Help give hospice a festive boost

St Catherine’s Hospice is asking supporters for a one-off donation this Christmas, which could help the charity end its 30th anniversary Give A Gift appeal on a high.

One of the outstanding items on the gift list asks for 300 donations of £30 – a gift of £1 for every year the hospice has been open.

Nurses from St Catherines Hospice, Lostock Hall; Anita Staveley, Nicky Thompson and Bernadette Baxter.

Nurses from St Catherines Hospice, Lostock Hall; Anita Staveley, Nicky Thompson and Bernadette Baxter.

By reaching the target, enough money would be raised to cover the cost of the in-patient unit and the community services for a day.

Staff have picked New Year’s Day as the day of care to be delivered through the appeal, if they achieve their goal.

Christmas Day is being covered by the former Mayor of Preston using the proceeds from fund-raising during his year in office, so the first day of 2016 was another special date to choose.

Recognising that Christmas is an expensive time of year, St Catherine’s is asking 300 people to consider a £3 text donation if £30 isn’t possible, which would raise £900 to help the hospice deliver its care this festive season.

“Christmas is a very important occasion here at St Catherine’s and we work hard to make the time as special as possible for those patients and families who are accessing our care.”

Lorraine Charlesworth, director of income generation

Lorraine Charlesworth, director of income generation at St Catherine’s, said: “Christmas is a very important occasion here at St Catherine’s and we work hard to make the time as special as possible for those patients and families who are accessing our care.

“For some, this can mean festive fun and games and turkey with all the trimmings, while for others it might be a more tranquil, peaceful time for reflection.

“However people want to spend their Christmas, we will do what we can to help make it happen.”

She added: “By supporting us with a £30 Christmas gift, you can help us deliver this specialised care and really make a difference at this time of year.

Lorraine Charlesworth

Lorraine Charlesworth

“If we can meet our target, we will dedicate New Year’s Day to the supporters of our Give A Gift appeal through our Pay for a Day scheme.

“We think this will be a fitting tribute to the wonderful support we have received both at Christmas and all year.

“We do of course recognise that the festivities are an expensive time, so if a £30 donation is not possible, we’re asking people to consider sending us a £3 donation via text message.

“This is a really quick and simple way to show your support and be assured that every penny and every pound really does make a difference.”

Supporters can make a donation online at www.stcatherines.co.uk/donate, using the text box to highlight it is being made as part of the Give A Gift campaign.

They can also call 01772 629171 and make a donation over the phone, or send in via post to St Catherine’s Hospice, Give A Gift Appeal, Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall, Preston, R5 5XU.

Donations of £3 can be made via SMS by texting the word ‘Hospice’ to 70444.