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Hospice celebrates birthday
Thursday, 02 August 2012
PARTY: Guests celebrate the 28th anniversary of St Francis Hospice.
SAINT Francis Hospice has celebrated 28 years of caring with a birthday service at St John’s – the church nearby.
The service was led by Graham Laut, hospice Chaplaincy team leader with a singing performance by Emily Onsloe and Tony Ramsey, mayor of Barking and Dagenham, telling why he has chosen to support the hospice during his year in office.
He said: “The hospice has been delivering world class palliative care for 28 years.
“I’ve had family cared for by the hospice. I want to give something back and am committed to raising money to support the specialist teams who visit people in our community.”
Pam Court, hospice chief executive, presented a long-service award to Sue Lakey, who has worked there for 20 years, first as a nurse and since 2001 has managed the inpatient unit.
Sue said: “It was an honour to be recognised for 20-years service by the hospice and colleagues.
“It’s a privilege to work there. I love nursing and admire the patients and families with how they cope in difficult situations. I also get satisfaction from leading my team in providing the high quality care on which we pride ourselves.”
Other guests included Mayor of Havering, Lynden Thorpe, Mayor of Brentwood, Ann Coe.
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