An Oswestry business woman has lent her support to a popular Shropshire hospice charity.

Severn Hospice are set to receive £500 from Principality Oswestry Agency and Woodhead Oswestry Sales and Lettings, based on Leg Street, after owner Kate Howell was one of 170 guests who attended a fundraising event this weekend (22 October) at the Wynnstay Hotel in Oswestry.

The event raised over £5,000 on the evening, which will be used to fund vital palliative care through Severn Hospice’s Hospice at Home Service.

Event organiser, Enid Thomas, who spent 38 years working as a district nurse and also a Marie Curie nurse specialising in palliative care and has raised nearly £40,000 already for charity is delighted with the support she has received: “This is a cause very close to my heart, having worked on the front line of palliative care I know how vital it is to support not just the patients, but the families too.  It’s also important for me that the money is spent locally and on those who need it and I will be working closely with Severn Hospice to make this happen.”

Kate Howell, who lost her late father Bill Woodhead to cancer is especially grateful to Severn Hospice for the support they gave her and her father in his final days.  Kate comments: “It’s a frightening situation to find yourself in, when a loved one has a terminal illness.  Years ago, there weren’t as many resources as patients have access to now, but Severn Hospice and nurses like Enid were there when we needed them most and I will always be thankful for that and look forward to continuing to support such a worthy cause.”

To find out more about Severn Hospice, or to donate, contact community fundraising advisor, Mike Perry on 01952 221350.