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Registered Charity Number 1156595

The Hummingbird Centre
Grange Courtyard
Station Road
Launton
Bicester
OX26 5DX

Tel: 01869 244 244
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NEWSLETTER October 2014

As you already know, The Hummingbird Centre is run by volunteers and relies on income from sponsorship and other fund-raising events, as well as donations. We are extremely grateful to many local businesses and individuals who are supporting us by arranging fund-raising events and/or providing other services and goods needed to run the Centre.

Fund Raising Events During August

August Bank Holiday weekend was a busy time for Hummingbird fundraisers.  An All-day music and BBQ event at the Bell was well attended raising £1500.00

The KEA club on Ashdene Road, held a football tournament in memory of Jack Tingey late father of Andy Tingey raising £571 which Andy and the team donated to The Hummingbird Centre. 

Bure Farm held an event with a local band and other eventful activities creating a lot of fun amongst the community within the area raising £170 which was donated to The Hummingbird Centre. 

If you happened to be in Brashfield Road at the beginning of September, you might well have thought you were seeing things!  Fiona’s back garden had been transformed into an Arabian oasis completed with Arabs and their harem! A wonderful afternoon was had by all raising over £800.

By the time you read this, Naomi and her friends will have completed their zip wire challenge and our own ‘H’ and friends will have finished their 500 mile bike ride. There is still time to show support by sponsoring them at and

Meanwhile Sam Bowers is running not one but TWO half-marathons in October:-

“I'm running Blenheim half marathon and Oxford half marathon to raise money for the Hummingbird Centre in Bicester. I've already met some fantastic people through the Centre and knowing I can do my bit to help keep this amazing place going is a massive incentive to training and to complete these events The Centre provides care for so many people and I just want to do my bit to give something back”   
Sam can be sponsored at

For those who like to test their general knowledge, come along to The Nightingale in Langford Village on the 1st Thursday of every month. Kieron and his staff will make you welcome and you will help raise some money for the Hummingbird Centre. The next quiz is Thursday 2nd October at 8pm.  Rumour has it our Founder Mechelle Harris will be the ‘Dolly Dealer’ that night so if you want to know what that means, come along and find out!

Songbook

Our most recent fund-raising event was the Songbook on Friday 10th October at 7.30 for 8.00pm start. We were lucky to have Jacqueline Faye, a former West End singer performing songs from well-known shows and films and our own Ray Hendren singing a few also.

It was held in the Ex-servicemen’s Club in Pioneer Square, Bicester and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

These events that take place help raise the profile of The Hummingbird Centre enabling us to continue supporting the people of Bicester affected by Cancer.

Always keep an eye out on our own notice board in Sainsbury’s where we will post future news and events.

Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts

Many of our guests are very talented and have produced a number of excellent craft items, cards and jams which would make lovely gifts.  Please call in and have a look - you will be tempted!

Anna has been running Arts and Crafts evenings at the Hummingbird Centre, which are proving to be very popular and the crafts that are being produced are amazing!  Keep a look out for our next Arts and Crafts event which will be run in October, bookings are being taken by our Facebook page or by contacting The Hummingbird Centre 01869 244244.

Calling All Those Budding Runners and Those Who Want To Have Fun ….

Santa Fun Run –Support three local charities:-

League of Friends registered charity number 282778 ABF registered charity number 1146420 and The Hummingbird Centre registered charity number 1156595

The Hummingbird Centre will be joining forces with the Mayor of Bicester’s Santa Fun run which will be taking place Sunday 21st December 2014 @ 11 am Pingle Field – Please contact Julie Trinder on for more information or pop along to Sainsburys and collect a sponsor form off our notice board.  Remember all funds raised will be going to three good charities who all need your support.

Extra Information

Taxi services
Alpha Cars very kindly provides a free taxi service to/from the Centre. Should a guest need this service, please telephone The Hummingbird Centre to arrange.

Become a Friend
The Hummingbird Centre depends on donations and fund-raising. At least £1000 is needed per month in order to function. Becoming a ‘friend’ and pledging a small amount of money each month will help fund the basic running of the Centre. To become a ‘Friend’ , please contact Mechelle 01869 244244 who will send you the necessary forms to enable you to set up a standing order with your bank.

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About the Hummingbird Centre
The Centre is a great place for cancer patients and their carers and family to relax, meet people, get information and have fun. Therapy sessions are available for the cancer patients. However, you do need to collect a GP recommendation form from your GP's receptionist or, alternatively, bring along your outpatient's appointment card.

Therapies are by appointment only - please call 01869 244244 to book a session.

Opening times: Tuesday and Friday: 10.00-15.00

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Hummingbird Centre, Grange Courtyard, Station Road, Launton, Bicester OX26 5DX
Telephone: 01869 244244

Registered charity number 1156595