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Thanks a million – hospice highlights the incredible contribution of volunteers

Every year hundreds of volunteers give up their time to ensure Saint Francis Hospice can provide the highest quality of care to patients and families at the most difficult time in their lives.
There are currently 860 volunteers who work in every part of the charity from the Inpatient Ward, Day Therapy Unit and gardens to fundraising and the shops and over the last year they worked an incredible 169,000 hours and saved the hospice £2 million in staff costs. 

As part of Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June) the hospice will be celebrating the hard work and dedication of our unpaid workforce and hosting three evenings in June and July (June 9th, June 23rd and July 6th) to formally thank them for their invaluable contribution to the hospice. 

During the evenings a number of Long Service Awards will also be presented to volunteers having completed five, ten, fifteen, twenty and twenty-five years of service.

Gill Wendelken, Voluntary Services Manager at the hospice, said, “Saint Francis Hospice uses the special opportunity provided by the National UK Volunteer Week to show its appreciation for all its volunteers, totalling 860 people, who are such an essential part of the service provided to the community.

“The thousands of hours, personal skills and life experiences the volunteers bring to the hospice organisation is absolutely priceless.”

The hospice is always on the lookout for volunteers with different skills, particularly in the following areas: shops, patient care, manning a new telephone service for people who are isolated or lonely, garden, complementary therapy and drivers to bring people to the Day Therapy Unit at the hospice. 

If you are interested in any of these roles, even if you have just a few hours to spare every month, please contact Gill on 01708 758 614 or click here.

This is what some of our volunteers have to say about their work at the hospice.

John Freeman, 67, has been a volunteer gardener for the past seven years.

John Freeman - gardener (2)
“As I retired and live locally I thought it was the right thing to do to help out,” said John, who lives in Stapleford Abbots. 

“I like meeting people at the hospice and working with the maintenance team as well as the other volunteers. We have a good laugh when we get together. I really enjoy the work and Claire (Head Gardener at the hospice) gives me all sorts of jobs. I particularly like mowing the lawn because I find it very soothing and satisfying as you can forget about everything else. Being a volunteer is also very rewarding. People will often walk past as we are working and say how lovely the gardens are.”

John Freeman - gardener (2)
Chris Morcock, 63, has been volunteering at the hospice’s shop in High Road, Ilford for the past three years. 

Chris, from Dagenham, was inspired to get involved after the charity cared for his dad John Morcock before he died of cancer in August 2004.

“I love my volunteer work as I have made so many friends,” said Chris, who also helps out at the hospice’s shops in Harold Hill, Dagenham and Romford.

“I do a bit of everything at the shop and even do the till training. I get on well with lots of the customers and I am on first name terms with some of them. I came here because my dad was so well looked after by the charity and I thought it was a good way to repay the care and attention he was given.”

In 2014 Chris raised almost £200 when he took part in a head shave and ice bucket challenge. And more recently, he supported the Dying Matters Awareness Week events that took place in Ilford town centre last month. 

Anne Lancaster, 62, has been volunteering with the fundraising team since 2014.

Anne, (pictured) who used to work as a purchasing officer for a shipping firm, also has a personal connection as the charity cared for her mum Yvonne Lancaster before she died in 2013. 

“We had to talk my mum into visiting the Day Therapy Unit but after the first visit she realised how wonderful it was and looked forward to going there every week,” said Anne, who lives in Brentwood.

John Freeman - gardener (2)
“When the time came my mum was admitted to the Inpatient Unit and she was there for around seven weeks. The care she received was excellent and I was so grateful that she was not at a hospital. The hospice also looked after our family too.”

Anne initially helped out at the Sunflower Picnic, which is a summer event held for supporters to remember their loved ones, and since then she has been supporting the fundraising team in any way she can. 

“It has been fantastic,” said Anne.

“As soon as I came in I felt part of the team as everyone was so friendly. It is nice to be able to give a little bit back after what the hospice did for my mum.”

Details for Sunflower day 2016 can be found at sfh.org.uk/sunflower-day.

Every Wednesday Mike Addis, 70, who has been a volunteer chaplain for three years and is part of the Pastoral Care Team, spends most of his day in the Day Therapy Unit bringing comfort to patients and visitors.

“Many people can get quite afraid when they hear the word hospice,” said Mike, from Upminster.

“They may think that once they become a patient they will soon die, although I know this is not necessarily the case. My work involves coming alongside people in a listening capacity, which includes spiritual and religious support. I also liaise with the professional staff to ensure that everyone can receive the best possible help.”

Mike, who completed three years of lay ministry training in 2009, organises a lunch-time service in the chapel and for the past two years he has led the Christmas Eve carol service at the hospice as well as taken part in the Services of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for people who have lost their loved ones that are held at local venues.

And during his time at the hospice he has seen the benefit its first class care and support service brings to patients and their families.

“I have seen people whose illnesses have progressed over many months but once under the hospice they are monitored to ensure continued treatment, which may include periods as an inpatient, where I am also able to give them support,” said Mike.

“For me the hospice movement is the way forward as we endeavour to help the increasing number of people with life-limiting illnesses. We are very fortunate to be served by such a wonderful facility as Saint Francis Hospice where patients are accepted at no charge to them or their families.”

Lynn Stanley, Sue Collins, Nicola Winsley and Ingrid Bean, (pictured below) all work at the general shop in North Street, Romford and say volunteering has enriched their lives.

John Freeman - gardener (2)

Lynn, 72, has been a volunteer with Saint Francis Hospice for the past 19 years and for the past four years she has been working at the shop. 

“I love the people I work with and the customers and the fact that we are so incredibly busy,” said Lynn from Romford.

“Volunteers who come from a retail background cannot believe how busy we are.I find it fun and very satisfying as I know I am doing something for the community. Saint Francis Hospice is a local charity and I know where the money is going to. I definitely get more out of it than I put in. I also volunteer from time to time on the Inpatient Unit at the hospice making tea for patients and it is so lovely how little things can bring a smile to their faces.”

Sue, 67, has been travelling from her Chigwell home to the shop for the past three and a half years.

“I was in full-time care for over 20 years and then I nursed my husband and a friend,” said Sue.

“After I lost my husband I wanted to give my time to something worthwhile. Working at the shop has helped me because it is so stimulating and I feel I am achieving something that is earning money for the hospice. At this charity shop there is lots of action and I am always interested in what our sales targets are.”

Nicola, 38, initially started working at the shop as part of a back to work scheme but she enjoyed it so much she has now returned as a volunteer.

“Everyone was so friendly and I really loved the atmosphere of the place,” said Nicola, from Dagenham.

“I had never been in a shop before and coming to the Saint Francis Hospice charity shop has given me the experience and confidence that I never had. I volunteer two days a week and if they are short staffed I help out on other days too.”

For Ingrid, 71, volunteering has helped her cope with personal tragedy and to use her skills to help others. 

“I came here because I lost my son three years ago and I felt there was a massive hole in my life,” said Ingrid, from Hornchurch.

“My aunt used to support Saint Francis Hospice and I knew if I was going to work for a charity it was going to be this one. It has helped me so much and it has really kept me going. I love working on the tills. I used to have my own shops and I’ve always worked with the public. I am amazed by all the work the hospice does. To have someone around you at a terrible time is so wonderful. Having been there, I know what people are going through.”

Gwen Bruce, 60, and Nicola Ramm, 45, have been working at Saint Francis Hospice’s electrical shop in South Street, Romford, for the past four months. 

John Freeman - gardener (2)
Gwen and Nicola, both from Dagenham, came to the charity as part of a job scheme to help them get back to work but it has been such a positive experience that they plan to stay on as volunteers after completing their six month placement.  

Nicola, said, “I love it here and enjoy helping customers. Working at the shop has helped me to gain confidence and to build up my skills, which will hopefully lead to a job in retail. I’ve had great support at the shop and made some great friends and after I finish I hope to stay on a few hours a week.” 

“Everyone I work with is lovely,” said Gwen. “I work on the tills and on the shop floor. I enjoy meeting different people and have learned things I have never given a thought to before.”
Archive
2015
February
27th - Runner’s bid to be a Lion king record holder
March
9th - Playing in memory of grandad
April
10th - Hospice backs call for radical rethink in care.
29th - Marathon Marvels
29th - Fiesta time for Collier Row pensioner
May
1st - Royal Mail delivers help to hospice
5th - Motorbike enthusiast gears up for Himalayan adventure
8th - Retired nurse celebrates £1,000 windfall
8th - Running club celebrates London Marathon achievements
11th - BT workers engaged in Snowdonia trek
11th - 15th anniversary of pioneering Hospice at Home service
14th - Dying Matters. Let's talk about it.
15th - Inspirational mum set to raise £3,500 in latest charity challenge
22nd - Garden sanctuary for bereaved children needs your vote
22nd - New car or £10,000 cash up for grabs in Summer Raffle
22nd - Milk workers raise over £300 for hospice
22nd - Accountant is on track after £1,000 lottery win
27th - Himalayan adventure gets off to "bootiful" start
27th - Volunteer Week
June
2nd - Volunteer still learning new skills after 23 years
5th - Boxers get ready to rumble for hospice
5th - Furniture store volunteer saves life of baby
5th - Take the lead - join our dog walk!
10th - Cuppa and cake for carers to mark Carers Week
12th - Secret garden of magical delights awaits
12th - Talented singers stop shoppers in their tracks
16th - Saint Francis Hospice hosts Namaste Conference
19th - Businesses unite for £100,000 fundraising challenge
19th - Second lottery win for lucky grandmother
19th - Dog trainer to take leap of faith for hospice
26th - £1,000 cash injection for DIY project
26th - Supermarket boss sold on hospice
26th - Former EastEnders actress steps back to the 80s for 10k hospice walk
July
6th - Double win for lucky ladies
7th - Oh what a night as disco fever sweeps Romford town centre
7th - Talented teenager to auction artwork
10th - Sunflower picnic to remember loved ones
13th - Garden event promises rooms with views
13th - Pupils swap books for trainers to support hospice
13th - Dazzling Dancing show raises £2,600 for hospice
17th - Heavenly windfall for mother of three
17th - The sky’s the limit for daring teaching staff
17th - Donated Russian figurine sells for almost £1,600 on Ebay
24th - Former airline worker scoops £1,000 on hospice lottery
24th - London’s calling hospice workers
24th - Daring duo to abseil down the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit
27th - Happy birthday Saint Francis Hospice!
29th - Miniature world of quirky delights
31st - Patients featured in Channel 5 News series on end of life care.
31st - Lucky catch as fishing manager hooks lottery jackpot
August
3rd - Superstores flex muscles to raise more than £3,000 for hospice
4th - Get a head start and run for Saint Francis Hospice
5th - Bingo! The Young Ones crack the £10 grand mark!
6th - Insurance workers risk muddy adventure to help raise £13k for hospice
7th - Inspirational woman steps up to Chinese challenge
11th - Take a shot for your hospice
12th - Spectacular garden gives hospice a blooming £500 boost
13th - Retail workers get top ‘Marks’ for big donation
14th - Lottery win ‘wheely’ good news for former council worker
14th - High time radio presenter took it to the edge
14th - Giving a foot up to bereaved youngsters
17th - DIY store workers get hospice event off to a rosy start
18th - Former headteacher rises to charity abseil challenge
19th - Couple celebrate silver wedding anniversary with big win
20th - Big Yellow to the rescue!
21st - No tie-breaker – hospice is £10,000 winner
26th - Ford workers go further for hospice
27th - Fork lift driver raises a bit more than he expected
28th - Facing the Fear Factor
September
1st - Lucky £1 ticket nets man £10,000
2nd - Ace day raises £250 for hospice
3rd - Bank worker ropes in colleagues for daring abseil
4th - Future classic car makes its debut
4th - Drawn to support local charity
11th - Grateful family seize chance to help hospice
11th - Happiness is… 62 years of marriage and a £1,000 lottery win!
11th - Generous donations bring home comforts to the hospice
14th - Mixing business with pleasure nets more than £6,700 for hospice
15th - Wheels of fortune
18th - Health professionals from Singapore are inspired
18th - £10,000 is now the target for law firm
18th - Sitting comfortably thanks to £600 donation
24th - Daughter’s bald and beautiful tribute to mother
25th - Classic Car and Bike Show fuels funds for patient care
25th - Hospice Care Week 2015 - Connecting care and communities
25th - Descending to raise pounds
28th - As one door closes, another opens
October
2nd - Cabbie hails £1,000 lottery win
2nd - Getting quizzical for hospice
2nd - Caring canines bring patients comfort and joy
5th - Brighter, smarter shopping in Brentwood
6th - Hospice Care Week
7th - Hospice Care Week
8th - Hospice Care Week
9th - New funding to tackle loneliness and isolation
9th - Numbers add up for former teacher
11th - Freddie rocks Romford
16th - Pupils step up to raise £1,186 for hospice
16th - Double birthday treat as couple win £1,000 on hospice lottery
16th - Hospice nets £80,000 to restore Victorian pond
16th - Scouts honour inspirational leader with hospice hike
23rd - Blooming success for hospice gardens
23rd - Courageous mother’s act of kindness raises £1,700
23rd - Third time lucky for former hospice worker
30th - Time to stop
30th - Masons lodge money with hospice
30th - Painting produces pounds for hospice
30th - Retired accounts clerk is counting her lucky numbers
November
6th - Inspirational story at heart of raffle launch
6th - First time Fundraisers have a ball and raise £27,000 for hospice care
6th - Neopost delivers more than £5,000 for hospice in abseil adventure
9th - Bereaved children helped to come to terms with their loss through art and activity
13th - Dealership donates £1,000 after saddling up for cycling challenge
13th - Hospice helps bereaved children to rebuild their lives
13th - Lottery gift for newly weds
19th - Donations make a happy Christmas
20th - Big donation helps patients and saves hospice money
20th - Santathon promises ho-spice fun for all
20th - Friday the 13th - lucky for some!
26th - Royal Oak “treet” for hospice
27th - TOWIE star signs up to support Star Walk
27th - Muddy tribute to best friend
27th - “Reddy” for Santathon
27th - Convenience store shows bags of initiative!
27th - Black Friday benefits hospice
27th - Hospice volunteer gets £1,000 payback
30th - Tributes to Arthur Rackley
December
4th - Gardens spruced up for Christmas
4th - Help at last for young adults
4th - Unbeer-lievable challenge raises £660 for hospice
4th - Caring woman shares lottery success with hospice
4th - Winger’s words and shirt score for hospice
4th - Road race trotters break piggybank for hospice
7th - Tricolour tribute
11th - Cracking Christmas treat for carers
11th - DHL deliver muddy adventure for hospice
11th - Happy memories hung in gallery
11th - The festive spirit is in the air for lottery couple
11th - Cake sale proves a winning formula for hospice
17th - Tee’d up for Christmas
18th - Morrisons – making a difference for a local hospice
18th - Salon supports hospice in style
18th - Cyclists rally together to raise £600 for a hospice
18th - Reddy, steady go at the Santathon
18th - Essex boys bring Christmas cheer to hospice
24th - Reaching their goal with Christmas fundraiser
24th - Vehicle leasing company drives towards £10,000
2016
January
4th - Reflecting, remembering and celebrating
6th - Appeal for help following theft of hospice van
8th - A great way to end the year
8th - Shop promotion raises £500 for hospice
11th - New deal with Chelmsford company helps drive towards £10,000
14th - Twelve months of fabulous fundraising for hospice
14th - High Street retailer shares profits with hospice
14th - Family celebrate lottery win with a sunshine break
19th - Synagogue appeal brings comfort to patients and families
20th - Council leader impressed by hospice services
22nd - Hospice van theft sparks phenomenal response on social media
29th - Help jump start care on Leap Day
29th - The magic of the movies
29th - Lucky lady is on winning streak….again!
February
5th - Pub raises the bar with £10,000 fundraising challenge for hospice
5th - £1,000 is a bonus for hospice jackpot winner
5th - “Treemendous” specimens
5th - Pupils dance to the tune of £450 for hospice
9th - A muddy, mad way to raise money
11th - Large cheque lodged with hospice by Freemasons
11th - Fishing for funds
15th - Reality TV star takes on new role for hospice
15th - Double lottery success for Upminster residents
19th - Die-hard Daggers fans' double donation
19th - Brentwood goes orange!
26th - Mammoth miles of motoring for Mongolia-bound Micra
26th - Insurance worker claims her win
29th - Wonderful gift pays for a day
March
4th - Brentwood went orange!
4th - Raffle comes up rosy for green-fingered grandad
7th - Marathon runner follows in grandparents’ footsteps for hospice
7th - Set to run in Brentwood
7th - The Great "Fatsby"
11th - Sole sisters step up for marathon
11th - Fundraisers aiming to set world record
11th - Hospice inspires marathon challenge
14th - Ford goes orange
18th - Motorist wins £1,000 fuel injection
18th - Hospice will not forget Dementia
18th - Friends celebrate 30th birthday with 30km run
24th - Barry Hearn promotes “mobile pub” at hospice
25th - Construction worker builds on lottery success
31st - At least 259 people wanted!
April
4th - Caring Carr family
5th - Fundraising fayre is an easy puzzle to solve!
6th - Egg-cellent Coupe for the hospice!
9th - Couple celebrate wedding
15th - Brentwood man is ready for third marathon effort!
15th - Watts that? Electrician gets £1,000 shock
15th - One good turn deserves another
18th - World record smashed!
18th - CQC visit underway
22nd - Can you help?
22nd - Radio programme inspires lottery sign-up
22nd - Poignant anniversary to fuel London Marathon runner through his 26.2 miles
25th - Paul shakes the hand of James Bond but isn’t stirred
29th - Schoolgirl’s hair-raising tribute to nan
May
5th - Mayor honours Hospice heroes
6th - Quiz night success – no question about it!
6th - Golf and family fun raises £4,000 for hospice
6th - Supporting young people living with dementia
6th - Council worker on track for hospice
12th - Stolen van returns to duties
12th - Golf without trousers all for a good cause
12th - The people's promoter champions hospice
13th - CM15 is a lucky lottery postcode!
20th - Treats all round!
20th - The beautiful game scores £3,200 for hospice
20th - Where there is a will there is a way to protect your loved ones
20th - Theft inspires “vantastic” gift
June
3rd - New postgraduate courses at Saint Francis Hospice
3rd - Tiff inspires charity head shave
3rd - From firewalls to fencing
3rd - Make-up class helps women to look good and feel good
3rd - Thanks a million – hospice highlights the incredible contribution of volunteers
3rd - TOWIE stars step up for hospice walk
10th - Dagenham firm launches support for hospice
10th - Two tickets, one happy winner
10th - Lily’s petal makes pounds for hospice
13th - Bigger, better, building benefits hospice
17th - Jimmy Jones and the healing power of laughter
17th - Star Walk has the wow factor
24th - A royally delicious treat!
24th - Little things make all the difference and lead to big prize
27th - Imogen Heap – from Hogwarts to the hospice
July
1st - Hospice can bank on support of retired city worker
1st - Marching with Pride
4th - Mother’s legacy brings comfort to patients and visitors
5th - Magic night out for charity walkers
5th - Five Year Milestones
6th - Sunflower Appeal Success
8th - Pupils go the extra bridge for hospice
8th - Family step up for Star Walk in memory of son and brother
8th - London to Paris in a day – Tri and you’ll succeed!
12th - Be like Stephanie - Run the Royal Parks for Saint Francis Hospice
12th - OUTSTANDING - Hospice receives highest rating from CQC
15th - Cyclists gear up for 100 mile ride
15th - £1,000 win for former dental nurse
18th - Welcome Pauline - our new Trustee
19th - Classic car show takes you back in time
19th - Spectacular Star Walk raises £50,000
19th - Funds raised by the Freemasons lodged with the hospice
19th - Mercury Mall gets in on the ‘Go Orange’ Act
22nd - Schoolboy raises £810 in memory of his aunt
22nd - Bank workers invest in hospice
23rd - Lottery win is in the stars
24th - Teenagers sow seeds for their community
25th - Saint Francis Hospice pays tribute to Kate
August
2nd - Neopost delivers for Saint Francis Hospice
5th - Friends freefall 13,000ft for hospice
5th - Chemist gives hospice a £500 boost
5th - Our golf days are supported by big hitters
9th - And the winners of the Summer Raffle 2016 are...
12th - A friend in need is a friend indeed!
12th - Kate Adie to speak at Ladies Gala Lunch
19th - Open garden reaps rewards for hospice
19th - Woman goes the extra length in London lake swim
19th - Family and friends club together to make a difference
19th - Intrepid traveller hits the Himalayan high roads…again!
19th - All the best Paul
26th - Summer Raffle brings sunshine and fabulous prizes
September
5th - A spice way to raise funds for the hospice
6th - Morrisons lends a big helping hand
12th - Dagenham woman delighted at £1,000 bonus!
12th - Team put their energy into hospice gardens
15th - Frankie’s Car Fest 5th Year success
15th - Snooker Superstars support Saint Francis Hospice
16th - And our lottery winner really could be you!
20th - The good fight delivers £2,000 win
20th - Friends freefall 13,000ft to raise £1,668
23rd - Join Jimmy Jones for an evening of laughter and entertainment
26th - Spooks and sparks for hospice
30th - Hospices unite to give young adults fun and friendship
30th - Couple make a splash at charity swim
30th - OrangeLine service launches to combat isolation and loneliness
30th - Champions trade titles for fundraising
October
10th - Hospice Care is…
11th - Running for fun and charity is a winner
13th - Brentwood Lottery Winner
14th - Busking in Brentwood
14th - Harvest donations reaps benefits for community
16th - Big-hearted comedian entertains for hospice
17th - Singing in the ward
17th - Royal Parks Half Marathon is jewel in the crown for Team SFH
18th - Safeguarding Week - It's everyone's responsibility
20th - Lottery surprise for Collier Row man
20th - Hornchurch gardening society fundraising total grows
21st - Hospice honey is the bee’s knees
21st - Gold and silver medals grow on trees
21st - Net-walking is keeping businesses on their toes
28th - Light Up a Life - dedicated to the one we love
28th - Hospice at Home comes to Redbridge
November
3rd - Retired bus driver has just the ticket!
7th - It’s official, Santa is coming to Dagenham town!
11th - Playing with numbers to fund end of life care
11th - Going Bald for Lloyd
14th - A £1 raffle ticket could be the key to your new car
15th - Hospice takes on battle for Christmas number one (copy)
15th - Hospice takes on battle for Christmas number one (copy)
15th - Hospice takes on battle for Christmas number one
16th - Have faith in our care - Inter Faith week
25th - A time and a space for supporting end of life care
25th - Kate Adie takes Hospice supporters on a tour of the front lines
December
2nd - SFH choir member Kathy Baldwin shares her experience of recording the Christmas single
6th - Santathon…it’s all for a good clause
7th - Business Alliance Group - going from strength to strength
12th - Santathon fun sweeps Dagenham
13th - Carers take time out for a festive treat
16th - Hospice choir single storms the charts at number 11!
16th - Shining the spotlight on hospice care
19th - Retired council worker revs up for hospice
30th - £1,000 Christmas gift is a winner
2017
January
6th - Loving mother inspires a fundraising legacy
13th - Double lottery luck for Brentwood woman
13th - Couple tie the knot!
16th - Volunteering - a rewarding way to make a difference
25th - Raffle winners celebrate their good luck
February
3rd - Hospice hosts new social group for bereaved people
6th - Farewell to fundraising legend Paul Freedman
9th - Primary school goes orange for hospice
10th - Egghead Barry Simmons makes surprising revelations in a radio interview
10th - It’s all muddy madness for the hospice
20th - And the score is..win win for the hospice
20th - The rush is on to join hospices for bubble fun
24th - £1,000 lottery win is the perfect finish for retired printer
28th - A question and answer session with professional runner Harmander Singh
28th - Family business puts the community first
March
1st - Light footed doctor on the run…for the hospice
6th - Big Orange Quiz is a great success - no question about it!
7th - Couple celebrate 45th wedding anniversary with a blessing
14th - Children in Need
16th - Landlady raises pot of gold for Saint Francis Hospice
20th - The YJS Trust’s £100,000 contribution to hospice care
21st - Brentwood Half Marathon 2017 round-up
30th - Waxing perfect for Saint Francis Hospice
30th - Waxing perfect for Saint Francis Hospice
31st - Two continents, three friends and 18,000 miles - all for charity
April
11th - OrangeLine
17th - London Marathon 2017 profile - Alfie Dunsdon
18th - London Marathon 2017 profile - Jodie Timbrell
19th - London Marathon 2017 profile - Spencer Littlechild
20th - London Marathon 2017 profile - Team DST
21st - London Marathon 2017 profile - James Morris
27th - London Marathon 2017
May
5th - Mother and son get ready for Bubble Rush fun
5th - Spotlight on death, dying and bereavement
5th - Beautiful Betty
5th - Cycling for love and charity
15th - Councillor Trew learns the retail ropes
19th - Super Star Walker back for 5th year!
22nd - Bubble Rush is a foam-tastic success for hospices
30th - Where there’s a will there’s a way to protect your loved ones!
31st - Star Walk tribute to loving husband
June
15th - Kitty's Girls dress down and step up
26th - Hospice gardens bloom thanks to rotary funding
27th - Havering 90 Joggers dedicate run to former founder
July
7th - Magical garden raises £3,678 for hospice
7th - Redbridge Mayor makes a special visit to hospice
13th - Mick Wilson from 10cc wows Business Alliance Group
17th - Tigers score £168 for hospice
18th - Bringing care home to patients and families
21st - Cars revving up to break £100,000 fundraising target
28th - Hospice worker honoured for 30 years of service
August
2nd - Can we count on your tick?
11th - A good deed brings a great reward for Dagenham girl Laura
22nd - £1,200 win for hospice in charity football match
22nd - The Nuggett banks £38,000 for hospice care
September
1st - Gyles Brandreth has royal stories to share
15th - Classic car show smashes £100,000 target
19th - New Art Therapy Group for Bereaved Children
October
13th - 500 visitors join parks 80th anniversary celebrations
19th - We're So-Ho-Ho-Sorry!
20th - Barclays team volunteer at hospice that cared for their colleague’s wife
20th - Hospice make wedding wish come true for grandmother
23rd - Top awards for our beautiful gardens
27th - Saint Francis Hospice proudly opens new service Pemberton Place
31st - Allotment society’s veggy fantastic £3,000 donation
November
10th - Council worker gets red-dy for hospice’s 5k Santathon
10th - Sir Trevor Brooking kicks off hospice’s 5k Santathon
15th - Our Black & White Ball - a brilliant success
17th - Romford beekeepers provide sweet treat for patients
17th - Children in Need
17th - Collier Row gives hospice users a VIP salon treat
17th - Brentwood running club’s £15,000 challenge for hospice
20th - Sister's step up for 5k Santa run in memory of grandad
December
4th - South Weald Ladies Fellowship inspired by hospice fundraisers
6th - Saint Francis Hospice takes centre stage at National conference
7th - Hospice choir Stands Together for Christmas No.1!
8th - Father & daughter raise over £1,000 in memory of Nan, Delia
15th - Sharise takes on Brentwood Half for her local hospice
15th - Hospice says thank you to carers
18th - Redbridge Mayor enjoys charity retail experience!
19th - Car owner's £672 drive
19th - Primary choir sprinkle Christmas magic
2018
January
5th - Winter Raffle brings New Year delight to lucky winners!
9th - Our lovely Sister Philomena is recognised by the Queen
24th - Couple go the distance for their local hospice
25th - Hospice Counsellor on the run again
25th - From Saint Francis to the start line
26th - Luke Harman London Marathon Profile
26th - Our statement regarding our financial position
26th - Volunteer says goodbye after more than 30 years of service
26th - Raffle winner donates brand new car worth £11,500
29th - Step into spring with 5k Santathon
February
1st - From Business Alliance to 500 club success
2nd - West Ham pay tribute to phenomenal fundraiser
2nd - A touch of Royalty at Saint Francis Hospice
2nd - Mayor formally opens newly refurbished retail store
2nd - Local pub quizzers raise almost £60k
5th - Pub quizzers raise almost £60,000 over past decade
5th - Hornchurch firm take on military assault challenge
6th - Accountant is counting down to Brentwood Half Marathon!
7th - Snooker legend Steve Davis continues his support for the hospice
13th - Fitness fan's marathon effort in memory of nan
13th - Mum takes on Brentwood Half Marathon for the third time!
13th - Lionhearted shipbroker takes second marathon in his stride
13th - Surveyor trades tools for trainers as he prepares for iconic race
13th - Marathon man follows in his father’s footsteps
March
9th - Hospices unite for Bubble Rush fun
12th - Sir Trevor & Lady Brooking are announced as Patrons
12th - Tea & Talk at Toby's funded for another year
16th - Havering Islamic organisation’s £2,500 donation for hospice care
19th - Catering students serve up £434
20th - Arctic weather couldn’t hold back our determined runners!
27th - More than 300 Santas turn out for Easter fun run!
28th - Hospice care inspires man to take on Manchester Marathon
28th - Big Yellow Quiz 2018 - a sell out success
28th - Big Yellow Quiz results!
April
3rd - Supporter's generous donation to provide dignity bags
3rd - Havering Mayor officially reopens our Romford store!
6th - Volunteering and personal experience inspire runners
6th - Paragon trio's 26.2 mile effort!
9th - PandA Paddlers raise over £3,000 while conquering their own battles
24th - London Marathon heroes raise £1,000s for hospice care
May
4th - Trotters £19,500 Marathon achievement
4th - New art therapy group for bereaved young people aged 17-21
11th - Dying Matters - have the conversation
14th - Royal wedding celebrations at a Harold Wood hair salon
21st - Breakfast special to celebrate Royal Wedding
22nd - Ironman takes on 100 mile bike ride
June
1st - Volunteers give up an incredible 260,000 hours a year
4th - Make a Will and protect the ones you love
11th - 1,200 families and friends unite for bubble fun!
15th - Tea, cake and entertainment for Carers Week
19th - Cycling adventure to remember WW1 soldiers raises £2,000
19th - Time for tennis and Pimm's!
29th - Retail managers take a walk on the wild side!
29th - Patients enjoy a paw-some visit
July
6th - Barking Rugby Club is on the ball
9th - Family Trust donates £50,000 to fund community services
11th - Celebrate 10 years of Star Walk
12th - Former Mayor donates £39,000 to grow care in Redbridge
18th - Fitness tribute to gym instructor raises more than £3,000
23rd - Hospice celebrates its 34th birthday
27th - Sisters to Star Walk in memory of loved ones
27th - Get ‘revvy’ for our seventh annual classic car and bike fest
27th - Tennis tournament raises £3,281 for pioneering telephone service
August
1st - Ilford South MP visits to find out about services to Redbridge residents
6th - TOWIE star becomes face of Star Walk
6th - Remembering Dr Beaver
15th - Third time lucky as locals prepare for Mission Mud
15th - Volunteer back on the till following stroke
17th - School friends step out for their Nans
21st - Young people receive a Foot UP!
21st - Time FM brings sporting legends together to raise £2,300
21st - Son chops his locks in memory of late dad
28th - Grandfather wins £6,000 golden ticket in summer raffle
28th - Family set to Star Walk in memory of loving wife and mum
29th - Newly elected Redbridge Mayor visits to learn about our services
31st - Woman celebrates birthday with 10k Star Walk!
September
5th - Janet Abbott is a Star Walk supremo!
5th - Seven years of success for Frankie's Car show
10th - Busking champion to perform at Star Walk
12th - Bogus callers steal collection boxes
12th - Great-grandmother's £25,000 lottery surprise
14th - Family hold sixth annual golf day in memory of their daughter
25th - Super Star Walkers raise £1,000s for end of life care
25th - Havering rugby club raises £800
26th - Headteacher sets staff a muddy challenge!
October
8th - Hospice Care Week
12th - Hospice garden makeover on track thanks to rail firm
15th - Families invited to celebrate and remember their loved ones over festive season
18th - 5K Ramble raises £3,240
18th - Family's tribute to beautiful daughter and sister
18th - Santas ‘Chase the Turkey’ for hospice!
22nd - Young people among some of the first to benefit from technology
30th - Young students learn about careers in care
November
6th - Family to join Santa-fun for the first time!
12th - Grovember challenge for Hospice at Home nurses
12th - New support group opens for Redbridge residents affected by cancer or life-limiting illness
16th - Snooker legend Steve Davis becomes a patron
23rd - Property developers pledge to donate £300,000
26th - Daughter to run Santathon for dad
27th - SEIB Insurance Brokers volunteer and donate £10,000
30th - Redbridge Mayor formally opens Wanstead store
December
11th - Santathon brings magic of Christmas to Dagenham
11th - Bee club's sweet gift to patients
14th - Sports radio presenter to run 2019 London Marathon
20th - Festive fun at Pemberton Place
2019
January
7th - London Marathon 2019 - Lauren to fulfil marathon dream!
7th - Winter Raffle raises £50,000
11th - BBC Eggheads to host biggest quiz in Essex!
22nd - Physiotheraphy placement inspires marathon effort!
23rd - London Marathon 2019 - Sam's training is on cue!
24th - Rotary’s £11,500 drive to support hospice
28th - Hospice named as West Ham charity partner
29th - College catering students £300 treat
30th - Pub quizzers raise almost £65,000
30th - Awareness day puts the spotlight on young carers
31st - Tesco's £15,790 donation is a big help to community!
February
4th - Spin class raise more than £11,000
8th - Family take on 10k winter run and raise £2,000 in memory of daughter
11th - Golf club raises £2,300
12th - Netballer has a marathon goal in sight
12th - Lara's back to experience the London Marathon buzz!
15th - Julie runs fourth London Marathon for Mum!
15th - Snooker supremo to co-host The Big Orange Quiz
22nd - Grandmother celebrates 90th birthday with £10,500 lottery win
26th - Council worker to run for Dad!
26th - Hospice nurse goes extra 26.2 miles
March
5th - Old Esthameians raise an incredible £1,205
8th - After 3 half marathons Grant Shotter is ready for the 26.2 mile London challenge
11th - WI ladies get cracking this Easter
12th - Firefighter to run London Marathon in memory of Dad
15th - Craig compares running a marathon to childbirth
18th - Congratulations to our Brentwood Half runners
19th - Shout out to our social workers - World Social Work Day
19th - World Social Work Day - Our practical and emotional support services
25th - BBC Eggheads and snooker champion Steve Davis challenge more than 700 quizzers!
28th - Frankie's classic car show scoops prestigious award!
28th - The scores are in for the Big Orange Quiz
29th - Highway Express donate more than 200 chocolate Easter eggs
April
1st - Devoted daughter to run London Marathon for mum
9th - Tina ready to run 10th marathon
10th - Businesses spin £50 into over £17,000
12th - Emily to run her first marathon for her wonderful Nan
26th - Hospice volunteer scoops the rollover!
29th - London Marathon 2019 highlights!
May
3rd - Dying Matters Week
7th - Patients invited to record their life stories
10th - Couple receive civic award recognising 50 years of volunteering
22nd - Training workshop strengthens end of life care in West Essex
31st - National Volunteers' Week 2019
June
3rd - Daughter shares her family's experience of hospice care
10th - Carers Week 10-16 June