February 1 2015 Latest news:

Saint Francis Hospice

Havering Music Makers presenting the cheque to Saint Francis Hospice

Havering music group raises £810 for Saint Francis Hospice

A musical theatre society to present them with £810.70 to a hospice which they raised in a series of concerts.

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Staff and students at The Learning Centre, in Harold Hill

The Harold Hill centre helping students with learning disabilities to thrive

The closure of the Broxhill Community College Support Centre hit some families of adults with learning disabilities hard, leaving them unsure who they could turn to for support.

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Hundreds of Santas took to the streets in Dagenham to raise cash for St Francis Hospice (pic: Ellie Hoskins)

Hundreds of Santas run through the streets for Havering hospice

Hundreds of people donned red coats and hats to take part in the festive spectacular that was the sixth annual Santathon in aid of Saint Francis Hospice.

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Gymophbics ladies donate bras for hospice. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Hornchurch gym members donate bras for Saint Francis Hospice

A women’s gym has given a hospice extra support by donating old bras.

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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 justgiving.com/recorder-post30f0r30 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.