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Mixing business with pleasure nets more than £6,700 for hospice

Caring business leaders have raised more than £6,700 for Saint Francis Hospice just three months after they united to support the charity.
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There were new faces among the 20 members of the hospice's Business Alliance Group who met at the Pepperell Education Centre on Wednesday (September 9th).

Sports promoter Barry Hearn, 67, who is Chairman of Matchroom Sport, gave an update on the group's progress since he first challenged members to help raise £100,000 for the hospice in June.

"We have raised almost £7,000 and that is a great start," said Barry, whose mother-in-law was cared for at the hospice before she died."

"We cannot change the world but we can make a small change along the way and have fun as we are fundraising.

"Hopefully this little group will continue to grow for the right reasons. 

"Feel free to get involved. Feel free to get creative. 

"One way or another we are going to raise £100,000 for the hospice."

Anthony Shaw, Community Director of the Essex Basketball Club was the first to take up the gauntlet and complete a 'four countries in one day' bicycle event.

This was followed by a corporate cricket match organised by Barry, and Gerry Byrne inspired his team from McDonald's in Romford to take part in a sponsored leg wax. 

Jane Frame, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at the hospice, congratulated everyone on their efforts so far and encouraged them to make the most of the networking opportunity.

There are series of events planned for the coming months including F Barnes Solicitors hosting an afternoon of lawn bowls at Romford Bowls Club on Thursday (September 17th) to celebrate its 60th anniversary and raise funds for the hospice. 

Four thrill seekers from McDonalds will abseil down the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit in Stratford on September 20th.

An Evening of Magic, which is sponsored by Havering Chamber of Commerce (HCCI), will be held at the hospice on Saturday, October 10th. HCCI Chairman Barry Hicks from Magic Enigma and HCCI Executive Mike Keanly from Haines Watts will be supporting the night of mystery and surprise.

Six times world champion snooker star Steve Davis is expected to get on board with a family golf day and promotional offers from Philip Priscott from IT Harmony and training opportunities from Chris Laney of Positive Consultancy are also due to be launched. 

The group will meet again in December when they will hopefully be a step closer to raising their £100,000 target.
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"I'm delighted by the progress we have made in the past three months," said Mary-Anne Donovan, Project Manager for the Saint Francis Hospice Business Alliance Group. 

"Everyone who came along today showed great enthusiasm and determination to support the hospice in any way they can and there are already so many fantastic events in the pipeline.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for business people to get together and build on their contacts and knowledge while helping to ensure the hospice continues to provide an excellent service to everyone in the community who needs it."

To find out more about the group and the upcoming events, click here or call Mary-Anne on 01708 771 433.
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