Charity ceili night for Saint Francis Hospice to remember cancer victim Clare Quelch

PUBLISHED: 16:47 09 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:47 09 March 2015

Charity ceili night at St Cedd's Church in Seven Kings

Charity ceili night at St Cedd's Church in Seven Kings


A charity ceili night is being held in memory of a mum who tragically lost her battle with cancer aged just 38.

The Irish dancing event will be at St Cedd’s Church in Blythswood Road, Seven Kings, on Saturday evening to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice.

Elaine Abrahams has organised the event with Tara Penfold in memory of Clare Quelch, who died last September after a four-year battle with breast cancer.

Clare, from Brentwood, was cared for at Saint Francis Hospice, in Havering-atte-Bower, during her illness.

Elaine, who attends the Dowling Academy of Irish Dance at the church every Wednesday, said: “Clare was only 38 and she had two young girls. The hospice made it so much easier.

“It’s nice to raise money for something on your doorstep.

“We would never have known what they do, they don’t really get money from anywhere else.

“The staff in there spend every day doing an amazing job.”

At the St Patrick’s weekend event, dancers from the academy – run by former Riverdance performers Deirdre Dowling and Michael Maguire – will put on a display, followed by a DJ.

Tickets are £5 on the night or are available by emailing

Visit to donate to the Remembering Clare Quelch fund.

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