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The Hope & Anchor car park was absolutely full of motorcycles on Saturday, 13th August and despite what you may think, they hadn't called in for a drink on their way back from a music festival, rock concert or bikers' convention. They were doing the rounds of places with 'Hope' in their names, collecting the monies raised for St. Michael's Hospice, the Hope's favourite local charity.

The bikers were the Hospice Angels who dedicate their spare time to raising funds for St. Michael's which is dependent on the generosity of the public for 90% of its funding. The Hospice Angels do much to help this important local cause. Led by founder, Mike Pullin, the Hospice Angels consist of around 12 regular members from various walks of life who embark on many fundraising tours. On 13th August this year they opened their tour to guest bikers who all paid £10 to join the run. Seventy three people took part and so far £3,104.15 has been collected. The Hospice Angels have set a target of £27,000 this year, being £1,000 for each year St. Michael's has been open. So far £23,000 has been raised.

Previously the Angels have toured Ross-on-Wye's twin town, Betzdorf; the twinning towns of Hereford and Ledbury, a complete tour of Ireland and many other places, raising staggering amounts for St. Michael's, helping the charity to continue to freely offer palliative care to cancer sufferers, whilst supporting their families. There are a few forthcoming 'Angel' events that you may like to support. On Saturday, 8th October a Caberet night is being held in the events room at TGS Bowling Alley in Hereford. The entertainment will be provided by Rat Pack style singer, Steve Baker. Tickets for the event cost £10 per person and are available from Mike Pullin by calling 01981 240544.

Another event in the calendar will take place on 12th November, when the Hospice Angels will be collecting at Morrisons in Ross-on-Wye.

The Hospice Angels are passionate about what they do. If you see then out and about, please give generously. You never know when you or somebody you know might need the help of St. Michael's.

The day after the Angels' visit to the Hope & Anchor a fund day was held there, again raising money for the Hospice. Details and photographs of the day can be seen in the next article.

The Hospice Angels waiting for the rest of the group to arrive before continuing on their tour of 'Hope.'

The Hospice Angels set off on the next leg of their tour.


The Hope & Anchor gardens were buzzing on Sunday, 14th August as lots of people turned up to take part in the fun day, which Debbie and Rick and their team had organized to raise even more money for St. Michael's Hospice. The Hospice is the Hope's favourite local charity and recently, Debbie's son, Shane and regulars, Mark and Rod completed a sponsored walk of Offa's Dyke in aid of this important local cause. The walk has so far brought in £750, with more money still outstanding.

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Mark gives a brief talk about his walk with Shane and Rod before being presented with their certificates by Mayor Ravenscroft.

Balloon modelling went down well with the kids.

Delicious little Wye treats by Lucie Court.

There were lots of stalls and sideshows to keep everybody entertained.

During the fun day, the grounds of the Hope & Anchor were filled with stalls and activities for the whole family to enjoy. The face painting was a particular favourite and, I'm pretty sure that there were more 'adults' than children changing their look. The popular Gladiator pit was there too, along with a bouncy castle, shove ha'penny and a skittles competition. This was won by John 'Bomber' Dean, who gave half of his winnings to the charity. Nice one John! Rick also sold lots of delicious burgers and hot dogs from the barbecue.

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Another one bites the dust on the Gladiator Pit.

The garden was packed with people all enjoying the day and supporting St. Michael's.

Doc, Caz and Finn having a brilliant time.

Jay Hill did a wonderful job as MC for the day.

Ross Town Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft was present ealy on in the proceedings and he awarded certificates to Shane, Mark and Rod for completing their walk. A Karaoke was in operation throughout the event, which was admirably compered by Jay Hill and at 50p a song, soon raised a fair amount for St. Michael's. A Tug of War contest took place later in the afternoon and, when darkness fell a group of local fire breathers put on a wonderful display.

All in all a great day was had by everybody, myself included and the day raised a fantastic £955. Landlords, Rick and Debbie wish to thank everybody who gave their time and services free of charge for the day. Well done to all of you.

John 'Bomber' Dean shows Finn how to play skittles.

Paul Cook concentrates on the game closely watched by John.

The face painting was a definite hit with children of all ages.

Shane giving the event the thumbs up.
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