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Vehicle leasing company drives towards £10,000
A vehicle leasing company based near Gallows Corner is celebrating its 25th anniversary year of business by committing to raise £10,000 for the local hospice.
From the beginning of October 2015 Balgores Leasing in Bryant Avenue have donated £5 for every vehicle leased to help the work of Saint Francis Hospice and many more fundraising plans are in place for 2016.
Martin Wilson, (pictured) one of two directors of the business which has always been based in Romford since it began in 1990, is keen to support the local hospice that cared for his father Denis Wilson who lived in Hutton, near Brentwood.
"My dad had myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow for many years. The first sign that he had this form of cancer was when he began complaining of back ache but he lived with the disease for 12 years before he was taken really ill over Christmas 2010" said Martin.
Martin's dad spent Christmas at home in bed and then was admitted to Brentwood Community Hospital on New Year's Eve. From there he was transferred to Queen's Hospital on New Year's Day and ten days later he was referred to Saint Francis Hospice after staff at Queen's suggested he would be more comfortable there.
"My dad spent his final days on the Inpatient Unit at the hospice where he sadly died on the 17th January 2011. The night before he died we managed to get the whole family together around his bed at the hospice. It was a chance for him to say goodbye to everyone. Nothing was too much trouble for the hospice staff and I can say now that when my time comes if I could die in the way that my dad died that's what I would like to happen."
"I knew my dad was a regular supporter of the hospice as every year he would buy a Saint Francis Hospice calendar and he would often visit the hospice's shops in Brentwood High Street but it was only after we cleared his house after he died that we realised just how much stuff he had bought from the hospice's shops! My dad never made a big thing about supporting the hospice but it obviously meant a lot to him and he was so pleased he could spend his final days there," added Martin.
Martin has already taken a table of guests to the hospice's annual ball in October and, together with his Sales Manager Phil Slyfield, Martin will be taking aim at the hospice's clay pigeon shooting event in August organised by hospice supporter and sports promoter Barry Hearn.
"This is just a start," said Martin. "We will be encouraging our employees to raise money for the hospice by agreeing to match fund whatever they raise up to £300 per staff member as we work towards raising our target of £10,000 to support the great work of Saint Francis Hospice."
Balgores Leasing was formed in 1990 and supplies all makes of cars and commercials from its base at 1 Bryant Avenue, Romford RM3 0AP. Balgores Leasing is a member of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association. The company also supplies fleet and accident management services. Fellow Director Paul Austin is also a Director of Balgores Property Group, the biggest estate agency in Havering. www.balgores.co.uk.
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