St Catherine’s Hospice pays tribute to founding member John Turner
We are deeply saddened to learn that John Turner, one of the founding members of St Catherine’s Hospice, has died.
In his own words – taken from a report where John recalled attending the inaugural meeting with Kitty Sharples to discuss opening a hospice in Preston in 1980 – he said: “We are determined to meet the anticipated challenges of the future and to respond to those we cannot foresee. We believe in the people of Central Lancashire and hope to continue to deserve their trust and respect.”
Paying tribute to his former colleague and friend, St Catherine’s chief executive Stephen Greenhalgh says: “John was a founding trustee of the hospice and a stalwart for our charity down the years. Without his unstinting dedication, bold faith and wise insight, we would not be where we are today.
“John was a real character; a very kind and caring man who helped the hospice through many challenges and never failed to thank us for our endeavours. His commitment to our cause was exemplary as he offered invaluable advice and practical support to help the development of St Catherine’s, volunteering endless hours to our cause. With Mary, his wife, they were both committed to the wider work of hospices and palliative care.
“John’s dedication to St Catherine’s and other charities was recognised when he was made a Preston Guild Burgess in 2012.
“Our thoughts are with his loved ones and all who knew him at this difficult time.”
Cliff Hughes MBE, St Catherine’s Hospice President, says: “John was one of the founding members of St Catherine’s Hospice and he served as a trustee for over 30 years, working tirelessly to help build a dream into the reality which is St Catherine’s today.
“John was always steadfast in his beliefs and his faith. His selfless commitment to St Catherine’s and other causes was recognised when he was made a Papal Knight of St Gregory.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of John at this sad time.”
John Chesworth, St Catherine’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, says: “John and his fellow founding trustees had a vision to create St Catherine’s Hospice and the courage and energy to bring that vision to reality.
“St Catherine’s and those who have benefited from its care owe John a debt of gratitude for his long years of service as a trustee and support for the hospice generally.
“Our sincere condolences go to John’s family.”
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