Loughton Town Council gives St Clare Hospice a helping hand

St Clare volunteer receptionists Debbie Thompson and Gillian Hughes with the certificate presented to the Hospice by Loughton Town Council

St Clare volunteer receptionists Debbie Thompson and Gillian Hughes with the certificate presented to the Hospice by Loughton Town Council

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

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.”

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