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Brentwood à Becket Rotary Club donates thousands of pounds to Saint Francis Hospice for new van

PUBLISHED: 13:08 29 January 2019

Members of the Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club with Saint Francis Hospice driver Tom Derby and hospice retail director Michelle Nicholls.

Members of the Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club with Saint Francis Hospice driver Tom Derby and hospice retail director Michelle Nicholls.

Saint Francis Hospice

A rotary club donated more than £11,000 to a hospice which has gone towards purchasing a new van.

Being able to collect and deliver donated goods enables Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower, to raise thousands of pounds every year to fund its specialist end of life care services.

So staff and volunteers at the charity were thrilled when Brentwood à Becket Rotary Club donated £11,500 which helped to pay for a new van.

President of the rotary club Alan Lewis said: “Brentwood à Becket Rotary Club has been an avid supporter of the fantastic work of Saint Francis Hospice over many years and I am delighted, particularly during my presidential year, that we have been able to help the hospice in such a practical way.”

The rotary club initially set up and funded the cancer support group Tea and Talk at Toby’s in Brentwood after one of its members Anne Bender, who worked as a nurse in the hospice’s inpatient unit before she retired, along with Eric Watts, a retired doctor, identified a need for such a group.

Both Anne and Eric continue to run the group with support from the hospice’s OrangeLine team.

Director of retail Michelle Nicholls said: “The van means so much to us in terms of income and this donation comes at a great time as we have a new store in Wanstead and a soon to be opened pop-up store in Barking.

“A huge thank you to Brentwood à Becket for its generous donation which will allow us to carry out more house clearances within these areas.”

For more information about the hospice, visit sfh.org.uk

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