Ilford volunteer visits City Hall on behalf of Saint Francis Hospice

An Ilford volunteer went to City Hall to meet Boris Johnson, as part of the Mayor’s year of the volunteer initiative.

Bereavement counsellor, Gemma Rose, attended with other volunteers from Saint Francis Hospice, based in Havering-atte-Bower.

Mr Johnson was told the hospice simply could not continue to offer its services without the work done by volunteers before he presented certificates to each.

Miss Rose said: “It was very encouraging to meet the mayor, and for him to recognise the value of voluntary contributions to an organisation like Saint Francis Hospice.”

Gill Wendelken, volunteer services manager, who accompanied the volunteers, said: “It was a proud moment to see the Mayor of London acknowledge the work of our volunteers.

“Although only a few could attend on the day, they really were representing all the people who continue to provide invaluable support and keep our hospice service running.”

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