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Jodie Timbrell strikes a running pose (cropped)

London Marathon 2017 profile - Jodie Timbrell

Anita McCarthy
The last time Jodie Timbrell ran the London Marathon, she collapsed near the finish line. So did the person she's running in memory of this year. 
Saint Francis Hospice runners at the Brentwood Half Marathon

Brentwood Half Marathon 2017 round-up

Anita McCarthy
Saint Francis Hospice was well represented by runners at the Brentwood Half Marathon, with thousands of pounds raised for hospice care.
Representatives of the YSJ Trust present Saint Francis Hospice with their cheque

The YJS Trust’s £100,000 contribution to hospice care

Anita McCarthy
Experiencing the difference hospice care can make to patients and families has inspired a Trust to donate £100,000 so more people can benefit from its specialist services. 
Mary Winters leprechaun tattoo

Landlady raises pot of gold for Saint Francis Hospice

Anita McCarthy
A pub landlady had a leprechaun tattooed on her leg after customers pledged to raise £2,000 for Saint Francis Hospice.
A young boy talks to Saint Francis Hospice counsellor Stella

Children in Need: Funding for Saint Francis Hospice counsellors to continue

Anita McCarthy
A specially trained team of counsellors will continue to support young people as they come to terms with the trauma of losing a parent or loved one thanks to a £129,474 grant from Children in Need.  
Sandra and Jim Thornton on the Inpatient Unit

Couple celebrate 45th wedding anniversary with a blessing

Anita McCarthy
A loving couple celebrated their sapphire wedding anniversary with a special blessing in the Saint Francis Hospice chapel.
Barry lends a helping hand to Big Orange Quizzers

Big Orange Quiz is a great success - no question about it!

Anita McCarthy
The BBC’s Eggheads put the general knowledge of more than six hundred quizzers to the test, raising more than £10,000 for hospice care. 
Dr Lucy at her desk (cropped)

Light footed doctor on the run…for the hospice

Anita McCarthy

Working as a Specialist Registrar at Saint Francis Hospice is more than just a job to Lucy Bemand-Qureshi, it’s a vocation.     

Harmander Singh photo (cropped)

A question and answer session with professional runner Harmander Singh

Anita McCarthy
Can anyone run a marathon? This was just one of the questions we put to professional runner Harmander Singh who is giving up his time to offer training and advice to our London Marathon runners. Read what he has to say.....
Family and supporters outside Builders Mart with Cllr Roy Emmett

Family business puts the community first

A business has got off to a good start by raising £230 for a hospice so the community can access the best end of life care services.  
Sidney Hartman - with cheque (cropped)

£1,000 lottery win is the perfect finish for retired printer

Anita McCarthy
Sidney Hartman, 76, first started supporting the hospice back in 2006 when he worked for the printing company Quattro Ltd by donating a page in a magazine so the charity could advertise its events and services. 
Andy Ryan football match (cropped)

And the score is..win win for the hospice

Anita McCarthy
RAC worker Andy Ryan is used to coming to the rescue of motorists stranded by the side of the road but when he held a football match and had nine inches cut off his hair, he was going all out to raise £662 for people affected by life-limiting illnesses.  

The rush is on to join hospices for bubble fun

Anita McCarthy
Go bubble-istic and splash your way through 5k of foam to raise vital funds for hospice care in East London and Essex.
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It’s all muddy madness for the hospice

Anita McCarthy
Wading through mud and water on a cold and wet winter’s day was all part of the fun for 50 brave souls as they battled the elements to complete a 7.5km obstacle course and raise money for hospice care. 
Barry Simmons (Eggheads) (cropped)

Egghead Barry Simmons makes surprising revelations in a radio interview

Anita McCarthy
Professional quizzer Barry Simmons has his knowledge put to the test by Phoenix 98 FM Presenter Mike Porter in a radio interview.
Kids in the Hive with Frankie the Lion and teaching assistant Ann Horsey

Primary school goes orange for hospice

Anita McCarthy

Staff, children and parents put the spotlight on hospice care and raised an incredible £1,843 when they went orange for the day.

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Farewell to fundraising legend Paul Freedman

Anita McCarthy
Legendary marathon runner and fundraiser Paul Freedman has died aged 92.     
Men enjoying a chat and a laugh

Hospice hosts new social group for bereaved people

Anita McCarthy

A new social group is helping bereaved people to rebuild their confidence and make new friends.

L-R Charlotte Willis with Edna and Peter Welch and David Holmes (cropped)

Raffle winners celebrate their good luck

Anita McCarthy
The weather may be cold, icy and foggy but it’s been an exciting week for the winners of our winter raffle. 
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Volunteering - a rewarding way to make a difference

Anita McCarthy
Saint Francis Hospice has the most amazing volunteers who give up their time and use their wealth of skills and experience to ensure we can continue providing the best end of life care to our community. Here we feature four dedicated volunteers who say their roles have enriched their lives. 
Helen Gallagher with cheque (cropped)

Double lottery luck for Brentwood woman

Anita McCarthy
The New Year has got off to an exciting start for a Brentwood woman with a double lottery win.
Gloria and Ian share a kiss and a drink

Couple tie the knot!

Anita McCarthy
A year ago Ian Wilson-Deroye met and fell in love with Gloria Colombini while she was caring for him at his Dagenham home.  
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Loving mother inspires a fundraising legacy

Anita McCarthy
A family honoured their mother’s memory by raising almost £6,600 to ensure the community continues to benefit from the specialist care and support services she received.  
Christine Farge and her labrador Jet with cheque 1 (cropped)

£1,000 Christmas gift is a winner

Anita McCarthy
It’s not always easy to find the perfect gift, but when a medical secretary won £1,000 on the Saint Francis Hospice lottery she certainly wasn’t disappointed! 
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Retired council worker revs up for hospice

Anita McCarthy
Racing around a tarmac track at top speed in a beaten up old motor helped a man raise more than £800 for the hospice that cared for his sister-in-law.
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Hospice choir single storms the charts at number 11!

Anita McCarthy
Excitement is mounting as The London Hospices Choir’s version of Mike and the Mechanics 1980s hit The Living Years enters the charts today (Friday, December 16) at number 11.
Jane Keane - Copy (cropped)

Shining the spotlight on hospice care

Anita McCarthy
It’s not everyday you get to record a single at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London and for Jane Keane, who joined the Saint Francis Hospice choir in 2014, seeing how tracks are put together was “amazing” and singing alongside her 13-year-old grandson Bailey made the experience even more special.
Robert Major, Mary Major, Rosie Harris and Rose Kean

Carers take time out for a festive treat

Anita McCarthy
Carers had a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a festive treat when they came to the hospice for Christmas lunch.
Excited Santas set off

Santathon fun sweeps Dagenham

Anita McCarthy

 If there is a sight that’s guaranteed to turn heads and put a smile on faces, it’s 315 Santas storming the streets of Dagenham! 


Business Alliance Group - going from strength to strength

Jane Merrigan
The December meeting had a real feel good factor and the festive season was definitely in the air.
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27th - Runner’s bid to be a Lion king record holder
9th - Playing in memory of grandad
10th - Hospice backs call for radical rethink in care.
29th - Fiesta time for Collier Row pensioner
29th - Marathon Marvels
1st - Royal Mail delivers help to hospice
5th - Motorbike enthusiast gears up for Himalayan adventure
8th - Retired nurse celebrates £1,000 windfall
8th - Running club celebrates London Marathon achievements
11th - 15th anniversary of pioneering Hospice at Home service
11th - BT workers engaged in Snowdonia trek
14th - Dying Matters. Let's talk about it.
15th - Inspirational mum set to raise £3,500 in latest charity challenge
22nd - Accountant is on track after £1,000 lottery win
22nd - Garden sanctuary for bereaved children needs your vote
22nd - New car or £10,000 cash up for grabs in Summer Raffle
22nd - Milk workers raise over £300 for hospice
27th - Himalayan adventure gets off to "bootiful" start
27th - Volunteer Week
2nd - Volunteer still learning new skills after 23 years
5th - Boxers get ready to rumble for hospice
5th - Take the lead - join our dog walk!
5th - Furniture store volunteer saves life of baby
10th - Cuppa and cake for carers to mark Carers Week
12th - Secret garden of magical delights awaits
12th - Talented singers stop shoppers in their tracks
16th - Saint Francis Hospice hosts Namaste Conference
19th - Dog trainer to take leap of faith for hospice
19th - Businesses unite for £100,000 fundraising challenge
19th - Second lottery win for lucky grandmother
26th - £1,000 cash injection for DIY project
26th - Former EastEnders actress steps back to the 80s for 10k hospice walk
26th - Supermarket boss sold on hospice
6th - Double win for lucky ladies
7th - Oh what a night as disco fever sweeps Romford town centre
7th - Talented teenager to auction artwork
10th - Sunflower picnic to remember loved ones
13th - Pupils swap books for trainers to support hospice
13th - Dazzling Dancing show raises £2,600 for hospice
13th - Garden event promises rooms with views
17th - Heavenly windfall for mother of three
17th - Donated Russian figurine sells for almost £1,600 on Ebay
17th - The sky’s the limit for daring teaching staff
24th - Former airline worker scoops £1,000 on hospice lottery
24th - Daring duo to abseil down the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit
24th - London’s calling hospice workers
27th - Happy birthday Saint Francis Hospice!
29th - Miniature world of quirky delights
31st - Patients featured in Channel 5 News series on end of life care.
31st - Lucky catch as fishing manager hooks lottery jackpot
3rd - Superstores flex muscles to raise more than £3,000 for hospice
4th - Get a head start and run for Saint Francis Hospice
5th - Bingo! The Young Ones crack the £10 grand mark!
6th - Insurance workers risk muddy adventure to help raise £13k for hospice
7th - Inspirational woman steps up to Chinese challenge
11th - Take a shot for your hospice
12th - Spectacular garden gives hospice a blooming £500 boost
13th - Retail workers get top ‘Marks’ for big donation
14th - High time radio presenter took it to the edge
14th - Lottery win ‘wheely’ good news for former council worker
14th - Giving a foot up to bereaved youngsters
17th - DIY store workers get hospice event off to a rosy start
18th - Former headteacher rises to charity abseil challenge
19th - Couple celebrate silver wedding anniversary with big win
20th - Big Yellow to the rescue!
21st - No tie-breaker – hospice is £10,000 winner
26th - Ford workers go further for hospice
27th - Fork lift driver raises a bit more than he expected
28th - Facing the Fear Factor
1st - Lucky £1 ticket nets man £10,000
2nd - Ace day raises £250 for hospice
3rd - Bank worker ropes in colleagues for daring abseil
4th - Drawn to support local charity
4th - Future classic car makes its debut
11th - Happiness is… 62 years of marriage and a £1,000 lottery win!
11th - Grateful family seize chance to help hospice
11th - Generous donations bring home comforts to the hospice
14th - Mixing business with pleasure nets more than £6,700 for hospice
15th - Wheels of fortune
18th - £10,000 is now the target for law firm
18th - Health professionals from Singapore are inspired
18th - Sitting comfortably thanks to £600 donation
24th - Daughter’s bald and beautiful tribute to mother
25th - Hospice Care Week 2015 - Connecting care and communities
25th - Descending to raise pounds
25th - Classic Car and Bike Show fuels funds for patient care
28th - As one door closes, another opens
2nd - Getting quizzical for hospice
2nd - Caring canines bring patients comfort and joy
2nd - Cabbie hails £1,000 lottery win
5th - Brighter, smarter shopping in Brentwood
6th - Hospice Care Week
7th - Hospice Care Week
8th - Hospice Care Week
9th - New funding to tackle loneliness and isolation
9th - Numbers add up for former teacher
11th - Freddie rocks Romford
16th - Scouts honour inspirational leader with hospice hike
16th - Hospice nets £80,000 to restore Victorian pond
16th - Pupils step up to raise £1,186 for hospice
16th - Double birthday treat as couple win £1,000 on hospice lottery
23rd - Blooming success for hospice gardens
23rd - Third time lucky for former hospice worker
23rd - Courageous mother’s act of kindness raises £1,700
30th - Retired accounts clerk is counting her lucky numbers
30th - Painting produces pounds for hospice
30th - Masons lodge money with hospice
30th - Time to stop
6th - Neopost delivers more than £5,000 for hospice in abseil adventure
6th - First time Fundraisers have a ball and raise £27,000 for hospice care
6th - Inspirational story at heart of raffle launch
9th - Bereaved children helped to come to terms with their loss through art and activity
13th - Hospice helps bereaved children to rebuild their lives
13th - Lottery gift for newly weds
13th - Dealership donates £1,000 after saddling up for cycling challenge
19th - Donations make a happy Christmas
20th - Friday the 13th - lucky for some!
20th - Big donation helps patients and saves hospice money
20th - Santathon promises ho-spice fun for all
26th - Royal Oak “treet” for hospice
27th - Convenience store shows bags of initiative!
27th - Muddy tribute to best friend
27th - Black Friday benefits hospice
27th - “Reddy” for Santathon
27th - Hospice volunteer gets £1,000 payback
27th - TOWIE star signs up to support hospice
30th - Tributes to Arthur Rackley
4th - Help at last for young adults
4th - Winger’s words and shirt score for hospice
4th - Caring woman shares lottery success with hospice
4th - Gardens spruced up for Christmas
4th - Road race trotters break piggybank for hospice
4th - Unbeer-lievable challenge raises £660 for hospice
7th - Tricolour tribute
11th - Happy memories hung in gallery
11th - DHL deliver muddy adventure for hospice
11th - Cracking Christmas treat for carers
11th - The festive spirit is in the air for lottery couple
11th - Cake sale proves a winning formula for hospice
17th - Tee’d up for Christmas
18th - Cyclists rally together to raise £600 for a hospice
18th - Morrisons – making a difference for a local hospice
18th - Essex boys bring Christmas cheer to hospice
18th - Reddy, steady go at the Santathon
18th - Salon supports hospice in style
24th - Vehicle leasing company drives towards £10,000
24th - Reaching their goal with Christmas fundraiser
4th - Reflecting, remembering and celebrating
6th - Appeal for help following theft of hospice van
8th - Shop promotion raises £500 for hospice
8th - A great way to end the year
11th - New deal with Chelmsford company helps drive towards £10,000
14th - Twelve months of fabulous fundraising for hospice
14th - Family celebrate lottery win with a sunshine break
14th - High Street retailer shares profits with hospice
19th - Synagogue appeal brings comfort to patients and families
20th - Council leader impressed by hospice services
22nd - Hospice van theft sparks phenomenal response on social media
29th - Help jump start care on Leap Day
29th - Lucky lady is on winning streak….again!
29th - The magic of the movies
5th - “Treemendous” specimens
5th - Pupils dance to the tune of £450 for hospice
5th - Pub raises the bar with £10,000 fundraising challenge for hospice
5th - £1,000 is a bonus for hospice jackpot winner
9th - A muddy, mad way to raise money
11th - Fishing for funds
11th - Large cheque lodged with hospice by Freemasons
15th - Reality TV star takes on new role for hospice
15th - Double lottery success for Upminster residents
19th - Die-hard Daggers fans' double donation
19th - Brentwood goes orange!
26th - Mammoth miles of motoring for Mongolia-bound Micra
26th - Insurance worker claims her win
29th - Wonderful gift pays for a day
4th - Raffle comes up rosy for green-fingered grandad
4th - Brentwood went orange!
7th - The Great "Fatsby"
7th - Marathon runner follows in grandparents’ footsteps for hospice
7th - Set to run in Brentwood
11th - Sole sisters step up for marathon
11th - Fundraisers aiming to set world record
11th - Hospice inspires marathon challenge
14th - Ford goes orange
18th - Hospice will not forget Dementia
18th - Friends celebrate 30th birthday with 30km run
18th - Motorist wins £1,000 fuel injection
24th - Barry Hearn promotes “mobile pub” at hospice
25th - Construction worker builds on lottery success
31st - At least 259 people wanted!
4th - Caring Carr family
5th - Fundraising fayre is an easy puzzle to solve!
6th - Egg-cellent Coupe for the hospice!
9th - Couple celebrate wedding
15th - Watts that? Electrician gets £1,000 shock
15th - One good turn deserves another
15th - Brentwood man is ready for third marathon effort!
18th - World record smashed!
18th - CQC visit underway
22nd - Can you help?
22nd - Radio programme inspires lottery sign-up
22nd - Poignant anniversary to fuel London Marathon runner through his 26.2 miles
25th - Paul shakes the hand of James Bond but isn’t stirred
29th - Schoolgirl’s hair-raising tribute to nan
5th - Mayor honours Hospice heroes
6th - Quiz night success – no question about it!
6th - Council worker on track for hospice
6th - Supporting young people living with dementia
6th - Golf and family fun raises £4,000 for hospice
12th - The people's promoter champions hospice
12th - Stolen van returns to duties
12th - Golf without trousers all for a good cause
13th - CM15 is a lucky lottery postcode!
20th - Where there is a will there is a way to protect your loved ones
20th - Treats all round!
20th - Theft inspires “vantastic” gift
20th - The beautiful game scores £3,200 for hospice
3rd - TOWIE stars step up for hospice walk
3rd - Make-up class helps women to look good and feel good
3rd - Tiff inspires charity head shave
3rd - From firewalls to fencing
3rd - New postgraduate courses at Saint Francis Hospice
3rd - Thanks a million – hospice highlights the incredible contribution of volunteers
10th - Dagenham firm launches support for hospice
10th - Two tickets, one happy winner
10th - Lily’s petal makes pounds for hospice
13th - Bigger, better, building benefits hospice
17th - Jimmy Jones and the healing power of laughter
17th - Star Walk has the wow factor
24th - Little things make all the difference and lead to big prize
24th - A royally delicious treat!
27th - Imogen Heap – from Hogwarts to the hospice
1st - Marching with Pride
1st - Hospice can bank on support of retired city worker
4th - Mother’s legacy brings comfort to patients and visitors
5th - Five Year Milestones
5th - Magic night out for charity walkers
6th - Sunflower Appeal Success
8th - Pupils go the extra bridge for hospice
8th - Family step up for Star Walk in memory of son and brother
8th - London to Paris in a day – Tri and you’ll succeed!
12th - Be like Stephanie - Run the Royal Parks for Saint Francis Hospice
12th - OUTSTANDING - Hospice receives highest rating from CQC
15th - £1,000 win for former dental nurse
15th - Cyclists gear up for 100 mile ride
18th - Welcome Pauline - our new Trustee
19th - Mercury Mall gets in on the ‘Go Orange’ Act
19th - Classic car show takes you back in time
19th - Funds raised by the Freemasons lodged with the hospice
19th - Spectacular Star Walk raises £50,000
22nd - Schoolboy raises £810 in memory of his aunt
22nd - Bank workers invest in hospice
23rd - Lottery win is in the stars
24th - Teenagers sow seeds for their community
25th - Saint Francis Hospice pays tribute to Kate
2nd - Neopost delivers for Saint Francis Hospice
5th - Our golf days are supported by big hitters
5th - Friends freefall 13,000ft for hospice
5th - Chemist gives hospice a £500 boost
9th - And the winners of the Summer Raffle 2016 are...
12th - A friend in need is a friend indeed!
12th - Kate Adie to speak at Ladies Gala Lunch
19th - Family and friends club together to make a difference
19th - Open garden reaps rewards for hospice
19th - All the best Paul
19th - Woman goes the extra length in London lake swim
19th - Intrepid traveller hits the Himalayan high roads…again!
26th - Summer Raffle brings sunshine and fabulous prizes
5th - A spice way to raise funds for the hospice
6th - Morrisons lends a big helping hand
12th - Team put their energy into hospice gardens
12th - Dagenham woman delighted at £1,000 bonus!
15th - Frankie’s Car Fest 5th Year success
15th - Snooker Superstars support Saint Francis Hospice
16th - And our lottery winner really could be you!
20th - Friends freefall 13,000ft to raise £1,668
20th - The good fight delivers £2,000 win
23rd - Join Jimmy Jones for an evening of laughter and entertainment
26th - Spooks and sparks for hospice
30th - Hospices unite to give young adults fun and friendship
30th - Champions trade titles for fundraising
30th - OrangeLine service launches to combat isolation and loneliness
30th - Couple make a splash at charity swim
10th - Hospice Care is…
11th - Running for fun and charity is a winner
13th - Brentwood Lottery Winner
14th - Busking in Brentwood
14th - Harvest donations reaps benefits for community
16th - Big-hearted comedian entertains for hospice
17th - Royal Parks Half Marathon is jewel in the crown for Team SFH
17th - Singing in the ward
18th - Safeguarding Week - It's everyone's responsibility
20th - Hornchurch gardening society fundraising total grows
20th - Lottery surprise for Collier Row man
21st - Hospice honey is the bee’s knees
21st - Net-walking is keeping businesses on their toes
21st - Gold and silver medals grow on trees
28th - Light Up a Life - dedicated to the one we love
28th - Hospice at Home comes to Redbridge
3rd - Retired bus driver has just the ticket!
7th - It’s official, Santa is coming to Dagenham town!
11th - Playing with numbers to fund end of life care
11th - Going Bald for Lloyd
14th - A £1 raffle ticket could be the key to your new car
15th - Hospice takes on battle for Christmas number one
16th - Have faith in our care - Inter Faith week
25th - A time and a space for supporting end of life care
25th - Kate Adie takes Hospice supporters on a tour of the front lines
2nd - SFH choir member Kathy Baldwin shares her experience of recording the Christmas single
6th - Santathon…it’s all for a good clause
7th - Business Alliance Group - going from strength to strength
12th - Santathon fun sweeps Dagenham
13th - Carers take time out for a festive treat
16th - Hospice choir single storms the charts at number 11!
16th - Shining the spotlight on hospice care
19th - Retired council worker revs up for hospice
30th - £1,000 Christmas gift is a winner
6th - Loving mother inspires a fundraising legacy
13th - Double lottery luck for Brentwood woman
13th - Couple tie the knot!
16th - Volunteering - a rewarding way to make a difference
25th - Raffle winners celebrate their good luck
3rd - Hospice hosts new social group for bereaved people
6th - Farewell to fundraising legend Paul Freedman
9th - Primary school goes orange for hospice
10th - Egghead Barry Simmons makes surprising revelations in a radio interview
10th - It’s all muddy madness for the hospice
20th - The rush is on to join hospices for bubble fun
20th - And the score is..win win for the hospice
24th - £1,000 lottery win is the perfect finish for retired printer
28th - A question and answer session with professional runner Harmander Singh
28th - Family business puts the community first
1st - Light footed doctor on the run…for the hospice
6th - Big Orange Quiz is a great success - no question about it!
7th - Couple celebrate 45th wedding anniversary with a blessing
14th - Children in Need
16th - Landlady raises pot of gold for Saint Francis Hospice
20th - The YJS Trust’s £100,000 contribution to hospice care
21st - Brentwood Half Marathon 2017 round-up
28th - London Marathon 2017 profile - Jodie Timbrell