Search

St Francis 30for30: ‘Thank you does not express our gratitude’

12:00 10 August 2014

Anita Connolly works from under an umbrella following damage cause to the roof in a storm earlier this year (Picture: Saint Francis Hospice)

Anita Connolly works from under an umbrella following damage cause to the roof in a storm earlier this year (Picture: Saint Francis Hospice)

Archant

Saint Francis Hospice’s most senior trustee has expressed his heartfelt thanks for support – including from the Recorder – which has helped the Havering-atte-Bower centre raise tens of thousands of pounds for vital structural work.

Trustee chairman Dr Robert WeatherstoneTrustee chairman Dr Robert Weatherstone

Stormy weather earlier this year caused serious damage to its roof, prompting bosses to launch an emergency campaign to fix a situation that saw staff working under umbrellas and using buckets to catch water.

In March, the Recorder also began its own appeal to raise £30,000 to celebrate the hospice’s 30th anniversary this year.

“I don’t think we could have done it without you,” said trustee chair Dr Robert Weatherstone of a huge £180,000 raised since disaster struck in February.

He said the hospice, which relies on £7million in donations a year to keep going, would be using some of the cash to pay for the roof but bank the rest “in anticipation” of future structural issues.

Barking and Dagenham Post news editor Ramzy Alwakeel leapt out of plane for the hospiceBarking and Dagenham Post news editor Ramzy Alwakeel leapt out of plane for the hospice

The 68-year-old former GP, who has chaired the board of trustees since 2010, reserved special praise for all the donors who have helped the charity raise the phenomenal total.

“Thank you ... does not satisfactorily express the feeling that we have.

“We’re extremely grateful both for the money and for the support, that the public are aware of us and aware of our needs means a lot.”

He added: “[The papers] have always been very supportive not just in this but over the years – but particularly this year with it being our 30th anniversary.”

Two reporters flung themselves out of a plane as part of the Post’s fundraising campaign, which also saw the paper feature stories on the experiences of patients and their families, the ringing endorsements of celebrities and MPs, and all the ways the hospice provides support, not just for the terminally ill.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

Councillors, pupils, teachers and governors celebrating the decision to build a pool at Mayfield School, Goodmayes, in 2014.

The public will get their first glimpse at plans for a new public swimming pool in the borough – the first since Ilford Baths closed in 2008.

Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford - Armed Forces Day parade

A celebration of appreciation for the Armed Forces was held on Sunday, as veterans joined dignitaries and cadets to march through Ilford Town Centre.

Iain Duncan Smith MP has stated he never made the claim that £350m would all go towards the NHS.

Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith has distanced himself from claims £350million would be sent to the NHS each week in the case of a Brexit vote.

08:11
The Sana Welfare Foundation in Green Lanes, Ilford. Photo: Google Maps

An appeal has been launched by a community centre after it was refused a retrospective change of use.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe