Anniversaries and artwork were celebrated last week at the Moor Park Mansion in Rickmansworth with an exhibition and silent auction.

Today marks 40 years for the Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood, which opened on Valentine's Day in 1977, 2017 also marks 30 years for St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow.

The two came together on Thursday and Friday last week (Feb 9 and 10) to showcase artwork from Michael Sobell Hospice patients, who take part in art projects at Moor Park’s Day Centre. 

The work was then auctioned, raising more than £5,000 which will be split between the two hospices.

Karen Shardlow, Michael Sobell Hospice event organiser, said: “We are delighted with how well the art exhibition was received, both in terms of support from all the artists, who kindly donated an item for sale, and to everyone who came along to the event on the day including the Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon and Mayoress of Harrow.

“On behalf of everyone involved I must say a huge thank you to the team at Moor Park Golf Club for kindly allowing us to host this special exhibition in celebration of a combination of 70 years of local hospice care and for making us feel so welcome and to all the volunteer helpers without whom the event would not have been possible, these include Media PowerHouse and St Luke’s and Michael Sobell Hospice staff, volunteers and trustees.

“The feedback has been so positive we are already considering holding another exhibition in the very near future.”

Moor Park is a Grade 1 listed Palladian building, set within 300 acres of landscaped parkland. It was originally built in the late 17th Century for the Third Earl of Bedford and today the venue retains its original character, English elegance, luxury and heritage; housing magnificent examples of art including the domed ceiling painted by Cipriani in the 18th Century.