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Reality TV star takes on new role for hospice

The Only Way is Essex star Danni Armstrong has vowed to use her celebrity status to help patients and families after an emotional visit to a hospice.
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Danni took a break from her busy schedule to spend time at Saint Francis Hospice in Havering-atte-Bower on Friday (February 5) and find out more about the care and support it provides to people affected by life limiting illnesses. 

The glamourous 27-year-old chatted with patients in the Day Therapy Unit and brightened up the day of patients and their families when she dropped into the Inpatient Unit.
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"I was nervous about coming to the hospice as I thought it would be a very sad place," said Danni, (pictured with Day Therapy Unit Manager Tracy Cunningham) who has been part of the TOWIE cast since 2013.

"It has been very emotional but I am so glad that I came.

"The staff and volunteers do an amazing job and I want to get involved and help raise awareness about its services.

"I knew a bit about the hospice because my best friend's dad was cared for by the Hospice at Home team before he passed away and I know how much they helped him and his family."

The talented young woman was inspired to visit the charity after Laura Hill, the Trusts and Grants Manager at the hospice, popped into her fashion business Danni Boutique in Hornchurch. 

Danni said, "I used to think it was just a place that old people came to, but lots of young people get sick.

"I am only 27 and there are people of my age and younger getting cancer and other serious illnesses."

Jane Frame, Director of Fundraising at the hospice, said, "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Danni to Saint Francis Hospice.

"She said she was nervous, but we all thought she was brilliant and really interested in listening to patients as they spoke about their experiences at the hospice.  

"The staff and volunteers really appreciated the time she took to come and see how we help local people and the range of services available. 

"It's always so uplifting to have warm and engaging visitors and for many patients, it's a lovely treat for them.

"We are very grateful for her support and as the star of a popular television series she will help us to reach out to more people so they can learn more about the hospice and how it can help local people as well as hopefully get on board to support us."

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L-R Laura Hill, Danni, patient Geoffrey Elmore listening to Sue Spong, a Bereavement Support Counsellor

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 Danni with Day Therapy Unit patients Leanne Smith and Geoffrey Elmore