St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood, Essex CM17 9JX

Local News – Summer 2023

Issued: 11th May 2023

Volunteers’ Week 2023 – why not join your Hospice team?

National Volunteers’ Week is from 1st – 7th June when we celebrate the contribution of volunteers across the country.

St Clare Hospice is thanking the more than 600 volunteers who support the charity across all their teams, in charity shops, the community and the Hospice sites in Hastingwood and Saffron Walden.

The charity needs more people with a range of skills and knowledge to join their volunteering team. So, however much time you can spare, they’ll find a role to suit you.

For more information, and to see the current list of roles available, visit: or call the team directly on 01279 773704 or email

Wellbeing Hub – live well, reach your goals!

Are you living with COPD, a lung condition, heart failure, MS, Parkinson’s or cancer?

The Wellbeing Hub brings together a range of services to support you and your family to live life to the full while coping with a life-limiting illness.

With one-to-one support, expert clinics, group programmes and drop-in support, we can help you live well, keep doing the things you love, and reach your goals.

Our free range of services and groups include:

  • Living well programme
  • Breathlessness group
  • Fatigue Management group
  • Acupuncture clinic
  • Café Clare drop-in
  • Community Space groups – including woodworking, painting classes and crafts

The Wellbeing Hub is for people over 18 years old, who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. All support is completely free of charge. You just need to be registered with a GP in West Essex or East Herts.

Whatever your condition, if you feel like you could benefit from the Wellbeing Hub, please get in touch with the team so we can see how best to support you.

Call our First Contact Service on 01279 773774 or email

St Clare Summer Fayre – 8th July!

Come along, celebrate the start of summer, and support your local hospice charity. Tell your friends and family – the St Clare Summer Fayre is an event not to be missed!

It’s on Saturday 8th July at St Clare Hospice, CM17 9JX, from 11am – 4pm. With food and craft stalls, inflatables, shows throughout the day and games for the kids – there really is something for everyone!

Entry costs £3 per adult, kids under 16 go free! Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. For more information contact the fundraising team on 01279 773750 or visit

GriefLine (01279 945089) – is here to support bereaved people

GriefLine (01279 945089) is a local resource offering much-needed emotional support via telephone, across West Essex and East Herts, to anyone struggling with their grief around the loss of someone.

GriefLine operates from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. It is run by a team of St Clare staff and volunteers, trained to deliver emotional support to those who are struggling with their grief. Anyone who has experienced a loss, whether recently or in the past, is welcome to call GriefLine. No previous connection to St Clare Hospice is required to access support.

If you would like to speak to someone about the loss of someone, no matter how long ago you were bereaved, the number to call is 01279 945089. GriefLine is free to call, though charges may apply in line with your standard network rate.

For more information visit:


Give your furniture a new home – free collection service!

Did you know that St Clare offer a free furniture collection service? Book online and they’ll collect from your door!

Donate your quality, pre-loved furniture to St Clare, and they’ll turn it into amazing hospice care for local people.

They are able to collect and re-sell:

  • Sofas & armchairs
  • Dining tables & chairs
  • Occasional tables
  • Wardrobes & bookcases
  • Chests of drawers & dressing tables

Find out more and book your collection now: or call 01279 639752

Men’s Shed – a great place to meet

The Men’s Shed at St Clare offers a community space for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun.

Men’s Sheds are all about social connections, building friendships, sharing skills, knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. Come along and practice skills, enjoy making and mending, and enjoy a hobby.

WHEN: Wednesdays between 9.30am and 3.30pm, excluding bank holidays.

WHERE: Community Space, St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road, CM17 9JX

For more information contact Tracey Hall on or call 01279 773700


St Clare Hospice – Open Gardens 2023

Join us this summer season as our community kindly opens its gardens to visitors, helping fund hospice care for local people. Our perennially popular horticultural event is back for its 29th year. Open Gardens is the perfect event for green-fingered folk to enjoy.

From May – August 2023 visit beautiful, hidden green spaces across West Essex as our community kindly opens its gardens to visitors, helping raise vital funds for St Clare Hospice.

We have a variety of picturesque gardens for you to tour and enjoy throughout the Open Gardens season. Visit the website to find the gardens opening near you:

St Clare Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care for people living with terminal or life-limiting illnesses across West Essex and East Herts border.

St Clare care for patients and their families, providing physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support, and ensuring they have timely access to skilled, compassionate and sensitive care in a place of their choice. Our services are free of charge to those who need our care, but cost around £5 million a year to run. With limited NHS funding we need to fundraise the majority of this each year through donations and other voluntary sources.

 For more information, contact Rebecca Day, Marketing and Communications Manager, at