Irene’s funeral donations to help refurbish St Catherine’s

Irene Eccles with the Mayor of South Ribble, Mary Green, at St Catherine's Hospice, Lostock Hall
Irene Eccles with the Mayor of South Ribble, Mary Green, at St Catherine's Hospice, Lostock Hall
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The legacy of a much-loved aunt who spoke out in praise of St Catherine’s Hospice before she died last month is living on, thanks to her and her family’s support of the charity’s Give A Gift campaign.

During the summer, Irene Eccles from Clayton-le-Woods shared her experiences of both day therapy and the in-patient unit at the Lostock Hall hospice to help raise awareness of the difference St Catherine’s makes.

Irene with hospice worker Bernadette Baxter and her niece, Sylvia Ghorbani

Irene with hospice worker Bernadette Baxter and her niece, Sylvia Ghorbani

When Irene sadly died last month, that support continued - with donations at her funeral requested for St Catherine’s, in particular towards the conservatory refurbishment which forms one of the gifts from the hospice’s 30th anniversary Give A Gift appeal.

During 2015, their 30th anniversary year, the hospice has a list of 30 things they would like to achieve with the help of local people, schools and businesses, and is working with the Guardian and Lancashire Evening Post to encourage people to get involved.

Irene’s niece Sylvia Ghorbani - whose father Harold Olive was also cared for at St Catherine’s back in 1999 - said she and Irene’s family and friends were delighted to show their support.

Sylvia, who lives in Virginia, United States, said: “Both auntie Irene and my dad enjoyed spending time in the conservatory on the in-patient unit at St Catherine’s, so it seems fitting that the funds are put towards the refurbishment there so that more patients and families can benefit from it in the future.

“Both auntie Irene and my dad enjoyed spending time in the conservatory on the in-patient unit at St Catherine’s, so it seems fitting that the funds are put towards the refurbishment there so that more patients and families can benefit from it in the future.”

Sylvia Ghorbani

“There was 16 years between my father’s experiences at St Catherine’s and auntie Irene’s - though lots of things had developed and moved on, what remained was the exceptional care and even a few familiar faces!

“It is such a special place - a home away from home, with the expertise and experience to help people in the best possible way. The respect and understanding they show to each and every person is amazing.

“St Catherine’s is a true jewel – I have never experienced a place like it. They really deserve our support during this special 30th year and Irene, myself and her family and friends are delighted to have made our own special contribution.”

Along with the donations from the funeral, Irene left a gift for St Catherine’s in her will, while Sylvia took part in the charity’s Morecambe Bay Walk in September and raised funds in sponsorship.

Next month a jazz evening is also set to be held in Irene’s memory at Cuerden Residential Park, where she lived for 40 years and was one of the oldest residents, organised by park owner Michael Campbell.

To find out more about the Give A Gift appeal visit www.stcatherines.co.uk. To get involved email giveagift@stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 695290.