Charity shop efforts result in ‘invaluable piece of equipment’ for St Catherine’s anniversary

St Catherine's Hospice charity shop managers from across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble with the charity's director of care, Jimmy Brash
St Catherine's Hospice charity shop managers from across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble with the charity's director of care, Jimmy Brash
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Volunteers, customers and staff from St Catherine’s Hospice charity shops have joined together and raised £3,260 to buy a piece of specialist equipment for the in-patient unit.

Each shop across Chorley, South Ribble and Preston hosted their own fund-raising events and campaigns throughout 2015 to help generate extra cash and show their support for the 30th anniversary Give A Gift appeal, run in partnership with the Lancashire Evening Post and the Chorley and Leyland Guardian.

Initiatives included cake sales, tombolas, ‘guess the number of sweets in the jar’ and a car wash.

The money will be used to buy an Alaris pump for the Lostock Hall hospice’s 19-bed in-patient unit - which was one of the 30 ‘gifts’ on the charity’s anniversary wish list.

The pump is used to deliver fluids, medications and blood transfusions to patients. The equipment ensures the fluids are delivered precisely as prescribed so that patients get the treatments they need at the right intervals and at the correct levels.

Jimmy Brash, director of care at St Catherine’s, said: “This is an invaluable piece of equipment which will be of great benefit to our patients and staff.

“We’re extremely impressed with the creativity and dedication our shop teams have shown, and of course a big ‘thank you’ goes to all the customers who so generously supported their efforts.”

Rachel Hewitt, head of trading at St Catherine’s, added: “Our charity shops have played a huge part in the success of St Catherine’s over the past 30 years – they were raising money for the appeal fund before the hospice even opened its doors.

“So it was only right that they came together to do something to mark this special anniversary and make an extra contribution during this milestone year.

“Along with all their important day-to-day business, staff and volunteers have gone the extra mile organising these fund-raising events and it is wonderful that their efforts and the generosity of customers have helped us tick another item off our gift list.”

There are still a number of outstanding gifts the hospice hopes to achieve by the end of the month.

Local businesses are being urged to think about adopting St Catherine’s as their charity of the year for 2016, to help reach the target of attracting the interest of 30 new firms this year.

The St Catherine’s Hospice Lottery also has a target of attracting 300 new members through the Gift A Gift campaign, and needs just a few more to reach that goal.

The hospice is also keen to launch a pilot scheme offering complementary therapies to patients at home – but needs £2,000 to get the idea off the ground.

Patients can currently access treatments such as massage, Reiki and reflexology at the hospice, but not in the comfort of their own homes.

Opening up the service would allow more people to enjoy the benefits such treatments can bring, including improved sleep, increased relaxation and eased aches and pains.

Visit www.stcatherines.co.uk to find out how you could contribute. The hospice fund-raising team is also on hand to offer advice and support – for more information email giveagift@stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 629171.