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Sitting comfortably thanks to £600 donation

A £600 donation has enabled a hospice to buy a specialist chair and bring extra home comforts to patients and their families.
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Wendy Scates nominated Saint Francis Hospice as her chosen charity when she was chairman of the Foresters Friendly Society in Barkingside in 2014 and throughout the year she raised £600 from a variety of events including raffles, a race night and a book sale. 

The money has now been used to buy a raise and recliner chair which will enable patients and their families rest and relax in greater comfort.

"I have been involved with the hospice even before it was built in 1980 and as it is a local charity there was never any question that it was going to be my chosen charity," said Wendy.

"My late mother was cared for at a hospice 35 years ago and it was a wonderful caring environment so I know what a difference a hospice can make to patients and their families."

It was her personal experiences that inspired her to later join Ilford Friends of Saint Francis Hospice and dedicate 10 years to fundraising and supporting the organisation.

L-R Health Care Assistant Lynsey McMurdo Anne Brown Head of Fundraising Wendy Scates and David Scate
Anne Brown, Head of Fundraising at the hospice, said, "We are absolutely delighted that Wendy has chosen to support the hospice and buy one of the specialist raise and recline chairs.

"It will make a huge difference to the comfort of patients and their families, who often spend a long time by their bedside.

"We hope the generosity of Wendy and organisations like The Foresters Friendly Society will inspire others to get involved and help us to ensure we continue to provide the highest standard of care to everyone in our community who needs it."

Pictured left to right: Health Care Assistant Lynsey McMurdo, Anne Brown, Head of Fundraising, Wendy Scates and David Scates, sitting in chair