Sheila – Bournemouth Hospital Charity

Meet the Hidden Heroes

Meet Sheila. Nominated by Bournemouth Hospital Charity for her dedication and impact as a tireless, invaluable and multi-skilled volunteer, Sheila decided to stay local for her R2R break and headed to the stunning Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa. This is her story.

The Charity

Bournemouth Hospital Charity exists to help enhance the care and treatment of our patients at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals.

The funds we raise through donations, gifts, legacies and our events help us to provide the Hospitals with additional facilities and state-of-the-art new equipment as well as resources for our staff, ​over and above what the NHS can fund.

Through our work alongside the community, our corporate partners and the many other supporters and volunteers who give their money and time to us, we have been able to make a real difference to our patients, their families and our staff.

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The Nomination

“Sheila is one of the most generous kind people I have had the pleasure to meet whilst working at the hospital. She is extremely passionate about making a difference for our patients and thrives when given a challenge.

Sheila originally started work with us in our charity shop. It was soon obvious that her talents and passions lay in fundraising, in particular selling raffle tickets, arranging sales and engaging with people at our events.

Sheila not only helps us out at events she is a key supporter of our campaigns by helping with mail outs and sourcing amazing raffle prizes. It is down to Sheila s drive and commitment that our Easter raffle exceeded all expectations and was so successful.

Sheila always goes above and beyond that which is expected of her and nothing is ever too much trouble. She is a shining star and we all are so appreciative of her hard work and dedication.”

The Break

Nestled in the New Milton countryside, Chewton Glen is part of top R2R supporters Iconic Luxury Hotels. Sheila and her daughter checked in for a very well-earned two night break ready for some serious relaxation. It’s fair to say they managed it!

They Said

“My daughter Angela stayed with me. Our stay was exceptional and truly a time remember, from checking in until departure. Our Suite, well I could go on and on about it but just let’s say it was very very comfortable. The Breakfast was also unforgettable and the evening meal was delicious both days! Thank you so much Jamie for your excellent table service and explaining our food choices so well. The spa and the Hydro Spa, well, it was so relaxing and talking about relaxing, my Spa Treatment was the most relaxing I ever had. Thank you Sophie!

Thank you to all the staff at Chewton Glen Hotel for making our stay so memorable.”

Sheila, Hidden Hero

“We are passionate about supporting our local community and it was our pleasure to welcome Sheila for her well-earned break and recognise all the amazing work she does for the hospital.
We are proud to be partners of Room to Reward. It is a simple and meaningful way for us as hoteliers to say ‘thank you’ to society’s Hidden Heroes.”

Andrew Cook, General Manager – Chewton Glen

We would like to thank Bournemouth Hospital Charity for the nomination, Chewton Glen for their wonderful support and – of course – Sheila for sharing her story with us. As well as a volunteering legend, Sheila is also a bit of a wordsmith and shared the lovely poem below with us after her break.



“A Stay to Remember” – Sheila

Thank you Bournemouth Hospital Charity for my nomination,
I chose Chewton Glen for my prize destination,

Our Suite had an amazing view,
Breakfast and Dinner were delicious,
Thank you.

The Spa and Hydro Spa was so much fun,
Our Spa Treatment,
Was second to none.

Thank you so much for making our stay,
A “Stay to Remember,”
In such a good way.

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