Help us celebrate
Hospice Care Week
Sobell House are joining hospices across the country to celebrate Hospice Care Week, which runs from the 8th – 14th October. We’ll be talking about the brilliant work that our staff do to support and care for patients, families and carers in our community.
With this year’s theme in mind – “Heart My Hospice” – we asked our team why Sobell House has a special place in their hearts and this is what they told us:
Ray’s wife, Sheila, was cared for by Sobell House ten years ago and Ray now volunteers at Sobell House twice a week.
"Sobell is a big warm hug. All of the staff at Sobell House make sure you have your home comforts. For example, Sheila loved cats, and the housekeeper, Mandy, brought in her new-born kittens for Sheila to see. Another time, the whole family had fish and chips from the local chippy in the family room. The nurse set it up for us just so. I’ve been working on reception since 2012 and it gives me structure to my week. I feel as though I get more out of the role than I give, thanks to the people I’ve met along the way".
Sobell House cared for Mandy’s son-in-law, George, six years ago and she has been volunteering on the ward for the past year.
“Whilst at Sobell House, George recorded a song with the music therapist at the time for his three children, which is a really special keepsake for them. Ebony, my granddaughter, recently spoke at a Sobell House event about what it’s like to lose parent at a young age. Having experienced Sobell House in two very different ways, I would have to say that the atmosphere has always been special. Everyone is so respectful, friendly and you very quickly feel at ease”.
Shireen works as a specialty co-ordinator at Sobell House, and is the welcoming face many of you will see behind the reception desk when you arrive at Sobell House.
"Sobell House is a proper community where we look out for each other and laugh together. I’m always having a tea and a chat with visitors, patients and staff and I find that to be a really wonderful aspect of my role here. I think Sobell House offers people a unique experience and I love to be able to give back to my local community".
Dominique is the Head of Fundraising and Communications for the Sobell House charity.
“Sobell House has a very special place in my heart for two reasons. The team looked after my beautiful friend Rachel when she was ill 4 years ago. Rachel and I had regular coffees in Headington and one day she told me that Sobell House were looking to recruit a Head of Fundraising. She encouraged me to apply for it so I did and got the job! Rachel died in Sobell House in August and I started in the post in September. I am ever so grateful to her for her encouragement. My other reason is realising what my mother missed out on. She was very ill throughout our childhood and eventually died of a brain tumour when we were all still quite young. I wish there had been a Sobell House for her (and for us) at the time. It would have made the whole process of living with a terminally ill mum that much better for me and my 4 siblings and for our dad. It’s looking after the whole family which is so important. That’s the reason why I feel so passionate about my work and the difference that, as a team, we can make through fundraising".
How to get involved
Share your story
Why does Sobell House have a special place in your heart? We’d love to hear why hospice care matters to you. Please email us at email@example.com or join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #HeartMyHospice.
Fancy a challenge, or want to attend an event run by Sobell House? Please visit our events page to check what’s coming up.
Alternatively, why not host an event in aid of Sobell House? If you’re looking for inspiration or support email Bert on firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s our people that make Sobell House the special place it is. If you would like to give your time we’d love to hear from you – please see our current vacancies.
We’re very grateful for the donations that we receive. Whether its £5 or £50, donations help to keep the hospice running and provide essential care to our community. To make a donation visit our website, or send us a cheque made payable to ‘Sobell House Hospice Charity’.
Visit our charity shops for the chance to pick up some great items, at great prices, while helping us to raise vital funds for Sobell House. We’ve got stores on Little Clarendon Street, in Carterton, Didcot, Headington, Kidlington and Thame, plus furniture warehouses in Witney and Bicester.