St George’s Hill Tennis Club, Weybridge welcomed an icon of British tennis on Tuesday 23 April as the beautiful venue played host to Princess Alice Hospice’s annual spring lunch with long term Hospice supporter, DJ Ed Stewart acting as MC and auctioneer.
The event arranged by Sue Abletshauser, Kari Ellis and Ann Brown of the Walton and Weybridge Friends of Princess Alice Hospice Committee saw 170 guests enjoy a luncheon and entertaining talk from David Lloyd, one of Britain’s top tennis players, former Davis Cup captain, coach of Tim Henman and founder of the eponymous fitness clubs.
David Lloyd said:
‘I was delighted to be asked to speak at the Walton and Weybridge Friends Committee Spring Lunch. I am pleased to be able to help support the Committee in its fundraising effort for Princess Alice Hospice by being here today. I was interested to hear about the range of care and support the Hospice provides and am impressed at the level of support that the Friends’ Committee offers through these fundraising events.’
The organising Committee is very grateful to Andrew Dewar - joint senior partner of Curchods/Burns & Webber, the company sponsored the event in the sum of £1,000. Through this donation and the generosity of supporters the event raised £7,000.
Princess Alice Hospice needs more than £8 million each year to provide its specialist end of life and palliative care free of charge to people with advanced illness and those approaching the end of their lives. With limited NHS funding over 77% of funding must be raised through voluntary donations and fundraising.