Hospice says ‘thank you’ to Marilyn from Debden as she reaches fundraising milestone

PUBLISHED: 14:51 07 June 2018

Marilyn Coleclough. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Marilyn Coleclough. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A woman from Debden has raised more than £180,000 for St Clare Hospice after 25 years of volunteering for the charity.

Marilyn Coleclough, aged 77, has been a fundraising volunteer at the hospice since 1993. During that time Marilyn founded the Loughton Friends group which has fundraised a grand total of more than £180,000 for St Clare Hospice.

Marilyn first came into contact with the hospice movement when her husband, George, received care from both St Francis Hospice in Havering, and St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood.

Marilyn said: “The support we had from both hospices was excellent. I felt at the time that I was fighting a losing battle, then the calvary came riding in. The excellent care offered at the hospice was second to none. It left a lasting impression on me as to what hospice care was all about.”

After George passed away, Marilyn decided to volunteer her time to helping raise funds for St Clare Hospice, to assist them in building their inpatient unit which opened in 1999.

Marilyn was influential in forming the Loughton Friends fundraising group in 1994. The group operated until 2014 and in that time raised over £180,000 for St Clare Hospice.

She said: “For me, volunteering for St Clare has been my life for the past two decades, and I have loved every minute of it. Volunteering has given me back far more than I could ever have imagined.”

Rob Wallace, St Clare’s voluntary services manager, said: “It is inspiring that Marilyn has volunteered for St Clare for so many years and that her efforts, energy, and team-working in her community, have led to an incredible £180,000 being raised over the past two and a half decades. We are incredibly grateful to Marilyn, and we want to offer her our sincere thanks and huge congratulations on reaching such an amazing milestone.”

For more information about how you can volunteer with St Clare Hospice, visit their website at www.stclarehospice.org.uk/volunteer or contact their voluntary services manager, Rob Wallace, directly on rob.wallace@stclarehospice.org.uk or call 01279 773722.

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