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Inspirational story at heart of raffle launch

The Saint Francis Hospice Winter Raffle 2015 was launched on November 4th with the story of inspirational runner and fundraiser Naomi Newton-Fisher at the heart of the raffle appeal mailing that has gone out to thousands of local homes.
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Naomi Newton-Fisher from Billericay has just completed 24 marathons or ultra marathons (runs longer than a 26.2 mile marathon) in 12 months for Saint Francis Hospice.

Naomi (pictured with the medals she has collected over the last 12 months) said: "I don't think I ever really understood hospices before my father in law Roger, who lived in Brentwood, got ill.  In August 2014, he was urgently admitted to hospital, and suddenly my husband and I were visiting hospital, waiting for doctors, and trying to find out what was going on. Within a few weeks Roger had a lung cancer diagnosis and we were given the contact details of Saint Francis Hospice by the hospital." 

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"When Roger was discharged and sent home we had no idea how to look after him, or how to make life as comfortable as possible for him. From phoning our consultant to get information about treatment, to giving us advice, to arranging a hospital bed to be set up so Roger could stay at home, Saint Francis Hospice were invaluable. What was also so important was the time that the Hospice nurses took to talk to Roger on the phone and in person. He found his conversations with them incredibly comforting"

"Roger died peacefully, at home, during the night on October 15th 2014, a month after his cancer diagnosis. A nurse was with him, as Saint Francis Hospice had just helped to provide us with 24 hour home care. It was terrible, but made somewhat easier through having the services of Saint Francis Hospice available so I decided that I wanted to try and raise some money to help them in return and to say thank-you and the only way I knew how to do that was to run."  

"I decided on 24 marathons or ultra marathons in 12 months. I started with the Chelmsford Marathon in October 2014 and filled the next few months with races. In May 2015 I ran two particularly tough ultra marathons - the Thames Path 100 mile event, that would see me running through the night from London to Oxford, followed three weeks later by the Grand Union Canal Race, an even more ridiculous 145 mile non-stop event from Birmingham to London! Even though I've now finished my challenge, I really hope that people will continue to support the hospice by donating to my fundraising page here or, of course, by buying a winter raffle ticket!"

"Our raffle gives everyone a fantastic opportunity to win lots of fabulous prizes," said David Holmes, from the Individual Giving team at the hospice.

"Last year our winter raffle raised an incredible £80,000 and we are hoping we can beat that figure this year and by doing so continue to provide the best care and service to everyone we support at the hospice and in the community," he added.

There's a first prize of £8,000 in cash, ten prizes of £1,000 and fifteen prizes of £50 to be won. In addition those who enter the raffle before the December 4th 2015 will be entered into a Fast Response draw giving players the chance to win one of ten £25 "Love2Shop" vouchers that can be used at more than 150 stores including Boots, Mothercare and Argos.

Tickets cost only £1 each and must be returned by January 22nd 2016.  The draw will take place in February 2016.

For more information or to order your raffle tickets contact our supporter relations team on 01708 771417 or click here.

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Saint Francis Hospice Staff Nurses (from L to R) Caroline Woracker, Karen Delin and Maria Bishop with winter raffle tickets
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