Volunteers by the hospice shed where the gardening equipment was stolen (credit: SFH)
The burglary took place in the hospice grounds at Havering-atte-Bower in May and is currently
being investigated by police.
“It is really sad that someone would target a charity,” said Chris Franklin, Head of Support Services
at Saint Francis Hospice.
“We are unable to carry out remedial work at the hospice because some off the essential power
tools were stolen.
“We have also just invested in some new garden equipment that was taken and our lawn mowers
were only a year old.
“Our award-winning gardens are an important part of what makes the hospice such a special
place. They are a space for everyone, and they help people find peace and tranquillity, especially
patients and families who love to spend time in the gardens.
“The volunteers have been amazing, and they have been bringing their own equipment so they
can continue to maintain the grounds.
“It has taken us a while to get the gardens up to their usual standard. During covid, some of our
volunteers were shielding and there were staff shortages.
“The volunteers work extremely hard to maintain the gardens to such a high standard, but it takes
a lot of work, and the theft of the equipment has set us back.
Donations can be made on the hospice website. Anyone wanting to donate power
tools or garden equipment, is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hospice on 01708
753319 and ask to speak to the fundraising team to find out what items are needed.
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