Sobell House, 40th Anniversary

April 2016 Message

My personal involvement with Sobell House began in 1980 when my wife was appointed as a specialist community/home care nurse previously known as Macmillan nurses

I was a general practitioner in Didcot and at that time relationships between Sobell and general practice were not always comfortable due to the disparity between the service offered by Sobell House and that which the GP’s felt was needed. We have all learned over the years the importance of mutual respect and recognition of the complexities of work in all areas of medical care and the need to put the patient and their family at the heart of all their expertise.

Sobell, as a centre of excellence, has radiated knowledge out to general practice and community teamwork, formal and informal teaching continues to improve the situation for the patient facing a life limiting illness.

When I retired from general practice, I was invited to become a trustee of the Sobell House Charity and subsequently became the Chairman. Initially there existed a tripartite tension between the Charity, the House and OUH Trust. All parties have worked hard to reduce these tensions but without doubt Sobell House is fortunate to have such generous financial support from the community when compared with equally important units, reinforcing the need for the next development to extend palliative care.

After becoming chairman, I decided that I knew little about the work of the ward so I became a volunteer or ‘trolley dolly’! This has been a real learning experience and I began to respect highly the devotion and care given to all the patients by the nurses and the support staff, sometimes in very difficult and demanding circumstances. Apart from the compassion and sadness involved in end of life care, there was also a great sense of humour within the ward team creating a very sustaining environment in which to work.

The Charity recognises the importance of research and education within palliative care and will continue to give its full support for end of life care in Oxfordshire. Sobell House exists for the benefit of patients in Oxfordshire and this will always be in the forefront of the minds of those involved in the organisation.

Looking to the immediate future, money is being raised to spread the expertise in end of life care throughout the OUHT. If this is as successful as the improvement in palliative care within General Practice, Oxfordshire will bear a real debt of gratitude to all the generous donors and fund raisers within this county who make it possible.

Dr Bill Couldrick
Trustee of Sobell House Hospice Charity and retired GP

Dr Bill Couldrick

April 2016 Message

"Sobell House exists for the benefit of patients in Oxfordshire and this will always be in the forefront of the minds of those involved in the organisation."

Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

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Sainsbury's Charity of the Year

Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

BBC TV documentary

'How the NHS changed our world'


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Wednesday 6 Jun 2018

Radio 4 Today: Should dying be a right?

With MP Nick Boles & Prof Irene Higginson

Monday 11 Jun 2018

Golf Day Raises £15,000

A huge thank you to all involved!

Julie's Story

Last year Julie walked the Moonlight Stroll after her Mum Pam Cudd was cared for at Sobell House in 2016.…

What we achieved in 2017!

What we achieved in 2017

Jerrams Brothers Funeral Directors

A fantastic donation of £1,000

Tuesday 28th Feb 2017

Shops - Easter Opening Hours

Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday. Open Easter Saturday.

Monday 26 March 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Tuesday 28th Feb 2017

Witney Warehouse now open till 4pm!

Now open 9.30am - 4pm, Mon - Fri

Thank You to the Jayadevan Family

£1,500 raised for Sobell House!

Neil’s 3-Peaks Challenge

A fantastic £1,765 raised from an amazing and exhausting challenge

Oxford Fine Dining join The 40 Club

Supporting Sobell House

Fantastic Support from Bicester Village

Continuing our wonderful partnership

Magenta Storage Choose Sobell

Charity of the Year

Thank You Winter Walkers!

Over £4,000 raised!

Recruiting Now!

Sell lottery membership in aid of Sobell House

Botley Shop Closure

Our Botley shop closes as site redeveloped

Amazing OCDEM!

Raised a festive £500 for Sobell!

Monica, you are brilliant!!!

Monica had her head shaved and raised £1,200 for Sobell House

Marilyn Relf receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Hospice UK honours 35 year career

Oxford Gospel Choir

Raised £1,172 for Sobell!

G-SMATT Choose Sobell

Supporting us for 2018!

Brilliant Bethany brings Christmas Cheer

Thame shop supporter Bethany raises money and a smile with her Christmas jumper snaps!

Beth's Bursary Fund

To help achieve the best possible consistency in the quality of care.

Thursday 23rd November 2017

My Lovely Postcards

Thank you to the artists, bidders and all who supported the project!

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Thank You Firewalkers!

Scorching Support for Sobell

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Marriotts Choose Sobell House!

Charity of the Year

Friday 3rd November 2017

The Documentary: Before I Go

BBC World Service

Friday 7th July 2017

Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Now available to view online.

Thursday 19th October 2017

Thame Art Window

A Striking Display

Thursday 19th October 2017

Crendon Crafters Quilt Raffle

An Amazing £443 raised!

The Bell at Chearsley

Thank you to the Chearsley Challengers!

Fundrasing challenge, Aunt Sally & collections

Thursday 19th October 2017

£30k for Team Sobell at Ox ½ Marathon!

Thank you for the support!


We're Off!

Work starts on the Sobell extension!

Saturday 7th October 2017
Thursday 14th September 2017

Oxford Gospel Choir and Sobell House

Oxford Gospel Choir choose Sobell House!

Thursday 14th September 2017

Charity of the Year

Chapman, Robinson & Moore choose Sobell House!

Monday 4th September 2017

Daniel Hunt - Cycling Odyssey

3 months of cycling across 20 European countries

Monday 4th September 2017

FootSally Raises £1,480!

Back for the third year running. It just gets bigger and better every year. Brilliant!

Sunday 20th Aug 2017

Thank You Strollers!!!

What a night!!!

Monday 17th July 2017

10 Mile Thames Walk

Family of Julie Jones raise money for Sobell House

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

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Easy Ryder Cup

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

Providing care for the people of Oxfordshire for over 40 years!

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