Hospice care seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with a life-shortening condition.
At St Catherine’s Hospice we understand that a one-size-fits-all approach to patient care doesn’t work. Our patients are individuals and we always ensure we work with them to plan their care around their individual medical needs, personal preferences and unique circumstances.
At St Catherine’s Hospice we understand that the challenges which come with the diagnosis of a life-shortening illness can feel daunting and insurmountable, because not only are there medical issues to deal with, there are also social and practical concerns to overcome.
The Family Support Team, made up of three qualified social workers, is here to work together with patients and families so that social adjustments can be made and in turn the best quality of life achieved.
St Catherine’s Hospice is a local charity founded and built by the community, for the community.
We receive only around a third of our annual £5.2m running costs from the NHS, meaning we rely on our wonderful supporters to raise an incredible £3.5m each and every year.
We generate this amazing total in all manner of different ways – from glamorous dinner dances to gruelling marathon runs people organise on our behalf; our own popular events such as the Moonlight and Memories Walk and Yellow Day garden fete; one-off and regular donations; gifts in wills and through generous support from local schools, businesses and organisations. Thank you for your amazing support!
St Catherine’s Hospice runs 18 shops across the three boroughs of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble, including the gift shops on-site at the hospice and The Mill. We also operate a Donation Centre at the hospice where people can drop-off items for distribution across the area.
These generate vital income to help raise the £5.2m we need each year to be able to deliver our specialised care for local people.
Not only that, they also provide a valuable presence for the charity within the communities we serve – raising awareness of St Catherine’s amongst the local people who live there.
Playing the St Catherine’s Hospice Lottery is a way to win, and a way to care.
You could scoop the jackpot of £2,000 just by paying £1 a week to play – along with a host of other cash prizes, including a third prize rollover of £150 which can reach up to £5,100!
The most important thing about our lottery is that it raises vital funds to support the specialised care of St Catherine’s. It’s one of our most important streams of income because it allows us to plan and budget for the future – something which is often very hard in the unpredictable world of fundraising.
St Catherine’s Hospice is a specialist provider of high quality training and education in End of Life and Palliative Care. We provide regular updates for our own staff, other health care professionals, carers, patients and the general public.
We work with a wide range of providers, other Hospices and the education sector to raise the quality and awareness of End of Life Care wherever we can.
We also benefit from three rooms available to hire for events, as well as a further room at The Mill, which raise vital funds and allow organisations to ‘conference with a conscience’.
St Catherine’s Park – home to St Catherine’s Hospice and The Mill – is in Lostock Hall, in the Borough of South Ribble. It is four miles from the centre of Preston; five miles from Chorley; and three miles from Leyland.
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Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients and their loved ones
We have more than 170 members staff – both full and part-time – all offering their own unique skills to make a diverse and talented team.
The majority of the workforce is made up of nurses, consultants and doctors in palliative medicine, as well as social workers, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists. They work alongside fundraisers, the housekeeping team, catering staff, maintenance workers, administration staff and many more to ensure St Catherine’s Hospice is there for our patients both today and in the future.
We couldn’t survive without our team of more than 700 volunteers who give their time tirelessly in all manner of roles – from assisting in our kitchen, manning the tills in our shops, lending a hand at our many fundraising events, and much, much more.
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Trustees and Senior Management Team
Director of Knowledge & Technical
Lynn Kelly oversees training of staff and volunteers and how St Catherine’s shares its specialised skills with the wider health and social care sector to help improve end of life care for all. As such, the team have provided training programmes for nursing and care homes, district nurses, GP’s, social workers, rehabilitation teams and many others. More recent developments have included developing qualifications in end of life care in partnership with Preston’s College and the new ‘Transforming End of Life Care in the Community’ programme.
Working alongside others, her responsibilities also include the development of The Mill – a welcoming café and social hub open to all which offers information and light-touch therapies in a relaxed, welcoming environment.
Lynn joined St Catherine’s in 2011 after seventeen years’ experience in the radio industry working first as a Broadcast Journalist, then as a producer for BBC Radio 1, and finally working with the public and private sectors to deliver large scale training programmes to the North West’s media industry.
Stephen was appointed as Chief Executive in 2005 and is responsible to St Catherine’s Board for all hospice activity including: care and support for patients and families; knowledge exchange,education and skills; community involvement, fundraising, lottery, communications and catering;finance, business and technical services.
Stephen’s career began at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was commissioned into Royal Signals as a troop commander on the Harrier Force. He later went onto RAF Cranwell, serving as a chaplain in Gutersloh, Berlin and the UK.
More recently he worked as a Chief Officer in local government where he played a key role in the 2001 Cumbrian Foot and Mouth Crisis.
His wide ranging qualifications include an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychology; a BA (Hons) in Theology; and registration as a commercial mediator. He is currently working on a PhD with the University of Glasgow entitled The Future of UK Hospices.
Stephen chairs the NW Hospice regional meeting and served as a trustee on the national body, Hospice UK from 2013-17.
He enjoys participating in fundraising events for the hospice. Feats have included three abseil challenges – down St Walburg’s Church (the highest parish spire in England), St John’s in Whittle-le-Woods and the Holiday Inn (Preston) – and two zip wire challenges – one across Preston North End’s football ground and the world’s fastest zip wire through the Snowdonia National Park. He has also completed two barefoot sponsored fire walks.
Away from St Catherine’s, he enjoys walking their black Labrador, supporting his favourite football team, landscape photography and trying to keep up with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Director of Finance & Business
A qualified chartered management accountant (ACMA, MBA), Susan has worked in financial roles with both the Chorley & South Ribble Health Authority and the Preston Health Authority as well as a private sector company and local government.
Sue’s responsibilities at St Catherine’s include finance, IT, health & safety, maintenance, catering and housekeeping functions.This broad portfolio has never been more important than it is now as the Hospice seeks to safely navigate its way through the recession.
Sue is also a keen runner and has supported the Hospice through the London Marathon and other participatory events.
Director of Community & Income
As a former chief officer in the public sector Lorraine has twenty years experience in human resources and organisational development before moving to the charity sector and joining the St Catherine’s team in 2010. Since the Hospice has to raise such vast sums of money these days, her skills are being put to good use as she develops and coordinates our teams in their various income generating roles.
The broad portfolio of income generation includes the weekly lottery, eleven charity shops and Donation Centre, fundraising, events, donations, bids to trust funds, gifts in wills, communications and marketing. Lorraine’s role includes strategic development for generating income as the Hospice works to keep pace with the many new ways in which we trade, communicate and participate.
Director of Care & Support
Working with the Chief Executive and Medical Director, Jimmy manages care services provided by St Catherine’s, these include: a 19 bed in-patient unit, the community team of Clinical Nurse Specialists and Hospice Support Assistants; lymphoedema, the support team (social work team) and rehabilitation. Jimmy trained as a registered nurse at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, qualifying in 1991. Jimmy also has a BA (Hons) in Community Health Care and MA in Healthcare Law. His experience spans acute general and renal medicine, district nursing and hospice care and he spent five years as a Macmillan nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before joining the team at St Catherine’s in 2003.
In addition to his care services responsibilities, Jimmy also has several administrative and compliance roles at the Hospice. He is the Hospice’s Caldicott Guardian, with responsibility for protecting patients’ personal information and data; our Accountable Officer with responsibility for ensuring legal compliance in all matters relating to controlled drugs and our Registered Manager with responsibility for ensuring that the Hospice complies with all standards set by the Care Quality Commission.
As Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director at St Catherine’s, Andrew has overall medical responsibility for the clinical care and support of patients. He works closely with the Chief Executive and Director of Care to design and direct services to meet the needs of local people. Andrew also works at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, supporting the hospital’s palliative care team and working with other teams to contribute to palliative care service developments across Central Lancashire, Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Andrew joined St Catherine’s Hospice in 2013 having trained in palliative medicine in the North West Deanery. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008 and achieved the Specialty Certificate in Palliative Medicine in 2011. He was added to the specialist register in 2013 and has been a consultant since 2014.
Andrew also has an interest in research as well as undergraduate and postgraduate education. He gained the Postgraduate certificate in workplace based postgraduate medical education in 2014.
Tim Frier, Head of Communications at Star Academies, sits on the hospice’s Community and Income Committee where one of his key focuses is offering insight and advice on the direction and delivery of the organisation’s communications strategy.
Tim has more than 15 years’ experience in marketing and communications across a range of sectors, including housing and education.
A chartered marketer and UCLan journalism graduate, Tim said he was delighted to join the board – particularly at such an important time in the development of the charity’s marketing and communications activities.
Tim said: “St Catherine’s plays such an important role in the Central Lancashire community by providing invaluable care. It can only do so thanks to the generosity of its wonderful supporters, and I am proud to be part of the dedicated team which really makes a difference to local people.
“Marketing and communications are fundamental to any organisation’s success, but particularly for a charity which is so dependent on its strong reputation and ongoing public support. It is an exciting time for St Catherine’s as they work to deliver their ambitious communications and engagement strategy, and I am pleased to work with them to maximise its potential to deliver the best outcomes for the charity and the people it serves.”
Rachael Moses, consultant physiotherapist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, sits on the hospice’s Patient Care Committee, where she is the first trustee with a physiotherapy background.
Rachael joined Lancashire Teaching Hospitals two and a half years ago in a new post of consultant physiotherapist. Her areas of expertise include complex ventilation and weaning and advanced airway clearance techniques, for which she lectures and presents in the UK and internationally at both pre and post graduate level.
Previously she was the respiratory physiotherapy lead at St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in London, and before that worked for 12 years as a senior physiotherapist at Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust.
Rachael, a graduate of the University of Hertfordshire, also sits on the British Thoracic Society Council and the Critical Care Specialist Advisory Group where she represents Allied Health Professionals, and chairs a national network group ‘Respiratory Leaders in Physiotherapy’.
Rachael said: “I’m keen to use some of my skills to contribute to the work of the Patient Care Committee, with particular reference to advanced care planning.”
John is a commercial lawyer dedicated to helping owners and managers of Lancashire SMEs make it possible to achieve their objectives by navigating them through the ever more complex legal and regulatory landscape in which businesses have to operate.
He joined Harrison Drury in 2006 and became managing partner in 2007; since then he has spearheaded the firm’s growth and development resulting in Harrison Drury becoming Lancashire Law Firm of the year in 2014.
He is a founder member of the Winckley Square Community Interest Company which has been established to oversee the restoration and refurbishment of the Winckley Square gardens in the heart of Preston and Harrison Drury is a patron of the Youth Zone movement.
John plays an active part in the running of Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club following his retirement from rugby after 13 seasons playing for the First XV. In order to stave off the effects of middle age he has also completed a number of triathlons including the Ironman UK.
Jonathan is a Partner at Forbes Solicitors and has extensive experience in all areas of employment law having specialised in this area since 2005. He regularly advises local authorities, housing authorities and private companies on a wide range of employment matters.
Jonathan is equally adept at dealing with Tribunal cases of all types, as well as providing internal advice on issues of various complexity, including large-scale restructures, job evaluation and equal pay issues. Jonathan also holds a particular specialism in dealing with employment & HR issues in an education context, having advised a number of schools and academic institutions on such matters. Jonathan is also a School Governor and is currently Vice-President of the Blackburn Incorporated Law Association.
Outside of work, Jonathan has a young family and is a competitive triathlete.
Michael is co-owner and Managing Director of Preston-based Digital Marketing Agency, Blue Wren. For the past 15 years Michael has worked in marketing and management consultancy; advising and supporting business, the public sector and NGOs in marketing communications. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Michael is a passionate sportsman with a distinguished rugby career behind him. Married with two young girls, Michael is proud to live and work in Preston – although when it comes to sport, he still cheers for Australia.
Michael was delighted to be asked to join St Catherine’s Board of Trustees and hopes to make a valuable contribution, particularly in the area of digital marketing and communications. His mother-in-law Mary Mulholland, a St Catherine’s Volunteer of more than 10 years, will be making sure he does!
Cliff Hughes MBE
Cliff Hughes has been involved with St Catherine’s since 1982 – before the hospice even opened its doors.
Today he serves as the charity’s President.
Tony has worked with several local authorities and the North West Development Agency to deliver economic growth throughout Central and West Lancashire.
He is also Vice Chairman of Lancashire West Citizen’s Advice Bureaux with offices in Skelmersdale, Chorley, Leyland and Fleetwood.
He has been a serving magistrate for over 22 years, presiding over criminal and family courts across Central Lancashire.
Following the death of their son Neil in 2009, Tony and his wife Dorothy have been driven by a desire to validate his life and death by working for better end of life care.
Tony volunteers as a hospice driver, is a member and trustee of the National Council for Palliative Care, and a North West Champion for the Dying Matters coalition.
He speaks and writes on a host of end of life care issues, and has also worked with Hospice UK to develop a view of the role of hospices in the future.
Dr Stephen Ward
Steve qualified as a doctor in 1978 and worked for 30 years in primary care as GP Principal of a seven-doctor practice in Leyland.
He has always had an interest in NHS management and previously has held roles including: a representative of the GP advisory group, Chair of the District audit team and Medical Audit Advisory Committee, and clinical governance lead for Chorley & South Ribble PCG and PCT.
He worked part-time as Medical Director at NHS Central Lancashire for several years before taking up a full time role three years ago.
In his spare time he is a keen birdwatcher and wildlife photographer.
Dr Fiona Duncan
Fiona trained as a nurse in Edinburgh. She worked as a senior sister in the first hospice in South Africa in the early 1980s. She then joined St Catherine’s a short time after it opened.
Over the years she has supported the charity in a variety of ways including as an Association member, volunteer and fundraiser.
She has enjoyed a long career as a nurse working in critical care, hospice, and pain management. She was awarded a doctorate in 2009. She has 10 years’ experience as a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence appraisal committee member.
She retired from paid employment in 2017. Her interests include walking, supporting Scottish rugby, and planning a very long trip around the world.
Fiona lives in Longridge where her three children grew up.