40 Faces of hospice care – 14 – Meet Margaret Clawson, supporter

Categories: People & Places.

From organising street parties to walking across hot coals, there’s not much Margaret hasn’t done to raise money for St Barnabas!

It all started 31 years ago when Margaret’s dear friend was cared for in the Hospice on Nettleham Road, Lincoln. It was Margaret’s first visit to St Barnabas, and she was blown away by the extraordinary care and kindness of everyone she met. Her friend had been fundraising for St Barnabas for the last six years, and Margaret knew she had to carry on her legacy and pick up where she sadly had to stop.

Margaret was a dab hand at gathering people together for coffee mornings and quickly took the fundraising efforts to the next level with her renowned strawberry teas. And after organising a small street party for neighbours, Margaret found herself staging them for an entire village year after year! As her fundraising grew, she recruited an army of helpers who formed a fundraising committee and there was no stopping them. Setting up street stalls, organising bucket collections, giving community talks, helping with plant sales, craft fairs, golf days, summer fayres and sporting events – the list goes on. In between all that they made crafts and cakes to sell, stuffed envelopes in the office and made bacon rolls at midnight (more than once!) to help the fundraising team.

Margaret has helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years. She has been integral to keeping our Hospice services running day-to-day and getting new services off the ground, including our Hospice at Home offering.

And she was there to see the Lincoln building on Hawthorn Road opened by Princess Alexandra too! While Margaret wasn’t in the line-up to meet her (as she was when Prince William visited), she did catch several glimpses. Margaret and two others discretely crawled around as Princess Alexandra made her way through the building. However, they weren’t quite as discreet as they thought as they found out when Princess Alexandra commented, “Oh, it’s you three again is it?”.

St Barnabas has been and continues to be a big part of Margaret’s life. Even into her eighties she still has boundless enthusiasm and energy, and intends to keep going for as long as she can. And we’re delighted!

In her own words…

“It’s the people that make St Barnabas a special place. It’s always there when people need it, just like we’re always there to help the Hospice. What we give to the Hospice it gives us back through a sense of purpose, so much fun and that feel-good factor. I’m so proud of St Barnabas.”

To see all 40 Faces and their stories, please visit: https://stbarnabashospice.co.uk/40faces


ehospice UK edition, Editors Note:

This is the fourteenth in a series of 40 articles celebrating the founders, staff members, volunteers and supporters who have helped contribute to the vital care St Barnabas Hospice, Lincoln, provides to those living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families. 

These stories will find parallels across all other hospices around the UK. If you wish to share your news/stories/blogs then please send them to info@ehospice.com. 

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St Barnabas Hospice is a local independent charity, and every year they support more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire.

They deliver free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, their family and carers.

St Barnabas offers the patient and their family hospice care and support via: specialist inpatient care, care at home, day therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, welfare advice and bereavement support.

All the services are free. St Barnabas needs to raise over £6m a year to provide its support and care. Over 900 volunteers play a crucial role in the charity’s success.



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