Lancashire artist’s Christmas design is thanks for dad’s care

TRIBUTE: Rachelle Panagarry with the hospice cards and, below, with dad John
TRIBUTE: Rachelle Panagarry with the hospice cards and, below, with dad John
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An illustrator whose dad was cared for at St Catherine’s Hospice has used her creative talents to design a Christmas card for the charity’s Light Up A Life campaign.

Rachelle Panagarry, who has just completed an MA in children’s book illustration at the University of Central Lancashire, came up with the idea of a Christmas tree made up of different symbols of St Catherine’s Hospice.

Rachelle Panagarry with her dad John Dodd

Rachelle Panagarry with her dad John Dodd

The cards will be sent to everyone who makes a dedication in St Catherine’s Light Up A Life appeal, which sees donations pledged in return for dedications within a light display around the hospice grounds.

Dedications are welcome in memory of anyone who will be missed from the festive celebrations this year, not only those who were cared for by St Catherine’s.

The design of the Light Up A Life card is exclusive to St Catherine’s, having been created by Rachelle, whose father John Dodd was looked after on the in-patient unit last year.

John died in May last year from lung cancer. He was 68 years old.

Rachelle, 43, from Fulwood, who had already raised £6,000 for the hospice through a Valentine’s Ball in February, said: “I was extremely touched when St Catherine’s came to me for help with the design of the card – to be asked to create such a special thing for the hospice was a real honour.

“They took such good care of my dad that I was more than happy to use the skills I have to give something back, and help a cause very close to my heart in a different way.”

“After discussions with St Catherine’s it was clear that, along with the Christmas theme, we wanted something which showed the bigger picture of what the hospice is and all the different things that go into make it such a special place.

“It’s about a lot more than sometimes people think.

“The shape of the Christmas tree and the foil stars make it festive, while the icons within it include figures of all different ages – symbolising the different people who benefit from hospice care, and also the 
volunteers, staff and supporters who make it happen.

“The butterfly, is of course is so well known and well-loved as the logo of St Catherine’s.”

She added: “I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.

“I hope that all those who make dedications in Light Up A Life this year are happy with the card too.”

Lynne Whittaker, senior fund-raiser, added: “Everyone at St Catherine’s is delighted to have our own bespoke Christmas card and it means all the more that it has been made by someone with such a personal connection to the hospice.”

Dedications to the Light Up A Life campaign can be made online at www.stcatherines.co.uk or over the phone by calling 01772 629171.

You can also pick up a form at hospice reception detailing how dedications work.

The dedication service and lights switch-on takes place on Tuesday, December 2, from 5.30pm.