Cranham resident raises money to support Saint Francis Hospice after van was stolen

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 January 2016

Thieves stole the van from a hospice which helps seriously ill residents, prompting an appeal for its whereabouts.

Thieves stole the van from a hospice which helps seriously ill residents, prompting an appeal for its whereabouts.


A woman, whose father relied on Saint Francis Hospice in the last few months of his life after being diagnosed with cancer, is raising money to support the charity after one of its vans was stolen.

Sarah Chapman, from Cranham, was saddened to hear one of Saint Francis Hospice’s white Ford Transit Luton van was stolen from the driveway of the driver’s house in Cranham, Upminster, in the early hours of Wednesday.

“This is shocking,” she told the Recorder.

“We have noticed [in the area] in the last couple of weeks lots of homes have been broken into and things have been stolen but when someone does something as stealing a hospice van, that is a step beyond ridiculous,” she said.

Mrs Chapman set up the Just Giving page to help the hospice compensate for the loss of revenue from the missing van, which used to collect donated items and deliver large ones to customers.

Mrs Chapmam said the appeal was “a message to the hospice that people care, that we are a community and that we will pull together”.

“Saint Francis Hospice are at the heart of our community and I am sure have helped so many of us though some of the darkest and saddest times we have ever faced,” she writes on the appeal page.

In less than a week, £650 have already been donated to the hospice and Mrs Chapman was delighted to see the “strong response” from residents and hoped to raise “as much money as possible”.

The mother of two told the Recorder Saint Francis Hospice had been “brilliant” in supporting her father Peter Knott, who died of cancer in July last year.

“They treated Dad with so much dignity and they were incredibly supportive,” she said.

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