.

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