The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon is the perfect choice for charity runners. The event raises an estimated £0.4 million for charity every year, and attracts some of the UK’s most popular charity runners from all over the UK – who (in their own words) enjoy the “incredible atmosphere” and “beautiful course”. If you want to add to this total for one of our amazing charity partners – Woking & Sam Beare Hospices – please keep reading!
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is thrilled to be a local charity partner for the 2018 Mercer Surrey Half Marathon, and would love to have you on their run team. From 1 – 7 March you can get your place for the race from the charity directly for £50 with no sponsorship target. You’ll also receive a Woking & Sam Beare Hospices running vest to fly through the streets of Surrey in! Sign up with the hospice here. By taking a hospice place in the Surrey Half Marathon, you will help to raise in excess of the £8 million a year required to deliver the highest standard of end of life care.
About Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
In 2017 Woking & Sam Beare Hospices cared for approximately 1,400 patients, their carers and families in the North West Surrey region. The hospice delivers specialist palliative care to adult patients of all ages who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses.
The hospice offers day care services and care in the hospice in its 20 state of the art en-suite bedrooms. There is a community nursing team based at the hospice, in addition to the Sam Beare community nursing team in Weybridge. More than 70% of care is given in the community in people’s own homes and all the service is FREE of charge.
On race day, the hospice will be recycling unwanted running garments and other clothing to help raise funds for the hospice. So stay warm before starting the half marathon, and dispose of it on your way out of the start pen! They will also be present in the race village, do go and speak to them to find out more information about the hospice or to offer a donation.
Founded in 1996 by Rhod Lofting, the original Woking Hospice opened its ten-bed care facility in Hill View Road, Woking. The ten-bed Sam Beare Hospice is located at Weybridge Hospital and was funded by the NHS from 1999 until 2005 when it became a registered charity in June 2006.
The decision to merge Woking Hospice and Sam Beare Hospice into a state-of-the-art facility situated in Goldsworth Park, Woking was made in 2014 and if you would like to find out more about the new build click here.
The care and support that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices provides is uniquely special and it is their common goal to ensure the best quality of life for all of their patients, carers and families. Key statistics that you may be surprised to know about Woking & Sam Beare hospice care providers include:
1,400 patients and their families were cared for by WSB Hospice’s in 2016-17
70% of our care is delivered in patient homes
8,760 hours of care delivered by their experts each year
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices responds to the needs of each individual in their care, helping them achieve the best possible quality of life while the two community teams still continue to deliver care to some 800 patients at any one time either in their own homes or in a care or nursing home.