The Kays support the Duchess of Kent Hospice

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[p][b]STOP PRESS[/b][/p][p][b]*******************[/b][/p][p][b]16 December is Recitals for Hospices[/b] and two internationally acclaimed artists will be giving a recital in Carol's memory at St Joseph’s College in Reading.  All proceeds will go directly to the Duchess of Kent House Charity which looked after Carol so wonderfully.[/p] [p]Canadian violinist [b]Alexandre Da Costa[/b] was first spotted by the legendary Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit and regularly plays with leading orchestras of the world such as the Royal Philharmonic and Montreal Symphony.  This year he won the coveted Juno Prize, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys.[/p] [p]English pianist [b]Danny Driver[/b] came to prominence in recent years championing rarely-performed piano masterpieces by composers such as York Bowen and CPE Bach, and has performed at leading venues around the world, including London’s Wigmore Hall.[/p]Please join us for a memorable concert on Sunday 16 December at 19:00, at St Josephs College, Upper Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5JT.  There is free on-site parking.  Tickets cost £12 and are available on line at:- [p][url=][/url][/p][lt]br /[gt][lt]div[gt][b]*******************[/b][lt]/div[gt][p][b]12 August is the Spartan Run day[/b] and Michael taking on a real challenge here!  This is a three mile (5k) course with lots of lovely obstacles like walls and ropes to climb, heavy things to carry or drag, rivers or streams, and, I understand, barbed wire to crawl under.  You can find more details and a fun video here: [url=][/url][/p][p][b]Please sponsor Michael on this site and help us reach our target of raising £35,000 for this wonderful hospice.[lt]br /[gt][/b][/p][p][b]********************[/b][/p][p][/p][p][b]7 August is "Hair for Hospices" day[/b] and Jack is shaving off his beard to raise funds for the hospice and you can read more about this event at [url=][/url]  Pledges to sponsor Jack can be made to [][/url]   Why not join him and do something with YOUR hair on that day?  You could colour your hair, wear a brightly coloured wig, ribbons in your hair, or even donate hair to a charity such as [url=][/url] to make wigs for children who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy![/p][p]Jack would like to take this opportunity to thank the USA delegation at a recent UN body meeting in Puerto Rico to tell delegates of this initiative on 8 May.  As a result of his talk, we now have committment from 19 countries around the world to join us on the day to do something for hospices local to them.  As an example, the Danish Chief Veterinary Officer (and his wife) will colour their hair on the day for a hospice - and he will be encouraging the 1000 staff who work for him to follow his lead!  Colleagues in Uruguay are keen to try and set up activity across Latin America for the cause![/p][p]There can be no doubt now of the international reach of this campaign and how it has touched so many people in so many places a great distance from Reading in the UK.  [b]Thanks to all who have agreed to take part in the day and bless you all.[/b]  Feel free to contact Jack at the email address above if you would like to organise an event in your area.[/p][p]Thank you to all my colleagues and our friends who have used this link to ask people to make donations for things they are doing to support Hair for Hospices.[/p][p][b]Please join in and help raise funds FOR THE HOSPICE NEAREST YOU, wherever you live in the world.[/b][/p][p][/p][p][b]UPDATE: Hair  for Hospices has now benefited more than 25 hospices in the UK and raised almost £21,000 for these hospices, with more money pledged and still to be collected.  In addition, hospices in many countries around the world have also benefited from the event and we are now planning for a major national event on this theme for all UK hospices from next year.  Thank you to all for making this such a success.[lt]br /[gt][/b][/p][p][b]****************[/b][/p][p][/p][p][b]29 July[/b]  We've been given a very generous present of two Olympics tickets for badminton at the Wembley Arena on 4 August.  The tickets are classed as being with a good view and have a face value of £65 each.  We've also been given two all zone Olympic Games Travelcards to help with getting to the venue![/p][p]The tickets are for the following events:-[/p][p]Women's singles Bronze medal match[/p][p]Women's singles Gold medal match[/p][p]Women's Singles Victory ceremony[/p][p]Women's Doubles Gold medal match[/p][p]Women's Doubles victory ceremony[/p][p][/p][p]We are raffling these tickets to anyone interested in attending.  All proceeds will go directly to the Duchess of Kent Hospice Charity.  If you'd like the chance to attend the badminton events above please donate in multiples of £1 to this appeal.  Each £1 donated will buy one ticket for the draw on 30 July 2012.  [b]Please make sure your donations are made no later than midnight on 29 July if you want to enter.[/b][/p][p]Please follow up each entry with an email to [][/url] to confirm the number of tickets bought and your contact details so we can let the lucky winner know![/p][p]Good luck in the draw if you decide to enter.[/p][p]P.S.  It would be appreciated if donations could be Gift Aided, if possible.[/p][p][b]UPDATE: The raffle has been drawn and raised a total of £249 plus Gift Aid for the Duchess of Kent House Hospice.  Many thanks to all who bought tickets and made such a generous donation to the hospice.[/b][/p][p][b]*******************[lt]br /[gt][/b][/p][p][/p][p][b]27 June[/b]  Jack, Michael and Abigail sky dived from a perfectly serviceable aircraft at 13,000 feet over Cambridgeshire!  The airfield is the North London Skydiving Centre.  Michael and Abigail had no problems with this but Jack needed a certificate from his GP as he is over 40!  Now that we've done this we are all much relieved!  [b]Please remember it is never too late sponsor our sky dive on this site![/b][/p][p][b]********************[/b][/p][p][/p][p][b]20 May  [/b]Michael's friends Chrissie and Graham ran in the Manchester 10km event and raised money for the Duchess of Kent Hospice in memory of Carol.  Please support them and donate to their appeal at the following link:-[/p][p][url=][/url][/p][p][b]Well done Chrissie and Graham and thanks for all your support![/b][/p][p][b]****************[/b][/p][p][/p][p][b]1 April[/b]   Michael, Neil and Shelly successfully completed the Reading half marathon in very good times! Shelly ran it in 2 hours, 7 minutes, Neil in 1 hour 51 minutes, and Michael ran it in 1 hour 42 minutes.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]It was a beautiful day, good weather for running, and they ran past the Duchess of Kent Hospice itself, for which we have now raised a phenomenal sum when Gift Aid is included! [lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]Thanks to all the really generous donations we have received, we are now well over half way to our target of raising £35,000 for the hospice by the end of the year, which we estimate was the amount it cost to keep the (non-NHS-funded) hospice facilities running for the period of time Carol was there.[lt]br /[gt][lt]br /[gt]Thanks so much to everyone who has donated to support us in our goal, and remember, this money has already been going directly to the hospice to help keep its vital services running!  [b]Please remember - it is still possible to sponsor them for this event.[/b][/p][p] [b]********************[/b][/p][p][/p][p]Hello, thanks for visiting our page.[/p][p]Carol Kay, wife of Jack and mother to Michael and Abigail, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2006, and, despite bravely fighting the disease, eventually succumbed on the 27th of December 2011.  Her last month was spent in the Duchess of Kent Hospice, where she received outstanding care, above and beyond what we could have hoped for.  In the year prior to being admitted to the hospice, she attended day therapy sessions and even spent a week there while various pain relief treatments were being tested.[/p][p]The unit treats adult patients with cancer and other life shortening diseases, at no charge according to need.  The hospice provides out-patient, in-patient and day therapy services, which includes respite care and symptom control.  All of this is provided with complimentary smiles and hugs from the staff, for both patients and carers when required![/p][p]To keep these invaluable services running, the hospice must raise £500,000 every year, and this equates to roughly £1300 every day.  We are aiming to raise enough money to cover the entire period for which Carol was a resident in the hospice.  As a result, our target, whilst demanding, is £35,000, which we intend to raise over the course of this coming year through a variety of fund-raising initiatives.[/p][p]We will be updating this page to include details of each of our individual events as they happen, so please check back here regularly to see what (and how!) we're doing!  So far Michael and a friend, Neil Clarke and a cousin, Shelly Masters, ran the Reading Half Marathon on 1 April 2012 and the family sky dived on 27 June.  More details coming soon.  If you have an idea that you would like to suggest, please contact us![/p][p]Jack has now entered the modern world - protesting all the way - and set up a blog for you to read and follow.  Please visit [url=][/url] to see what he is doing and how Hair for Hospices continues to grow.  This site will also have photos of our activities - when Jack gets around to adding them![/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

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01 Jan 2015



Sep 13, 2013



May 18, 2013



plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 17, 2013



May 8, 2013


In loving memory of someone never to be forgotten.


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 25, 2013



plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jan 17, 2013


This is wonderful. I pray that the amazing effort put into raising this huge sum for the Duchess of Kent Hospice inspires everyone in Reading and indeed around the world to ensure that hospices never need want for financial support. Hazzak! We are all pro


plus £342.31 Gift Aid

Jan 13, 2013



Jan 9, 2013


Excellent cause. We went to the concert a few weeks ago which we much enjoyed.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Dec 19, 2012


My concert ticket. :)


Dec 11, 2012


With all our love


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

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