August 30 2014 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Senior reporter
Monday, April 14, 2014
To mark Saint Francis Hospice’s 30th anniversary, we are trying to raise £30,000 to help them continue their incredible work.
Over the past few weeks, we have spoken to patients, families and celebrity patients who have demonstrated the difference the charity’s care makes in the darkest of times.
Tom Eaton, 84, suffers from lung cancer but said just being at the centre in Havering-atte-Bower makes him feel happier.
“Having a life-limiting illness can be a very lonely thing but it has been so good to meet other patients with different illnesses and talk through our experiences,” he said.
The hospice provides medical care and emotional support, free of charge, to people with complex needs related to a life-limiting illness.
It cares for people from Havering, Brentwood, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham when they need it, wherever they are and ideally in the place of their choosing.
The charity relies on donations to keep it running and needs to raise almost £18,000 every day as only a third of its funding is from the NHS.
Television presenter Richard Madeley, of Richard&Judy, is one of its celebrity patrons.
He said: “People arrive feeling terrified but I’ve never seen anyone looking terrified staying at Saint Francis.
“Their work is invaluable – it never ceases to amaze me.”
Pam Court, who joined the hospice as its first chief executive in 2011, said the work can only carry on as long as people’s generosity.
She added: “The money raised will enable us to continue making a difference to those who need it.”
Our reporters have come up with some innovative, and plain frightening, ideas to raise money for the 30for30 appeal, but we need your help.
If you fancy having a go at a sponsored event, see our ideas below, or if you were already planning to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice, you can direct it through our Just Giving page and it will get there just the same.
You can also donate directly online through at justgiving.com/recorder-post30f0r30 or alternatively send a cheque made payable to Saint Francis Hospice to: Saint Francis Hospice, The Hall, Havering-atte-Bower, RM4 1QH - please write “Recorder/Post appeal” on the back of the cheque.
Finally you could simply ring the fundraising team on 01708 771407 quoting the Recorder/Post 30for30 appeal.