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The people's promoter champions hospice

Matchroom Sport founder and Chairman Barry Hearn has agreed to become a new patron of Saint Francis Hospice. 
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It is particularly poignant that Barry Hearn is from the local area and has a personal connection with the hospice prior to this appointment, as his mother-in-law was cared for by the charity back in 2005.

"It is an honour to become a patron of Saint Francis Hospice," said Barry, who managed six time snooker champion Steve Davis and currently promotes British IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua. "I am a strong believer that charity begins at home and what better way is there, than to support a charity where you can really see the difference your support makes to local people in the community."

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Saint Francis Hospice is an independent charity and one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. Its team of specialist consultants, doctors, nurses and a range of other health and social care professionals provide care and support to people with a life-limiting illness, as well as their carers and family members, completely free of charge.

Pam Court, Chief Executive of the hospice, said she was thrilled that Barry had agreed to take on this new role. 

"Barry Hearn has been a committed supporter of the hospice for many years now, donating his time, creating awareness and raising over £300,000 in the process," said Pam."We are delighted that Barry has taken our cause to his heart and look forward to working with him to support local people with end of life care needs."

The Brentwood-based businessman has helped attract supporters to the charity and works closely with the fundraising team to promote exclusive events including golf days at Thorndon Park Golf and Country Club and Abridge Golf and Country Club as well as the clay pigeon shoot days at Down Hall Country House. 

He is also responsible for the development of the hospice's Business Alliance Group, which was set up to give local businesses an opportunity to network while fundraising for their local hospice, since it started last year. In March Barry raised the spirits of patients on the Inpatient Ward by donating a new drinks trolley, which is commonly known as the "mobile bar."
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Barry Hearn with Steve Davis at a fundraising golf event for Saint Francis Hospice in 2008

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Chris Holmes from Saint Francis Hospice with Barry Hearn and Cranham Councillor Clarence Barrett at a SFH Business Alliance Group meeting earlier this year