Upminster rugby club raises £800 in first fundraiser for Saint Francis Hospice
PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 October 2018
An Upminster based rugby club has pledged to raise funds and awareness for people who need end of life care by nominating Saint Francis Hospice as their chosen charity.
Old Cooperians Rugby Football Club in St Mary’s Lane kicked off its fundraising activities with a Bottomless Prosecco Afternoon Tea on Saturday, September 15.
Members of the club took on Barking Rugby Club in a friendly game at its home ground in Coopers’ Company and Coburn School.
Head coach patrick Reed and assistant coach Henry Fayers handed over the £800 the club raised to Saint Francis Hospice in Broxhill Road on Friday, September 21.
“The event exceeded our expectations and people are already asking when will be the next one,” said Patrick.
“We are a local sports club and Saint Francis Hospice is a local charity which has cared for the family and friends of some of our members.
“We are developing as a club and we saw an opportunity to raise awareness of the Hospice’s services as well as funds as it is a charity and relies on donations from the community.”
Patrick experienced the difference the hospice’s specialist end of life care and support services can make when his grandmother Dianne Reed, who had cancer, was admitted to the inpatient unit for pain management in October last year.
He said: “Nan was so unwell when she arrived but she received such fantastic care that she was soon back to herself.
“She got to the position where she was able to sit up in bed, laugh, joke and enjoy precious time with her family.
“It was so nice to see as it was such as dramatic change after being at the hospice for just a couple of days.”
Patrick was incredibly close to his Nan and visited her daily and he brightened up her day when he brought along his son Louie, who was only 9-months-old at the time.
Dianne spent around three weeks on Saint Francis Hospice’s inpatient unit and after she was discharged she continued to receive support at home from community nurse specialists and hospice at home team before she sadly died in December 2017.