John Wickens

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John Wickens

Born in Loughton 1930, where he has lived his whole life, John attended Culford Public School in Suffolk before his period of National Service, after which he entered the timber importing trade.

John was happily married for 25 years, before his wife Jill sadly died in 1984 from cancer.

Since the age of 18 John has always been involved with the local community.  Being Chairman or President of the following: Round Table, Lions Club International, Tennis & Bowls Club, Blind Club, Working Men’s Club, Talking Newspaper for the Blind, Winged Fellowship, (Jubilee Lodge) holidays for the disabled, The Forest Hospital. John also served on the Board of the Redbridge and Waltham Forest Area Health Authority for 12 years and then the local Community Health Council for 4 years.

John’s involvement with St Clare Hospice started in 1989 with a public meeting at Latton Bush, and he says that his involvement with St Clare has given him great pleasure.  Having lost his wife to cancer, John has a great insight to the suffering involved.  John says that St Clare’s service is vital to our community and feels that with all the things he has done, supporting St Clare was the best.

John continues to support St Clare by putting us in contact with local people and community groups who give or raise funds for our work.