Search

St Francis 30for30: ‘Thank you does not express our gratitude’

12:00 10 August 2014

Anita Connolly works from under an umbrella following damage cause to the roof in a storm earlier this year (Picture: Saint Francis Hospice)

Anita Connolly works from under an umbrella following damage cause to the roof in a storm earlier this year (Picture: Saint Francis Hospice)

Archant

Saint Francis Hospice’s most senior trustee has expressed his heartfelt thanks for support – including from the Recorder – which has helped the Havering-atte-Bower centre raise tens of thousands of pounds for vital structural work.

Trustee chairman Dr Robert WeatherstoneTrustee chairman Dr Robert Weatherstone

Stormy weather earlier this year caused serious damage to its roof, prompting bosses to launch an emergency campaign to fix a situation that saw staff working under umbrellas and using buckets to catch water.

In March, the Recorder also began its own appeal to raise £30,000 to celebrate the hospice’s 30th anniversary this year.

“I don’t think we could have done it without you,” said trustee chair Dr Robert Weatherstone of a huge £180,000 raised since disaster struck in February.

He said the hospice, which relies on £7million in donations a year to keep going, would be using some of the cash to pay for the roof but bank the rest “in anticipation” of future structural issues.

Barking and Dagenham Post news editor Ramzy Alwakeel leapt out of plane for the hospiceBarking and Dagenham Post news editor Ramzy Alwakeel leapt out of plane for the hospice

The 68-year-old former GP, who has chaired the board of trustees since 2010, reserved special praise for all the donors who have helped the charity raise the phenomenal total.

“Thank you ... does not satisfactorily express the feeling that we have.

“We’re extremely grateful both for the money and for the support, that the public are aware of us and aware of our needs means a lot.”

He added: “[The papers] have always been very supportive not just in this but over the years – but particularly this year with it being our 30th anniversary.”

Two reporters flung themselves out of a plane as part of the Post’s fundraising campaign, which also saw the paper feature stories on the experiences of patients and their families, the ringing endorsements of celebrities and MPs, and all the ways the hospice provides support, not just for the terminally ill.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 17:31
Dennis Kutyauripo, 22, says he

The older brother of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death by his former friend, has said he “feels sorry” for the killer.

Yesterday, 15:01
Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, was murdered in Woodford Bridge. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A 17-year-old boy was today convicted of stabbing his former friend to death outside a birthday party, just over a year after the incident.

Yesterday, 17:00
From left, Havering Council's head of clinical practice Dave Tapsell, director of children's services  Tim Aldridge, and Robert South head of care resources

Despite Ofsted inspectors rating a vulnerable children’s service as requiring improvement, its department head remains optimistic.

Yesterday, 16:50
A man was robbed at knifepoint earlier today outside Tesco Extra, Rainham. Picture: Havering MPS Twitter

A man is in police custody after a male was robbed at knifepoint.

Yesterday, 16:11
Diana award winner Kieran Goodwin in his home

This week, Romford’s Kieran Goodwin, chief executive of youth charity World Youth Organisation (WYO) which celebrated its first anniversary, picked his top 10 all-time favourite tunes.

Yesterday, 14:30
Harry and some of the toys he donated with Michelle Fitzgibbons and the mascot of Romford Shopping Hall, Roary.

An 87-year-old avid stamp collector and a big ‘Dulux’ dog were to thank for a big bundle of toys being donated to children in hospital.

Yesterday, 13:05
More than 40,000 trees will be planted across London. Picture: PA.

Havering is set to benefit from an influx of 250 trees as part of plans to make London one of the greenest cities in the world.

Yesterday, 12:00
Picture taken on the top floor of the leisure centre where the ice rink will be.

With two housing zones and plenty more going on in Havering this year, the Recorder has compiled a list of some of the developments due to take shape over the coming months.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

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.

MyOffers H&M Competition

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