The J’s was one of his chosen charities, along with the 295 Squadron ATC Minibus Fund. The money was raised through a busy programme of fundraising including a sponsored town hall to town hall walk between Maldon and Witham, several quiz nights and a Gala Dinner held at Rivenhall Oaks Golf Club.
This donation will help The J’s to provide a range of specialist services including tailored nursing and emotional care, advice and social activities in the comfort of the patients’ own homes and in the community.
Councillor Pleasance and his wife, Jenny, have also visited the charity’s Inspire! social group – where they were delighted to meet some of the young adults that the charity supports – as well as volunteering at several of The J’s Hospice events.
He explained, ‘’It has been a pleasure raising money and awareness for The J’s Hospice. I have been enlightened to see the care that is provided to 16 to 40-year olds and the services that are provided. I managed to visit one of their special Inspire! days and meet patients and take part in some Bollywood dancing. It was great to see how much this group means to the patients and their families and how it brings them all together.”
Councillor Pleasance plans to continue supporting The J’s Hospice in the future. He added, “Myself and my wife Jenny loved volunteering at the Chelmsford Marathon, handing out medals to all the incredible runners. It is a wonderful event and we would love to help again this year.’’
Marianna Alexandrou, Community Fundraiser at The J’s Hospice is very grateful for the time that the pair have dedicated to the charity over the last twelve months. “Thank you to Councillor Pleasance and his wife, Jenny, for their fantastic support for The J’s Hospice. It’s been great to see them get so actively involved at our events from cheering on the Chelmsford Marathon runners to braving the pouring rain to collect donations at Braxted Park.
“We are very grateful to everyone in Witham who has supported their fundraising. The J’s Hospice is the only service in Essex wholly dedicated to looking after those young adults with an illness which could shorten their life. £3,000 is a fantastic amount which will help us to continue the services that they really rely on so they can live life to the full, however short.“
The J’s Hospice is part of Havens Hospices, which also includes Little Havens Hospice and Fair Havens Hospice.