Search

Gidea Park pub celebrates raising £60,000 for Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 10:34 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 February 2018

Landlords of The Ship pub, Mary and Chris Smythe pictured with Saint Francis Hospice fundraiser Andy Furneaux, with many regular quiz-goers. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Landlords of The Ship pub, Mary and Chris Smythe pictured with Saint Francis Hospice fundraiser Andy Furneaux, with many regular quiz-goers. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

A hospice would like to say thank you to a pub after its raised almost £60,000 for the charity over the past decade.

The Ship, Main Road, Gidea Park, which first opened its doors nearly 250 years ago, has been a long-term supporter of Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower, and have finally revealed how much its raised in 10 years.

The pub holds a quiz night every Thursday, which provides an evening of fun for the regulars and around £100 a week for the worthy cause.

It was then last week, that landlords Chris and Mary Smythe, who have been running the pub for all of these years, handed over a cheque for £5,273.90 - the total raised from their quizzing efforts last year.

But the couple insist its more of a team effort, with the pair simply putting out “a few nibbles and provide a venue”.

Chris said: “We don’t do it on our own though,” explained Ian, an equally modest man.

““The regular teams take it in turns to host, and I just manage that rota.

“They write their own questions and act as quiz master too. It’s a real team effort.”

The charity needs to raise over £21,000 each and every day to ensure it can provide its specialist end of life care services to the community at the most important time of their lives.

The £59,654.15 raised by The Ship and its regular quiz-lovers will contribute to the charity’s efforts.

Corporate partnerships manager Mike Allen said: “We are incredibly grateful to Mary and Chris and to everyone who has taken part in the pub’s weekly quiz over the past 10 years.

“This is a wonderful example of the community coming together to have fun while raising money for the hospice.

“We hope the dedication and generosity of the pub’s quizzers will inspire other people to get involved and help us support people when they need it the most.”

For more information on Saint Francis Hospice, visit here

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories

7 minutes ago

Prof Ged Martin borrows from Shakespeare to celebrate a famous Havering factory

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this bank holiday weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

The manoeuvrings at Havering Council on Wednesday evening underline why so many people feel that they can’t influence local politics.

Yesterday, 15:00

An illustrator has taken her first published book on a tour of primary schools to share her story about bullying and accepting cultural differences.

Yesterday, 12:45

As thousands of music lovers head to Upminster this bank holiday weekend for We Are FSTVL, here are some of the roads that may be closed during the festivities.

Yesterday, 12:37

Travellers hoping to use the District line this afternoon can expect minor delays on the Tube due to a signal failure.

Yesterday, 12:00

What’s happening in Havering this half-term?

PROMOTED CONTENT

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Sean Watson, director at the family-run St Michaels Homes which runs Howard Lodge and Dudbrook Hall, answers the common questions people have about care homes.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now