Wonderful smart TVs for Sobell thanks to Mike Dennis.

New Televisions!

Mike Dennis, senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and husband of Rachel Kay who passed away in Sobell House, has raised over £12,000 to have 20 new smart televisions installed in Sobell House.

The TVs were unveiled last week by Mike and Leigh Peace, a patient at Sobell House.

Mike, a Senior Lecturer in Primary Science at the University’s School of Education, said: “My lovely wife Rachel died in Sobell House after living with cancer for 11 years. She spent the last two weeks of her life at the hospice and although she was very frightened at the prospect of being admitted, it quickly proved to be just right for her.

“I cannot speak highly enough of the staff and the love and the care they provided for Rachel, me and my family. It is a truly special place – not a phrase I would use lightly.

“When we spent time in Rachel’s room there was always one particular aspect that we talked about which we said could do with some TLC of its own. That was the television system!"

After Rachel passed away, Mike promised himself that he would do his best to influence a change and it was agreed, with the help of local MP Andrew Smith, that the franchise agreement currently in place at Sobell House can be put aside and replaced with easy-to-use, high quality televisions. 

Earlier this year Mike organised a charity fundraising day at Oxford Brookes University and asked his colleagues and students to donate money to dress up as their favourite children’s television characters for the day.  

Fancy Dress!

Rachel’s family also supported the initiative and raised over £2,000 with a combination of a triathlon, bike rides and family walks.  

The main fundraiser was a big party held at the beginning of October where family, friends and work colleagues came together and paid over £5,000 to dance the night away to a live band at Exeter Hall in Kidlington.   

Mike continues: "The fundraising was a real team effort, so many local people have helped and been very generous with their time and their cash, whilst those further away have been no less generous. I am very grateful to Rachel's family who took on various physical challenges."   

New Televisions!

Tim Harrison, Clinical Lead at Sobell House said: “As well as medical care, one of the most important aspects of hospice care is to ensure that every patient has a home from home feeling. We want our patients to feel as content and happy as they possibly can at such a difficult time.

“We are so grateful to Mike for his efforts and his commitment. The patients on our ward have embraced having an upgrade of televisions so we want to take this opportunity to say a huge, huge thank you to Mike. Along with the drinks trolley I am sure this will bring some kind of happiness to those people who are suffering with a terminal illness.”

Click to read the Oxford Mail article

Click to view the BBC News report

Further donations to Mike’s Sobell house fundraising page can be made at:
The Sobellevision Project’s Just Giving page.

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