Fundraising For John Taylor Hospice
On 14 September, Hall’s Garden Centre was happy to help out at a fundraising day for the John Taylor Hospice. The event to raise money for this fantastic cause was held by the Bowdler and Everton Families in memory of Julie Bowdler, mother-in-law to our own Dan Everton, who sadly lost her fight with cancer in July.
Dan, who works in our Aquatics Department, approached us to explain that as part of the day there would be a raffle and we were more than happy to donate a prize. After careful consideration, we decided on the fantastic La Hacienda Murcia Large Black Steel Chimenea with Grill. More prizes were donated by local companies The Ivy Birmingham, On Your Bike cycling shop and The Cutting Room in Aldridge and, with many more donated by visitors, the raffle soon became a massive part of a very successful day.
With the Boldmere Bullets cycling club organizing the bar and a cake stand put on by Loveday’s Cakes, everything was set for a perfect day, and that certainly proved to be true as, along with a large amount of cash donations, the total raised was over £3000. The lucky winner of the chimenea was Trevor Sampson whose wife Cathy worked with Julie at the same bank for many years, they couldn’t wait to get it home and set up in preparation for the cold winter evenings creeping up on us.
John Taylor Hospice has been providing expert ‘Taylor Made’ end of life care for families in Birmingham since 1910, offering a service that hospitals, without specialist equipment or palliative care trained staff, cannot provide. Taking advantage of the overnight accommodation for relatives at the hospital, Julie’s family couldn’t have been happier with the level of care and reassurance that John Taylor provided at such a difficult time. And it was this superb service, coupled with the fact that hospice relies entirely on charitable donations, that initiated the idea of the fundraising day.
Julie’s family and friends felt the need to give something back to the wonderful staff and hospice that took such good care of a much loved and greatly missed relative, if you would like to donate please use this link: