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Property developers pledge to donate £300,000
We're delighted to announce a new three-year partnership with Weston Homes, one of the fastest growing property developers across London and the Home Counties.
Bob Weston, Chairman and Managing Director of Weston Homes, has been a generous supporter of his good friend Barry Hearn's golf days for many years.
Mr Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport and Patron, approached Mr Weston earlier this year having seen Weston Homes' plans for a major residential development, Riverloft Mills in Barking, to discuss how Weston Homes could work with the hospice.
Mr Weston agreed on an annual donation of £100,000 for three years, as well as allowing our branding on hoardings around the Riverloft development, which is in the heart of our catchment area.
"Barking is a town with huge potential, and with the Barking & Dagenham Development Plan, there will be big changes over the next few years with increased housing, employment, retail and leisure opportunities," said Mr Weston.
"Weston Homes has supported the hospice for a number of years, and we understand the need for their specialist services throughout the Borough and beyond.
"With new housing of course comes increased population.
"This in turn will increase the number of people who need the care provided by Saint Francis Hospice, so I am delighted to announce that we are going to further support the hospice for the next three years.
"I am proud to be associated with such an important local charity and look forward to working with the hospice to provide compassionate care for those who sadly need it."
Our CEO Pam Court was delighted to hear the news that this influential businessman has committed to support the work of the hospice.
"Nearly a quarter of our patients come from the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, but due to the Borough's economic difficulties and very young population, it is not always easy to raise funds from within the Borough to fund this care," said Pam.
"Mr Weston's donations will pay for our nurses to work in the community, providing care and support in people's homes when they need it most.
"Hundreds of local people will be helped by these donations and on their behalf, I extend our grateful thanks to Mr Weston and Weston Homes."
"I am not surprised that Bob so readily agreed to support this fantastic local charity," added Mr Hearn.
"He has a long history of supporting local causes where he is building, and has a magnificent community spirit.
"The hospice only receives 28% of its annual funding from the government, so we need people like Bob who will give a significant amount to provide the specialist end of life care needed by so many local people.
"I am proud to call him my friend and look forward to working with him for the good of the hospice."