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Havering rugby club raises £800
A Havering based Rugby Club has pledged to raise funds and awareness so more people can benefit from our specialist end of life care services.
Old Cooperians Rugby Football Club nominated the Hospice as its chosen charity and on Saturday, September 15th it kicked off its fundraising activities with a Bottomless Prosecco Afternoon Tea.
And while the ladies sat back and enjoyed a special treat, members of the club took on Barking Rugby Club in a friendly at its home ground in Coopers' Company and Coburn School.
The day was a great success and on Friday, September 21 Head Coach Patrick Reed and Assistant Coach Henry Fayers popped in to hand over the £800 the club raised.
"The event exceeded our expectations and people are already asking when will be the next one," said Patrick.
"We are a local sports club and Saint Francis Hospice is a local charity which has cared for the family and friends of some of our members.
"We are developing as a club and we saw an opportunity to raise awareness of the Hospice's services as well as funds as it is a charity and relies on donations from the community."
Patrick experienced the difference the Hospice's specialist end of life care and support services can make when his Nan Dianne Reed, who had cancer, was admitted to the inpatient unit for pain management in October last year.
"Nan was so unwell when she arrived but she received such fantastic care that she was soon back to herself" said Patrick.
"She got to the position where she was able to sit up in bed, laugh, joke and enjoy precious time with her family.
"It was so nice to see as it was such as dramatic change after being at the Hospice for just a couple of days."
Patrick was incredibly close to his Nan and visited her daily and he brightened up her day when he brought along his son Louie, who was only 9-months-old at the time.
"Nan was very family orientated and she loved to spend time with all of us.
"It meant so much to her and all of us that she got to spend time with her great grandson who also put a smile on other patients' faces too," said Patrick.
"It was so nice that I was able to bring him to the Hospice and that there were no restrictions on visiting times."
Dianne spent around three weeks on our inpatient unit and after she was discharged she continued to receive support at home from our Community Nurse Specialists and Hospice at Home team before she sadly died in December 2017.
"The nurses and staff all went above and beyond what they needed to do and right to the end they were fantastic.
"They done their upmost to make the limited time we had with Nan as special as possible. We can thank them enough for the support!"
Photos above: Top left - Team with our Mascot Frankie before the match. Second on the Right: Patrick and Henry with the medical team on the inpatient unit and third on the left: Patrick holding the new team shirt with the Hospice logo with Henry.
Photos of the ladies enjoying the Bottomless Prosecco Afternoon Tea!