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Twelve months of fabulous fundraising for hospice

A church raised £3,500 when it brought the community together to help people affected by life limiting illnesses.
L-R Dorothee Buurma Chris Willis Pat Gothard and Anne Brown (cropped)
Trinity United Reformed Church in Derham Gardens, Upminster, held a variety of exciting events throughout 2015 to support Saint Francis Hospice. 

The fundraising calendar kicked off with a charity supper and was followed by lawn sales which included bric-a-brac and arts and crafts, a concert by the Kingsley Choral Group and a quiz.

There was a thrilling murder mystery evening led by the Wesley Players, an amateur drama group also based in Upminster.

And they brought the fabulous year to a close with a spectacular Christmas market in December.

"The Fundraising Committee voted overwhelmingly to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice last year because it is a local charity and it provides an amazing service," said Chris Willis, who was the church's Chairman of Fundraising last year.

"We have had so much support from the congregation and from the community.

 "The hospice touches so many people's lives and so they know what it does and what it is all about."

Chris, along with Reverend Dorothee Buurma, who is a Minister at the church and Pat Gothard, the committee's current Chairman of Fundraising, visited the hospice on Tuesday (January 12) to find out more about the services it provides to people affected by life limiting illnesses. 

Anne Brown, Head of Fundraising at Saint Francis Hospice, said, "We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Trinity United Reformed Church for all their wonderful fundraising efforts. 

"They worked so hard to bring the community together to enjoy the fabulous events and we hope their actions will inspire other organisations and individuals to follow in their footsteps."
L-R Dorothee Buurma Chris Willis Pat Gothard and Anne Brown
L-R Dorothee Buurma, Chris Willis, Pat Gothard and Anne Brown
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