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Football star Steve Staunton helps raise £4,000 for St Giles Hospice

A charitable fund set up by footballing legend Steve Staunton has handed over a £4,000 donation to a Whittington charity.

The money for St Giles Hospice was raised at an autumn ball at Aston Wood Golf Club, which was organised by the former Villa, Liverpool, Walsall and Republic of Ireland defender’s Stephen Staunton Foundation.

Steve Staunton hands over a cheque to Lyn Shiel from St Giles Hospice

Steve Staunton hands over a cheque to Lyn Shiel from St Giles Hospice

Around 300 people attended the event and helped raise the funds, with St Giles receiving the generous contribution towards its specialist care services in a year when the hospice is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“To raise so much money is fantastic and it speaks volumes for how strongly the local community feels about St Giles,” Steve said. “The event went really well and we were delighted with the crowd who came along, enjoyed the meal, the music and then bid generously in the auction.

“This part of the country has been very good to me over the last 20 years – it’s my home from home – and I wanted to give something back to the people.

“When I first moved to the area having signed for Villa, everyone I met spoke so highly of the hospice. And after being here a while, I got to know people who had experienced St Giles’ specialist care. My good friend Zoe Martin was very close to Elaine Fletcher, who was cared for by St Giles Hospice, so it seemed natural for me to support the charity.”

Elaine passed away at the age of 54 after a long struggle with cancer. Her last wish was to be close to her loved ones during her final days and this came true after she became the first patient to be admitted to the hospice’s facility in Walsall in April 2011.

“I’d love to be able to do even more for St Giles,” Steve added. “Both the golf day we held earlier last year and the autumn ball were really successful, which has given me belief that the foundation will grow and grow over the coming years.”

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