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Pensioner’s penchant for art helps raise money for Havering’s Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 17:12 04 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:13 04 May 2017

Betty Innes painting

Betty Innes painting

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An artistic pensioner has raised £300 for Saint Francis Hospice by selling her creations to friends, family, doctors and nurses.

Betty and Linda Bourg from the hospice fundraising departmentBetty and Linda Bourg from the hospice fundraising department

Betty Innes, 90, has been attending the Havering-atte-Bower hospice’s creative therapy classes for the past three months and has been inspiring staff with her hand painted bags.

For Betty, who is being treated at the hospice for ovarian cancer several times a week, selling the items to raise funds for the charity is a way of giving something back and to show her appreciation of the staff.

“I’ve always had a creative flair and used to paint a lot before I started to lose my sight,” said Betty, who lives in Ilford. “I even managed to sell three of my hand painted bags to the district nurses who came to visit me during a night call out.

“I just love it and love the people. I don’t know where they find all the lovely people, it would be impossible to single out one person as everyone is just so lovely.”


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