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Courageous mother's act of kindness raises £1,700

A brave cancer patient fulfilled her wish to support Saint Francis Hospice so other people can benefit from the excellent service it provides.
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Tracy Daffin, who is terminally ill with lung cancer, raised an incredible £1,700 when she organised a fundraising buffet and raffle at The Windmill pub in Upminster on Saturday (October 17) with the help of her loving family and friends.

The mother-of-two has only been under the care of the hospice's Specialist Community and Crisis Support team for the past month but already it has made such a difference to her life.

"Saint Francis Hospice has been so good to me and I felt strongly that I needed to give something back," said Tracy, who celebrated her 53rd birthday the following day.

"The nurses have been excellent and they have helped me so much.

"I only aimed to raise £200 and I am overwhelmed by the response that we got."

As well as being visited at her Hornchurch home by nurses, the hospice has provided Tracy with equipment including a wheelchair and nebuliser.

Speaking at the emotional event, her daughters Kelle,34, and Emma,27, said, "We are very proud of our mum.

"We cannot thank people enough for their support and kindness.

"We received so many donations on the day as well as from friends dotted around the world and online through Just Giving.

"Today was all about raising as much money as we can to help other people who need the care of the hospice."

The family also gave a special thanks to the pub's managers Sandra and Martin Carroll and team member Gemma O'Leary for hosting the day.

"It was Tracy's last wish to make this event a success and we are so happy to be able to help her with that," said Sandra.

Anne Brown, Head of Fundraising at the hospice, praised Tracy's courage and selflessness in setting aside her own pain and suffering to support the charity.

"Tracy's determination to help others at such a difficult time is truly humbling and our heartfelt thanks goes out to Tracy and her family for their amazing efforts in bringing the community together to raise £1,700," said Anne.

"This money will go a long way in helping to ensure we can continue to provide a first class service to people affected by life limiting illnesses.
 Back left Tracy's sister Kelli and back right is Tracy's mother JackieThe family at the Windmill pub. L-R Front daughter Emma, 27, husband Gary, Tracy, daughter Kelle,34. Back left Tracy's sister Kelli and back right is Tracy's mother Jackie.