A hospice has received a £500 boost thanks to a town council.

St Clare Hospice in Hasingwood Road, Hastingwood, received the grant from Loughton Town Council.

The hospice receives 30 per cent of its £2.8million annual running costs from the NHS and relies on grants, donations and other voluntary income to fund its work supporting people with a terminal or life-limiting illness and their families.

Loughton town councillor Jill Angold-Stephens, who served as last year’s mayor, said: “It was such a privilege to see what the hospice has been doing with the grant money.

“It is a wonderful place and the people there are amazing.

“I congratulate them and thank them for the difference they make to people’s lives at a difficult time.”

The council has given £22,600 in grants to around 30 organisations in the area with the largest sum, £5,000, going to the Loughton Youth Project.

Enid Walsh, Loughton town clerk said: “It’s a great way for us to really make a difference in the community.

“I think all of us here know someone who has benefitted from St Clare so we’re very happy to help them with their running costs.”