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Our Chosen Charity Of 2017 Needs Your Support!

Saint Francis Hospice

Saint Francis Hospice

If you’ve followed Marygreen Manor for the last few years, aside from our fabulous Afternoon Teas and amazing events, you’ll know that we’re also known for our philanthropic activities. Each and every year, we have a “chosen charity” that we dedicate ourselves to. One criteria that each and every charity has to have is that it’s local. Supporting local businesses and charities is incredibly important to us, which is why this year; we chose to support the wonderful Saint Francis Hospice.

What you may not be aware of is that Saint Francis Hospice is actually an independent charity. It runs with almost 75% of it’s finances based on voluntary donations from a supporting public which of course, isn’t always guaranteed. In spite of uncertainty in terms of finances, Saint Francis Hospice go out of their way to provide outstanding care to over 4,000 people with a life-limiting illness each and every single year. The hospice itself is local to Marygreen Manor, sat in Havering-atte-bower yet provides the vast majority of care to the communities of Brentwood, Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham and the rest of West Essex. Combine this with their willingness to provide home care for patients too and it’s easy to see, the amount of work that goes into each and every day.

As you’re no doubt aware, these life-limiting illnesses are often without a cure however with the expert care and help from the wonderful guys and girls at Saint Francis Hospice, those suffering will often enjoy a life they never thought possible. From neurodegenerative diseases to motor neurone disease and even heart failures and cancer, the Saint Francis Team are there every step of the way.

Providing such specialists in their field and such in-depth care however obviously mounts up a lot in terms of finances. From doctors to nurses, physiotherapists and counsellors, every aspect of treatment is catered for and subsequently a great deal of people are employed by the hospice. It’s for this reason that we chose to support this fantastic charity by selecting them as our charity of the year.

From charity Afternoon Tea events to auction and raffle prizes and even corporate donations, we’re doing all we can to raise funds for such a great cause. We really couldn’t be more proud to support such a great cause that in turn, supports over four thousand of our local people each and every year.

To find out more about St Francis Hospice and how you can help, jump online to today. Not only will you find a super easy avenue to donate to this fantastic bunch, but you’ll also find a wealth of information on the hard work they carry out on a daily basis. From the care at the hospice itself to their crisis support and even their care at home. You’ll also find a link to some fantastic ways that you can get involved and fundraise on behalf of Saint Francis Hospice yourself with amazing events from sports to pamper programs and even their famous Jam Jar Army.


Saint Francis Hospice Are This Years Marygreen Manor Charity Of Choice!


If you’ve been following our charitable connections over the last few years, you’ll know that we enjoy dedicating ourselves to a different charity each and every year and this year’s no different. 2016’s charity of choice happens to be Saint Francis Hospice, a local and independent adult charity and one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. They have a team of specialist consultants, doctors, nurses and a range of other health care professionals who all provide support and care to those individuals suffering from life-limiting illnesses, along with their family members and carers. This service is all completely free of charge too so you can only imagine just how much help this charity needs.

As you’ll no doubt know, with every charity we support, we always do our utmost to raise funds and that’s been no different with St Francis Hospice. The hospice itself does a huge amount for the people in our community so it’s important for us to do everything that we can to help them. We’ve grown very close to the hospice in the short space of time that we’ve worked with them and that’s thanks to the fantastic relationship we’ve developed with Mike Allen, their corporate partnerships manager. The hospice themselves, as we mentioned above, doesn’t just help the individual suffering from life-limiting illnesses, they also help the families and carers around them too. To do this, the hospice is often providing the families and carers with rooms in which they can stay and be close to that person. To help them financially, we provide rooms for family members for the hospice at a corporate rate. This meant the hospice were able to provide for the families a greatly reduced rate, lessening the financial burden on them. When it comes to hotel rates, we also recently provided rooms at a specialist rate for Mike and his team, which meant they only had to pay for the cleaning. As you can imagine this was a huge relief for the team in terms of finances and meant the money they would have been spending on accommodation could instead go toward those more in need of it, such as the patients themselves.

It’s not just special room rates we offer however. We’ve also provided some much sought after prizes for raffles which included a delicious cream tea for two and a dinner for two right here in our famous Tudor Restaurant. We were very pleased to hear that this raised a great sum of cash for the hospice itself, all thanks to our wonderful kitchen staff. That’s not all; you may remember we held a cream tea for the Queen’s 90th birthday. This was a hugely popular event and one at which we held for the hospice once again to raise funds. We’ve also held what we like to call, “bill round-up nights”. During a “bill round-up night” we give all guests the opportunity to round their bill up to the nearest £10. So for instance, if their bill came to £56, we’d offer them the opportunity to round-up their bill to £60, with the extra going straight to the hospice. The response on these particular nights has been nothing short of fantastic and has been an enjoyable way of raising the money, particularly as we not only get to chat with our guests but we also get to explain the wonderful work that Mike and the Hospice actually do.

While money helps a great deal, we know that we can also offer our help in other ways too. One such way in which we offer our help is to provide parking for their mini buses and other hospice vehicles. While this may not sound like much, it allows them the time and money to focus on a more important aspect of the charity rather than parking of their vehicles and as you’ll no doubt agree, this is much more important!

If you’d like to donate to the hospice, please feel free to contact the hospice direct via their website or better yet, inquire here at the Marygreen Manor about our next money raising night and how you can help!

An Exciting Week Here At The Marygreen Manor

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Our chosen charity of 2015 “SNAP”

We raised more than our temperatures at the Brentwood Fire Walk

As we mentioned to you just a little while back, here at The Marygreen Manor we had selected SNAP, a local charity as our charity of the year. Every year we choose a charity close to home (or in this case close to our manor house) that we can support and raise money for in the hopes that we can help another organisation in our own county of Essex. SNAP, which stands for special needs and parents, goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to helping children and their parents who go through struggles relating to disability. With it being such a worthy cause we thought it only right that we went above and beyond ourselves when it came to raising money, which is why we chose the very daring (if we do say so ourselves) Brentwood Fire Walk.

A challenge for both the mind and body, we came together as a group and with the help of fellow supporters and camaraderie between us all, we walked with pride. As a result, from the fire walk alone we raised £145 but we couldn’t stop there. We also very recently held one of our famous Afternoon Teas, in aid of the fantastic charity, which saw donations pile in. Donations are still coming in as we speak so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and join in with the generosity that so many residents of Essex have already shown.

Our famous afternoon teas

Our famous afternoon teas

TripAdvisor give us more cause to celebrate

If raising money for such a deserving charity isn’t cause enough for celebration, then receiving two certificates of excellence from the well-known TripAdvisor certainly is. We couldn’t be more thrilled that both our hotel and our famous Tudor Restaurant have each received certificates to certify just how high our standards really are. There really is no better place to go in Essex for luxury accommodation and true fine dining.

Introducing Our Chosen Charity Of 2015, SNAP

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Introducing our chosen charity of 2015 “SNAP”

Here at the Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant we’ve always taken pride in supporting local charities in and around Brentwood. Having previously supported Crossroads Care in Brentwood, our 2014 charity of choice, we’re now very proud to announce our new charity for 2015.


Introducing SNAP, a charity based in Brentwood, Essex that provides a rather unique service. SNAP which stands for Special Needs and Parents, provides support to those who have children and young people in their care with special needs and disabilities. SNAP first began back in 1994 and has been helping to inform, encourage and support families within Essex with their huge range of services aimed at both parents and carers. Nearly 21 years on and this phenomenal charity are now helping well over 1,500 families in the county of Essex. Their services are so valued and important that they now receive well over 200 new families looking for help each and every year.


With such high demand on their much-needed services, SNAP has had to grow rapidly. The huge development in terms of what they’re now able to provide, has meant the continued ability to offer the vital lifeline to parents and carers. Their wide range of services now include face to face sessions, counselling, educational surgeries and even training and seminars for parents and carers eager to learn more. SNAP also provides services for children and young people alike with special needs themselves as well as their siblings during school holidays and even after school sessions too.


Being parents or carers can be a mighty challenge in itself but being a parent or carer to a child with a disability can mean an entirely new set of challenges that must be faced. With the help of SNAP however, it can be made a whole lot easier for both parent/carer and child.


We’re very proud at the Marygreen Manor to support such a fundamental service to the people of Essex and look forward to doing all we can by bringing awareness and helping to raise all-important funds that will sustain the services of our 2015 charity of choice.

Supporting Our Local Town

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Support your local charities here at The Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant

Here at Marygreen Manor we know just how important it is to give back to our community, which is why we take such pride in supporting a local Brentwood charity ‘Crossroads Care’. Set up more than twenty five years ago, the Brentwood and Basildon based charity was established in order to provide support and respite for those amongst us who dedicate their lives to caring for relatives and loved ones with special needs. Supporting more than one hundred and fifty families through struggles such as stroke, autism and dementia is no easy task but Crossroads Care and their specially trained team of professionals do it with ease. Offering vital support that help carers live their lives outside of their caring role a little. Crossroads Care achieve this by simply offering a few hours away here and there which in turn helps to relieve stress and the often overwhelming feeling of isolation that many carers can sometimes feel.


After recognising the amazing job they so often perform we decided to team up with Crossroads Care to help raise funds to enable them to carry on doing what they’re doing. This year we will be hosting a series of events with the sole purpose of raising money for the Brentwood and Basildon Districts based in Hutton. The ‘carers event’ will see all profits donated going to this extremely worthy cause. We’ll also be hosting a Children’s Afternoon Tea associated with the charity too. Marygreen Manor and all of its staff couldn’t be happier to support this utterly worthy charity that’s so close to home. We’re so determined to help raise as much money as possible so that Crossroads Care can continue to deliver the amazing service they do, helping hundreds of people within our own town of Brentwood. If you’d like to help then please come along to our Carer’s Events and spend time dedicating yourself to this great cause and your home town of Brentwood.


What could be better than a town that supports itself and everyone in it?

Fundraising for Saint Francis Hospice

Great news from Saint Francis Hospice today; at a recent fundraising event, held in memory of his mother, Daniel Moss managed to raise £2,468.65 for the charity.

Saint Francis Hospice is based in Romford and serves Brentwood, Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge – an area containing around a million residents!

The hospice is a registered independent charity, receiving only a third of its funding from the NHS.  This leaves a short fall of around two-thirds which is made up solely by donations.  When you consider running costs are around 7.2 million pounds a year you begin to realise what a huge achievement this is.

The charity has been helping people suffering from life limiting illnesses for the last 25 years

Members of the public, like Daniel, put a huge amount of effort into their fundraising activities and we were only to happy to help by donating a raffle prize of an Afternoon tea for Two; we hope the lucky prize winner enjoys their treat!!

Click the link to find out more about Saint Francis Hospice, including current fundraising activities and other ways to help:

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