Teenager takes to new heights in memory of Great Uncle
A teenager used his passion for skiing to raise cash for St Catherine’s Hospice.
Scott Taylor, aged 13, took to the dry ski slope and raised a brilliant total of £511,50 to show his appreciation for the care his great uncle Ronnie Crockett received at the hospice.
The total distance covered in the sponsored ski was an astonishing 8,520 metres – just short of the height of Mount Everest!
Scott, from Dunblane, praised the work of the hospice and said: “St Catherine’s not only helped my great uncle Ronnie when he was going through his hard time but they also supported the family and helped them to cope.
“To say thank you for everything they did for us, I wanted to give something back and that’s when I decided to do sponsored ski.”
Despite twisting his ankle the day before, Scott was determined not to put the fundraiser off any longer, and with the support of his family he was able to complete the challenge.
Lorraine Charlesworth, Director of Income Generation at St Catherine’s, said: “Scott has raised a fantastic amount of money for the hospice, which will help St Catherine’s continue to be there for people ‘when it matters most’ – offering specialised palliative and end of life care to people in the local community.
“It’s great to hear that someone of his age set himself such a huge challenge and was able to raise money in memory of his great uncle.
“I hope his efforts will inspire others as we really couldn’t survive without the support of people like Scott.”
Ronnie, who was originally from Scotland but had retired to Leyland 14 years ago, was admitted to the In-Patient Unit at the hospice in November 2012 before sadly losing his battle to cancer four days later.
Although the fundraiser was completed in Scotland, Scott’s family travelled to the hospice at Lostock Hall to hand over the cash that was raised.
Scott’s mum, Claire Kelbie, said: “We’re all so proud of him. Over the last few months Scott has gone through so much loss but coped really well.
“I’m also proud of the fact that his passion to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice came off his own back, it just shows how much of a good heart he has.”
Scott, a pupil at Dunblane High School, added: “It was a really good experience and knowing that I’ve raised the money for a good cause just made the whole experience even better.
“I think the help that the St Catherine’s Hospice gives to people in the local community through their hard times is really good and I’m glad that I could support that.”
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