Hospice is bowled over

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A CHARITY which cares for the terminally ill is bowled over by the fund-raising efforts of Whitby Cricket Club.

The club has been busy fund-raising for Saint Catherine’s hospice with an end of season darts marathon where they ran a huge raffle with eighty prizes being donated by club members and local businesses including a fabulous 32 inch screen television.

The event raised £500.00 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice which will go directly towards patient care.

Gary Summerson of Whitby Cricket Club said he was “delighted” to present Saint Catherine’s staff with the cheque as so many people at the club including himself had lost friends and family with cancer and they wanted to show their appreciation of the work the hospice does in supporting patients and their families.

Mr Summerson was accompanied by Tim Richardson who is also a club member.

They presented their cheque to Debbie Kay and Carolyn Jackson from the fund-raising team based at Saint Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough along with Karen Sewell a Staff nurse at the Whitby Day hospice.

Carolyn Jackson who is the fund-raising team leader at Saint Catherine’s accepted the cheque from Gary and Tim.

She thanked everyone at the cricket club for their local support.

She said: “The hospice and Whitby Day Hospice could not provide the facilities it does without the vital support of the community to maintain these services.”

Saint Catherine’s hospice provides specialist palliative care to patients from Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and Bridlington and parts of east Yorkshire and Ryedale covering an area of 1,600 square miles and needs to raise £4.5 million this year, with only 18% funding coming from Government to maintain its services.