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GREAT GESTURE: The Chorleywood Bookshop donates 500 books to hospice charity

 Published on: 16th January 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Chorleywood Bookshop have nominated Berkhamsted-based The Hospice of St Francis as one of five local charity beneficiaries of its ‘Gift a Book’ initiative.

This is in recognition of the support it provides for over 2,000 people across South Bucks and West Herts affected by life-limiting illness.

The initiative launched four years ago, and it enables local people to purchase books or make a donation for book purchases.

Shop co-owner Sheryl Shurville, herself a former nurse, says 2019 has been its most successful year ever.

She said: ““People have been so generous, exceedingly generous. Thanks to them all, we’ve had our best result ever this year and we’re really pleased to be able to support the Hospice for the first time.

“We all know someone who has or will need hospice care at some point in their lives and The Hospice of St Francis is such a worthwhile and important charity providing care and support for patients and families across South Bucks not only in its Inpatient Unit beds but in its health and wellbeing Spring Centre too.

“The books will be read by patients, families and children under the Hospice’s care and we hope provide a therapeutic escape, an opportunity to immerse and lose oneself in a story and above all to relax.”

Kimberley McLaughlin, the Hospice’s Director of Wellbeing and Family Support, said, “We are so grateful to Sheryl and everyone in our local community who has supported this wonderful Gift a Book initiative, giving well-chosen books so generously with the Hospice in mind.

“With heartfelt thanks to everyone, we hope to help many more people to live their precious lives well through the huge therapeutic benefits of taking time out to read or be read to.”

To find out more about the Hospice and its events which help raise the over £5million it needs each year to provide its free care to local people, visit stfrancis.org.uk 

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