May 30 2015 Latest news:

Saint Francis Hospice

Debbie Moran, in the shamrock glasses, with friends and family ahead of Saint Francis Hospice's Star Walk

Wife of cancer patient taking on challenge to thank ‘fantastic’ Havering charity

A devoted wife will travel back to the 1980s in order to thank the hospice that has supported her husband and family.

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The Royal Mail team at St Francis Hospice

Postal workers ditch mail bags to support Havering hospice

A team of Royal Mail trainers swapped letters for paint and brushes to support St Francis Hospice.

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Paul Freedman is applauded by other runners

Start line applause for 90-year-old Hornchurch runner Paul

A 90-year-old man who has raised more than £100,000 for St Francis Hospice since his wife Teeny’s death in 2007 was applauded by runners at the start line of last week’s London Marathon.

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Marie Ogles with a picture of her mother Mary Blake

Star Walk is family affair for relatives supported by Havering-Atte-Bower hospice

Loving families whose relatives have been supported by St Francis Hospice have spoken about why they will walk 10k under the stars to raise money for the charity.

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Saint Francis Hospice Appeal

We are celebrating Saint Francis Hospice’s 30th anniversary with a special appeal that aims to raise £30,000.

The hospice provides medical care and emotional support, free of charge, to people with complex needs related to a life-limiting illness.

It cares for people from Havering, Brentwood, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham when they need it, wherever they are and ideally in the place of their choosing.

Sadly, many of us will have known someone who has received hospice care.

The charity, in Havering-atte-Bower, relies on donations to keep it running. It needs to raise almost £18,000 every day as only a third of its funding is from the NHS.

The Romford Recorder, the Ilford Recorder and Barking and Dagenham Post have launched the “30for30” appeal to give the hospice a much-needed injection of cash and to raise the profile.

Pam Court, who joined the hospice as its first chief executive in 2011, said: “The money raised will enable us to continue making a difference to those who need it.”

There are several ways you can donate to our appeal. You can donate online through our Just Giving page at or alternatively send a cheque made payable to Saint Francis Hospice to: Saint Francis Hospice, The Hall, Havering-atte-Bower, RM4 1QH - please write “Recorder/Post appeal” on the back of the cheque. Finally you could simply ring the fundraising team on 01708 771407 quoting the Recorder/Post 30for30 appeal.