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Volunteers give up an incredible 260,000 hours a year

Big-hearted volunteers give the gift of time and skill, contributing £2 million every year to the specialist care service the hospice provides to the community. 

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, we would like to say a massive ‘Thank you’ to our 840 volunteers who give up a total of 260,000 hours a year because they want to make a difference to patients and families affected by life-limiting illnesses.   


And people may also be surprised by the range of roles volunteers carry out in every area of the organisation.    

Laura Perry


These include: retail, administration roles, reception, gardening, maintenance, complementary therapy, bereavement services, photography, the inpatient unit, our day services at Pemberton Place and on our confidential telephone service OrangeLine.


Gill Wendelken, Voluntary Services Manager at the hospice, said: “Saint Francis Hospice continues to be proud of its increasing number of wonderful volunteers, who are helping at the Hospice, in Retail and Fundraising.          


“So many wonderful local people giving their time, their skills and experiences, to help our patients, families and carers in a variety of ways.           


“Our volunteers play such a vitally important role in everything the hospice does for the community.          


“And to add to this good news  - there is always room for more to join us.”        


We will be formally thanking our volunteers throughout June when we host our three annual Thank You evenings to bring volunteers together to enjoy a meal and drinks. 


Long Service Awards for people achieving milestones from five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years will also be presented.         


Volunteers have a wealth of experience and skills to give and below are the stories of just a few of our heroes who reveal how helping people in need has enriched their lives.        


Jo Eastman, Sonographer      


Jo, 47, has 20 years’ experience as a sonographer, and it was while her father was under the care of the hospice that she noticed the charity didn’t have any ultra sound facilities.

 

This meant patients who needed a scan to assess their symptoms and condition had to be transferred to hospital.    


Jo never forgot the care hLaura Perryer father and family were given in 2012 and a few years later she contacted Corinna Midgley, the Medical Director, to discuss volunteering her services and setting up an ultrasound service.    


And what’s more, she even managed to source an ultrasound machine!    


Since then hundreds of patients have benefited from her skills which have enabled them to receive the specialist care they need while in the comfort of the hospice.      


“Volunteering at the hospice is the best part of my week as I am able to spend time with the patients and their loved ones,” said Jo, who also works at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Spire Healthcare.       


Margaret Slocombe, Specialist Community and Crisis Support Service (SCCS)      


Margaret, 75, has had three different roles at the hospice over the past 15 years.  


Margaret initially started volunteering on reception in 2003, answering the telephone and greeting visitors, before moving on to support the education team when it was based in a small bungalow on site.     

Laura Perry

Margaret was later given the opportunity to use her office skills to support the Specialist Community and Crisis Support service and every Wednesday for more than a decade she has been a valuable part of the team, carrying out a range of administration duties.     


“I wanted to do volunteer work and the hospice appealed to me as I wanted to do something to help people,” said Margaret.     


“I used to work as a secretary and it’s great that I can use my skills.     


“I love it here as the team are absolutely brilliant and make me feel very welcome.”


John Brockenhurst, Retail      


John, 59, worked in a variety of retail stores over the years - including Harrods, and he has now been volunteering at our retail store in High Street, Barkingside for the past five years.     Laura Perry


After suffering ill health, John was no longer able to return to his work but after discovering volunteering, he has been able to use his skills and do what he loves most!    


“I just love it,” said John.     “I really enjoy talking with customers and hearing their stories - they are such a joy.


"Sometimes people have lost their husbands and needed a shoulder to cry on.    


“I’m here every Monday but help out on other days if they are really busy.” 


The Henwood Family        


It’s a family affair for the Henwoods. Husband and wife Sue and Peter Henwood, both 67, have been volunteering at the hospice for more than five years.     


Sue, who is affectionately known as the eBay Queen, is part of the our retail team based at its head office in Ashton Gate, Harold Hill.    


Her day is spent listing donations on the internet auction site and trying to get the highest price.     Laura Perry


“I love eBaying and when I applied to become a volunteer, I listed eBaying as one of my hobbies” said Sue.      


“I was delighted when I was told they needed volunteers to support the retail team’s eBay department.     


“I love the atmosphere and the people I work with and knowing that what I am doing is helping raise money for such a great cause.”     


And while Sue is clicking away, Peter gives up his time to take photos at a range of fundraising and hospice events.      


“I really enjoy my role as it is so varied,” said Peter.    


“It’s great to meet people from all walks of life, from every day people to well-known people such as Sir Trevor Brooking and Kate Adie.”    


And that’s not all! Their daughter-in-law Tracey Henwood, who is married to their son Danny, started out as a volunteer with the retail team back in 2013.    


An opportunity arose and Tracey, 46, has been working as a Retail Trading Manager ever since!    


“The best part about my job is seeing donations sell for such incredible sums of money - it is such a great buzz,” said Tracey.          


 Carol Yusef, Education  


Carol, 57, experienced the specialist care and support that hospices provide when her husband, Howard, died 20 years ago in Bury St Edmunds.


For four years she had volunteered at St Nicholas Hospice, and some time later, after she had remarried and moved to Upminster, she wanted to again get involved by volunteering

at the hospice .           


Carol spent the first four years serving drinks and lunch to patients in what was then known as Day Care.  

Laura Perry

In the afternoon she visited the award winning gardens at the Hospice, or took part in activities such as card marking, scarf designing and book exchanging.          


 And every Tuesday for the last 11 years she has been volunteering in the charity’s onsite library, which is based in the Pepperell Education Centre.         


“One of my main duties is helping our nursing students find the books they need, so everything has to be systematically organised, not only on the shelves but also on the computer.”, said Carol.         


“Volunteering gives me a feel-good factor and when I go home I feel I have really given something back and it helps keep my feet firmly on the ground.    


“You could arrive worried or annoyed about some trivial thing, but after a day at the hospice you’ll put it all back into perspective.”      


Julie Dods, Family Support Services Team    


Julie, 53, started volunteering with the complementary therapy team eight years ago and for three years she helped patients relax and eased their discomfort by carrying out reflexology, reiki and massage therapies.   Laura Perry


And in 2014 Julie, who has always had an interest in counselling, was delighted to be given the opportunity to train as a bereavement support volunteer with the Family Support Services team.    


“I started off doing home visits and it was so rewarding as I was really able to support bereaved people who were either unable to come to the hospice or unwilling to come because it was too painful to be in the place where their loved one died,” said Julie


"For the past year I have been supporting clients who are able to come to the hospice and it has widened my experience as I see people of all ages.”    


The mum-of-one, whose mum was cared for by the hospice, has been so inspired by her volunteering role that she has gone back to college to complete Level 3 in counselling studies.     


“I get so much out of it,” said Julie    “You learn about yourself while you are learning about other people.     


“It is a privilege to be alongside people on their bereavement journey.    


“You see people who come in and their life has changed beyond belief and gradually you see them adjusting and accepting their new life without their loved one.”               


Sheila Bunker, Reception, OrangeLine and SCCS 


Sheila, 74, gives up 16 hours of her week to volunteer in three different areas of the hospice.   


Every Friday evening Sheila volunteers on reception, answering the phone and greeting visitors and two days a week she carries out admin duties with the Specialist Community and Crisis Support team.     Laura Perry


A fourth day is spent with the OrangeLine confidential telephone service supporting people who are isolated, lonely and in need of a friendly ear or signposting to services.     


“I have always worked and I find volunteering gives a structure to my week,” said Sheila, who had a close friend who was treated at the hospice.     


“I feel very rewarded and I know I have done something worthwhile.     


“I also have a great laugh at the hospice and I have made lots of friends since I have been here.”     


Barry Dryland and Laura Perry, Retail      


Barry Dryland, 62, initially joined the team at our retail store in Green Lane, Dagenham as part of a work programme back in 2016 but he loved it so much he continued as a volunteer three and a half days a week!    


“I really like meeting people and It makes me feel good to know I am helping to raise money for the hospice so people can get the care they need,” said Barry, who works as a domestic at Queen’s Hospital every weekend.    

Laura Perry

“Everyone works as a team and gets on so well and even though I live in Rainham and it takes me two buses to get here, I wouldn’t want to work in another store!    


Laura Perry, 35, was a full-time mum for many years and as her children got older she wanted to return to work and decided to try volunteering to give her confidence and learn new skills.    


“I had time on my hands and I thought volunteering would be a great way to boost my confidence and CV but I fell in love with the hospice store and stayed here,” said Laura.Laura Perry


“Volunteering at the store has done so much for me.    “I’ve always been a wife and a mum and coming to the hospice I feel I have found part of myself and I can be Laura again.    


“Volunteering also gives me the flexibility I need too as I can work term-time and be there if my kids are unwell.”                                                       


 If you have been inspired and would like to get involved please click here to find out about the roles available and to download an application.


Or if you would prefer to speak to the Volunteer Services team call 01708 758614 or email volunteering@sfh.org.uk     

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 - Fiesta time for Collier Row pensioner
29th - Marathon Marvels
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 - Milk workers raise over £300 for hospice
22nd - Accountant is on track after £1,000 lottery win
22nd - New car or £10,000 cash up for grabs in Summer Raffle
27th - Volunteer Week
27th - Himalayan adventure gets off to "bootiful" start
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 - Talented teenager to auction artwork
7th - Oh what a night as disco fever sweeps Romford town centre
10th - Sunflower picnic to remember loved ones
13th - Dazzling Dancing show raises £2,600 for hospice
13th - Pupils swap books for trainers to support hospice
13th - Garden event promises rooms with views
17th - The sky’s the limit for daring teaching staff
17th - Donated Russian figurine sells for almost £1,600 on Ebay
17th - Heavenly windfall for mother of three
24th - Daring duo to abseil down the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit
24th - London’s calling hospice workers
24th - Former airline worker scoops £1,000 on hospice lottery
27th - Happy birthday Saint Francis Hospice!
29th - Miniature world of quirky delights
31st - Lucky catch as fishing manager hooks lottery jackpot
31st - Patients featured in Channel 5 News series on end of life care.
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 - Sitting comfortably thanks to £600 donation
18th - Health professionals from Singapore are inspired
18th - £10,000 is now the target for law firm
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 - Caring canines bring patients comfort and joy
2nd - Getting quizzical for hospice
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 - Scouts honour inspirational leader with hospice hike
16th - Double birthday treat as couple win £1,000 on hospice lottery
16th - Hospice nets £80,000 to restore Victorian pond
16th - Pupils step up to raise £1,186 for hospice
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 - Retired accounts clerk is counting her lucky numbers
30th - Masons lodge money with hospice
30th - Painting produces pounds for hospice
November
6th - First time Fundraisers have a ball and raise £27,000 for hospice care
6th - Inspirational story at heart of raffle launch
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 - Lottery gift for newly weds
13th - Hospice helps bereaved children to rebuild their lives
13th - Dealership donates £1,000 after saddling up for cycling challenge
19th - Donations make a happy Christmas
20th - Big donation helps patients and saves hospice money
20th - Friday the 13th - lucky for some!
20th - Santathon promises ho-spice fun for all
26th - Royal Oak “treet” for hospice
27th - Black Friday benefits hospice
27th - Convenience store shows bags of initiative!
27th - Hospice volunteer gets £1,000 payback
27th - TOWIE star signs up to support Star Walk
27th - Muddy tribute to best friend
27th - “Reddy” for Santathon
30th - Tributes to Arthur Rackley
December
4th - Caring woman shares lottery success with hospice
4th - Unbeer-lievable challenge raises £660 for hospice
4th - Gardens spruced up for Christmas
4th - Road race trotters break piggybank for hospice
4th - Help at last for young adults
4th - Winger’s words and shirt score for hospice
7th - Tricolour tribute
11th - DHL deliver muddy adventure for hospice
11th - Happy memories hung in gallery
11th - Cracking Christmas treat for carers
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 - Salon supports hospice in style
18th - Morrisons – making a difference for a local hospice
18th - Reddy, steady go at the Santathon
18th - Cyclists rally together to raise £600 for a hospice
18th - Essex boys bring Christmas cheer to hospice
24th - Vehicle leasing company drives towards £10,000
24th - Reaching their goal with Christmas fundraiser
2016
January
4th - Reflecting, remembering and celebrating
6th - Appeal for help following theft of hospice van
8th - Shop promotion raises £500 for hospice
8th - A great way to end the year
11th - New deal with Chelmsford company helps drive towards £10,000
14th - Twelve months of fabulous fundraising for hospice
14th - Family celebrate lottery win with a sunshine break
14th - High Street retailer shares profits with hospice
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 - Lucky lady is on winning streak….again!
29th - The magic of the movies
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 - Brentwood goes orange!
19th - Die-hard Daggers fans' double donation
26th - Mammoth miles of motoring for Mongolia-bound Micra
26th - Insurance worker claims her win
29th - Wonderful gift pays for a day
March
4th - Raffle comes up rosy for green-fingered grandad
4th - Brentwood went orange!
7th - Marathon runner follows in grandparents’ footsteps for hospice
7th - Set to run in Brentwood
7th - The Great "Fatsby"
11th - Fundraisers aiming to set world record
11th - Sole sisters step up for marathon
11th - Hospice inspires marathon challenge
14th - Ford goes orange
18th - Friends celebrate 30th birthday with 30km run
18th - Hospice will not forget Dementia
18th - Motorist wins £1,000 fuel injection
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 - One good turn deserves another
15th - Watts that? Electrician gets £1,000 shock
15th - Brentwood man is ready for third marathon effort!
18th - World record smashed!
18th - CQC visit underway
22nd - Radio programme inspires lottery sign-up
22nd - Poignant anniversary to fuel London Marathon runner through his 26.2 miles
22nd - Can you help?
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 - Golf and family fun raises £4,000 for hospice
6th - Quiz night success – no question about it!
6th - Supporting young people living with dementia
6th - Council worker on track for hospice
12th - Golf without trousers all for a good cause
12th - The people's promoter champions hospice
12th - Stolen van returns to duties
13th - CM15 is a lucky lottery postcode!
20th - Treats all round!
20th - Where there is a will there is a way to protect your loved ones
20th - Theft inspires “vantastic” gift
20th - The beautiful game scores £3,200 for hospice
June
3rd - Tiff inspires charity head shave
3rd - From firewalls to fencing
3rd - Thanks a million – hospice highlights the incredible contribution of volunteers
3rd - TOWIE stars step up for hospice walk
3rd - New postgraduate courses at Saint Francis Hospice
3rd - Make-up class helps women to look good and feel good
10th - Dagenham firm launches support for hospice
10th - Lily’s petal makes pounds for hospice
10th - Two tickets, one happy winner
13th - Bigger, better, building benefits hospice
17th - Star Walk has the wow factor
17th - Jimmy Jones and the healing power of laughter
24th - Little things make all the difference and lead to big prize
24th - A royally delicious treat!
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 - Five Year Milestones
5th - Magic night out for charity walkers
6th - Sunflower Appeal Success
8th - London to Paris in a day – Tri and you’ll succeed!
8th - Family step up for Star Walk in memory of son and brother
8th - Pupils go the extra bridge for hospice
12th - OUTSTANDING - Hospice receives highest rating from CQC
12th - Be like Stephanie - Run the Royal Parks for Saint Francis Hospice
15th - £1,000 win for former dental nurse
15th - Cyclists gear up for 100 mile ride
18th - Welcome Pauline - our new Trustee
19th - Funds raised by the Freemasons lodged with the hospice
19th - Spectacular Star Walk raises £50,000
19th - Mercury Mall gets in on the ‘Go Orange’ Act
19th - Classic car show takes you back in time
22nd - Bank workers invest in hospice
22nd - Schoolboy raises £810 in memory of his aunt
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 - Chemist gives hospice a £500 boost
5th - Our golf days are supported by big hitters
5th - Friends freefall 13,000ft for hospice
9th - And the winners of the Summer Raffle 2016 are...
12th - Kate Adie to speak at Ladies Gala Lunch
12th - A friend in need is a friend indeed!
19th - Open garden reaps rewards for hospice
19th - All the best Paul
19th - Intrepid traveller hits the Himalayan high roads…again!
19th - Family and friends club together to make a difference
19th - Woman goes the extra length in London lake swim
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 - Team put their energy into hospice gardens
12th - Dagenham woman delighted at £1,000 bonus!
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 - Champions trade titles for fundraising
30th - Couple make a splash at charity swim
30th - OrangeLine service launches to combat isolation and loneliness
30th - Hospices unite to give young adults fun and friendship
October
10th - Hospice Care is…
11th - Running for fun and charity is a winner
13th - Brentwood Lottery Winner
14th - Harvest donations reaps benefits for community
14th - Busking in Brentwood
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 - Hornchurch gardening society fundraising total grows
20th - Lottery surprise for Collier Row man
21st - Net-walking is keeping businesses on their toes
21st - Hospice honey is the bee’s knees
21st - Gold and silver medals grow on trees
28th - Hospice at Home comes to Redbridge
28th - Light Up a Life - dedicated to the one we love
November
3rd - Retired bus driver has just the ticket!
7th - It’s official, Santa is coming to Dagenham town!
11th - Going Bald for Lloyd
11th - Playing with numbers to fund end of life care
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
15th - Hospice takes on battle for Christmas number one (copy)
16th - Have faith in our care - Inter Faith week
25th - Kate Adie takes Hospice supporters on a tour of the front lines
25th - A time and a space for supporting end of life care
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 - The rush is on to join hospices for bubble fun
20th - And the score is..win win for the hospice
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 - Cycling for love and charity
5th - Spotlight on death, dying and bereavement
5th - Beautiful Betty
5th - Mother and son get ready for Bubble Rush fun
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 - Redbridge Mayor makes a special visit to hospice
7th - Magical garden raises £3,678 for 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 - The Nuggett banks £38,000 for hospice care
22nd - £1,200 win for hospice in charity football match
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 - Hospice make wedding wish come true for grandmother
20th - Barclays team volunteer at hospice that cared for their colleague’s wife
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 - Brentwood running club’s £15,000 challenge for hospice
17th - Collier Row gives hospice users a VIP salon treat
17th - Children in Need
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 - Hospice says thank you to carers
15th - Sharise takes on Brentwood Half for her local hospice
18th - Redbridge Mayor enjoys charity retail experience!
19th - Primary choir sprinkle Christmas magic
19th - Car owner's £672 drive
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 - From Saint Francis to the start line
25th - Hospice Counsellor on the run again
26th - Raffle winner donates brand new car worth £11,500
26th - Our statement regarding our financial position
26th - Volunteer says goodbye after more than 30 years of service
26th - Luke Harman London Marathon Profile
29th - Step into spring with 5k Santathon
February
1st - From Business Alliance to 500 club success
2nd - Local pub quizzers raise almost £60k
2nd - Mayor formally opens newly refurbished retail store
2nd - A touch of Royalty at Saint Francis Hospice
2nd - West Ham pay tribute to phenomenal fundraiser
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 - Surveyor trades tools for trainers as he prepares for iconic race
13th - Mum takes on Brentwood Half Marathon for the third time!
13th - Fitness fan's marathon effort in memory of nan
13th - Marathon man follows in his father’s footsteps
13th - Lionhearted shipbroker takes second marathon in his stride
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 - Big Yellow Quiz results!
28th - Hospice care inspires man to take on Manchester Marathon
28th - Big Yellow Quiz 2018 - a sell out success
April
3rd - Havering Mayor officially reopens our Romford store!
3rd - Supporter's generous donation to provide dignity bags
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 - New art therapy group for bereaved young people aged 17-21
4th - Trotters £19,500 Marathon achievement
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 - Time for tennis and Pimm's!
19th - Cycling adventure to remember WW1 soldiers raises £2,000
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 - Get ‘revvy’ for our seventh annual classic car and bike fest
27th - Tennis tournament raises £3,281 for pioneering telephone service
27th - Sisters to Star Walk in memory of loved ones
August
1st - Ilford South MP visits to find out about services to Redbridge residents
6th - Remembering Dr Beaver
6th - TOWIE star becomes face of Star Walk
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 - Family's tribute to beautiful daughter and sister
18th - 5K Ramble raises £3,240
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 - New support group opens for Redbridge residents affected by cancer or life-limiting illness
12th - Grovember challenge for Hospice at Home nurses
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 - Winter Raffle raises £50,000
7th - London Marathon 2019 - Lauren to fulfil marathon dream!
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 - Lara's back to experience the London Marathon buzz!
12th - Netballer has a marathon goal in sight
15th - Snooker supremo to co-host The Big Orange Quiz
15th - Julie runs fourth London Marathon for Mum!
22nd - Grandmother celebrates 90th birthday with £10,500 lottery win
26th - Hospice nurse goes extra 26.2 miles
26th - Council worker to run for Dad!
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