On Thursday 14 April the School of Education are hosting a charity fundraising day at Harcourt Hill Campus in aid of Sobell House, a hospice in Oxford which provides specialist palliative care and support to adult patients and their family, friends and carers.
Mike Dennis, Senior Lecturer in Primary Science in the School of Education, is organising the event in memory of his wife Rachel, who died in Sobell House after having lived with cancer for 11 years. Speaking about the hospice, Mike said: 'I cannot speak highly enough of the staff and the love and care they provided for Rachel, me and my family. It is a truly special place, not a phrase I would use lightly'.
For Mike, one aspect of Rachel's stay however was not so impressive; the television system. Each room has a wall mounted television for which you have to pay £10 a day to use. It is a complicated system with a difficult login procedure and when you finally switch the television on the picture and sound quality is poor.
Mike promised himself that after Rachel died he would do his best to influence a change. With the help of our local MP Andrew Smith, it has been agreed that the franchise agreement currently in place can be put aside and the system replaced by easy to use, high quality televisions.
'I am keen to raise the money to fund this change and have decided as far as possible that all the fundraising activities should be fun. I think we could have a very entertaining day and raise a substantial sum towards my target of £8000.' Mike continued.
Therefore, on Thursday 14 April the School of Education is aiming to raise as much money as possible for Sobell House by getting students and staff to get involved and dress up for the day as children's television characters, in return for a minimum of £2 per person. For those who don't want to dress up, it will be possible to buy an immunity sticker which acknowledges that you have donated.
If you would be willing to help on the day or have any suggestions for future fundraising activities, please email Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Members of staff can also donate online via https://www.justgiving.com/the-sobellevision-project
Mike's story and more information about Sobell House can be found on online: