Series of short stories from St. Francis as they celebrate their 36th birthday.

Over the coming months, we’ll be running a series of stories from Saint Francis Hospice — going right back to the charity’s roots, 45 years ago. Although the Hospice first opened its doors to the public in July 1984, the charity’s story begins much earlier: in July 1975.

For some time, the Havering Community Health Council had been holding forums for health care needs in the local community. Little did anyone know that one meeting on an ordinary Monday would spark imaginations that would touch the lives of thousands of people for the next 36 years and beyond.

In attendance was Eddie Doran from Romford, who raised his hand and asked:

“What about care for the dying? Are we giving people in our hospitals the care they need at the end of their lives? Isn’t it time that we had a hospice?”

Eddie’s questions struck a chord. Discontent had been building in communities across the country. The distress of losing a loved one to a life-limiting illness was being amplified by suffering, indignity, isolation, and a lack of support. Dreams of a hospice in Havering began.

You can do your bit to ensure Saint Francis Hospice survives the pandemic and will always be there for local people living with life-limiting illnesses — for as little at £3 a month. To find out how you can make a difference, please visit http://www.sfh.org.uk/nurse

The Havering Daily