Bamber Bridge Band Club charity night raises funds for hospice
“St Catherine’s is an amazing place – not only the care the patients receive in perfect surroundings, but also the support for their families at such a difficult time, is just irreplaceable.”
A hospice supporter helped organise a fun-filled charity night in Bamber Bridge after witnessing first-hand how St Catherine’s helps people with life-shortening illnesses.
Julie Hinds, who sits on the committee of the Band Club in Station Road, said: “We wanted to hold a charity event to involve our customers and one of the first places we thought of was St Catherine’s. Many people in the local community have visited friends and family there plus our Club Secretary Malcolm Clarke actually knew Kitty Sharples who is one of the charity’s founders, so it was the perfect choice really.
“My personal experience of the hospice was about eight years ago when a friend who I had worked with for a number of years was cared for by St Catherine’s. The year after a few of us completed the Moonlight and Memories Walk which we were really proud to be a part of.”
The charity night held in November raised a fantastic £1,393.
Julie said: “On the night we had the Connor Banks Band entertaining with Tian’s Disco hosting. It was a brilliant night with lots of dancing! We had 35 raffle prizes, most of which were donated by members and a few local businesses, plus prizes from PNE and Chorley FC.
“Everyone was so generous, not just on the night but in the weeks leading up to it. It’s been such a privilege to be able to help such a worthy charity.”
Julie is pictured with fellow event organiser Paula Smith and club secretary Malcolm Clarke.
Hayley Jackson, community engagement officer at St Catherine’s, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the charity night at the Band Club, which has raised an amazing amount for St Catherine’s. We simply couldn’t continue to provide our specialist care and support to local people affected by conditions such as cancer and motor neurone disease, without the wonderful support of our communities, in helping us to raise vital funds for our services.”
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