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Mayors bring lots of holiday cheer

The Mayors of Preston, South Ribble and Chorley visiting patients at St Catherines Hospice, Lostock Hall. Right, Preston mayor Coun Veronica Afrin

The Mayors of Preston, South Ribble and Chorley visiting patients at St Catherines Hospice, Lostock Hall. Right, Preston mayor Coun Veronica Afrin

Mayors from across the region joined forces to spread some holiday cheer at St Catherine’s Hospice.

Preston’s mayor Coun Veronica Afrin joined fellow mayors from South Ribble and Chorley to visit the Lostock Hall centre.

Coun Afrin said: “Visiting the hospice was a humbling experience but an uplifting one, as I met so many brave and inspirational people from Preston and Lancashire.

“The visit underlined the importance of hospices, which provide essential care for people and support them and their families.

“The people I met felt very content with the care they were receiving and the atmosphere was very calm.

“At Christmas, it is so important that people get to be with their families and the hospice ensures that people can either leave to spend Christmas at home, or families can come to the hospice to visit relatives and friends.

“The dedication and hard work of the staff is something to be admired.

“I was very proud to see a lovely photograph of my colleague, friend and former mayor of Preston, Coun Kitty Sharples, who was a founder member of St Catherine’s and who was so proud of the hospice to which she gave her name.”

Chorley mayor Coun Walker was accompanied by the mayoress, his wife Marie Walker.

He said: “It’s a way of seeing people who are fighting a terminal illness really, and you take your hats off to them, they are putting a brave face on and getting on with life.”

He added: “The staff are fantastic and work very hard and understand the problems and take great care with the people there.”

Jimmy Brash, director of care at St Catherine’s Hospice, said patients always enjoyed meeting the mayors.

He said: “It is a long standing tradition and patients always welcome meeting them.

“And we welcome it too, and the support that it brings.”

 

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