The Chorley firm used the proceeds from a dinner dance to cover the £11,500 it costs to run all of the hospice’s vital services at our base in Lostock Hall, in the community, and in patients’ own homes on one day.
Redrow picked Remembrance Day on November 11 2015 as a tribute to all those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.
Their support during the 30th anniversary year of St Catherine’s, when they raised a brilliant £12,676, follows a similar amount which was donated in 2014. Last year, they also gave their time and skills for free to build an extension to the hospice’s lymphoedema clinic The Woodside.
Funds were raised this year at a dinner dance which welcomed around 500 contractors, suppliers, consultants and staff. The event featured a silent auction and raffle, with entertainment from the RPJ Band, founded by Rick Parfitt Jnr, son of the Status Quo legend.
Steve Greenhalgh, managing director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire) who visited the hospice and met with some of the hospice staff who deliver St Catherine’s services each day, said: “After last year’s fundraising success for the hospice we wanted to carry on and see how much more we could offer.
“We’re thrilled to have raised enough to be part of this new Pay for a Day initiative and be one of the first companies to take part in it. The hospice provides an incredible, much needed service and we were astounded by how many people are involved and how much it costs to keep it running for a single day.
“We really hope that other local businesses will get behind the appeal.”
A loving family have ‘paid for a day’ in memory of David Edward Cox, on what would have been his birthday.
The wonderful legacy totalled more than £39,000, which is helping to fund the hospice’s specialised services for local people facing life-shortening conditions.
When the executors of Audrey’s will – her Goddaughter Carol Gamble and Carol’s sister Kathleen Hodge – heard about the ‘Pay for a Day’ scheme, they decided that a day of care dedicated to her memory would be a fitting tribute to their amazing ‘auntie’ and friend.
Carol and Kathleen picked Sunday July 19th 2015 – which would have been Audrey’s 81st birthday – as the special day of care delivered in her honour.
Carol and Kathleen believe Audrey’s gift was inspired by their mum Ellen Taylor’s experiences when she was cared for at St Catherine’s back in 2004.
Audrey, who died in August 2013, was Ellen’s best friend and saw first-hand the care her dearest friend received.
Carol, aged 50 and from Bretherton, said: “Our mum and Audrey were best friends all their lives and she was like an auntie to me and my sister. She was always a very big part of our lives, and remained so after mum had died.
“When mum was very poorly she came to St Catherine’s and was looked after so well. It was such a relief for us all to know she was comfortable and was in the best possible place.
“Auntie Audrey was a wonderfully kind-hearted, generous person – we’re sure she would have wanted others to access the same wonderful care and that was why she left this gift.
“When we found out St Catherine’s were going to receive this money we were so pleased and proud. The Pay for a Day scheme was a way to publicly acknowledge Auntie Audrey’s lasting legacy and to recognise the fantastic thing she did.”
A husband and wife team who picked St Catherine’s as their chosen charity during their terms as Leyland Golf Club captains raised enough money to fund two days of hospice care thanks to generosity of members.
Rob and Carol Robinson were the first married couple to hold the positions jointly at the club in the past 25 years. They both decided to support the Lostock Hall hospice during their 12 months as captain, and organised a packed fundraising schedule which raised an amazing £15,641.
The impressive total means they can pay for one full day of care at the hospice, in the community and at home for £11,500, along with another day covering the cost of the St Catherine’s day therapy and community Clinical Nurse Specialist teams – which comes in at £3,300.
The days chose are July 4th 2015 – which in 2001 was the first dedicated Captain’s Charity Day – and August 2nd – which in 1924 was the day the course was first open for play.
Funds were raised in a variety of ways throughout 2014 including a fashion show by Guest Boutique in April; the Captain’s Charity Golf Day in June; a 72-hole golf challenge undertaken by Cameron Johnston and three friends, the Ladies Company Classic and Hog Roast, courtesy of Rachel and Daniel Ballard at Lodge House, Farington Moss in August; the Lady Captain’s Charity Day in September; and various raffles and donations throughout the year.
The £800 raised at the fashion show was also generously matched up to £750 by Barclays, because Carol applied as a retired member of staff.
Carol and Rob said they had enjoyed the fundraising experience and were delighted to be able to support the Pay For A Day scheme.
Rob said: “Both Carol and I think the pay for a day is very innovative. It concentrates people’s minds on how much a hospice costs to run.
“All sorts of figures get bandied about around annual running costs. A massive figure like 11-5 K for a day will astound many people and encourage them to donate.”
Friends and family of an ‘inspirational’ young woman who died at the age of just 34 came together for a two-hour gruelling sponsored workout in her memory and raised enough money to cover the cost of our in-patient unit for a day.
The ‘Doing it for Dawn’ event, a two hour sponsored work out in memory of Dawn Morley, was held in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice, where Dawn had been cared for until her sad death three weeks earlier.
It was organised by close friends Lucy Willis and Charlotte Selby, a personal trainer who led the session.
In total they raised enough money to fund the cost of the in-patient unit for a day, as well as buy a specialist bed for the ward.
Helen said: “Dawn loved St Catherine’s – she loved the place, the people and the care she got. She wanted to pay something back for all they’d done for her, and I hope the event made her proud.
“We’re delighted to have raise enough funds to ‘pay for a day’ in her memory so that more families can benefit from the services St Catherine’s provides.”
Godwin’s’ Fish and Chip Shop in Penwortham hosted a fish and chip celebration in memory of Pat Johnson, who had owned the chippy for many years.
She was cared for by St Catherine’s Hospice and her family – who still own the shop which was set up by Pat’s mum in 1954 – wanted to do something to say ‘thank you’ for the support they received.
In total, put together with the sponsorship raised when chippy worker Peter Marshall took the plunge in our skydive, they raised enough to cover the cost of running the In-Patient Unit at St Catherine’s for a day.
The family – which includes daughter Carol, her husband Justin and sons Alex and Kevin – picked February 12th 2015 as the day of hospice care to be delivered in Pat’s honour – which would have been her 70th birthday.
Carol said: “We’re delighted with the money raised and would like to say a huge thank you to all of our customers and supporters who have shown such generosity.
“The care Mum received from St Catherine’s – both at day therapy and later on the in-patient unit – was excellent. It had been very difficult as her condition deteriorated – she was very independent so it was tough for her when things became hard to manage. When she arrived at St Catherine’s and seemed to settle in – saying she felt safe and looked after – it was a huge weight off our minds.
“We are very grateful for the support she received and it is a fitting tribute to Mum that funds raised in her memory have helped other people have access to the same vital care.
“The concept of Pay for a Day really helped us to go that extra mile, spurring us on to generate the extra funds we needed to be able to meet the target. I’d certainly recommend it to others who are thinking of supporting St Catherine’s during their special 30th anniversary year.”
On their chosen day the family are due to visit the hospice to see their certificate in place in hospice reception, before going for a meal together The Mill Cafe.
Carol added: “Rather than visiting her graveside, this will be a lovely way to celebrate Mum’s special birthday.”
Doting daughter Rachelle Panagarry decided to use the proceeds of a Valentine’s Ball she organised to Pay for a Day in memory of her beloved dad John Dodd.
The event raised an amazing £5,500 and, put together with a generous £500 donation from Rachelle, it meant she raised the £6,000 needed to run the St Catherine’s Hospice In-Patient Unit for a day.
Rachelle chose his anniversary on May 14th as the day of hospice care to be delivered in his honour.
Rachelle said: “When I heard about Pay for a Day I thought it would be a lovely thing to do in memory of my Dad. The date of his anniversary seemed very appropriate to choose as it was the day I needed the most support from the amazing staff at the hospice.
“The care he received at St Catherine’s was fantastic – it was such a relief and comfort to know he was comfortable and being looked after in such a calm and peaceful environment. The Valentine’s Ball was my way of doing something to acknowledge it and say thank you.
“The concept of Pay for a Day worked really well at the event – I think as we edged closer to our target it really spurred people on to give that little bit more. I’m delighted with the amount we managed to raise and everyone who came along said they really enjoyed themselves which is fantastic.
“Although the anniversary was obviously a very hard day, knowing that we helped pay for other people to benefit from the same kind of care and support Dad received was a great comfort.
“My Dad was a fantastic man – down to earth, decent, honest. A day of wonderful St Catherine’s care delivered in his memory is a very fitting tribute and I know he’d be really proud.”
The 8th of December is a special date for Margaret Rawding and Walter Nicholls.
It was the birthday of their close friend and former colleague Laurence Harris, and it’s the reason why they picked this date in 2013 to Pay for a Day. Bachelor Lawrence chose Margaret and Walter to act as executors of his will – leaving them one instruction: to use his legacy to help others.
Since his death in April 2011 at the age of 100, the couple have helped countless good causes thanks to his heart-warming generosity – including paying to refurbish a patient bedroom at St Catherine’s Hospice.
Building on their existing support of the Lostock Hall charity, Margaret and Walter decided paying for a day in Lawrence’s honour was a wonderful way to commemorate their dear friend’s memory, whilst supporting the specialised care of the hospice.
Margaret said: “It was very important to us that we could see how Lawrence’s money was spent and how it makes a difference. By paying for a day of St Catherine’s care, we got a very real picture of how is legacy is helping patients and their families during what is an extremely difficult time.
“Hospice care is a cause very close to my heart after my mother passed away in a hospice – the peace and comfort she enjoyed was amazing, and is something we as a family will never forget. Through my experiences I also came to realise how much these charities rely on the public’s support to survive – I knew Lawrence would want to do his bit to help with this.
“Although Lawrence was a very shy man in many ways and never sought the limelight, on this occasion Walter and I said ‘tough!’ The money he left has helped many people in many ways, and we believe this day in his honour was a fitting tribute to such a thoroughly lovely, decent man.”