Who are they and what do they do?

Speen Helping Hospices (SHH) is a small voluntary group run by a team of committed women from Speen and North Dean to fundraise for four local hospices — Helen House for Children, Rennie Groves Hospice Care, South Bucks Hospice at Home and Florence Nightingale in Aylesbury. We keep overheads down to an absolute minimum to ensure that the money raised goes directly to the charities. To date we have raised over £108,000.

The hospices provide a range of palliative and end-of-life care services to people in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and south Bedfordshire. The hospices receive limited funds and are increasingly reliant on local support from communities like ours to continue to provide the specialist care of inpatient and day hospice services.

In 2020, a challenging year, SHH raised £17,604. With the small cushion we had at the start of the year we were able to donate £4,500 to each of the four hospices, Helen House for Children, Rennie Grove Hospice, Florence Nightingale and South Bucks Hospice Care.

Lockdown 2 required us to cancel our Christmas Market and we had to have a rethink! Within ten days we had an online SHH Christmas Market shop up and running and it has been a roaring success, as we sold over £2,000 worth of stock.

The shop was previously intended as a short-term solution to sell Christmas goods, but we now intend to continue it and are currently exploring different ideas for its use.

Right now, we are launching our latest fundraising initiative – Afternoon Tea Boxes – which will be for sale on Mother’s Day March 14th. We are making up boxes for 1 to 4 people ranging in price from £10 for a Tea Box for one person to £40 for a Tea Box for 4 people. Each box will contain finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, a selection of homemade cakes and mini bottles of Prosecco. You can order your box now from grainnesuter@btconnect.com or on 07778803260 or through shh-shop.org

We also have a range of gifts that you might like to buy for Mum or a special person in your life. The website is evolving and new lines coming on board on a regular basis. Please keep an eye on it, you may well find just the gift you were looking for.

Please visit our SHH shop on  http://www.shh-shop.org