Sobell Bridge Club visit – 22 March

The Sobell Bridge club is based at Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood and has raised £43,000 for Michael Sobell Hospice this financial year.  Doug Edmonds, Chairman of the club, presented the final quarter’s cheque for £9,000 to Lindsey Fealey, CEO at Michael Sobell Hospice, at the club’s Sunday evening session on Sunday 22 March.  The club also received a visit from myself, as many of the club’s members are residents in the Three Rivers catchment area.

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The Bridge club was set up in May 1992 with two main aims, to provide an opportunity for those bereaved or alone to meet socially in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as encouraging members to support the work of Michael Sobell Hospice. It has raised over £700,000 for the hospice since it was founded.

George Howlett, President of the Bridge Club said, “The club is a special place where often bereaved or lonely people can come along, play Bridge and be with others who have a similar interest in a relaxed and friendly environment. We have been on several nice trips with the club and for many of the members it is the only holiday they have each year. We hope to encourage more members in the future and of course keep raising funds for the patients at Michael Sobell Hospice.”

Lindsey Fealey, CEO at Michael Sobell Hospice said, “The Sobell Bridge Club have once again raised an incredible amount for the hospice.  The charity relies heavily on regular income such as this amount provided by the club, it enables us to predict and allocate our resources to the vital areas where our patients need it the most. We are very grateful to the club members for all of their support over the years.”

The club is run by volunteers and is open five nights a week except Wednesday and Saturday.  It offers 12 week sessions for Beginners and Improvers with tuition and supervised play as well as a number of Duplicate Bridge nights.  The club also organises Bridge weekends and several fundraising events for members.  All meetings are held at Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood except on Friday afternoons which are held in Croxley Green.  For more information on the club, visit their website at www.sobell-bridge.org.uk or call Doug Edmonds on 01923 829845.

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