Dagenham widow repays hospice with generous donation

PUBLISHED: 12:03 16 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:03 16 September 2015

Wendy Seekings, Jenny Howe, Edna Maltby, Christine Adkins and Christine Smith

Wendy Seekings, Jenny Howe, Edna Maltby, Christine Adkins and Christine Smith


Patients and their families visiting Saint Francis Hospice will be able to rest and relax with greater comfort thanks to a generous widow.

Edna Maltby, from Dagenham, was so impressed with the care that her husband, Allen, received at the Romford hospice that she decided to make a donation.

She bought a £700 specialist raise and recline chair for the inpatient unit, using donations from family and friends.

“The hospice made Allen very comfortable and even though we are a very large family we were able to be with him when he died,” Edna said.

“I know how I felt coming here and if these chairs make a difference to other patients and their families then we are very glad to be able to do that.”

Edna’s friend, Christine Adkins, who runs a charity called Supporting People In Need (SPIN), also stepped in to purchase a further three chairs in Allen’s memory.

Christine says she was delighted that SPIN was able to improve the comfort in memory of a “dear friend who had a wonderful sense of humour”.

Sue Lakey, the hospice’s inpatient unit manager, said: “These chairs will make an enormous difference to the comfort of patients and their families as they are specially designed so they can be raised and recline.

“Family members often spend many hours by the bedside and these chairs will mean they can rest more comfortably.”

The hospice, which provies care and help for more than 4,000 people, only receives 27 per cent of its funding from the government. To find out more, visit

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