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Grateful family seize chance to help hospice

An application scientist from Stevenage grabbed a lucky opportunity to help the hospice that cared for his father-in-law before his death in July.
Pic A Terry and Ann Andrews (cropped)
Ronen Peleg works for Dotmatics, a global computer software company working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and headquartered in Bishops Stortford. Each month the generous company randomly selects a member of staff who can then donate £1,000 of the company's money to a charity of their choice.

Ronen was chosen to be the employees for the month of July to make that choice and he selected Saint Francis Hospice based in Havering-atte-Bower, near Romford.  

"The care they provided was fantastic" said Ronen.

His father-in-law Terry Andrews was cared for in his own home in Brentwood by staff from Saint Francis Hospice's Hospice at Home team. Jenie Andrews, Terry's daughter, was full of praise for Amie from that Hospice at Home team: "She was so calm even in the last stages of my dad's life. Thanks to her there was no stress and it was all very peaceful. Without her I don't think it would have been like that. She helped me and my mum emotionally too, she was absolutely amazing!" 

Pic B 50th wedding anniversary 2013
"When Ronen told me he had the chance to nominate a charity to get a thousand pounds  I asked my mum Ann what she would like and she and Ronen were certain they wanted the money to go the hospice that had done such a good job looking after Terry," said Jenie.

Anne Brown, the Head of Fundraising at Saint Francis Hospice said: "We are so grateful to Ronen for nominating us and Dotmatics for running such a worthy scheme. Donations like these help us maintain our Hospice at Home services where all care is provided free of charge to patients in their own home or care home."

Pictured: Ann and Terry Andrews at their 50th wedding anniversary in 2013