An annual sportsmen’s dinner raised £3,220 for St Catherine’s Hospice –taking the total raised for the charity over the past three years to more than £10,000!
St Joseph’s Cricket Club has been organising the event since 1981. When the club disbanded in 2014 it was decided they would continue the tradition – raising funds for the hospice instead.
This year’s event at Preston Grasshoppers welcomed 115 guests and featured speaker Steve Kindon – a former Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer – as well as entertainment from comedian John Lory.
Funds were raised through tickets sales as well as a raffle and auction on the night which featured a raft of top prizes, including tickets to Preston North End; golf days with Ashton and Lea and Blackburn Golf Clubs; a package with the British Association of Shooting and Conservation; and a voucher and hamper from Marks and Spencer.
Local firms Sleeve It Ltd, Loud and Clear Graphics and Soccer Manager also showed their support by sponsoring the event.
Club President Frank Turley, whose granddaughter Lois helped organise this year’s event, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event again this year – it’s always a brilliant night and we’re delighted to have raised this total for St Catherine’s again.
“People’s response and generosity is always so wonderful. A lot of people have been touched personally by the important work of St Catherine’s and can see how their support makes a difference to local people.”
St Catherine’s fundraiser Hayley Jackson thanked everyone for their support and added: “The money raised will help us to care for local people affected by life-shortening conditions, helping them to have quality of life, to the end of life.”