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Woking & Same Beare Weybridge Hospices

Sam Beare Hospice

22 Church Street,
KT13 8DY

Sam Beare Hospice Weybridge Surrey

Sam Beare Hospice is at Weybridge Community Hospital, Weybridge Surrey

Sam Beare Hospice based within Weybridge Hospital, re-opened on August 1st 2006 under the management of Woking Hospice and provides palliative care and support to the residents of North Surrey.

Weybridge Hospital has been in the hearts and minds of the people of Weybridge since it was built with donations from local people in 1889.
The Sam Beare Ward was opened in 1977 and provided care for local cancer patients. In 2006 the Sam Beare Ward became the Sam Beare Hospice, a registered charity.

It is no longer part of the NHS, but has to be funded by public donations.
It costs £1.5 million per year to fund the ten beds and community services provided by the Hospice. It shares management with Woking Hospice and provides specialist palliative care to the residents of West Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne.
In the current economic climate, the money needed to fund this unit is becoming increasingly difficult to find and there is a real danger that the local community will lose this important service.
Please help the charity by participating in or attending fundraising events or by providing goods for sale or purchasing from one of the Same Beare shops in Weybridge town centre
Hospice Care
Hospice care is based on the belief that each person is more than their illness, and that each of us has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices responds to the needs of each individual, helping people achieve the best possible quality of life.
Care For All
This highly personal, holistic approach to care takes time, skill and experience from a multi-professional team. We care for people in the hospice, in their homes and in nursing homes.
Through expert assessment and regular monitoring we aim to relieve pain, symptoms and side-effects of illness.
We enable people to receive care, treatments and therapies directly, wherever they live, through liaison with other healthcare professionals and by providing 24 hour telephone support.
We help people retain their independence, mobility and sense of control by providing practical help, equipment and advice.
We help restore self confidence and well-being by giving patients the opportunity to meet socially, gain support from others in similar circumstances, and benefit from relaxation therapies.
We give patients and their loved ones opportunities to discuss their thoughts and feelings which can relieve fears and anxieties.
We help people plan for the future so that they can enjoy life as fully as possible.
Where possible we support patients’ carers by providing respite care, giving people a much needed break from their caring role.
We provide open and honest explanation to questions, enabling people to make informed choices and have greater control throughout the dying process.
We support people as their condition deteriorates, helping families, carers and friends to prepare for bereavement.
We provide ongoing support to families and carers in bereavement, from simple practical advice through to counselling services.
Both Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are separate registered charities with joint running costs of £5.4 million per year. We make no charge for our services - all patient care is entirely free, and we rely on donations and other fundraising activities to fund our work.

For further information about palliative care and the hospice approach, please follow the following links: www.helpthehospices.org.uk  or www.ncpc.org.uk  (the national council for palliative care. )

Fundraising Events In Aid Of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

The all about Weybridge regularly publices fundraising events for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices (including the Annual Midnight Walk) on our What's On Section. So please take a look to see what fund raisers are coming up and support them, or if you are holding an event send details in to chris@allaboutweybidge.co.uk and we will do our best to include it.
Sam Beare Hospice Weybridge Surrey
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices Website

Radio Interview: News Of Plans For New Hospice Building
Nigel Harding, CEO Woking and Sam Beare
Hospices talks on Brooklands Radio with
Graham Laycock about news of plans for
a new hospice in Woking and associated
plans for Sam Beare in Weybridge.
Broadcast in December 2013
Listen to Interview

Press Release - Loan secures long term, sustainable community care presence for Hospices
Nov 2013 News:
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices (WSBH) and Woking Borough Council are pleased to announce they have agreed a loan facility of up to £6 million from the Council which will go some way to enabling its development of a long term, sustainable presence in the local community.
WSBH services are currently working at full capacity serving over 1,000 patients annually both in the community and from their hospices in Woking and Weybridge. The Hospices are however coming under increasing pressure – a problem expected to heighten as people live longer, making increasing demands on the service and as they need the ever more complex End of Life Care Hospices offer. Woking & Sam Beare Weybridge Hospice - Loan for new development
Against this background the Hospices, led by Chief Executive Nigel Harding and with the full support of the Trustees conducted an extensive strategic review of future service provision needs. At the core of the review was the uncompromising determination to deliver excellence in everything the Hospices do including delivery through in-patient units, day units, at care and residential homes and within patients own homes.
The review produced many recommendations which now form a challenging Strategic Plan for the Hospices. The plan includes two recommendations fundamental to the future sustainability of the Hospices in the community:
  • to change the organisational infrastructure, moving to a single in-patient unit
  •  to grow capacity in day care and community care services to meet future demand and align service care provision to national guidelines
The loan from Woking Borough Council has enabled the Hospices to act quickly on these recommendations which will help to transform End of Life Care in North West Surrey.
The financing will help to create a new Hospice and centre of excellence with a 20 bed in-patient facility to be located in Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking leading to:
  • a cutting edge, state-of-the-art hospice for the North West Surrey community
  •  the re-location of beds from the Sam Beare unit to the new Hospice in Woking creating a focused centre of community care, day-care and counselling excellence in Weybridge
  • improved delivery and quality of in-patient care and accommodation
  • better prioritisation of patients with greatest needs
  • expansion of day-care support, short-term therapeutic interventions and carer support provision
  • cost and efficiency savings to be re-invested in further service improvements
Underpinning this work, the Hospices will work even more closely with all its valued donor partners – large and small who together make such a massive contribution to sustaining the on-going work of the Hospices in the community.
WSBH Chairman, David Perry said: “Our Hospices in Woking and Weybridge provide excellent care and we continue to develop and improve the quality of support we offer both in the hospices and, just as important beyond them into the community. This will continue seamlessly over the next three years while the new facility is commissioned. Our challenge is to ensure a sustainable Hospice Care provision, ready to adapt to changing demands on services and to provide the kind of care that people deserve. This loan from Woking Borough Council is great news and allows us to take the first steps to address these challenges and to further enhance our End of Life Care.”
Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “The Council considers the hospices a vital part of our community and I am delighted we are able to assist them in securing a sustainable future in the best interests of current and future residents. At the same time as supporting the Hospice, we will underpin our own
financial strategy to enable us to protect Council services for local people.”
The Hospices will provide regular progress updates through the design and refurbishment phases of the project through to the opening of the facility which is anticipated during the second half of 2016.
To find out more about the project, public meetings have been arranged for Wednesday 4th December 2013, The Kemp Room, HG Wells Centre Woking at 7pm and on Thursday 5th December 2013 in Weybridge Hall at 6.30pm

Builders and start date for new Hospice announced: August 2015
We are pleased to announce that construction of our new Hospice in Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking is scheduled to start in mid-September with the main works commencing in October.

With the loan facility from Woking Borough Council agreed, planning permission granted and the extensive tender process completed, our Hospice Trustees signed the contract appointing the chosen building contractors at their August Board meeting.
Weybridge Hospice - New Builders Announced

The appointed contractors are Reside Construction from Romsey, Hampshire. Reside submitted the most competitive bid and at the same time impressed the Trustees with their approach to managing the project. Speaking of the appointment, Trustee Chairman, David Perry said:

“Clearly our responsibility as Trustees was to ensure we chose a contractor we felt we could work closely with and which gave us confidence that their project management would deliver a new Hospice of the highest possible standards to time and to budget. We are confident we have made the right choice.”

Experienced in healthcare sector schemes, Reside Project Director, Andy Sparks said:

“We are delighted to have been selected by the Hospices as the main contractor for such an innovative and sustainable construction project. We have been impressed by the commitment of the Hospice management team and their input into the plans prepared by Hunters Architects. We look forward to delivering a new Hospice which we know will be treasured by the community for many years to come.”

Reside Construction will ensure that building work is carried out with the minimum of disruption to neighbours and we will ensure all our supporters and stakeholders are provided with regular updates and progress reports. We anticipate welcoming in-patient referrals from early 2017 to the new facilities.
Second capital appeal launch to support our future plans: July 2015
We have launched our second Capital Appeal and shared our plans for ‘a new future for Hospice care in the heart of Surrey’ with an invited audience at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands. The launch, was attended by distinguished guests including Hospice Patrons, Michael Aspel OBE, local business man Peter Jordan and patient Alan Clough and his wife, who featured in the presentation video shown. Hospice Trustee Rhod Lofting, who founded the Woking Hospice in 1996, was also in attendance. Second capital appeal launch to support our future plans: July 2015
The audience heard presentations from Hospice representatives, who explained the plans for converting an office block in Goldsworth Park, Woking into a state-of-the-art 20 bedded Hospice, as well as remodelling the Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge to create larger patient day care facilities and rooms for the expanding community nursing team. You can view the presentation video below.

Speaking about the plans, Rhod Lofting said: “These new Hospices will guarantee the best palliative care for local people for generations to come and will complete the vision I had 25 years ago.”

The first phase of the Capital Appeal is targeted at Trusts, Foundations, Charitable and philanthropic institutions, the business community and some private individuals. Later in the year the appeal will be broadened to include all communities in North West Surrey.

View the Case for Support brochure here
Press Release - Hospice Receives BBC Children in Need Grant for the second time.
May 2013 News: Woking & Sam Beare Weybridge Hospices supported by BBC Children In Need
Woking and Sam Beare Hospices Children’s bereavement services have received in excess of £88,000 from BBC Children in Need to help expand its work in the local community over the next three years.

This is the second time the service, which helps youngsters come to terms with losing a loved one, has received funding from the BBC appeal.
“It’s very rare that anyone receives funding from Children in Need twice, so we’re absolutely delighted,” says Julie Cole, Children’s Services Manager at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. “I think one of the main reasons we got it again was due to the very moving story about Lynne and her four children, which was featured on the BBC Children in Need program last year,” explains Julie.
The film highlighted the support given to one family which had accessed all areas of the hospice services and subsequently helped prepare the children for the loss of their mother.
The children were also shown attending special counselling sessions provided by the Hospices. This moving video (introduced by Robbie Williams) can be seen here.
The grant will help fund a Bereavement Coordinator for the Children’s services, as well as develop and expand the existing outreach program, which works with schools across Surrey. The program has grown significantly over the last few years, and is now a substantial part of the Hospice services.
“Many don’t realise that our care isn’t just about the elderly, but also the many young people within our community who are faced with losing a parent or close relative,” adds Julie.
Woking and Sam Beare Hospices are independent registered charities that provide Hospice care across Surrey. As well as providing in-patient care and day care units at both Hospices our community team and counseling services are vital in providing support over a much wider area including the boroughs of Woking, Spelthorne, Runnymede and Elmbridge.

Press Release - Day Care at Hospice to partially reopen

In October 2009 due to the economic downturn Sam Beare Hospice very reluctantly took the steps of suspending day care facilities at the Hospice. It was the only immediate way of safeguarding all other services while an Emergency Appeal was launched to help secure the future of Sam Beare Hospice.
They called on the generosity of those who have always kept them going: the community – and as ever people have responded in such a positive way and have done so many wonderful things – held coffee mornings, donated birthday money, put coins in collecting tins or thought of different ways to get sponsored.
Woking & Sam Beare HospicesDue to everyone’s inspiring efforts and generosity, they have nearly reached their incredibly ambitious £300,000 target for the first quarter of the Emergency Appeal.
The good news is that, for now, no other services are in immediate danger of being cut and due to this community support the Day Care Unit at the Hospice will reopen from Spring 2010, but only for one day a week.
Chris Flemington, Chief Executive said
“We are pleased that phase one of the Appeal has gone so well and that we can start to push on with the crucial second phase which will require even more effort. Until we have reinstated every day of our Day Care service and safeguarded our future, there remains an emergency. I am hopeful we shall succeed as so many people are now aware that they have a Hospice in the heart of the community of which they can be proud.”

Location Of Sam Beare Hospice

The Weybridge Community Hospital building is in the town centre with its main entrance on Church Street which is a continuation of Weybridge High Street. Street map

Parking For Sam Beare Hospice

The walk in centre has a pay and display car park (for centre users only).
When last checked, charges applied between 7am-7pm as follows;
1hr 60p, 2 hrs £1.20, 3 hours £3, 4 hours £4, up to 12 hrs £7.50 and the machine took 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p £1 and £2 coins.
There is also a large car park (Churchfield car park) behind the library, on the opposite side of Church Street.

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Fund Raising Event: Charity Golf Day at Laleham Golf Club

Date: Saturday 24th July 2010
Venue: Laleham Golf Club
Description: Golf Day, BBQ Supper & Disco.
Team Stableford Competition / Team Prizes, Nearest The Pin Prizes / Raffle / Auction
BBQ from 5.30pm - 8pm  / Disco in Evening
Cost: £45 Non Laleham Golf Club members / £30 Laleham Golf Club members
£25 Evening Guests / £10 under 16s
Contacts: Ian Gilbert 07787 25515 or Claire Gilbert 077525 650901
Please mention all about Weybridge website when phoning

Fund Raising Event: Weybridge Male Voice Choir & Treble Clef Ladies Choir In Concert

Date: Saturday 17th July 2010 8.00pm
Where: Catholic Church of Christ the Prince of Peace, Portmore Way, Portmore Park Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8JD 
Description: The two choirs will be performing pieces from their current repertoire and will then join together in full choral harmony to perform Beethoven’s “Creation Hymn”, “As Long as I Have Music” by Don Besig and Nancy Price and the moving Beatles number, “I Will”.Both choirs will be directed by Christine Best with the ladies accompanied by Emma Hawksley and the men by Mike Wood. Opera singer and concert performer Andrew Forbes-Lane will be special guest tenor (see below).
More Information: See page for Choirs Concert in Aid of Sam Beare Hospice

Fund Raising Event: May Ball

To keep fundraising at the forefront of people’s minds, the Hospice is launching the Sam Beare Hospice Fundraising Ball on the 8th May 2010 at Mercedes Benz World, Weybridge. Max Clifford, patron of the Hospice will be in attendance and there will be an opportunity to support the Hospice and raise funds while enjoying a full night’s entertainment of dancing, gaming tables, luxury tombola, auction and raffle.
For further information and tickets please call 01483 881752 or visit Woking & Sam Beare Hospices Website

Fund Raising Event: Elmbridge Choir In Concert

Date: Saturday 17th April 2010 7.30pm
Where: Cleves School, Oatlands Avenue, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 9TS 
Description: The ever-popular Elmbridge Choir plus the amazing Elmbridge Community Big Band will perform a fund-raising concert for the Woking Hospice and Sam Beare Hospice
More Information: See page for Elmbridge Choir Concert in Aid of Sam Beare Hospice

Fund Raising Event: Sam Beare Hospice Ball

Date: 8th May 2010 @ 7.30pm
Venue: Mercedes Benz World
Description: This black tie event offers wining and dining plus a full night’s entertainment, to include luxury tombola, auction, gaming tables and dancing.
In attendance will be Sam Beare Patron Max Clifford.
Cost: £95 per person in tables of 10
Contact: Sue Spencer, Fundraising Events Manager on 01483 881752
Please mention all about Weybridge website when phoning

Fund Raising Event: WSB Midnight Walk

Date: 18th June 2010
Venue: 10 mile circular walk starting and finishing at Brooklands Museum
Description: This annual event is a women only sponsored walk, an evening of fun and emotion with many women walking in memory of loved ones. Last year we raised a staggering £245,000 for Woking Hospice and Sam Beare Hospice, Weybridge. We will also need many helpers on the night (including men). Be part of the 2010 event, download a registration form at www.wsb-midnightwalk.co.uk  or call 01483 881752
Please mention all about Weybridge website when phoning
Charity Midnight Walk for Woking & sam Beare Hospice Weybridge
Midnight Walk in Aid of Woking & Sam Beare Weybridge Hospices

Fund Raising Event: Picnic in the Park

Picnic in The Park - Weybridge Churches Together
Date: 20th June 2010
Venue: Weybridge Park
Description: A fun day for all the family with free admission from 12.30pm
Contact: Call Marion Newitt, Fundraiser for Sam Beare Hospice on 01380 818461
Please mention all about Weybridge website when phoning


Elmbridge Choir In Concert With Elmbridge Community Big Band

In Aid Of Sam Beare Hospice Weybridge & Woking Hospice

Elmbridge Choir In Concert in Aid of Sam Beare Hospice & Woking Hospice

Painting of Elmbridge Choir by Sera Knight available as Greetings Cards & Fine Art Prints

"What Type of Music?"

Songs from the musicals and popular music; Queen, Abba, The Temptations, Dusty Springfield, Michael Buble, The Beatles & Gospel music & much more... (example only - not actual programme)
The ever-popular Elmbridge Choir plus the amazing Elmbridge Community Big Band will perform a fund-raising concert for the Woking Hospice and Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge - both are in desperate need of funds.
Please join us for an evening of musical fun and entertainment.
Elmbridge Choir includes singers from Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, Hersham, Cobham, Esher, Oxshot, Claygate, East Molesey, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton - Summer Concert in Molesey as part of Molesey Regattarrey

More Info about the Choir:  Elmbridge Choir Rehearsals in Cobham

Elmbridge Community Big band

More Info :  Elmbridge Community Big Band Rehearsals in Cobham

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