Saint Francis Hospice – 27th Birthday Service

Last Friday I attended my first Saint Francis Hospice  Birthday Service in the Pepperell Education Centre in my role as CEO.


Joan Wallace (Havering), Lord Petre and Pam Court (CEO St Francis)

The service was attended by Lord PetreAnjela Watkinson MP and the Mayors from Brentwood,  the London Boroughs of Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham.

Mrs Joan Mattews and Father Sean Shiels

It was with a sense of sadness that the Service also marked the retirement at the age of 92 of one of our Founders and Trustee Mrs Joan Matthews, Jim Hooper a Trustee and our Hospital Chaplain and Patron Father Sean Shiels.

Presented to Joan Mattews

All were presented with a framed print of the Hospice. Mrs Matthews Citation reads  “With our heartfelt thanks for your years of dedicated and valuable service to so many patients, families, staff and volunteers at Saint Francis Hospice.”

Hazel Lake (OT), Pam Court (CEO and former OT) and Dr Robert Weatherstone (Chairman)

It was then the turn for Long Service awards to be presented to Carole Ellis, Philomena Griffin, Sheila Holland and Occupational Therapist Hazel Lake by myself a former OT.

The Service was held in the Pepperell Education Centre

It was remarkable how from just an idea mooted 27 years ago the Hospice has grown into the family of Volunteers, Support and Health-care Professionals which I now feel privileged to be part of.

The Award Recipients - Saint Francis Hospice

Following the service a photo call -Firstly the Award Recipients, Trustees and Directors…

The Civic Dignitaries and Guests - Photo call

….and then the Civic Dignitaries and Guests.

At the end of the day I allowed my husband David who took the photographs,  a small reward – a Cream Scone (only 1).  I would just like to add a thank you to Saint Francis’ Caterers – Caterlink who provided the cream teas without charge.

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