SFH Heritage Group: Preserving hospice history and precious memories
Saint Francis Hospice Heritage Group was set up to look at what items and information exist about the hospice - past and present - held internally and externally, which could be of historical or significant interest to the organisation.
Our group is a mix of staff and volunteers, with an interest, as well as a concern, in ensuring that anything memorable is not lost forever.
Whilst our group has met on a few occasions it soon became clear that what was needed was information to these questions: what does exist 'out there', where is it being stored, who is looking after it, or who owns something of interest?
The information provided by staff, volunteers; and eventually supporters, will help our group to know what type of historical or other information or items people have, that help make up the story of the hospice organisation - before it opened and during the 30 plus years it has been providing a valuable service to the community.
So, if you do have an old type of fundraising artefacts, old plans, old or recent photographs, videos, etc. tucked away in the office or at home please let us know about it.
To help us collect the information we have produced a form to download.
Once it has been completed you can either email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org, place it in pigeon hole No.3 at the hospice or post it to The Hall,
Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH.
Please do not worry if you think what you have is insignificant - we will be pleased to know about it.
It will also be wonderful to receive stories from anyone who can 'commit to paper' the memories they hold, whether this was an everyday-type occurrence or a special event; fairly recent or going back in time.
All of it is important to remember and not lose. The hospice is about people. People together raised the money to begin the hospice and people have been continuing to raise money, volunteer and work within the hospice to help people at a time of great need. There will be so many stories and to have these recorded will be invaluable.
Thank you for taking the time to read this - I look forward to hearing from everyone and sharing it with the other members of the group.
Voluntary Services Manager