St Catherine’s Hospice the real winner following charity race night
A Catholic association which offers friendship and promotes family values raised £1,300 for St Catherine’s Hospice through a charity race night.
Eric Bolton, the outgoing president of the Catenian Association Preston and District Circle 144, chose St Catherine’s as the beneficiary of the evening to show his appreciation for the care given to a close friend before he died.
The group, which meets each month at Bartle Hall Hotel, organised the event at St Mary’s Primary School hall in Lea Town, Preston, in February.
The night welcomed more than 90 guests who helped raise the fantastic total, which also included donations from those members who could not attend on the evening.
Eric, from Fulwood, said: “It was a fun evening which saw members, friends and family come together in the name of a very good cause.
“Everyone had a great time, and we’re very pleased to have raised this money for such a wonderful charity.
“I lost a very close friend in his early forties some 20 years ago now, and St Catherine’s looked after him before he died. I have also had two other friends benefit from the care of the hospice. I know how this quality care can help people who are going through a very difficult period.
“I wanted to show my appreciation for this, and it was also important for me to build relationships with a local charity which works in our local community.”
Norman Cutler, senior fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice, visited the Association to receive the cheque.
He said: “We are very grateful to the Catenian Association Preston and District Circle 144 for organising this event, and would like to thank everyone who showed such generosity and helped raise this brilliant total.
“The money raised will be a great boost to the specialised care we provide to people across Chorley, Longridge, Preston and South Ribble who are living with conditions which can be treated but not cured. St Catherine’s Hospice offers expert knowledge of complex symptom and pain management, alongside psychological support, which helps patients and their families enjoy the best possible quality of life in the face of a life-limiting illness.”
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