Sobell Times – Spring 2024

The spring edition of the Sobell Times is now available for you to read online. We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates and finding out about the different ways you could help us to be there for more families across Oxfordshire in need of our care and support. We...

Music, love, and hope

Tom, our Music Therapist, delivers around 1,000 music therapy sessions every year, helping people come to terms with their illness and leave a legacy behind for their loved ones. In tribute to Valentine’s Day, Tom shares the deep-rooted connection between music, love...

Caring for our community

Did you know that Oxford has the tenth highest number of rough sleepers per 100,000 people in all of England according to recent government data? Accessing palliative and end of life care can be particularly difficult for people experiencing homelessness. At Sobell...

Read the latest Sobell Times

Our Autumn/Winter 2023 newsletter is now available for you to read online. We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates and finding out about the different ways you could help us to be there for more families across Oxfordshire in need of our care and support. We send...

Have you ‘herd’?

The oxen are coming to oxon! Join us next summer for an art trail unlike anything Oxfordshire has seen before… Introducing OxTrail, where a herd of life-sized and mini oxen will be grazing across the county waiting for your visit. Each ox sculpture will be...

Postcard art raises funds for nurses!

As you may know, our My Lovely Postcards exhibition and auction took place in May as part of Oxfordshire Art Weeks. We are delighted to announce that, thanks to over 400 submissions of original postcard-sized artwork, we have raised over £16,500 for Beth’s...

The Sobell Times – out now!

Our Spring/Summer 2023 newsletter is now available for you to read online. We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates and finding out about the different ways you could help us to be there for more families across Oxfordshire in need of our care and support. We send...

Help us bring hospice care home

When facing an end of life prognosis, time is precious and every moment matters. We want local people to have as much choice as possible about where they die. That’s why Sobell House is bringing hospice care home. Our Home Hospice Care team are helping local people...

Help fix our chapel roof

Our chapel roof is leaking and urgently needs replacing, however the likely cost to replace it is at least £25,000. The chapel was built in 2003 and plays an important role in the pastoral care of many of our patients and families. It provides a serene, comforting...

A day in the life of a specialist nurse

Meet Rachel, a senior specialist nurse in our hospital palliative care team, who supports patients, their loved ones, and clinical staff by providing specialist palliative care and advice, ensuring that patients remain in comfort with a better quality of life. In this...

Choose your challenge!

Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to beat a personal best, there are lots of fun, active challenges you can take part in this year with Team Sobell. From swimming to cycling, there are plenty of events to choose from, but here are three key challenges we...

A day in the life of a social worker

This day in the life diary is written by Karen, our lovely social worker. In Karen’s role, she helps people with a life-limiting illness during what can be an incredibly stressful and difficult time to receive all of the care and support they may need, both at the...

My Lovely Postcards

What is My Lovely Postcards? My Lovely Postcards is a community art project set up by Sobell House, alongside the Foreman family, to raise funds for Beth’s Bursary Fund. Budding and professional artists are invited to submit a postcard-sized artwork (148mm x 105mm)...

Winter Walk 2023

Tickets are now on sale for our much-loved Winter Walk at Blenheim Palace. Date: Sunday 5 March 2023 Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock Time: 10am start, gates open at 9am Distance: 5km Along the new and improved route for 2023, there is plenty of stunning scenery...

A short reflection

We wanted to share a heartwarming short reflection with you all, written by Heather Jackson, who works in our Home Hospice care team. In her role, Heather cares for and supports people with a life-limiting illness who choose to be cared for at home, so they can be...

Lights of Love 2022 service

You are warmly invited to watch our Lights of Love remembrance service, which took place on Sunday 4 December 2022. We hope the service is of comfort to you, and is a chance to remember, celebrate, and pay tribute to your loved one. Here are a few useful links should...

Mince Pie Monday 2022

This Christmas, we’re inviting you to join in with our most festive fundraiser… Mince Pie Monday! On 12 December, we’ll be hosting our annual Mince Pie Monday fundraiser, encouraging friends, family and colleagues to host their very own fundraiser and raise some money...

Introducing our new cookbook

We’re delighted to announce the publication of our second cookbook; Food and Wellness. Discover over 30 delicious vegan and vegetarian recipes from some of Oxfordshire’s most popular pubs, restaurants and food producers, including; The Plough at Hanney, Taste Tibet,...

Keeping their memory alive

November is a month for remembering, from the childhood rhyme about the fifth of November to Remembrance Day itself, when we reflect on the horror and futility of war, while remembering those who lost their lives in the service of their country. This month, we are...

RSVP to Lights of Love

Lights of Love is our annual remembrance service. For many of our community, this is an important moment in the year, a chance to come together with others in a similar situation, to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones no longer here. This year’s event will...

Read The Sobell Times

Our Autumn/Winter 2022 newsletter is now available for you to read online. We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates and finding out about the different ways you could help us to be there for more families across Oxfordshire in need of our care and support. We send...

A Rainbow of Ribbons

We have been asking our supporters to dedicate a ribbon in memory of their loved one to help us continue to care for local families, and bring colour and joy to people in their darkest days. On Sunday 21 August, an ancient red oak tree in Oxford’s University Parks was...

A day in the life of a shop manager

This day in the life diary is written by Sean Woodward, our Marston Shop Manager. We hope you enjoy reading about one of Sean’s Saturday shifts, which he spends alongside two of his lovely volunteers. 7:15 I have already hit the snooze button twice and had stern words...

Give your furniture a new home!

If you have any large items of furniture that you would like to donate to us, please contact our Bicester Warehouse team to arrange a home collection.   Call: 01869 245235 Email: shops@sobellhospice.org   It’s the perfect way to declutter your home while supporting...

A day in the life of a patient care coordinator

This day in the life diary is written by Kerry Watkinson, who works in our newly established Home Hospice care team as a Patient Care Coordinator. Your donations have helped to fund this service and by supporting us, you have helped more people to die at home, if they...

Introducing our Living Well service

Our Day Centre has become our Living Well service! Through the Living Well service, we can offer our patients a personalised eight-week programme, which empowers them to live life with purpose and adapt to the challenges of living with a serious illness. We understand...

We need your stamps!

To help us raise vital funds, we want to turn your used postage stamps into donations. It couldn’t be easier to help us, please just follow these steps: Step 1 – Keep hold of or collect any used stamps Step 2 – Keep them somewhere safe Step 3 – Pop into your local...

A day in the life of a shop volunteer

Our shops provide a crucial source of income for us, which is why we’re so grateful for our lovely shop volunteers who help us keep them up and running! This day in the life diary has been written by one of our Witney volunteers, AnnMarie, who tells us all about her...

Honour a loved one this Father’s Day

As we approach Father’s Day, we wanted to send our thoughts and best wishes to those missing a loved one. Here at Sobell House, we’ll be remembering all of the dads, stepdads, grandads and fatherly figures who are no longer with us, but are forever in our hearts and...

Don’t miss our latest newsletter

Our Spring/Summer 2022 newsletter is now available for you to read online. We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates and finding out about the different ways you could help us to be there for more families across Oxfordshire in need of our care and support. We send...

The Home Hospice service begins

1 April marked the launch of the Home Hospice service, which aims to enable more patients the chance to die at home, if this is their wish, and be cared for in comfort and with support in place. The service is a unique partnership between Oxford University Hospitals...

Help us transform our courtyard

Over our decades of care, we have seen the value to patients and their families of being able to spend time outside. For so many, feeling the sun – or even the rain – on their face becomes part of the therapeutic process and improves their physical, emotional and...

Becoming a Sobell House volunteer

This article was kindly written by Chris Robinson. “I have been a Sobell House Bereavement Volunteer for almost 12 years and completed my training in 2010. I joined the service after being sent a poster at the GP Practice, where I worked as Practice Manager,...

Oxford Half registration is open!

Join Team Sobell in the iconic Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 16th October! The 13.1 mile route is flat and fast, and takes in some of the most inspirational sights of this beautiful city. As you follow the route you will be boosted by the live entertainment and DJs,...

Winter Walk – last chance to register!

Our Winter Walk is fast approaching and time is running out for you to secure your place! Online registration closes on Wednesday 9th March 2022. Everyone is very welcome to take part and the route is accessible for wheelchair and buggy users. You can even bring your...

Make a Will Month

Having a Will, written professionally with a solicitor, is the best way to make sure your loved ones are provided for after you’ve gone. Your Will gives you peace of mind, as well as being a reflection of your life and your wishes. If you don’t have a Will, or you...

A Valentine’s Day story

We see moments of sadness, joy, but most of all love at Sobell House. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share a heart-warming story with you all, as told by our Chaplain, Graham. We hope this story demonstrates that life and love never stop in our...

‘Behind the Mask’

Pasquale Dente has been working throughout the pandemic as an intensive care nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Pasquale has used his first-hand experience of caring for people during the pandemic to write and publish a book entitled Behind the Mask, which explores...

Planking to raise pounds!

Over £6,800 raised – what a great way to start the new year! In January we had 54 fundraisers step up to the challenge of planking every day, gradually increasing their planking time from 20 seconds to 3 minutes. Our challengers didn’t let anything stop them,...

It’s time to get arty!

The art therapy programme at Sobell House provides an opportunity for people to explore feelings, thoughts and ideas. Sometimes it can be helpful for people to simply enjoy using the art materials on offer, and being able to put their focus on the task at hand. We...

A day in the life of a community fundraiser

Meet Niki Wardell-Yerburgh, who works as a Community Fundraiser in our charity team. In her ‘day in the life’ diary, Niki gives readers an insight into her busy working day – from planking to planning! This diary was written in January 2022. 07:40 My fundraising...

Winter Walk is back!

Our much-loved Winter Walk is back! Take part in a 5-mile walk through the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace and enjoy a fun-filled morning with friends and family. Date: Sunday 13th March 2022. Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. Time: 10am start, gates open at...

On sale now!

Following on from the success of our cookbook Food & Kindness, we are very excited to tell you we have produced a Food & Kindness 2022 calendar in time for Christmas. Each calendar month reveals a delicious recipe from a local restaurant or food business for...

A day in the life of a senior community nurse

Meet Lisa Howe, who works as a Senior Specialist Nurse in our community palliative care team. Lisa is passionate about providing people with the very best care possible. In her ‘day in the life’ diary, she gives readers an insight into her busy working day as she...

Attend our next Business Breakfast!

In conversation with Miles Young You are warmly invited to the next Sobell Business Breakfast, where we are delighted to be joined by our guest speaker, Miles Young, the incumbent Warden of New College, Oxford, and an expert in the field of advertising and marketing....

A day in the life of a senior specialist nurse

Meet Lauren Crowley, who works as a senior specialist nurse in our hospital palliative care team. In this ‘day in the life’ diary, Lauren is assigned patients to see in the John Radcliffe Hospital and teaches some newly qualified respiratory nurses. Pictured from left...

Read our latest Newsletter

Our Autumn/Winter Newsletter is now available to read online. We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates and finding out about the different ways you could help us to be there for more families across Oxfordshire in need of our care and support. We send our...

Getting to know Dr Matt Carey

There are many people who contribute to the day-to-day running of Sobell House, and we thought you might like to get to know a few of them a bit better. In this article, we’re going to meet Matt, one of our hospital palliative care team members. We’ll find out a bit...

A shout out to our super stitching supporters!

We were so pleased with the response to our call out for syringe driver bags! We received many bags from our super stitching supporters, and the bags have now all been distributed across our inpatient and hospital teams. Just take a look at some of the fabulous bags...

Check out our upcoming events

We think it’s important that anyone who wishes to support Sobell House has an opportunity to do so, and that’s why we love to host or take part in lots of different events, so that everyone has a chance to join in. If you’re keen on having some fun and supporting us,...

A day in the life of a specialist registrar doctor

Meet Victoria Hedges, who works as a specialist registrar doctor in our hospital palliative care team. In Victoria’s busy ‘day in the life’ diary, she does countless steps and reflects on what it’s been like to work in palliative medicine during the Covid-19 pandemic....

A day to remember…

On Thursday 24th June, we were able to host a very special outdoor event to thank our amazing volunteers for all of their incredible support and hard work. We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Oxford City Football Club for hosting us – we...

Happy 45th birthday to us!

We’re so proud to have provided compassionate, life-enhancing, and special care to the people of Oxfordshire for 45 years. During that time we’ve seen many changes, with our facilities expanding to include a day centre, music and art therapy rooms, and of course our...

Oliver the Sobell superstar

On Monday 31st May, Oliver took on the challenge of climbing the equivalent height of Scafell Pike at his local climbing centre, Clip n Climb. Not only that, he set himself a time limit of 3.5 hours to complete the challenge. We’re really pleased and proud to say that...

Read our latest Newsletter

Our Spring/Summer Newsletter is now available to read online. We hope you enjoy reading our latest updates and finding out about the different ways you could help us to be there for more families across Oxfordshire in need of our care and support. We send our...

Dying Matters Week: planning ahead

Dying Matters Awareness Week is a national initiative to encourage people to start talking about death, dying, and bereavement. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of being in a good place to die. There is no right or wrong place to die; it will be different...

A day in the life of a Hospice Nurse

Meet Ellie Simmons, who works as a nurse on our busy inpatient unit. In Ellie’s day in the life diary, she shares what it’s like to care for local people and families at Sobell House during the Covid-19 pandemic. This diary was written in April 2021. 07:15...

Celebrating 45 years of care

Monday 12th April 2021 marked 45 years since the first patient admission to Sobell House. Lots has changed since 1976, so we thought we’d take a whistle-stop tour through just some of the milestones we’ve covered in that time: The hospice building has been extended...

Take part in our ‘tee-rific’ Golf Day!

Taking place at the beautiful 18-hole course at Studley Wood Golf Club, our annual charity Golf Day is always a popular event. Take a look at the Studley Wood Golf Club virtual tour video and you can understand why! With a score of 4.6 out of 5 on Golfshake.com, and...

It’s Winter in July!

Our popular Winter Walk event was postponed earlier this year, due to the lockdown restrictions in England. However, we’re really pleased to announce that the lifting of lockdown restrictions means we’ve been able to reschedule the event. The lovely people at Blenheim...

Support our Crisis Care Appeal

It’s been a tough 12 months for all of us, and unfortunately here at Team Sobell we have seen a significant drop in our income from our community, retail and events fundraising. That’s why we’re appealing for support from our community to help to safeguard our care...

Our charity shops reopen!

We’re very pleased to confirm that all 10 of our charity shops are open from today, Monday 12th April, in line with government guidelines. It’s been more than 3 months since we’ve been able to welcome our lovely supporters in our shops, and we’re really looking...

A year in the life of Dr Mary Miller

I am a consultant in palliative medicine at Sobell House, having worked here for 25 years. My clinical work is with the hospital palliative care liaison team seeing dying patients across Oxford University Hospitals, but focusing mainly on the John Radcliffe Hospital....

Looking for a new voluntary role?

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back, learn new skills, and meet new people. Our volunteers make a huge difference to the services we provide and funds we raise – we couldn’t do it without them! Below are two new voluntary roles we have available. We’re...

Meet Lorraine, Director of Fundraising

A day in the life of Lorraine, who is the Director of Fundraising & Communications for the Sobell House Hospice Charity. In her day in the life diary, Lorraine catches up with her team and some of our supporters from her desk at home, and reflects on the different...

Josh Ruffels takes part in Challenge45

This year, we’re celebrating our 45th year of caring for our community by asking our supporters to take on a Challenge45! Your Challenge45 can be any activity based around the number 45 and you can complete it at any time in February. By taking part, you will be...

Meet volunteers Justin and Alex

Our volunteers play such an important role here at the hospice, however in line with government advise they are staying home and staying safe at the moment. We’d like you to meet Justin and Alex, who have been able to continue their volunteering, providing...

Sobell House team receive the Covid-19 vaccination

We’re pleased to share the good news that the team at Sobell House have been receiving their Covid-19 vaccinations over the past few weeks. This is such an important milestone for our team, who have been working tirelessly on the frontline since the start of the...

Josh Ruffels becomes a Sobell House ambassador

Oxford United fans are sure to recognise footballer Josh Ruffels, who we’re so delighted to say has chosen to become a charity ambassador for Sobell House. Josh, who was born and raised in Oxford, is very keen to use his profile and following to help us spread the...

Andrew’s marathon achievement

Meet Andrew, who has been going the distance to fundraise for Sobell House! This week we wanted to introduce you to Andrew Smith, who has been going above and beyond in his fundraising efforts to help support Sobell House, after his friend, Amy, received care and...

Take part in Challenge45!

This year, Sobell House turns 45! That means your incredible support has helped us to provide care for the people of Oxfordshire for 45 years. But to ensure we can be there for more people who need us, we need your help. Introducing Challenge45, where we’re asking our...

World Religion Day

Written by Graham Sykes On World Religion Day – Sunday 17th January – it is worth remembering that the world is populated with people of many different religions and none. All are human and all have an inner being, a spirit, a private place where they find...

Make a Will Month 2021

Making a Will is one of the most important things we should all do, especially if your circumstances have recently changed, for example you have bought a house or got married. Using a solicitor to write your Will can save your loved ones unnecessary stress at an...

Our shops are closed until further notice

Following the national lockdown announcement, please note that all of our shops are closed under futher notice. If you have donations, we kindly ask that you keep them to one side ready to be dropped off to us when we reopen. Thank you for your understanding and...

Winter Walk: postponed

Following the national lockdown announcement and with the safety of participants in mind, we have decided to postpone our Winter Walk event, which was due to take place on Sunday 10th January. Blenheim Palace have very kindly offered us an alternative date to host our...

Charity closing times over the festive period

Please note that the charity office is closed from 1pm on Christmas Eve until 8:30am on Monday 4th January. Following the latest government announcement, all 10 of our charity shops will be closed from Boxing Day as Oxfordshire moves to Tier 4. Please do not drop off...

Our shop doors have reopened!

We are happy to announce that our shop doors have reopened following the country’s second lockdown, and all ten of our shops are looking forward to warmly welcoming our customers back. You can find your local shop and their opening times by clicking here. We are...

Brand the Bus competition

We need your help! We’ve entered Oxford Bus Company’s “Brand the Bus!” competition where we could win the opportunity to have our logo and message proudly featured on a bus that drives routes all across Oxfordshire. Our video entry is below and features Julia, who...

Volunteer as a Social Distance Champion

We’re urgently recruiting for voluntary Social Distance Champions to provide a safe meet and greet service for our patients’ visitors. All volunteers will be required to undertake a DBS check and our occupational health preplacement checks, which also includes a...

Get ready for our Winter Walk!

It’s nearly time to wrap up warm, put on your wellington boots, and join together with our Sobell community for our much-loved Winter Walk! Next year’s walk takes place on Sunday 10th January and is the perfect way to start the year by getting active while raising...

Shops closure announcement

For the second time this year our shops have sadly had to close in line with government guidelines. This will have a big impact on our fundraising, but we’re pleased to say that our online shop is continuing to operate! On our online shop you can purchase Christmas...

Make a dedication to your loved one

Lights of Love is our annual remembrance event, where we celebrate the lives of our loved ones who are no longer with us. A special way to remember your loved one is by adding a dedication to our Lights of Love night sky panorama. You can add a photo and leave a...

The Co-op Local Community Fund

This year, we’ve been chosen to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund. Money raised will go towards Sobell House’s Bereavement Service and will be used for the recruitment and training of Bereavement Volunteers. The Bereavement Service is a vital part of...

Charity shop announcement

We’re very pleased to announce that we have opened two new charity shops in Marston and Wantage. This exciting new venture has been made possible through the support and kindness of our community, and we’re really looking forward to welcoming many of our...

Join us for Spooky Stories this Halloween

Join us for some spooky stories read by Actor – and our Charity Ambassador – Paul Chahidi! Get dressed up in your creepiest costume and settle down with some terrifying treats as we make our way through a number of thrilling tales: Room on the Broom Ten Timid Ghosts...

The Sobell Memory Tree

A few weeks ago our beautiful Memory Tree was installed at the hospice to bring comfort to families and friends who have lost a loved one. Our Tree features hundreds of bronze, silver, and gold leaves each bearing the name of someone special, and we’re very pleased to...

Meet Mary, Lead Specialist Nurse

A day in the life of Mary, who works as a Lead Specialist Nurse for Palliative Care in our hospital palliative care team, and takes us on her first day working at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. This diary was written in August 2020. 7am Today is my first day...

Food & Kindness: The Sobell House Cook Book

We are delighted to have launched Food & Kindness: The Sobell House Cook Book which can be purchased on our online shop by clicking the button below. Inside our cookbook, you’ll find delicious recipes from some of Oxford’s most popular eateries, including Cherwell...

£20,000 raised from our virtual Light the Night walk

Every year, hundreds of Sobell House supporters gather together for our annual Light the Night walk through Oxford’s city centre. Due to coronavirus restrictions this year that wasn’t possible, so we decided to bring the magic of Light the Night to people’s doorstep...

Debbie, Personal Assistant

A day in the life of Debbie, who works as a personal assistant to our specialist team of consultants, and spends her working days juggling meetings, emails, diary scheduling, and administrative projects. This diary was written in August 2020. 8am Arriving at the doors...

How our hospital team have adapted during the pandemic

Matt is one of our consultants, and kindly took the time to share with our supporters how our hospital team have adapted to caring for people during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The last six months have changed the world as we know it and for many individuals and their...

Tim, Corporate Partnerships Manager

A day in the life of our Corporate Partnerships Manager, Tim, who spends his working days fundraising for the Sobell House charity. This diary was written in August 2020. 7:45am I realised early on in lockdown that I needed to get into a good daily routine, so since...

Sobell House – Then and Now

For World Photography Day we’ve shared these past and present photos to help illustrate how much we’ve been able to expand our services, team, and building over the last 44 years. This is all thanks to the ongoing support from people both in our local...

Celebrating Our Staff

COVID-19 has brought with it heart-breaking and unfamiliar changes in the way we provide our care. From the way staff have had to change their interactions with patients and each other, to having difficult conversations with families over the phone rather than in...

Thank you – Covid-19 Appeal

We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated to our Covid-19 Appeal. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our local community, over £57,300 has been raised, which will help to fund our clinical care team, provide bereavement support to those...

Paul Chahidi becomes a Sobell House ambassador

We’re delighted to announce that Paul Chahidi, actor and star of BBC Three’s hit comedy series ‘This Country’, has become a Sobell House ambassador. He said: “I am thrilled to be able to help raise awareness of this incredible place that looked after my dad with such...

Loneliness Awareness Week

Research reports that almost one fifth of the UK population say that they are often, or always, lonely. When a loved one dies, it’s difficult to readjust to life without them, and you may feel lonely as you navigate and learn to cope with your grief. With the...

Why you should consider a charitable legacy

The team at Freeths Solicitors, Oxford, have written a useful article about the importance and benefits of leaving a charitable gift in your will. We were really pleased to contribute a few words about what we’re able to do thanks to people who very kindly choose to...

School Staff Raise Over £1,000 for Sobell House

We’d like to extend enormous thanks and congratulations to the Staff Fit Club of Bryntirion Comprehensive School, in Wales, for taking on an epic challenge for Sobell House. On Saturday 23rd May, they embarked on their most ambitious challenge yet: a virtual...