Woman smiling peering over piles of books

We're delighted to have received sixty books for our new Wellbeing Book Group, donated in memory of much-loved teacher, Robert ‘John’ Redfern.

Avid reader Robert, known as ‘John’ by family, friends and colleagues, was supported by our Hospice at Home nursing service. John taught at the Forest of Needwood and Paget High Schools, near Burton. He died in April of pulmonary fibrosis.
In his memory, daughters Nicki Tonkinson and Annette Brown, and Lisa Milton – John's ‘honorary daughter’ - have gifted a selection of fiction and non-fiction books.  These will be enjoyed by our new Book Group, which meets on alternate Mondays.

It is a pleasure to hand over the books in memory of dad and we plan to give more every May, his birthday month. Dad would like that. Reading, writing, poetry and literature were his life. He volunteered after he retired, wrote local history books and spent a lot of time in his Magic Attic in Swadlincote.

Nicki Tonkinson

A touching way to remember John

All the books which have been donated will include a bookplate with his name on. They can can borrowed by staff and patients. And the hospice welcomes additions to their stock.
Deputy Wellbeing Manager, Ali Jordan said: “This is a lovely addition to the hospice and a touching way to remember John. The Book Group is a lovely, shared experience. Most importantly, it provides a safe space for people to discuss the books."
Woman smiling and reading a book