Romford Pictures: Celebs, MPs and supporters attend St Francis Hospice ‘thank you’ event

PUBLISHED: 12:50 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:15 02 April 2013

Hospice supporter Solly Ahmed, Manager of Bekash restaurant in Romford with Richard Madeley.

Hospice supporter Solly Ahmed, Manager of Bekash restaurant in Romford with Richard Madeley.

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A special event to thank supporters of St Francis Hospice took place recently.

Staff, charity officials and local politicians gathered in the Speaker’s official apartments in Westminster to celebrate the work of the Havering-atte-Bower hospice.

To see more pictures from the event click on the gallery, right.

Guests included TV’s Richard Madeley, MPs Jon Cruddas, Andrew Rosindell and Eric Pickles and Cllr Anne Coe, the mayor of Brentwood.

Also in attendence were business people, supporters, volunteers and relatives of patients cared for by the hospice.

Romford-born journalist and former This Morning host Richard Madeley explained to the gathering why he had become a patron of the charity.

He said: “When I first visited the hospice a patient said to me; “I haven’t come here to die, I’ve come to live” and that sums up what hospice care is all about.

“The nurses and doctors at St Francis Hospice are amazing. What they do every day of their working lives is quite extraordinary and I’m so proud to be associated with them.”

In a speech Mr Rosindell said: “St Francis Hospice is a magnificent local charity supplying a service of care and compassion.

“There is no more worthy cause to support in my constituency.”

The hospice cares for and helps more than 3,000 people across the boroughs of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Brentwood, free of charge.

For more information about the charity visit

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