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Generous donations bring home comforts to the hospice
Patients and their families will be able to rest and relax in greater comfort thanks to the generosity of a loving wife and a charity.
Edna Maltby was impressed with the care her husband Allen received before he died of kidney cancer at Saint Francis Hospice in May.
So when she discovered the inpatient unit was in need of specialist raise and recline chairs, which cost £700 each, she decided to use the donations from friends and family to buy one.
The charity Supporting People In Need (SPIN), which is an arm of The Hendrie Foundation, and is run by her caring friend Christine Adkins, also stepped in to purchase a further three chairs in his memory.
"The hospice made Allen very comfortable and even though we are a very large family we were able to be with him when he died," said Edna from Dagenham.
"When we found out Saint Francis Hospice was a charity and it only received 27% funding from the government we wanted to do something to help.
"I know how I felt coming here and if these chairs make a difference to other patients and their families then we are very glad to be able to do that."
Christine described Allen, 67, who worked as an electrician until he retired, as a "dear friend who had a wonderful sense of humour" and said she was delighted SPIN was able to improve the comfort of patients and their families.
"We are incredibly grateful to Edna and her family for their generous donation," said Sue Lakey, Inpatient Unit Manager.
"These chairs will make an enormous difference to the comfort of patients and their families as they are specially designed so they can be raised and recline.
"Family members often spend many hours by the bedside and these chairs will mean they can rest more comfortably."
Pictured from left to right:Wendy Seekings, Jenny Howe, Edna Maltby, Christine Adkins and Christine Smith