Fundraising trio complete the third leg of their hospice-to-hospice scooter ride
A fundraising trio have paid a special visit to St Catherine’s as part of a unique hospice-to-hospice scooter ride.
Keen fundraisers Jaqui Collins, Mo Collins and Deborah Keenan, from Accrington, took to their scooters and travelled 5.5-miles from Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley to St Catherine’s in Lostock Hall last week.
The journey formed part of their four hospice-to-hospice ride, which saw them travel from Accrington Market to visit East Lancashire Hospice, Derian House and St Catherine’s.
Jaqui, said: “I’d like to start by saying thank you to Paul Thompson and Tony. Paul has been out on every route with us, sourcing refreshments by arranging tea stops and collections – a very kind selfless man who we couldn’t have managed without. And Tony from Accrington Mobility Scooters lent us the use of the scooters and transported them to our set-off points and collected them on completion of our journey.
“We knew that the weather wasn’t looking too good on the day we were calling at St Catherine’s, so we wrapped up in plenty of layers, in preparation for the third leg of our hospice-to-hospice ride. We managed to complete the enjoyable, but very cold journey in two hours, and were spurred on by passing cars ‘tooting’.
“We’d like to say thank you to St Catherine’s staff and volunteers for the warm welcome we received when we arrived at the hospice, and we also enjoyed some warming refreshments at the onsite Mill café.”
Their journey was carefully mapped out beforehand – going through Chorley, down Wigan Road and Stanifield Lane, and on to Lostock Lane.
St Catherine’s fundraiser, Hayley Jackson, said: “We were really excited to welcome Jaqui, Mo and Deborah to the hospice after their unique scooter ride.
“With the support from people like Jaqui, Mo and Deborah in the community, it means we’re able to continue providing specialised care and support to people who are facing conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, cancer, heart failure and MS, helping them to experience a good quality of life and, when the time comes, have comfort and dignity in death.”
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