South Ribble Mayor looks back on a fantastic year of fundraising for St Catherine’s Hospice
The former mayor and mayoress of South Ribble are reflecting on a fantastic year of fundraising for St Catherine’s Hospice and supporting the charity’s family-friendly events.
Coun John Rainsbury and his wife Shirley visited the Lostock Hall hospice recently to make a generous donation, raised during their time as mayor and mayoress of the borough throughout 2018 and 2019.
Coun Rainsbury said: “The St Catherine’s Yellow Day and Christmas Festival were among the highlights of our year. Visiting the hospice and attending these much-loved fundraising events really helped us to appreciate how much the charity means to people, and how much St Catherine’s depends on the support of the local community and more than 900 volunteers. It really brought home to us the value and importance of volunteering.
“It’s been a really wonderful year; we’ve made memories to last a lifetime and have met some truly inspirational people. We’ve fundraised in a range of ways, including organising a day at Catterick Racecourse, canal barge trips, a brass band and hotpot supper event, the Ladies’ of Achievement Lunch, and events with Cumin Curry House and the Village Tea Pot. It’s been a very busy and enjoyable experience!”
Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We’ve loved welcoming John and Shirley to the hospice to meet with patients and families, and to attend our fun-filled events such as Yellow Day and the Christmas Festival.
“We’re so grateful for their amazing support in not only raising vital funds for our specialist palliative and end-of-life care of local people, but for also raising awareness of St Catherine’s and the important work we do in helping people affected by life-shortening illnesses to have quality of life at the hospice and in their own homes.
“We simply wouldn’t be able to continue helping local families if it wasn’t for the wonderful support of our local communities and volunteers, so we’d like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to John and Shirley for their fantastic fundraising efforts and for visiting the hospice throughout their mayoral year.”
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