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Mayor of Redbridge visits Saint Francis Hospice which runs loneliness helpline

PUBLISHED: 16:17 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 10 July 2017

A hospice which offers vital end of life services to residents in Redbridge was delighted to receive a mayoral visit. (credit: Saint Francis Hospice)

A hospice which offers vital end of life services to residents in Redbridge was delighted to receive a mayoral visit. (credit: Saint Francis Hospice)

Saint Francis Hospice

A hospice which offers vital end of life services to residents in Redbridge was delighted to receive a mayoral visit.

A hospice which offers vital end of life services to residents in Redbridge was delighted to receive a mayoral visit. (credit: Saint Francis Hospice)A hospice which offers vital end of life services to residents in Redbridge was delighted to receive a mayoral visit. (credit: Saint Francis Hospice)

Saint Francis Hospice was named one of Mayor Cllr Linda Huggett’s chosen charities for her mayoral year.

On Tuesday, Cllr Huggett visited the hospice, in Havering-atte-Bower, to learn more about what services it offers

Whilst on her visit the mayor chatted with the staff, mingled with volunteers, and spent time with patients on the Inpatient Unit and in Pemberton Place where day services are held.

She said: “I have really enjoyed my visit to the hospice and I have been made so welcome.

“It is amazing to see the wonderful work the hospice carries out and the dedication shown by the staff and volunteers.

“It is a pleasure to be able to support Saint Francis Hospice in my mayoral year.”

Cllr Huggett, who visited the charity with her consort Brian Huggett, also learnt about the hospice’s confidential telephone service OrangeLine, which was set up to tackle loneliness and isolation in the community.

The helpline celebrated its first anniversary in April and is available to anyone in the community – regardless of whether they have a connection with the hospice.

Anne Brown, head of fundraising at the charity, said: “It was lovely to spend the afternoon with the Mayor and her consort, and I look forward to working with them on the mayor’s appeal committee this year.

“Cllr Huggett’s passion for serving her community is clear, and we are honoured to be chosen as one of her two charities.

“The mayor has fundraising activities planned from now until May, and her involvement and support will raise much needed funds for patient care, while promoting our newly extended services now available to Redbridge residents.

“We are very grateful, and wish her a very successful mayoral year.”

To learn more about the hospice, visit sfh.org.uk or to phone OrangeLine, call 01708 758649.


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