Synagogue appeal brings comfort to patients and families
The Bet Tikvah Synagogue in Ilford launched an appeal at the start of the Jewish New Year to raise money to buy a specialist raise and recline chair for the Inpatient Unit at Saint Francis Hospice.
Chairman of the synagogue Gary Freedman and Vice Chairman Stewart Spivack were at the hospice in Havering-Atte-Bower on Wednesday (January 13) to present the generous cheque to Anne Brown, the charity's Head of Fundraising.
"This has been our most successful appeal so far," said Gary.
"All the money has been raised by our congregation and while there are so many worthy causes out there we wanted to support the hospice as it is a local charity."
Gary said he was particularly keen to fund one of the chairs, which cost almost £600 each, after being told about how they could help patients and families by fellow synagogue member Wendy Scates.
Last year Wendy, who is the chairman of the Foresters Friendly Society in Barkingside, nominated the hospice as her chosen charity and managed to raise £600 to purchase one of the chairs.
"We are very grateful to the Bet Tikvah Synagogue for this generous donation, which has been put to good use and is already benefiting patients and their families, who often spend a long time by their bedside.
"It is wonderful what the community can achieve when it comes together to support the hospice and we look forward to working with the synagogue again in the future."
L-R Stewart Spivack, Senior Staff Nurse Margaret Power, Chris Holmes and Gary Freedman (sitting in chair)