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Farleigh turns 40!

Monday 9th May

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This is an exciting year for Farleigh as it is our 40th birthday year. To celebrate, all of our fundraising events this year are in honour of this special birthday and we hope that you’ll all be right there with us taking part, having some birthday fun.

As part of our festivities, we have created a section of our website for all things 40th related. The page has links to a timeline of the last 40 years, the 40 stories in 40 years page showcasing our phenomenal staff and volunteers, details of our celebratory events, a 40th birthday donation page, and a commemorative video.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone by taking part in one of our upcoming 40th birthday fundraising events. Please share your photos on social media using the hashtag #Farleighat40 to spread the birthday cheer.

Celebrating 40 years of care

Our 40th birthday appeal looks back on the last 40 years and encourages you to join us in reminiscing by sharing your own special memories of the hospice. Your memories will be displayed on a dedicated online celebration page–memories, as well as digitally in various locations across the community.

This appeal highlights how our care teams work hard to create special memories for families during the time their loved ones are with us. Families like the McCaigues. Bobby McCaigue was referred to Farleigh in 2021 for palliative care. Bobby 32, is a Royal Engineer attached to 16 Air Assault Brigade, and was diagnosed with an astrocytoma, brain tumour in 2019. Sadly, Bobby passed away on Friday 1st April peacefully at home.

Bobby and his wife Najette, along with their son, Harrison, and daughter Teagan, were supported by Farleigh both at home, and in our inpatient unit (IPU) to optimise Bobby’s symptom control.

As part of this, we made it a priority to ensure the family spent quality time together, making special memories. While in IPU at the end of last year, Farleigh organised a Zoom call with British astronaut Major Tim Peake. Tim arranged to ‘zoom’ into the hospice for a video chat with Bobby and his family to talk about space and life in the military.

Bobby said: “It was such a privilege to speak to Tim. He was fascinating to talk to. We are so grateful to Farleigh for making this special moment happen! This experience and the care we have received both during our inpatient stay and from the hospice at home team is outstanding. Thank you so much! I will never forget the kindness shown by the staff to me and my family, they have supported us through the toughest time.”

To share a memory and to donate to the Farleigh Hospice 40th birthday appeal visit: or call 01245 457351.

For digital celebration board location details visit or call 01245 457351 .

Read more of Bobby’s story here.