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Hastings Borough Council’s grounds maintenance contractor idverde UK (formerly The Landscape Group) has donated surplus plants to St Michael’s Hospice Hastings and Rother.st michael's hospice

Cllr Warren Davies the council’s lead member for environment explained:

“Once again our contractors have done a magnificent job preparing our parks and gardens for next year with springtime planting schemes and rather than letting the surplus bulbs and bedding go to waste they offered to donate them to a worthy cause.

“St Michael’s Hospice in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards provides excellent holistic care and support for all those throughout Hastings and Rother affected by a progressive life-limiting illness or bereavement. We are very pleased to support this very worthy cause and look forward to seeing a really beautiful, welcoming display of tulips and primula in the hospice gardens early next year”.

Perdita Chamberlain, Head of Income Generation at St Michael’s Hospice added:

“We are delighted with the donation of beautiful plants and tulip bulbs for the Hospice garden. The garden at the Hospice is very special to staff, volunteers, patients and their families. It can be somewhere to simply enjoy the sunshine and relax, take a reflective and quiet walk at what may be a difficult time, or to place a plaque or flowers in remembrance of a loved one. The donated plants will make a welcome addition to our colourful garden and the tulips will create a vibrant welcome along the driveway next year.  We are incredibly grateful to Hastings Borough Council for their generosity and support.”

The council also donated 300 plants to the residential care home, Old Hastings House.

Having clearly not learned any lessons from last year’s Big Walk, which raised over a thousand pounds for St Michael’s Hospice, the Hastings office of Wolters Kluwer, an information services provider and publisher are once again donning their walking boots and waterproofs, this time to raise money for local charity, Xtrax.

Founded 20 years ago, Xtrax has so far provided inclusive and holistic support for around 10,000 young people aged 16-24. Services provided to young people in the area by the charity include, but are not limited to, support in finding accomodation, work, or educational opportunities, in addition to advice on benefits and legal issues, all provided by trained staff and volunteers.

In addition to the above, however, Xtrax provides access to home cooked meals, showers, internet access, laundry facilities, and many other of the basics that we take for granted, but may not be available to the increasing number of children living in poverty in the local area.

With government-funded agencies and services for young people now in short supply, every penny counts, so the Wolters Kluwer Crew (Krew?) would like to invite friends, colleagues, well-wishers and bemused onlookers to donate whatever they can to support this very worthwhile cause.

The Seven Sisters walk will take place on August 6th, from Seaford to Eastbourne via Seaford Head, Cuckmere Haven, East Dean, Birling Gap and Beachy Head.

If you’d like to support the team in their foolhardy efforts, the donation page for this event is here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Wolterskluwer2016walk&isTeam=true


Based in the Creative Media Centre in Hastings, and desk-potatoes to a man and woman (their words, not ours), the Hastings office of information services provider and publisher, Wolters Kluwer are perhaps unlikely candidates for a 16 mile route march across the Sussex countryside.

However, spurred on by the success of last year’s Hastings to Rye walk to raise money for the Parchment Trust in memory of former colleague, Sue Moore, we have decided to up the stakes, this time to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.

Providing expert medical care and support services for adults with life-limiting illnesses in Hastings and Rother, St Michael’s Hospice relies on public support and fundraising to raise the majority of its running costs, which as in the region of £5 million annually.

Following an arson attack earlier this year, the local community has rallied in support of the hospice, and the provision of many services has resumed. However, it remains partially closed while repairs are undertaken, and further efforts are needed to ensure that it is able to re-open as soon as possible, in order to provide vital services to the local population.

So with this in mind, on October 18, they will be donning their bright yellow ‘Proud to Support St Michael’s Hospice’ t-shirts and shiny new walking boots, and making their way from Battle to Netherfield, Robertsbridge and Sedlescombe, no doubt stopping at a few of the local pubs en route (purely for collection purposes, naturally…)

If you would like to support them in raising money for this very worthy cause, the team’s fundraising page is here.

All donations are appreciated, no matter how large or small. Offline donations are also very welcome, and can be made by contacting Caroline.Huggett@wolterskluwer.com .

So please give them a wave (or a donation…) if you spot them dressing their blisters in your local on the 18th !

Following the tragic fire of July 11th 2015 that affected and subsequently closed St Michael’s Hospice, in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, a trio of Hastings based musicians, promoters and local music enthusiasts decided that something needed to be done to help and support this much loved local service.

Pete Prescott (Beatles Day), Mike Raxworthy (Hastings Beach Concert, Seafood and Wine Festival) and Andy Gunton (The Stinger Magazine, Hastings Rock radio) have come together to arrange a benefit gig to be ‘Concert for St Michael’s’. All three have arranged events for St Michael’s Hospice in the past, so this was an easy decision for them to make.

‘Concert for St Michael’s’ will take place on Sunday, 6th September 2015 at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings, TN34 1JU. The gig will run from 3 – 10pm.

This event will be a celebration of local musical talent and a great day out for the whole family, featuring some of the best acts from the Hastings area, all of whom are giving their services for free.

In fact everybody involved with the ‘Concert for St Michael’s’ are from the Hastings area, making it a true local community effort.

Acts confirmed to appear (not in order) are: Liane Carroll and Roger Carey, The Tabs, Kid Kapichi, 1066 Rockitman, Soul Express, Dr Savage and The Incurables, Rich Lown, Marie White Band, The DoTheys, Rufus Stone Band, Pete Prescott Band and Soundwaves Choir.

Entry to ‘Concert for St Michael’s’ will cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 16’s, payable on the door, with all proceeds going to St Michael’s Hospice. There will be no tickets available in advance.

To enable people to donate to St Michael’s Hospice, via ‘Concert for St Michael’s’, especially those who cannot attend the event, the organisers have set up a dedicated Just Giving page. This can be found at: http://tiny.cc/a82u1x

The organisers would like to thank the White Rock Theatre and their staff, Cliff Brooker, Manor Insurance, Berforts Printers, Empirical Events, B and T Music, Warehouse Light and Sound, The Stinger, SMART and Karma Security for their invaluable help and support towards ‘Concert for St Michael’s.

For more information please see the flyer below.

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If you’re heading off to the Sussex Exchange’s charity auction on the 15th August then here’s what you need to know in regards to everything that is available to be bid on as well as list of raffle prizes up for grabs. Here’s a full list of whats on offer and who donated them.

Auction items

  • A guided tour and tutored wine tasting – Carr Taylor
    Two grandstand tickets to the horse racing – Brighton Racecourse
    One month Leisure Club Membership – Cooden Beach Hotel
    2 Tickets to Horrible Histories Live – De La Warr Pavilion
    Stand up Paddle boarding for 2 – Rye Water Sports
    Silver bracelet worth £60 – JCF Jewellery
    Entry for 2 Port Lympne Zoo – The Aspinall Foundation
    £150 Wild Mushroom Voucher – Leigh Bennet Wealth Management
    Adult/Child open race session – Team Sport
    1 Hour location photo shoot – 1066 Photography
    Dewalt Drill Set woth £160 – Stamco
    Nespresso Coffee Machine – Hastings Direct
    Microsoft Surface Tablet – Hastings Business Operations
    Painting by Kate Gritton – Emma Insley
    Nissan Leaf 3 Day Hire – St Leonards Motors
    Signed One Direction T-Shirt & CD – Modest Management
    Hot Air Balloon Ride – P&S Electrical
    Westminster Tour for 2 (Tea with Amber Rudd) – Amber Rudd
    6 Piece Patio Set – Professional Coding
    2 Tickets to see Crystal Palace – The Best of Hastings
    £300 towards The Spa Hotel, Tunbridge Wells – Westoaks Builders
    2 Tickets Harry Potter Studio Tour – Arrow 1066 Financial Services
    Private Registration up to £1000 – Click4Reg
    42″ LG LED TV – Secure Care UK
    3 Person Helicopter Flight – Helifly

Raffle Items

  • £30 Meal Voucher – Frankie & Benny’s
    Ice Skating for family of 4 – Priory Meadow
    2 Adult entry tickets – True Crime Museum
    2 Cinema Passes to see any film – Cineworld
    Meal for 2 Voucher – The Star Inn, Normans Bay
    Family Entry Ticket – Clambers
    £20 Meal Voucher – Bay Spice
    £25 House of Frazer Voucher – Quit 51
    Free Lunch for 1 – Ada Turkish Meze Bar
    1 Ticket The Sensational 60’s Experience – Theatre Royal Brighton
    1 Ticket Crush – Theatre Royal Brighton
    1 Ticket The Odyssey – Theatre Royal Brighton
    2 Jacket Potatoes with any filling – Mr Peppers Hot Potato Co
    £10 Meal Voucher – Trattoria Italiana

For more information about the event please see our previous article here.

The Sussex Exchange will be hosting a charity auction for St. Michael’s Hospice with a great selection of auction items donated by local businesses (including Business in Hastings) on Saturday 15th August.

Tickets for the charity event are £10 and include a welcome drink on arrival as well as a full buffet. The auction will also be followed by live entertainment as well making it a great night out which helps a much loved local charity.

There’s something on offer for everyone so for more information and to buy tickets please visit their page here.

Full flyer for the event is also below.



St Michael’s Hospice is currently recruiting individuals and teams to take party in the upcoming Dirty Dozen Races at Hop Farm.

The race will be taking place this Saturday (18th March).  If you are up for a challenge and you want to test yourself on the most gruelling obstacle course races in the UK then why not sign yourself up for this event.keep-fit-1

Dirty Dozen Races are obstacle course races designed by ex-British Special Forces with military style obstacles strategically combined with challenging terrain to test agility, strength and endurance.

Each of the military style obstacle has been  designed and tested to push you to your limits.

If you think you have what it takes then you can enter via www.dirtydozenraces.com/London-south-2015.  By entering and using the Discount Code SMH you will be entitled to a 10% discount.  Once entered contact St Michael’s Hospice for a sponsorship form

For more information, please contact Marcia Dart on 01424 456381 or mdart@stmichaelshospice.com.


If you’re looking to get into the Christmas Spirit and support a local charity then have a look at what St Michael’s Hospice have planned for Christmas this year.

Sharing your generosity by donating to this amazing independent charity will defiantly put you on Father Christmas’s good list.

If you didn’t know, St Michael’s Hospice offer their services to the community free of charge throughout the year and one of the ways to support the hospice is by donation.

With Christmas just around the corner why not celebrate with St Michael’s Hospice and pop along to some of their worth while events that they have going on throughout November and December.

Blacklands Winter Wonderland


Blacklands Winter Wonderland

Following last year’s spectacular Christmas light show at Helens Park Road, this year’s switch on will be on Friday 28th November at 6.30pm and as well as the switch on there will also be a fireworks display which has been put on by Renegade Pyrotechnics.

Last year Paul and Rosina Brockington raised a fantastic £2,750 for St Michael’s Hospice with people’s kind donations.

Cooden Beach Hotel Christmas Market

The Cooden Beach Hotel will be opening its doors for a Christmas Market on Saturday 29th November from 10.15am until 12.30pm with crafts and goodies for sale.

Westfield Christmas Lights

Every year the village of Westfield (just outside Hastings) go all out with their luminous variety of Christmas lights and decorations.This year the big switch on will be taking place on Thursday 4th December from 4pm onwards.

This is not too be missed, it is a brilliant way to get into the Christmas spirit and a fantastic way to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice.

St Michael’s Hospice Christmas Fayre

You pop along to St Michael’s Hospice for their annual Christmas Fayre.  The Christmas Fayre will be starting at 10.15am, entrance is just 50p and includes a tea or coffee. Take the kids to see Santa in his grotto and enjoy some mince pies and a drop of mulled wine.

Lights Of Love

You may like to dedicate a star and remember a loved one at this year’s Lights Of Love.

Trees are placed across Hastings and Rother with a special Lights of Love church service held at 3pm on Sunday 7th December.All details and a list of the locations for the services are available on the St Michael’s Hospice website here.

Santa Fun Run

Alexandra Park will be hosting the Santa fun run on Sunday 14th December.  You and your family can dress up and partake in either a 2k or 5k run.  Prizes will be given out for the best costume

For more details head on over to their website here.

On the 27th November St Michael’s Hospice is hoping to win a life-changing £50,000 grant to help individuals from Hastings and Rother who live with a life-limiting illness. But, we need YOUR help to win!


Help local charity St. Michaels Hospice by voting on the 27th November.

The Lottery fund and ITV Meridian Tonight are teaming up once again to give away a staggering £200,000 to four charities from the South East of England in the 2013 People’s Millions campaign. Two charities will compete each evening on three successive nights with the three winners from each night and over-all runner-up each receiving £50,000.

St. Michaels Hospice will be pitted against a charity from Chatham as they attempt to win the prize money to help transform their Day Therapy service.

Why do they need the money?

St. Michaels Hospice’s Day Therapy Centre currently helps around 150 people living each day with a life-limiting illness every year by providing the emotional, physical and mental support they need. However there are many more within Hastings and Rother who want and need this service.

If St. Michaels Hospice is lucky enough to win the People’s Millions funding, the money would go toward transforming the Day Therapy to create a welcoming and creative space that people could visit to help them share their experiences, worries and fears. Alongside this, the funding would allow us to offer 400 extra places each year as well as a range of brand new activities including:

Art Therapy Studio and Photographic Suite

The Art Therapy Studio and Photography Suite will provide a space where patients and their families can come together to learn new skills and take part in creative activities that enable special moments to be created and lasting pieces of artwork to be cherished for many years to come.

They will provide an avenue for patients to express their thoughts and emotions through art and photography and in turn will create pieces of work that can be kept, displayed throughout the Hospice or used to raise funds for future projects.

The Peoples Millions funding will enable us to buy all of the equipment needed, including new digital cameras, computers, printers and other materials required to provide the service.

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