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Editor’s comment: Local charities still need our support

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 February 2018

L to R: Kirsti Nash, Sue Shipp, and Jade Wallis, at an event to raise money for Saint Francis hospice on 29th May, 2017. Photo: Catherine Davison.

L to R: Kirsti Nash, Sue Shipp, and Jade Wallis, at an event to raise money for Saint Francis hospice on 29th May, 2017. Photo: Catherine Davison.

Catherine Davison

The front page of this week’s Recorder carries a worrying story on one of the borough’s most kind-hearted and compassionate organisations.

The front page of this week’s Recorder carries a worrying story on one of the borough’s most kind-hearted and compassionate organisations.

Saint Francis Hospice has served Havering’s terminally ill residents for more than three decades, and the fact its current financial situation has seen staff warned about potential funding deficits is obviously a huge concern.

But this week we have published a full and comprehensive response from the charity’s chief executive Pam Court (see page 5), in which she stresses that, although the hospice will be operating at a loss for the next three years, there is currently no danger to services on offer to those who need them.

Hopefully, this news will serve as a rallying cry to the borough’s residents, and we will all pull together and help make Saint Francis Hospice’s situation a little less precarious.

This week, the Recorder office has been trying to help out by running a “pick the square” competition for the hospice with a luxurious hamper the chosen prize - I’ve opted for squares 13 and 29.

At £1 per square, it’s something that the vast majority of us can manage, and once all the squares are full will have raised £100 for the charity.

And yes, the prize of an almighty amount of chocolate and wine is an added bonus, but even if I don’t win, I’ll be happy knowing my money has gone to a worthwhile cause helping people like me locally.

The sad truth is that Saint Francis Hospice has, in recent years, been helped out less by volunteers, and to anyone reading this who has a spare few days in the week, or is looking for a new way of meeting people in the community whilst actually doing some good, I would urge you to seek out your nearest charity shop and ask about helping out.

It doesn’t even have to be Saint Francis Hospice, although it will certainly be happy to have you.

And the next time you see a collection box, maybe throw in a pound or two.

Local charities still need our support

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