Medieval festival is a fantastic fundraising feat
A much-loved wife, mum and friend was remembered through a medieval re-enactment which generated more than £500 for St Catherine’s Hospice.
Anne Pennington was cared for at St Catherine’s for 10 days this summer, before her sad death from ovarian cancer on July 29th.
Her husband Bill and daughters Alison and Sarah Jackson praised the treatment she received, with Sarah adding: “Even a million pounds could not buy what mum received from St Catherine’s.
“They looked after her so well and that care extended to us as a family too which was so nice. Knowing that she was at St Catherine’s was such a relief for us all and as a family we’d like to say how grateful we are to all of the staff who cared for her.”
When friends Angela and Steve Tiernan heard about Anne and the family’s experiences at St Catherine’s, they were determined to do something to raise funds to support the hospice’s work.
The couple decided to organise two medieval festivals in August and September, as part of the Empire live roleplaying game from Profound Decisions.
The outdoor events attracted hundreds of people and in total raised £530. Funds were also collected at Anne’s funeral, meaning in total her family and friends raised more than £1,100 for St Catherine’s in her memory.
Norman Cutler, senior fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to receive these funds which have been raised in such an innovative and creative way.
“The money pledged in Anne’s memory will help us to offer our specialised care and support to other patients and families when they need us.”
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