Reflections on the Hospice Environment

May 2016 Message

Over the years there has been much work carried out on how our environments affect us.  Research has consistently shown ‘that a supportive and welcoming environment can have positive effects on both those who visit hospitals – whether as patients or visitors- and those who work in them.’ *

Everyone’s tastes are different of course, however there are certain things that are valued if you are unable to move or simply conserving your energies for things that are important to you.

Glass BirdThe ability to see nature and the changing seasons:  we can take for granted the ability to look out into our gardens and see the antics of a family of magpies, blue tits as they feed and to see garden plants and trees develop their buds into flowers and leaves as spring progresses.  Imagine how much more precious that is if you know that this is the last season you will see these things.   

The need to feel safe: finding your way around a new space can be very daunting, we will make sure that we design the new space to be easy to navigate and that patient spaces can personalised and that each space is different enough to the others to be identified as personal space. 

Outside In

Bringing the Outside In

As we plan our new hospice building, we want to ensure that we provide opportunities for our patients and visitors to enjoy nature and see the changing seasons.  We want to make sure that patients feel safe and comfortable and can find their way around.

A visitor whose relative had died in the old hospice said that his abiding memory of the time spent here was of the sound of golf balls being hit off the tee across the road from the hospice and the conversation and jokes that ensued as a result.  We will be building fairly close to the Golf course again and so we will try to make sure that those sights and sounds will be available once again, but avoiding the mishits that occasionally end up in the Hospice garden.


With thanks to Patricia Scott (Senior nurse Sobell House Hospice retired)

*Enhancing the Healing Environment, The Kings Fund, April 2013

May 2016 Message

The Sun Filled Main Corridor on Our Ward

Sunday 27th August 2017

Annual FootSally Tournament

Charity FOOTSALLY Tournament is back for the third year running

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Moonlight Stroll Video

Here’s a little reminder from our friends at Jack FM about the Moonlight Stroll. Remember your loved…

Monday 17th July 2017

10 Mile Thames Walk

Family of Julie Jones raise money for Sobell House

Friday 7th July 2017

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Blenheim 7k Thank You!

Almost £4,000 raised!

Monday 19th June 2017
Thursday 15th June 2017

Generous Donation in Memory of Judy Phipps

£1,500 Donated to Sobell House

Thursday 15th June 2017

Witney Shop Closure

Friday 16th June

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Easy Ryder Cup

RAF Brize Norton raise £545 in memory of their colleague, Leigh

Friday 9th June 2017

SO Thame Now Open!

Looking great after the refit

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Oxfordshire Business Awards

Sobell House shortlisted as a finalist!

Monday 22nd May 2017

Waterstock Golf Club

An Amazing £1,000 Raised for Sobell House

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Boeing at Brize Norton Raise Money for Sobell

Almost $5,000 raised for Sobell House

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Figures for Women Third Birthday

£647.08 raised for Sobell House

Wednesday 17th May 2017

Irene Andrews - OVCA Awards Winner!

Winner of the Long Service Award

Tuesday 16th May 2017
Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Finders Keepers

Sobell House - Charity of the Year for 2017!

Sunday 23rd April 2017

London Marathon


Thursday 30th Mar 2017

On the Hoof Food

Supporting Sobell House!

Sobell House latest Warehouse venture in Bicester is now open

SO Bicester is now open!

Sobell House latest Warehouse venture in Bicester is now open

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Sobell House Film

A wonderful film made by the Abingdon School Film Unit all about Sobell & why we need your support

Monday 20th March 2017


Tea drinkers unite and raise money for Sobell!

Wednesday 15th Mar 2017

RAF Falcons

Supporting Sobell House!

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Making Sobell Bigger!

We are pleased to introduce designs for the Garden Annex & Sobell Clinic!

Friday 10th Mar 2017

Oxford Castaways Auction

Amazing artworks up for auction - proceeds to Sobell House!

Friday 3rd March 2017

Winter 2017 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Thursday 2nd Mar 2017

New Van in Didcot!

Ready to collect your large donations and furniture

Wednesday 1st Mar 2017

Radio 4 Today: Report on End of Life Care

With Baroness Finlay & Lesley Goodburn

Tuesday 28th Feb 2017

Witney Warehouse Opening Hours Extended

Now open 9.30am - 4pm, Mon - Fri

Tuesday 21st Feb 2017

Hospice UK Appeal

BBC appeal presented by Gethin Jones

Thursday 16th Feb 2017

OX Marks the Spot!

Have an OX postcode? We can collect your donated items for free.

Wednesday 15th Feb 2017

Oxford Mail: Families 'give something back'

Fundraising in memory of Peter Blackmore

Wednesday 15th Feb 2017

Valentine Thanks

Jennings and Watermeadow raised an amazing £185 for Sobell!

Friday 3rd Feb 2017

Anja Seymour Haircut Challenge

Raises over £1,000 for charity!

Monday 30th Jan 2017

Oxford Mail: Swimmers raise £4,000

19,200 lengths to raise money for Sobell!

Monday 23rd Jan 2017

Winter Walk

Thank you for braving the rain!

Thursday 19th Jan 2017

Bicester Warehouse Update

Closed. New warehouse opening soon!

Thursday 19th Jan 2017

Ward Administrator Volunteers Needed

To assist on our ward welcome desk

Tuesday 17th Jan 2017

Oxford Mail: Winter Walk

Best ever turnout as walkers braved the wind and rain for beautiful palace walk

Thursday 12th Jan 2017

Lindsay Manifold

Goodbye and Good Luck!

Thursday 5th Jan 2017

Our First Ambassador!

Natalia Baeva will raise awareness about Sobell House in her community.

Monday 31st Oct

Digital Lights of Love

Our online site where you can add a message and photo for your loved ones

Wednesday 21st Dec

Get Active for Sobell!

Active, sporty ideas for supporting Sobell

Monday 12th Dec 2016

Lights of Love

Thank you to all who braved the rain!

15th Dec 2016

Jubilee Brass Band Cheque Presentation

An amazing £780 raised!

Caring today, tomorrow... and in the future

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