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Cliff

Brotherly love

24-03-2020
Joe Emery

Before self-isolation gripped the UK, Saint Francis Hospice Fundraisers gathered in Essex to run the Brentwood Half Marathon. One of those being cheered on by our supporters basking in the late winter's sunshine was Cliff White.

Wanstead charity shop

Saint Francis Hospice charity stores are closing

23-03-2020
Jules Knowler

Public notice - all Saint Francis Hospice charity shops will be closed until further notice. Please check this website for further updates.

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Hospice Service Update - 23rd March 2020

23-03-2020
Tes Smith, Director of Quality and Care, Saint Francis Hospice

Please take note of our urgent update to Hospice Services - dated 23rd March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pam

A statement from Saint Francis Hospice's CEO: Pam Court

20-03-2020
Joe Emery

As the world faces unprecedented times amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of our Hospice does too. Our CEO Pam Court is calling for your support more than ever before as we continue to care for those who need us in increasingly restricted conditions.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 17th March 2020

17-03-2020

Help us protect our patients, staff and volunteers

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Positivity in a bottle: The story of Hans De Vrind

13-03-2020
Joe Emery

As the 1960s drew to a close, the Vietnam war was raging, man had landed on the moon, The Beatles were breaking up, and Hans De Vrind swapped Rotterdam for Essex.

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Harry's boost

12-03-2020
Joe Emery

Christopher Coles was only 42 years old when he lost his battle with bowel cancer at Saint Francis Hospice. His nephew, Harry, was just 13.

Colin Eastwood

Colin Eastwood: The Pickle Man

12-03-2020
Joe Emery

Colin Eastwood was a big supporter of Saint Francis Hospice for many years.

Geoff and Linda

For Geoff and Linda

12-03-2020
Joe Emery

When Geoff Stanley started nodding off unexpectedly, his GP discovered that his oxygen level was low and his carbon dioxide level was high.

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Dying for Change: Evolution and Revolution in Palliative Care

11-03-2020
Joe Emery

The UK National Conference is Hospice UK's flagship event.

Gary and Vicky

A star for Daddy

09-03-2020
Joe Emery

When Gary Nelson felt a numbness in one of his buttocks, his GP put it down to sciatica. Sending men in their 30s for bowel cancer screening wasn't — and still isn't — normal practice.

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Open your garden for Saint Francis Hospice

05-03-2020
Joe Emery

We're gearing up for the warmer months here at Saint Francis Hospice. With small hints of spring in the air, it's time to think about stepping back out on to your now gloriously green lawn — thanks to a very wet British winter.

Molly and Rosie Graham

Molly's golden locks

05-03-2020
Joe Emery

Molly Graham's long honey-brown locks have been a decade in the making. She's only ever had the ends trimmed since she was born.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice

05-03-2020

Help us protect our patients, staff and volunteers

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Tea & Talk at Toby's

02-03-2020

Here at Saint Francis Hospice, we don't only care for the person who is ill, but everyone around them. Tea & Talk at Toby's is a monthly social gathering for anyone whose life has been affected by cancer.

Lawrie and Ron

A Saint Francis Hospice legend

26-02-2020
Joe Emery

When German bombs were raining down on London's East End during World War II, Ron and Pat were finding love. The teenagers met when their childhood homes in East Ham were only doors apart. Ron's mum was the matchmaker. 

Elaine

New voluntary faces

21-02-2020
Joe Emery

Saint Francis Hospice’s 950 volunteers give up 265,000 hours each year, which saves £1.5m over 12 months. We aspire to have 1,000 of them by the end of 2020.

Lizzie

Lizzie's London Marathon for Pa

19-02-2020
Joe Emery

Lizzie Taylor's London Marathon run for Saint Francis Hospice has been 20 years in the making.

Margaret Kerr

Margaret's elf

13-02-2020
Joe Emery

When Margaret Kerr was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2018, her family had no idea that she was living with an illness — let alone in the late stages of one.

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Christmas Tree Recycling raises thousands — while helping the environment to boot

01-02-2020
Joe Emery

If you're a real stickler for Christmas traditions, 5th January would have seen your baubles go back in the loft, and your Christmas tree leave the party. Any earlier or later and an old wives' tale has it that you could be in for a dose of bad luck.

Mary Milchard

Fundraising puts Julian on level 42

29-01-2020
Joe Emery

Julian Hall's love affair with the pop group Level 42 began in the early 1980s.

Tessa and Thomas

Sarah's on a Mission Mud for Grandad

28-01-2020
Joe Emery

For someone who rides horses, Sarah Lucas spends a lot of time in the mud. She always vowed that she'd never do a mud run — until Saint Francis Hospice cared for her grandad.

Micky

Micky's cue to fundraise

28-01-2020
Joe Emery

When Jane Ambrose went to see her GP about a lump on her calf, she was told that she needed to lose a few pounds.

Noel Trainor

Noel's volunteering buzz

24-01-2020
Joe Emery

Noel Trainor is one of 859 volunteers at Saint Francis Hospice. Collectively, they give up 265,000 hours each year, which saves our Hospice £1.5m over 12 months.

Lyn Buntrock

Lyn Buntrock: the lady who gave so much to those who needed it the most

20-01-2020
Joe Emery

Over Christmas 2018, Lyn Buntrock started to feel discomfort in her stomach. Lyn, a retired nurse of 30 years, didn't find cause for concern. She was fit, healthy, without any previous health problems, and just 58 years old.

Tony, Henry and Maureen

Hurrah for Henry

16-01-2020
Joe Emery

Henry O'Keefe loved his nanny and grandad. He was just six years old when they were both diagnosed with cancer in 2016 — only four weeks apart.

Josephine Cole

Josephine's comfort

15-01-2020
Joe Emery

Josephine Cole admits that like many, she's had her ups and downs in life. 2018 was definitely an up.

Denice

The magic of Saint Francis Hospice

10-01-2020
Joe Emery

When Denice Line returned from a holiday in Dubai with her husband Mick, she noticed a yellowish tinge to her cheeks. Suspecting it was a case of too much sun or something in the Dubaian water, Denice booked an appointment with her GP.

Ken Sayer

Saint Francis Hospice: creating memories that last forever

03-01-2020
Joe Emery

When Ken Sayer felt discomfort in his bowels, he wanted to get it checked out.

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Malcolm's dulcet tones

02-01-2020
Joe Emery
Malcolm Hallows, 87, was a merchant seaman in the Navy for over 30 years. Sometimes, he'd be away at sea for two years at a time.
Archive
2015
February
27th - Runner's bid to be a Lion king record holder
March
9th - Playing in memory of grandad
April
10th - Hospice backs call for radical rethink in care.
29th - Marathon Marvels
29th - Fiesta time for Collier Row pensioner
May
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 - BT workers engaged in Snowdonia trek
11th - 15th anniversary of pioneering Hospice at Home service
14th - Dying Matters. Let's talk about it.
15th - Inspirational mum set to raise £3,500 in latest charity challenge
22nd - Milk workers raise over £300 for hospice
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
27th - Himalayan adventure gets off to "bootiful" start
27th - Volunteer Week
June
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 - Talented singers stop shoppers in their tracks
12th - Secret garden of magical delights awaits
16th - Saint Francis Hospice hosts Namaste Conference
19th - Second lottery win for lucky grandmother
19th - Dog trainer to take leap of faith for hospice
19th - Businesses unite for £100,000 fundraising challenge
26th - Former EastEnders actress steps back to the 80s for 10k hospice walk
26th - Supermarket boss sold on hospice
26th - £1,000 cash injection for DIY project
July
6th - Double win for lucky ladies
7th - Talented teenager to auction artwork
7th - Oh what a night as disco fever sweeps Romford town centre
10th - Sunflower picnic to remember loved ones
13th - Garden event promises rooms with views
13th - Pupils swap books for trainers to support hospice
13th - Dazzling Dancing show raises £2,600 for hospice
17th - Donated Russian figurine sells for almost £1,600 on Ebay
17th - The sky's the limit for daring teaching staff
17th - Heavenly windfall for mother of three
24th - London's calling hospice workers
24th - Former airline worker scoops £1,000 on hospice lottery
24th - Daring duo to abseil down the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit
27th - Happy birthday Saint Francis Hospice!
29th - Miniature world of quirky delights
31st - Lucky catch as fishing manager hooks lottery jackpot
31st - Patients featured in Channel 5 News series on end of life care.
August
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 - Lottery win 'wheely' good news for former council worker
14th - High time radio presenter took it to the edge
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
September
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 - Future classic car makes its debut
4th - Drawn to support local charity
11th - Grateful family seize chance to help hospice
11th - Generous donations bring home comforts to the hospice
11th - Happiness is... 62 years of marriage and a £1,000 lottery win!
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 - Classic Car and Bike Show fuels funds for patient care
25th - Descending to raise pounds
25th - Hospice Care Week 2015 - Connecting care and communities
28th - As one door closes, another opens
October
2nd - Cabbie hails £1,000 lottery win
2nd - Caring canines bring patients comfort and joy
2nd - Getting quizzical for hospice
5th - Brighter, smarter shopping in Brentwood
6th - Hospice Care Week
7th - Hospice Care Week
8th - Hospice Care Week
9th - Numbers add up for former teacher
9th - New funding to tackle loneliness and isolation
11th - Freddie rocks Romford
16th - Pupils step up to raise £1,186 for hospice
16th - Scouts honour inspirational leader with hospice hike
16th - Double birthday treat as couple win £1,000 on hospice lottery
16th - Hospice nets £80,000 to restore Victorian pond
23rd - Courageous mother's act of kindness raises £1,700
23rd - Third time lucky for former hospice worker
23rd - Blooming success for hospice gardens
30th - Painting produces pounds for hospice
30th - Masons lodge money with hospice
30th - Retired accounts clerk is counting her lucky numbers
30th - Time to stop
November
6th - First time Fundraisers have a ball and raise £27,000 for hospice care
6th - Neopost delivers more than £5,000 for hospice in abseil adventure
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 - Black Friday benefits hospice
27th - "Reddy" for Santathon
27th - Convenience store shows bags of initiative!
27th - Hospice volunteer gets £1,000 payback
27th - TOWIE star signs up to support Star Walk
27th - Muddy tribute to best friend
30th - Tributes to Arthur Rackley
December
4th - Winger's words and shirt score for hospice
4th - Help at last for young adults
4th - Road race trotters break piggybank for hospice
4th - Caring woman shares lottery success with hospice
4th - Unbeer-lievable challenge raises £660 for hospice
4th - Gardens spruced up for Christmas
7th - Tricolour tribute
11th - Cracking Christmas treat for carers
11th - Cake sale proves a winning formula for hospice
11th - The festive spirit is in the air for lottery couple
11th - DHL deliver muddy adventure for hospice
18th - Cyclists rally together to raise £600 for a hospice
2016
January
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
February
9th - A muddy, mad way to raise money
15th - Double lottery success for Upminster residents
15th - Reality TV star takes on new role for hospice
March
25th - Construction worker builds on lottery success
June
3rd - Make-up class helps women to look good and feel good
24th - Little things make all the difference and lead to big prize
November
15th - Hospice takes on battle for Christmas number one (copy)
15th - Hospice takes on battle for Christmas number one (copy)
2017
April
19th - London Marathon 2017 profile - Spencer Littlechild
27th - London Marathon 2017
November
10th - Sir Trevor Brooking kicks off hospice's 5k Santathon
2018
February
6th - Accountant is counting down to Brentwood Half Marathon!
7th - Snooker legend Steve Davis continues his support for the hospice
13th - Lionhearted shipbroker takes second marathon in his stride
13th - Marathon man follows in his father's footsteps
13th - Fitness fan's marathon effort in memory of nan
13th - Mum takes on Brentwood Half Marathon for the third time!
13th - Surveyor trades tools for trainers as he prepares for iconic race
March
16th - Havering Islamic organisation's £2,500 donation for hospice care
28th - Big Yellow Quiz results!
28th - Hospice care inspires man to take on Manchester Marathon
May
4th - New art therapy group for bereaved young people aged 17-21
4th - Trotters £19,500 Marathon achievement
11th - Dying Matters - have the conversation
14th - Royal wedding celebrations at a Harold Wood hair salon
22nd - Ironman takes on 100 mile bike ride
June
1st - Volunteers give up an incredible 260,000 hours a year
4th - Make a Will and protect the ones you love
15th - Tea, cake and entertainment for Carers Week
19th - Time for tennis and Pimm's!
19th - Cycling adventure to remember WW1 soldiers raises £2,000
29th - Retail managers take a walk on the wild side!
29th - Patients enjoy a paw-some visit
July
6th - Barking Rugby Club is on the ball
9th - Family Trust donates £50,000 to fund community services
12th - Former Mayor donates £39,000 to grow care in Redbridge
18th - Fitness tribute to gym instructor raises more than £3,000
23rd - Hospice celebrates its 34th birthday
27th - Tennis tournament raises £3,281 for pioneering telephone service
27th - Sisters to Star Walk in memory of loved ones
August
1st - Ilford South MP visits to find out about services to Redbridge residents
6th - Remembering Dr Beaver
6th - TOWIE star becomes face of Star Walk
15th - Volunteer back on the till following stroke
15th - Third time lucky as locals prepare for Mission Mud
17th - School friends step out for their Nans
21st - Time FM brings sporting legends together to raise £2,300
21st - Son chops his locks in memory of late dad
21st - Young people receive a Foot UP!
28th - Grandfather wins £6,000 golden ticket in summer raffle
28th - Family set to Star Walk in memory of loving wife and mum
29th - Newly elected Redbridge Mayor visits to learn about our services
31st - Woman celebrates birthday with 10k Star Walk!
September
5th - Seven years of success for Frankie's Car show
5th - Janet Abbott is a Star Walk supremo!
10th - Busking champion to perform at Star Walk
12th - Bogus callers steal collection boxes
12th - Great-grandmother's £25,000 lottery surprise
14th - Family hold sixth annual golf day in memory of their daughter
25th - Havering rugby club raises £800
25th - Super Star Walkers raise £1,000s for end of life care
26th - Headteacher sets staff a muddy challenge!
October
8th - Hospice Care Week
12th - Hospice garden makeover on track thanks to rail firm
15th - Families invited to celebrate and remember their loved ones over festive season
18th - Santas 'Chase the Turkey' for hospice!
18th - Family's tribute to beautiful daughter and sister
18th - 5K Ramble raises £3,240
22nd - Young people among some of the first to benefit from technology
30th - Young students learn about careers in care
November
6th - Family to join Santa-fun for the first time!
12th - Grovember challenge for Hospice at Home nurses
12th - New support group opens for Redbridge residents affected by cancer or life-limiting illness
16th - Snooker legend Steve Davis becomes a patron
23rd - Property developers pledge to donate £300,000
26th - Daughter to run Santathon for dad
27th - SEIB Insurance Brokers volunteer and donate £10,000
30th - Redbridge Mayor formally opens Wanstead store
December
11th - Bee club's sweet gift to patients
11th - Santathon brings magic of Christmas to Dagenham
14th - Sports radio presenter to run 2019 London Marathon
20th - Festive fun at Pemberton Place
2019
January
7th - Winter Raffle raises £50,000
7th - London Marathon 2019 - Lauren to fulfil marathon dream!
11th - BBC Eggheads to host biggest quiz in Essex!
22nd - Physiotheraphy placement inspires marathon effort!
23rd - London Marathon 2019 - Sam's training is on cue!
24th - Rotary's £11,500 drive to support hospice
28th - Hospice named as West Ham charity partner
29th - College catering students £300 treat
30th - Pub quizzers raise almost £65,000
30th - Awareness day puts the spotlight on young carers
31st - Tesco's £15,790 donation is a big help to community!
February
4th - Spin class raise more than £11,000
8th - Family take on 10k winter run and raise £2,000 in memory of daughter
11th - Golf club raises £2,300
12th - Netballer has a marathon goal in sight
12th - Lara's back to experience the London Marathon buzz!
15th - Julie runs fourth London Marathon for Mum!
15th - Snooker supremo to co-host The Big Orange Quiz
22nd - Grandmother celebrates 90th birthday with £10,500 lottery win
26th - Hospice nurse goes extra 26.2 miles
26th - Council worker to run for Dad!
March
5th - Old Esthameians raise an incredible £1,205
8th - After 3 half marathons Grant Shotter is ready for the 26.2 mile London challenge
11th - WI ladies get cracking this Easter
12th - Firefighter to run London Marathon in memory of Dad
15th - Craig compares running a marathon to childbirth
18th - Congratulations to our Brentwood Half runners
19th - World Social Work Day - Our practical and emotional support services
19th - Shout out to our social workers - World Social Work Day
25th - BBC Eggheads and snooker champion Steve Davis challenge more than 700 quizzers!
28th - The scores are in for the Big Orange Quiz
28th - Frankie's classic car show scoops prestigious award!
29th - Highway Express donate more than 200 chocolate Easter eggs
April
1st - Devoted daughter to run London Marathon for mum
9th - Tina ready to run 10th marathon
10th - Businesses spin £50 into over £17,000
12th - Emily to run her first marathon for her wonderful Nan
26th - Hospice volunteer scoops the rollover!
29th - London Marathon 2019 highlights!
May
3rd - Dying Matters Week
7th - Patients invited to record their life stories
10th - Couple receive civic award recognising 50 years of volunteering
22nd - Training workshop strengthens end of life care in West Essex
31st - National Volunteers' Week 2019
June
3rd - Daughter shares her family's experience of hospice care
10th - Carers Week 10-16 June
July
8th - An afternoon cream tea
11th - Finding comfort in the Muslim faith
12th - The strength, courage, and determination of Ross Annear
15th - Sporting legends club together for Saint Francis Hospice
18th - Retail team help families recover treasured memories
18th - Julie's lottery lift!
22nd - Mayor of Havering proud to help Saint Francis Hospice
August
7th - Hans across the water
8th - Going contactless
21st - Gill Hagan gets the fundraising bug
27th - Cancer won't stop Sherry from flowing
29th - Moira's full English
September
5th - Wilston's first-class journey
6th - Saint Francis Hospice fundraisers go nuts for classic cars
11th - Jess's Marathon run for Mum
12th - Saint Francis Hospice part of city's prestigious annual charity fundraiser
16th - Bob's 'David and Goliath' battle
17th - Colin McMillan packs a punch for Saint Francis Hospice
23rd - Cancer 0 Juliet 1
23rd - One woman's junk is another woman's treasure
25th - It's like candy
26th - Dear Larry
26th - Saint Francis Hospice
October
4th - Nineteen eighty-four
7th - Volunteers get down and boogie
9th - Step into Christmas with Saint Francis Hospice
11th - Ladies who lunch
14th - Pauline Wenn
15th - Laying the footsteps for Caroline's journey
17th - Facilities for hire at Saint Francis Hospice
28th - Terry's safe place
28th - Tilly's Festive Fun Run for Grandad
November
4th - Colin Stanley Hudson
6th - Peter says 'ello, 'ello, 'ello to volunteer driving
7th - Pat's volunteering lifeline
12th - Turning paper into gold
12th - Liz Preston
13th - Tony Hatch
15th - Helen goes bling
27th - Alan's Hospice vibe
27th - Leading UK House builder nominates Saint Francis Hospice for charity work
27th - Sir Trevor Brooking to give Hammers fans a much-needed cheer
27th - Fundraisers bond at the 007 Ball
29th - Gwen earns her dough
December
2nd - Friends for life
5th - Saint Francis Hospice
9th - Reed's final message
10th - Christmas kicks off at Saint Francis Hospice
13th - The Saint Francis Hospice Choir sing their song
23rd - The Young Ones
24th - Together
27th - Greg's wife's orders!
2020
January
2nd - Malcolm's dulcet tones
3rd - Saint Francis Hospice
10th - The magic of Saint Francis Hospice
15th - Josephine's comfort
16th - Hurrah for Henry
20th - Lyn Buntrock
24th - Noel's volunteering buzz
28th - Sarah's on a Mission Mud for Grandad
28th - Micky's cue to fundraise
29th - Fundraising puts Julian on level 42
February
1st - Christmas Tree Recycling raises thousands — while helping the environment to boot
13th - Margaret's elf
19th - Lizzie's London Marathon for Pa
21st - New voluntary faces
26th - A Saint Francis Hospice legend
March
2nd - Tea & Talk at Toby's
5th - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice
5th - Molly's golden locks
5th - Open your garden for Saint Francis Hospice
9th - A star for Daddy
11th - Dying for Change
12th - For Geoff and Linda
12th - Colin Eastwood
12th - Harry's boost
13th - Positivity in a bottle
17th - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update 17th March 2020
20th - A statement from Saint Francis Hospice's CEO
23rd - Saint Francis Hospice charity stores are closing
23rd - Hospice Service Update - 23rd March 2020
24th - Brotherly love