Family, friends and colleagues of a ‘true gentleman’ have donated nearly £1,000 to the hospice to recognise the ‘wonderful care’ he and his family received at St Catherine’s.
Garry Ormiston from Croston sadly died at the hospice in November aged only 58.
More than £450 was collected in his memory at his funeral, with other donations pledged online via Facebook.
His friends from the League of Gentlemen Winter League at Penwortham Golf Club, where he had been a member since 2006, also gave £200, while Winckley Square Chambers – who are work colleagues of Garry’s wife Debbie – contributed £250.
Debbie said she was proud Garry’s legacy was supporting a charity which had been so good to her and the family.
She said: “We were looked after so well.
“Everyone – from the people on reception to the housekeepers, doctors and nurses – was wonderful. We’ve got four grandchildren who came in regularly and it’s such a lovely environment. Everyone worked together to make the time Garry spent at St Catherine’s very special.”
Chairman of the League of Gentlemen Winter League Michael Heywood said: “Garry absolutely loved golf – it was a big part of his life. We’re more than just a league, we’re a group of good friends.
“Garry was a gentleman, very kind, very easy going. He always joined in with everything and was very well liked. Everyone was very keen to do something to support the charity in his honour.”
The League, which plays throughout the winter months and organises special visits and trips away to other courses, also plans to organise a competition with a trophy awarded in Garry’s honour each September.
Hayley Jackson, community engagement officer at St Catherine’s, said: “It’s clear that Garry was a very popular man and a good friend to many people.
“We’re extremely touched that his family and friends wanted to support us with these donations, which will be used to help local people facing life-shortening conditions to have the best possible quality of life, to the end of life.”