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Sophie Morton, Reporter
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Supporting 4,000 people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across four boroughs doesn’t come cheap.
Saint Francis Hospice requires £10million each year to fund the 150 nurses, doctors and healthcare staff who care for terminally ill patients.
Thankfully, the hospice receives a lot of support from fundraisers, and whether they make £10 or £10,000, the money is always gratefully received.
Many of those who organise events have a personal connection to the hospice, which may have cared for friends or relatives.
Billy Stanton, from Upminster, is organising a family fun day at Crownfield School on July 26.
The hospice cared for his grandad, who had lung cancer, for six months.
He said: “I owe them an incredible amount. It’s not just the care, it’s the emotional support they gave us as well.
“I came up with the idea to hold the fun day just before Christmas and I’ve spent six or seven months working on it.
“It’s been incredibly difficult but the school have been really helpful.”
It’s not just individuals who have helped raise money for the hospice; businesses have been getting in on the act too.
Delicacy, a delicatessen and coffee shop in Chigwell, held a cream tea afternoon as part of Saint Francis Hospice’s Big Brew campaign, which raised £2,000.
Visitors who popped in to make a donation and enjoy a cake included The Only Way is Essex star James “Arg” Argent and Ilford North MP Lee Scott.
Delicacy owner Michele McCloud said: “We held a fashion event earlier this year to raise funds for Saint Francis Hospice and when I heard about the Big Brew I thought I’d get involved and hold my own event.
“The charity does such valuable work with the expert care it gives to people affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness and support and advice for their carers and families.”