Auction Success

We are delighted to announce that our auction raised a grand total of £3390.57 for the hospice funds!! Grateful thanks to all those who contributed, donated items, carted furniture and helped out in any way. It was a lot of hard work but very worthwhile! Thank You!! Lisa 🙂

More photographs from the event can be viewed on our facebook page at

Millfield Nursery Sponsored Walk for Dove

Children, parents and the staff of Millfield NurserySchool  in Cropwell Butler took part in a sponsored walk in their pyjamas to raise funds for the hospice. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £385.00 – a fabulous amount from a small organisation.  Lisa Maughan went to collect the cheque and have a tour of the delightful nursery with Millfield Owners Liz and John Miller. Huge thanks to all who took part and supported this event.

The money will be used to help us to continue offering our hospice services to those living with life-limiting and life-threatening illness in this area.

Matt Watson – Vetruvian Triathlon Challenge for Dove

Matt Watson who is the son-in-law of one of our lovely patients has decided to take on the challenge of the iconic Vetruvian Triathlon which takes place on Saturday 8th September at Rutland Water.

The event involves 1900m of swimming in open water (Rutland water!!),  85km bike ride and just to finish you off a 21km run. Matt is training hard at the moment and is hoping to raise lots of money for Dove Cottage through sponsorship.

To find out more about Matt and his challenge and also to sponsor him please click the link below


Moonlight Walk Launch

Today we have officially launched our Moonlight Walk! The walk takes place on Friday 7th September 2012 at 9pm from the Pera Conference Centre in Melton Mowbray, the walk is a five mile sponsored circular route around the town centre.

Kylie Pentelow will be setting off the walkers on their way.

Registration online, click on the link from the home page.

The Melton Times have very kindly done a launch campaign for us today!


Dove receives £1500 from Melton Lions Swimarathon

MELTON Lions’ annual Swimarathon has now raised more than £74,000 in the 12 years since the event started, writes Michael Cooke.


This year’s event generated £6,000 for good causes thanks to the 145 swimmers who took part – and swam an amazing 3,142 lengths between them!

They were supported by an army of volunteers, parents, teachers, Waterfield swimming pool staff and generous sponsors.

At a presentation night at Melton Council’s Parkside offices cheques for £1,500 were presented to Dove Cottage day hospice, the Mayor’s Appeal for the Romy Children’s Fund and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

The winners of the schools competition, on the theme of trees, were Long Field (£100), Scalford (£100) and St Peter’s Wymondham (£50). The remainder will support Lions Club initiatives in the townm.

The Lions Swimarathon prize winners were:- Most lengths – Melton Wednesday; Achievement and Endeavour – Derek Kerr; Youth Award – The Speedy Sharks; Best name – St Mary’s Jolly Jellyfish; Most sponsorship – Pera Puddle Ducks.

Special certificates were presented to Kalam Appleby of Melton Learning Hub, Karen Middleton of the Melton Mowbray Building Society and Bob Wells’ Mencap team.

Summer Fete Success

Dove Cottage have been celebrating the success of our lovely summer fete held on Sunday 13th May.

This event made £4600 for the hospice funds! We had some new entertainment this year; – Punch and Judy was a big hit, the Defence Animal Centre did a working display to demonstrate how they train sniffer dogs to find explosives and drugs. We had our own fun dog show which was very popular along with the usual BBQ, cream teas, tombola etc. We also had some fabulous stalls and a bee keeper who brought his honey and a visual active bee hive.

Many thanks to all those who supported us in any way, through help on the day, donation of goodies and gifts through the purchase of prize draw tickets and supporting the event.

We couldn’t do what we do with your support.

To view the photographs from the day please click on the link below to visit our Facebook page and the Fete Photo Gallery


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New Charity Shop Opens in Bottesford

On Saturday 25th February we were pleased to open our second charity shop.

The new shop is located on Market Street at The Old Exchange in Bottesford.  Tel: 01949 844467

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 4.00pm

Donations of items to sell would be most welcome