Havering hospice nurses walk in memory of colleagues

Nurses from the Hospice at Home team at St Francis Hospice have signed up to the charity’s midnight walk - walking in memory of two colleagues.

Seven members of the team, who attend patients’ homes and provides hands-on care such to people in their final days or weeks as well as supporting relatives, are dedicating their walk to Diane Papidas and Carol Penfold.

Manager Diane helped set up the service and had worked at the Havering-atte-Bower hospice for 15 years.

Carol Penfold, from Hornchurch, worked as a nurse for 18 years.

Both women died last year.

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Hospice at Home Manager Tracie Brennan, who is taking part in the third Star Trek Women’s Midnight Walk on Saturday July 2, said: “We have enjoyed the Star Trek walk in the past and this time we have come together in memory of two very special, well respected friends and colleagues.

“We know what a difference the care our team and that of the rest of the hospice makes to patients and families. The Hospice at Home team helps people achieve their wish to spend their final days at home with their loved ones and last year the team made nearly 2,700 home visits.”

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Their team name is Hospice at Home Hunnies, and they will be dressing up as bees for the evening.

The Hospice at Home team is made up of ten registered nurses and healthcare assistants, who spend time with patients in their own homes.

There is plenty of time to enter the 10km walk, which is being supported by Havering Council, ladies-only gym Gymophobics in Romford and The Liberty Shopping Centre, Romford.

Places cost �15 per person and include a T-shirt and goody bag and there will be entertainment on the night.

If each person raised �100 it would pay for a Hospice at Home nurse to provide two hours’ care to a patient.

To enter call 01708 771431, complete the accompanying form or email walk@sfh.org.uk

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