Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 11°C

Five-day forecast

Beds close at Havering’s Saint Francis Hospice after storm damage worse than feared

(L-r) Nurses Jean Salt, Angie Fage, Theresa Gater and Emma Marshall take shelter from the damaged ceiling (L-r) Nurses Jean Salt, Angie Fage, Theresa Gater and Emma Marshall take shelter from the damaged ceiling

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
10:01 AM

A storm-hit Havering hospice has been forced to close six of its 18 inpatient beds after discovering damage caused to its roof was worse than originally thought.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

High winds and heavy rain have wreaked havoc on the Havering-atte-Bower village based building and it is believed the cost of repairs will be more than £30,000.

An emergency appeal was launched last week.

Rainwater has been “literally pouring in”, according to the hospice’s chief executive, Pam Court.

She said: “This isn’t the only part of our building which has suffered damage and we won’t know the full extent until the end of March when a full building condition survey is done.

“We are confident that we are getting the best insurance advice. A loss adjuster will be visiting the hospice and be able to tell us what is covered by our insurance but whatever the outcome, we will still need to carry out this work. She added: “Our priority is always our patients and many of them cannot afford to wait even a few days.”

The building, in the conservation village, includes a main hall built in 1858. The rest of the buildings date back to 1984.

Currently, the hospice needs to raise almost £18,000 a day to fund its services for the 1,500 people who rely on it both at the hospice and in the community.

Pam said: “This year is our 30th anniversary and we hope you will support us to make sure Saint Francis Hospice is sound for the next 30 years and beyond.

“Please help today and make a donation to our building fund and if you are able to make a regular gift, even £3 a month, it will make a huge difference.”

To donate go to: sfh.org.uk

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

More News

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Romford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Romford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Romford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Around the Web See all