Fundraising activity to remember Sam

September 01 2021
Fundraising activity to remember Sam

A FUNDRAISER for St Margaret’s Hospice is being held in September in memory of Sam Holland.

Blue School teacher Sam was diagnosed with cancer in April this year and died on July 3 in St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton.

Her 51st birthday would have been on September 24. Her family, friends and colleagues wanted an opportunity to remember Sam on her birthday, as well as thank the hospice for everything they did to look after her in the final weeks of her life, and support them to look after more people in the future.

A simple idea was proposed to walk, run or cycle between Friday, September 24, and Sunday, September 26, and pledge to donate £1 for every kilometre covered.

“Sam was passionate about exercise and would love the idea that people were getting out to do something active, it seems a very fitting way to remember Sam and raise money for such a deserving cause,” said her husband Dan.

“We would encourage as many as possible to get involved and do as short or as long a distance as they want. It doesn’t matter where you are or who you are with, it can be done as an individual or hopefully be an opportunity to spend time with friends or family, whatever you do, make sure you enjoy yourselves.”

Donations can be paid directly to Sam’s tribute page on the hospice website at

Sam was head of the PE department at the Blue School, which has renamed the sports hall Holland Hall in her honour.


ST Margaret’s Hospice Care is a non-profit charity which has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for more than 40 years. It delivers high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.

It is one of the largest hospices in the UK. In 2020, St Margaret’s cared for more than 5,000 people across Somerset, mostly in their own homes.

As well as their community teams the hospice also has two hubs, one of which includes a 12-bedded In-patient Unit.

What donations could pay for:

• £25 could pay for an hour’s support to a family member at home with one of the patients from an Adviceline nurse

• £100 could pay for a Specialist Community Nurse visit for one of the hospice’s local patients being cared for at home

• £500 could pay for 24 hours of in-patient care for a patient