Caring police bring a smile to face of sick young ones

NEWHAM Police have been doing their bit to help bring a smile to the faces of sick children at a Beckton hospice.

Borough Commander Simon Letchford presented a �900 cheque to community fund raising manager Viv Talbot, of Richard House hospice, following two charity quiz evenings at West Ham Rugby Club.

Commander Letchford said: “I was very humbled to meet the fantastic team at Richard House and view the wonderful facilities for myself.

“I have decided to make the hospice Newham Police’s chosen charity and fund raising will continue with plenty more projects in the pipeline.”

The quiz evenings were organised by Sheila Lynes, who works at Forest Gate police station, with the support of former Newham Borough Commander Nick Bracken and his wife.


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Sheila has been raising cash for the hospice since 2008 when her husband, former murder squad Det David Lynes, passed away.

Both Sheila and David felt very strongly about the plight of the young facing life-changing or terminal illness.

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