Bouncing matrons in bid to raise cash for hospice

The Bouncing Matrons from the St Catherine's Hospice In-Patient Unit
The Bouncing Matrons from the St Catherine's Hospice In-Patient Unit
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Nurses from St Catherine’s Hospice will be springing up to support the charity when they take part in a sponsored bounce to raise money to support patient care.

Claire Bannister, a staff nurse on the in-patient unit, has organised the event which will take place at the Lostock Hall hospice on Sunday.

She and her colleagues from the 19-bed unit will take turns on the bouncy castle throughout the length of a seven-hour shift - collecting sponsorship for their efforts.

The team hopes to raise £500 from the stunt. They hope to use the funds to buy some new pieces of furniture for the unit and some new pieces of nursing equipment.

Claire, who has worked at the hospice for the past 12 months, said: “We were trying to think of something a bit different that we could all get involved with. “Bringing the event to the hospice means even those of us who are on shift can pop in on their breaks and still feel part of it.

“We’re calling ourselves the Bouncing Matrons and hope lots of people will get behind us and help us raise lots of money to support the care we deliver day in, day out. The efforts of so many people go into ensuring St Catherine’s is here for the local community - this event is our way of branching out into the fundraising side for a day and doing our bit to generate the funds we need.”

During the event In Patient Unit Manager, Lorna Wastell will be braving the ice bucket challenge to raise extra income for the day.

Lorraine Charlesworth, Director of Income Generation at the hospice, added: ““We’re sure it’s going to be a great event which our wonderful supporters will really get behind.”