Generous gift helps fund St Catherine’s Hospice’s specialised services

Audrey Gornall

Audrey Gornall

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

The wonderful legacy left by Audrey Gornall to the Lostock Hall charity totalled more than £39,000, which is helping to fund the hospice’s specialised services for 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.

The initiative invites people to donate or fundraise for St Catherine’s with a particular goal in mind.

Supporters can choose to cover the cost of a full day of hospice care services, which is £11,500; the in-patient unit, which costs £6,000 each day; or the day therapy and the Clinical Nurse Specialist team, which costs £3,300.

Carol and Kathleen picked July 19 – which would have been Audrey’s 81st birthday – as the special day of care delivered in her honour.

Carol, 50, and from Bretherton, said: “Auntie Audrey was a wonderfully kind-hearted, generous person - we’re sure she would have wanted people to access the wonderful care at St Catherine’s and that was why she left this gift.

“When we found out St Catherine’s was 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.”

As part of the hospice’s 30th anniversary Give A Gift campaign with the Lancashire Evening Post, St Catherine’s is appealing for 30 new legacy pledges in 2015.

Gifts in wills are extremely important to the charity, covering on average the care of one in six of their patients.

To find out more about the Pay for a Day scheme, contact the hospice on 01772 629171 or lynne.
whittaker@stcatherines.co.uk.