Generous birthday girl swaps gifts for donations

31st January 2020

A kind-hearted youngster is asking for donations to the hospice which cared for her grandad – instead of birthday presents.

Isobel Jacobse, who will turn 11 in February, has chosen to raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice to celebrate her birthday – and remember her grandad.

The 10-year-old’s grandad, Norman West from Upton-upon-Severn, had prostate cancer and died at the hospice in July 2019.

Isobel’s mother, Emma Jacobse, explained the idea came up when they were discussing what she would like for her birthday.

“As it had been Christmas so recently, Isobel couldn’t think of anything she needed – which led us on to talking about helping others instead,” said Mrs Jacobse, from London.

“She really fancied supporting the place that had helped grandpa so much in his final stages of life.”

Isobel, who has a sister, is set to have a birthday party with her friends at the end of February and is asking for donations instead of gifts.

She had hoped to raise £500 – but has already beaten that target, with donations totalling more than £600.

Mrs Jacobse continued: “She was incredibly fond of her grandpa and misses him so much. She mentioned the other day it makes her really happy to know she is helping raise money for his special place.

“Grandpa’s motto was always ‘make it happen’ – hence why this is mentioned in Isobel’s little story on her fundraising page ‘making it happen for grandpa’.

“She is very sweet, kind, considerate, and an unbelievably generous soul. We are so proud of Isobel.”

The money Isobel raises will go towards helping the hospice fund its free care to patients with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

Rachel Jones, fundraising manager at St Richard’s, said: “Isobel’s story is so touching and we are very moved by her kind gesture.

“The funds she raises will help to make such a difference to the lives of those we care for and their loved ones.

“From all of us here at St Richard’s, we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Isobel and wish her a very happy birthday!”

To donate and support Isobel, visit

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The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
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