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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, saving 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.
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Greg's wife's orders!

27-12-2019
Joe Emery
When Greg Campbell retired from the rat race in London's Square Mile, he had time on his hands. When asked why he decided to become a volunteer driver at Saint Francis Hospice, Greg's response is always: "Because my wife told me to do it!"
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Together: Saint Francis Hospice and the Salvation Army

24-12-2019
Joe Emery
Saint Francis Hospice staff have swapped their Secret Santa tradition for helping those who face spending Christmas Day on a cold pavement.
Saul

The Young Ones

23-12-2019
Saul Keene was a positive role model for so many. He had a huge heart and did so much to help young Jewish people growing up in Redbridge. Saul became a volunteer youth leader and took those who looked up to him on a tour of Israel.
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The Saint Francis Hospice Choir sing their song: they practiced all year long

13-12-2019
Joe Emery
The Saint Francis Hospice Choir isn't just for Christmas — they give our patients an all-year-round cheer.
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Christmas kicks off at Saint Francis Hospice

10-12-2019
Joe Emery
The festive mood is in full swing at Saint Francis Hospice.
Reed Fisher

Reed's final message

09-12-2019
Joe Emery
Reed Fisher gave everything to provide for his wife and two children. He had a full-time job at Ford Motor Company, worked in a cab office at the weekends, and was studying for an online degree. He also spent three years doing 'The Knowledge' and took on a third job as a London cabbie.
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Saint Francis Hospice: cherishing the elderly

05-12-2019
Joe Emery
Saint Francis Hospice has been a lifeline for The Oaks Residential Care Home in Upminster.
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Friends for life

02-12-2019
Joe Emery
Mick Anderson was a grafter. Since becoming an apprentice electrician at 14 years old, he went to work seven days a week for the best part of 50 years. Only Christmas and Boxing Day stopped him from donning his overalls.
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Gwen earns her dough

29-11-2019
Joe Emery
When Gwendolyn Bruce developed arthritis, she had to give up her beloved job as an auxiliary nurse at Goodmayes Hospital. Although that didn't mean that her caring nature had to end too. 
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Leading UK House builder nominates Saint Francis Hospice for charity work

27-11-2019
Joe Emery
With over 60 years' experience, Countryside Properties in Brentwood is one of the country's leading home builders.
Alan Apicella

Alan's Hospice vibe

27-11-2019
Joe Emery

When Alan Apicella tore a bicep in his arm, he was under strict doctor's orders to take a break from driving Saint Francis Hospice patients.

Sir Trevor Brooking handing out a finishers medal

Sir Trevor Brooking to give Hammers fans a much-needed cheer

27-11-2019
Joe Emery

Sir Trevor enjoys many traditions in the Brooking household at Christmastime. He also has an all-year-round tradition of helping those who are less fortunate than him — including people living with life-limiting illnesses at Saint Francis Hospice.

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Fundraisers bond at the 007 Ball

27-11-2019
Joe Emery
Saturday 16th November saw 280 guests get glammed up and raise much-needed funds at our 007 Ball.
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Helen goes bling

15-11-2019
Joe Emery
Helen Burkett is one of 820 volunteers at Saint Francis Hospice. Collectively, they give up 265,000 hours each year and will save our Hospice over £1.5m between this Christmas and next. 
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Tony Hatch: "Volunteering is the best feeling in the world"

13-11-2019
Joe Emery
When Tony Hatch retired from his business selling tea and coffee, he decided that he was still young enough to give something to people who need it the most.
Liz Preston

Liz Preston: Super Gran

12-11-2019
Joe Emery
Liz Preston's first experience with Saint Francis Hospice was just before the turn of the Millennium.  
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Turning paper into gold: Saint Francis Hospice's £50 Challenge

12-11-2019
Joe Emery
The concept is simple, the competitiveness is exhilarating, and the fulfilment is enormous. It's time to pit your wits against other businesses. It's time for the Saint Francis Hospice £50 Challenge 2020.  
Pat Ainsworth

Pat's volunteering lifeline

07-11-2019
Joe Emery
When Pat Ainsworth's husband lost his 12-year fight against blood cancer, her grief was immense.
Peter Whitehead

Peter says 'ello, 'ello, 'ello to volunteer driving

06-11-2019
Joe Emery
Peter Whitehead is an ex-Bobby. Since retiring from the police, he's been kindly giving up his time to chauffeur patients to and from Saint Francis Hospice's tranquil grounds. 
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Colin Stanley Hudson: the Hammer who fought until the end

04-11-2019
Joe Emery
Colin was, as they say: 'claret and blue through and through'.
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Terry's safe place

28-10-2019
Joe Emery
It was 1966 when a 10-year-old Terry Chilvers was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer of the head and neck.
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Tilly's Festive Fun Run for Grandad

28-10-2019
Joe Emery
Tilly Hallett loved her great grandad. She was only 7-years-old when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer and given 6-12 months to live.  
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Facilities for hire at Saint Francis Hospice

17-10-2019
Joe Emery
If your business is struggling for space or you're looking to get away from it all, then why not hire our Education Centre? It's perfect for events, meetings, and training and team away days. 
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 - 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 - New car or £10,000 cash up for grabs in Summer Raffle
22nd - Milk workers raise over £300 for hospice
22nd - Garden sanctuary for bereaved children needs your vote
27th - Volunteer Week
27th - Himalayan adventure gets off to "bootiful" start
June
2nd - Volunteer still learning new skills after 23 years
5th - Boxers get ready to rumble for hospice
5th - Furniture store volunteer saves life of baby
5th - Take the lead - join our dog walk!
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 - Second lottery win for lucky grandmother
19th - Businesses unite for £100,000 fundraising challenge
19th - Dog trainer to take leap of faith for hospice
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 - Dazzling Dancing show raises £2,600 for hospice
13th - Garden event promises rooms with views
13th - Pupils swap books for trainers to support hospice
17th - Heavenly windfall for mother of three
17th - The sky's the limit for daring teaching staff
17th - Donated Russian figurine sells for almost £1,600 on Ebay
24th - Daring duo to abseil down the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit
24th - London's calling hospice workers
24th - Former airline worker scoops £1,000 on hospice lottery
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 - Giving a foot up to bereaved youngsters
14th - High time radio presenter took it to the edge
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 - 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 - Generous donations bring home comforts to the hospice
11th - Grateful family seize chance to help hospice
14th - Mixing business with pleasure nets more than £6,700 for hospice
15th - Wheels of fortune
18th - Sitting comfortably thanks to £600 donation
18th - Health professionals from Singapore are inspired
18th - £10,000 is now the target for law firm
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 - Caring canines bring patients comfort and joy
2nd - Getting quizzical for hospice
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 - Pupils step up to raise £1,186 for hospice
16th - Scouts honour inspirational leader with hospice hike
16th - Hospice nets £80,000 to restore Victorian pond
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 - Time to stop
30th - Masons lodge money with hospice
November
6th - Inspirational story at heart of raffle launch
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
9th - Bereaved children helped to come to terms with their loss through art and activity
13th - Lottery gift for newly weds
13th - Hospice helps bereaved children to rebuild their lives
13th - Dealership donates £1,000 after saddling up for cycling challenge
19th - Donations make a happy Christmas
20th - Big donation helps patients and saves hospice money
20th - Santathon promises ho-spice fun for all
20th - Friday the 13th - lucky for some!
26th - Royal Oak "treet" for hospice
27th - Hospice volunteer gets £1,000 payback
27th - Convenience store shows bags of initiative!
27th - Muddy tribute to best friend
27th - "Reddy" for Santathon
27th - Black Friday benefits hospice
27th - TOWIE star signs up to support Star Walk
30th - Tributes to Arthur Rackley
December
4th - Gardens spruced up for Christmas
4th - Road race trotters break piggybank for hospice
4th - Unbeer-lievable challenge raises £660 for hospice
4th - Caring woman shares lottery success with hospice
4th - Help at last for young adults
4th - Winger's words and shirt score for hospice
7th - Tricolour tribute
11th - The festive spirit is in the air for lottery couple
11th - Cake sale proves a winning formula for hospice
11th - Cracking Christmas treat for carers
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 - Reality TV star takes on new role for hospice
15th - Double lottery success for Upminster residents
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 - Mum takes on Brentwood Half Marathon for the third time!
13th - Surveyor trades tools for trainers as he prepares for iconic race
13th - Marathon man follows in his father's footsteps
13th - Lionhearted shipbroker takes second marathon in his stride
13th - Fitness fan's marathon effort in memory of nan
March
16th - Havering Islamic organisation's £2,500 donation for hospice care
28th - Hospice care inspires man to take on Manchester Marathon
28th - Big Yellow Quiz results!
May
4th - Trotters £19,500 Marathon achievement
4th - New art therapy group for bereaved young people aged 17-21
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 - Cycling adventure to remember WW1 soldiers raises £2,000
19th - Time for tennis and Pimm's!
29th - Patients enjoy a paw-some visit
29th - Retail managers take a walk on the wild side!
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 - Third time lucky as locals prepare for Mission Mud
15th - Volunteer back on the till following stroke
17th - School friends step out for their Nans
21st - Young people receive a Foot UP!
21st - Son chops his locks in memory of late dad
21st - Time FM brings sporting legends together to raise £2,300
28th - Family set to Star Walk in memory of loving wife and mum
28th - Grandfather wins £6,000 golden ticket in summer raffle
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 - Super Star Walkers raise £1,000s for end of life care
25th - Havering rugby club raises £800
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 - 5K Ramble raises £3,240
18th - Santas 'Chase the Turkey' for hospice!
18th - Family's tribute to beautiful daughter and sister
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 - New support group opens for Redbridge residents affected by cancer or life-limiting illness
12th - Grovember challenge for Hospice at Home nurses
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 - Santathon brings magic of Christmas to Dagenham
11th - Bee club's sweet gift to patients
14th - Sports radio presenter to run 2019 London Marathon
20th - Festive fun at Pemberton Place
2019
January
7th - London Marathon 2019 - Lauren to fulfil marathon dream!
7th - Winter Raffle raises £50,000
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 - Lara's back to experience the London Marathon buzz!
12th - Netballer has a marathon goal in sight
15th - Snooker supremo to co-host The Big Orange Quiz
15th - Julie runs fourth London Marathon for Mum!
22nd - Grandmother celebrates 90th birthday with £10,500 lottery win
26th - Council worker to run for Dad!
26th - Hospice nurse goes extra 26.2 miles
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 - Shout out to our social workers - World Social Work Day
19th - World Social Work Day - Our practical and emotional support services
25th - BBC Eggheads and snooker champion Steve Davis challenge more than 700 quizzers!
28th - Frankie's classic car show scoops prestigious award!
28th - The scores are in for the Big Orange Quiz
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 - One woman's junk is another woman's treasure
23rd - Cancer 0 Juliet 1
25th - It's like candy
26th - Saint Francis Hospice
26th - Dear Larry
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 - Fundraisers bond at the 007 Ball
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
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