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Saint Francis Hospice reassures supporters after people pretend to be hospice workers to get collection boxes

PUBLISHED: 14:37 22 August 2018

Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower.

Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower.

Saint Francis Hospice

A beloved charity is warning its supporters of ‘unscrupulous’ people who have been pretending to work on its behalf to get money.

Saint Francis Hospice, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, wishes to let its supporters know of individuals who have been posing as hospice workers and visiting homes across the charity’s catchment area to exchange collection boxes for new ones.

The charity posted the news on its Facebook page last night.

Head of community, corporate and events fundraising Sarah Williamson said: “We are overwhelmed by the response we have received on social media.

“It is sad that someone would seek to profit from a charity which relies on the generosity of its supporters to raise the £21,000 a day it needs to provide its specialist end of life care services to the community.

“The police are investigating the thefts and we want to reassure our supporters that we have a robust procedure in place for delivering and exchanging collection boxes.”

If anyone has any concerns, please call the charity’s fundraising team on 01708 723 593 or visit sfh.org.uk for more information.

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