Meet Andy, very proud Grandson of Willen Hospice founder, Dorothy Jell and Rev Leslie Jell, two incredibly important members of our Willen Family.

Andy’s Grandmother, Dorothy Jell, was a local District Nurse who, together with GP Marjorie Reid, recognised the need for a hospice and specialist palliative care, for the growing city of Milton Keynes, and how right they were.

Following his wife’s untimely death in 1978, Les Jell carried on Dorothy’s vision as our very first Chairperson and Senior Manager, and continued to support the Hospice throughout his life. Les sadly died in November 2022.

Andy has a lot to be proud of, Les also meant so much to our wider local community, especially in Bletchley, and touched so many people through his Faith, charity work and kindness. With every day and every patient we care for, we are so grateful for the legacy, inspiration and sense of pride Andy’s incredible family continues to give us.

We have lots of reasons to be very proud of Andy too, he’s been running for just six years and has decided to take on the challenge of the London Marathon in memory of his Grandad, and to raise funds for Willen Hospice. Andy joins an incredible team of inspirational athletes, many of whom are also running in memory of their loved ones.

Andy and his family are a huge part of our legacy and will forever receive the warmest of welcomes from their Willen Family.

If you are able to support Andy, please visit his fundraising page here.

Looking to complete a running challenge to support Willen Hospice? There’s more details here.