Dame Emma Jane Brown Officially Opens New Furniture Store

Thursday 08 March 2018

Dame Emma Jane Brown Officially opens The Shakespeare Hospice’s new furniture store

Dame Emma Jane Brown¹, former international sportswoman, TV and radio commentator, business woman and charity ambassador, will officially open The Shakespeare Hospice’s new furniture store in Moreton in Marsh at 10am on 10th March 2018. 

There will be face-painting for children (in return for a small donation to The Shakespeare Hospice) and customers are invited for a glass of fizz whilst browsing the selection of furniture on sale.

The new furniture store will be selling a range of pre-loved furniture, ideal for upcycling, especially for creating the popular vintage or ‘shabby chic’ style. It’s also perfect for those starting out, or people who want a new piece of furniture, but don’t want to pay department store prices. The store will sell a large range of lounge, dining room and bedroom furniture, household electricals, bric a brac and soft furnishings.

The new store is now accepting donations of high-end, pre-loved furniture and will collect large items from within a radius of 10 miles.  Anyone with something to donate, small or large, is asked to call 01608 654415 or email: Moreton@theshakespearehospice.org.uk.

The Hospice is also looking for volunteers to help at the store, so if anyone would like to learn new skills or get some valuable work experience, they are asked to please email: CLomas@theshakespearehospice.org.uk or call her on: 01789 266852.

Tracy Holdbrook, Retail Manager at The Shakespeare Hospice said: “This is the first Shakespeare Hospice shop in Gloucester and is a fine addition to our growing retail portfolio.  Income from our retail outlets helps keep our vital service running. Our services are free of charge but cost £2.3m each year to provide. Only 8% of our funding is provided by the NHS.  We rely on our income generation from fundraising activity and retail to provide the rest.”

The Shakespeare Hospice provides palliative and supportive care to over 1000 patients and their families across South Warwickshire and the North Cotswolds, including Moreton in Marsh.

Its core services are Day Hospice, Hospice at Home, Counselling and Family Support, and a unique Children and Young People’s Services, which supports bereaved children, young carers, and Transitional Care for 16-24 year olds with a life limiting illness.

Money from purchases at The Shakespeare Hospice Furniture Store will used wisely; for example, £100 will pay for two visits by Hospice at Home nurses to provide end of life care to patients in their own homes or one nurse on call overnight to support patients choosing to stay at home with dignity and in familiar surroundings. Hospice at Home are a team of registered nurses and healthcare assistants with specialist training in palliative and end of life care. On call 24 hours a day, our team supports patients and their families in their home so they can remain with the people who are most dear to them. 

If anyone would like to get in touch with The Shakespeare Hospice, please call: 01789 266852 or email: enquiries@theshakespearehospice.org.


Editor’s Note:

  1. Emma-Jane Brown became a top class international show-jumper following her training with the late and highly-respected Caroline Bradley. Her career moved into the ascendancy when she joined the celebrated Everest team under the tutelage of the legendary Ted and Liz Edgar.  She later formed a successful sponsorship partnership with Bond International and Tina Cassan when the two riders became known as The Bond Girls.

Emma first hit the sporting headlines in 1984 at the age of 20 when she won the Ladies National Championship of Great Britain.  Three years later she secured the coveted Foxhunter Championship on her world-famous horse Oyster at Wembley Arena.  In 1989, she became the first female show-jumper to compete on the American Fall Circuit when, as part of the British Nations Cup team, she won the World Cup qualifier.

In 1990 Emma added the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Cup to her string of titles and regained the Ladies National Championship of Great Britain in both 1995 and 1996. She was selected by the international committee to represent Great Britain in the Nations Cup a staggering 13 times and was the highest ranked female rider for many years, recognised as an esteemed ambassador for the country.

Since her retirement from show-jumping, Emma has worked on radio, as a commentator for both Sky Sports and Eurosport and contributor to a number of lifestyle magazines covering equestrianism and social and sporting events. She has also worked tirelessly on behalf of a number of charities including Heart UK and Riding for the Disabled Association where set met Karen Law - Britain’s first blind show jumper who she mentors. She is also campaigning to encourage more people into the sport through unaffiliated competitions like Arena UK and to help Britain’s para equestrians.

Two years ago, Emma climbed Kilimanjaro to raise funds for children suffering from brain tumours. For her services to charity in Malta, which included teaching equestrianism there, Emma was honoured with a Knighthood.  In October 2015 EJB Events became a sponsor of the prestigious Pride of Sports awards.

As a businesswoman committed to make her sport safer, Emma developed REVO - her own range of protective equestrian clothing for children. However,her primary business is EJB Events - a private concierge and events company. EJB Events lays on sporting and social occasions for high net worth individuals.

Voted Event Planner of the Year in January 2016, Emma has cornered the market in the ultimate VVIP packages with Hollywood A-Listers offering those who idolise the movie greats the chance to get up close and personal with them at a private champagne reception following a theatre based event. To date, Dame Emma Jane has secured the services of John Travolta, Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Lee Lewis and Al Pacino.





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