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#TeamCallon pays for a day on Leon’s birthday

Family and friends who have fundraised tirelessly as part of #TeamCallon have paid for a day at St Catherine’s Hospice on what would have been inspirational Leon’s 37th birthday.

When Leon Callon was diagnosed with incurable cancer at the age of just 35 he threw his energies into fundraising, with the aim of leaving a positive legacy which would help others facing similar experiences.

Last March he ran the Stafford Half Marathon with friends, and also completed a bike ride along the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

At the time he said: “I wanted to lead by example – to show people that they don’t have to say ‘I can’t’. If I can do it, with a terminal cancer diagnosis, then so can they.”

Devastatingly Leon died at St Catherine’s in March – but fundraising has continued determinedly in his memory.
Thousands of pounds have been raised by #TeamCallon for St Catherine’s and the GIST Cancer Support Charity in all manner of different ways – from sponsored runs and rides to an incredible spinathon challenge and a daring sponsored firewalk.

Now, on August 27th – what would have been Leon’s 37th birthday – friends and family have dedicated a day of St Catherine’s care to him.

By paying for a day in this way they will be helping other local people facing conditions like cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure to access the charity’s specialist care at the hospice, in the community and in their own homes.

Leon’s mum Alison said: “Leon was blown away by the care and support he received at St Catherine’s. The original target he and his friends set for #TeamCallon was just £10,000.

“To date, the total raised in his name from some 40 challenges and pledges is almost £59,000 …. and rising. Leon would have been amazed and rather overwhelmed I’m sure, and also delighted that friends and family have enabled St Catherine’s patients to benefit from the legacy that he left.

“We thought his birthday was perfect to choose for the ‘Pay for a Day’….he and partner Klara always did something special on their birthdays…and helping the hospice in this way is certainly special.

“We are all immensely proud of what he achieved in life and what he continues to achieve through #TeamCallon.”

Other special dates dedicated to Leon’s memory through Pay for a Day include his dog Elvis’ birthday in December and his and partner Klara’s anniversary in March.

To read more about Leon’s story – which led to him being shortlisted for the Ben Ashworth Fundraiser of the Year Award at the first BBC Radio Lancashire awards – click here.

Family pay for a day in memory of much-loved mum

Catherine Norris Morecambe Bay Walk 1Catherine NorrisFamily and friends of a much-loved mum and grandmother came together to raise funds in her memory which have ‘paid for a day’ of St Catherine’s care on what would have been her 75th birthday.

Harry Norris and daughters Emma Greenwood, Wendy Norris and Julie Dean – along with many other relatives, friends and colleagues – have organised a series of fundraising events in memory of Catherine Norris. In total they raised a fantastic £3,300 which is now being used to cover the cost of the hospice’s community Clinical Nurse Specialist and day therapy unit teams on April 18th 2016.

The date is Catherine’s birthday and in 2016 she would have been celebrating turning 75.

Daughter Emma said they were all proud to be involved with Pay for a Day.

“It’s a lovely way to remember our mum on what would have been a special birthday for her and it’s great to know that the funds we’ve raised will be helping other patients and families in the community and at the hospice to get the same support that we did.

“Having the £3,300 target did spur us on to raise more funds for St Catherine’s as we were determined to reach our goal and take part in Pay for a Day in her honour.”

Funds were raised in a variety of ways, including the sponsored Morecambe Bay Walk, when Catherine’s husband and daughters were joined by her son-in-law Tim and grandchildren Katie and Thomas, as well friends Steve and Helen Helm and Max the dog.

Other activities have include cake sales, a toy sale – featuring the toys of Julie’s children Katie and Thomas – and various one-off donations.

It was all inspired by their desire to show their support after Catherine was cared for on the in-patient unit in 2014. She had been living with cancer for six years – the last two with an incurable diagnosis – and the family said the support they received from the hospice when the situation became unmanageable at home was invaluable.

Emma added: “When you are in that situation you could not wish for a better place than St Catherine’s.

“Knowing she had the support she needed was such a relief for us all. We had the time and the space to spend proper time together and I was able to bring my little girl Amy – who was just five months old at the time – into the hospice to see her. That time really was precious.

“We all knew we wanted to do something to give something back for that experience and we’re delighted to have been able to do that through Pay for a Day.”



Former Preston Mayor pays for Christmas Day at St Catherine’s

Mayor Pay for a Day Christmas DayThe former Mayor and Mayoress of Preston used the proceeds from a busy programme of fundraising during their term in office to pay for the care delivered by St Catherine’s Hospice on Christmas Day 2015.

Coun Nick Pomfret and his wife Barbara raised an amazing £16,333 through a range of activities and events during their Mayoral year from 2014-15.

They used the money to pay for the care St Catherine’s delivers on the hospice in-patient unit and in the community on December 25, as part of our Pay for a Day scheme.

Coun Pomfret said: “We know that St Catherine’s provides exceptional care every single day of the year and we witnessed the difference it makes personally during several visits to the hospice over the course of last year.

“On Christmas day we know staff go the extra mile to help patients and their loved ones to have a peaceful and comfortable Christmas, and we are delighted to be able to use the funds we have raised to help deliver these vital services on such an important day.”

Funds were raised in a variety of ways during the course of their term in office, including the Mayor’s Ball in March and Carols in the Chamber last Christmas; a quiz night at Acregate Labour Club; a Motown night at Deepdale Club; and by taking part in the charity’s sponsored Morecambe Bay Walk.

Coun Pomfret added: “Being Mayor was a wonderful experience which we both thoroughly enjoyed, in particular all the fantastic fundraising events organised in support of the hospice.

“Knowing that we used our position to help raised funds for such an important local cause makes our memories all the better, and we’re delighted to be taking part in Pay for a Day at this special time of year.”

 Redrow pay for Remembrance Day at St Catherine’s Hospice

Lancashire housebuilder Redrow Homes has covered the cost of delivering care at St Catherine’s Hospice on Remembrance Day through our Pay for a Day initiative.

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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.”

 Doting family fundraise to Pay for a Day in memory of Dad

A loving family have ‘paid for a day’ in memory of David Edward Cox, on what would have been his birthday.

DSC_0284David, who found out he had cancer shortly after his 65th birthday, was cared for by St Catherine’s Hospice before his death three months later.

Humbled by the treatment her father was given at the Hospice, daughter Janine, alongside her family and friends, have been raising money to support St Catherine’s ever since – and have to date, raised a huge £7,695.

They used £6,000 of that to ‘Pay for a Day’ at St Catherine’s – a scheme that gives supporters the opportunity to cover the costs of running the Hospice for a day, with the family covering the costs of the in-patient unit on the 11th September 2015.

Janine, who is also the owner of the ‘Yoga Place North’ studio in Chorley, said how grateful she was to the hospice for their commitment to caring for her father before his death.

“It was a very short journey from his diagnosis to his death,” Janine said.

“But St Catherine’s made this time more bearable for all involved. The care they gave to him during his last few weeks was undoubtedly filled with love, tenderness & dignity. Not only that, the support they gave to us was heartfelt.Janine and dad

“Unless you have experienced what goes on at St Catherine’s, you would never know that it is mainly run on volunteers and fundraising.

“My family and I would like to thank St Catherine’s for all they did for them and continue to do for others today.

“Our fundraising will continue, and the goal is to reach £10,000!”

Guild wheel bike ride Pays for a Day

A much-loved mum, sister and friend was remembered through ‘Pay for a Day’ on what would have been her 29th birthday.

DSC_0484Family and friends of Roxanne Houston, who sadly died of cervical cancer last year at the age of just 27, raised an incredible £4,567.78 through a sponsored cycle ride of the Preston Guild Wheel.

Among the 25 riders who took part was Roxanne’s oldest son Liam and his friends from the Under 11s Ribbleton Blacks football club.
The funds raised in her memory covered the cost of running the whole Day Therapy Unit and Clinical Nurse Specialist team on Monday August 17th 2015.

Roxanne’s sister, Lyndsey said the Pay for a Day scheme was a fitting tribute to Roxanne, and a great way of acknowledging the efforts of the fundraisers who took part in the ride.

She said: “We thought the Pay for a Day was a really nice idea as it recognises the effort everyone put in to the fundraising event and also acknowledges the reason we did it -Roxanne!”

“It would be her 29th Birthday on August 17th, so it’s a really nice way to pay tribute to her.

“Roxanne was due to be moved to St Catherine’s in her final days but sadly wasn’t well enough to cope with the move. As a family, we have always supported the hospice with the various things they do throughout the year. Our Grandma passed away at St Catherine’s in 2011 and my Mum received some out-patient treatment there before she died.

“We are really pleased that Roxanne is being remembered this way and it’s a lovely way for Liam’s efforts to be rewarded.”

 Audrey’s legacy gift Pays for a Day

A generous gift left for St Catherine’s in the will of  supporter Audrey Gornall paid for a day of care at the hospice, in the community and at home.

Audrey Gornall

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.”

 Generous golfers raised funds to Pay for a Day

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.

Leyland Golf Club 1The 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.”

‘Doing it for Dawn’ workout raises funds to Pay for a Day

Doing it for Dawn2 croppedFriends 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.”


 Fish and chip fundraiser in memory of Mum raised money to Pay for a Day

Godwins_Pay_for_a_Day_1_webGodwin’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.

Godwins_Pay_for_a_Day_2_web“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.”

 Remembering Dad with Pay for a Day

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_and_Dad_webRachelle 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.”

Lawrence’s legacy helps others through Pay for a Day

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.

Laurence_Harris_2_websiteSince 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.”