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Colin Eastwood: The Pickle Man of Saint Francis Hospice

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Colin Eastwood was a big supporter of Saint Francis Hospice for many years. A prolific fundraiser, Colin was fondly known as ‘The Pickle Man’ by the Hospice’s staff, patients and volunteers.

Colin’s thing was to buy sacks of onions, pickle them, and sell them at the Hospice, Romford Dogs, and Romford Market. He was also a volunteer driver, transporting furniture donated by homeowners to the Hospice’s stores. When Colin passed away in April 2019 at the age of 81, he left an incredible £55,000 to Saint Francis Hospice in his Will. 

One in five of the people the Hospice cares for are funded entirely by gifts in wills. Colin’s generosity will make a real difference to the lives of those living with life-limiting illnesses in our local boroughs. He was a real character who certainly won’t be forgotten by anyone who met him.

Leaving a gift in your will is easier than you may think. If you’d like to find out more, please contact the Hospice’s Legacies Manager, Susan Spencer, on 01708 771403 or at susanspencer@sfh.org.uk

How your gift can help

  • £1,000 could pay for 18 hours of Hospice at Home care
  • £5,000 could pay for one day of physiotherapy per week for a year (at the Hospice or in the community)
  • £7,500 could pay for one person to receive care
  • £13,000 could pay for two beds in the Hospice’s inpatient unit
  • £21,000 could pay to run the Hospice’s services for one day
  • £45,000 could mean that over 600 children will benefit from the Hospice’s specialist family support team providing therapeutic counselling sessions
  • £100,000 could pay for two clinical nurse specialists for one year
  • £350,000 could pay to support 500 local people attending specialist medical and therapeutic services in the Hospice’s day unit and social hub, Pemberton Place, for one year

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