Kind cafe colleagues hand over tips to hospice charity

Kind volunteers and staff at a hospice cafe have handed over all their tips to the charity.

Wednesday, 6th July 2016, 2:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:03 pm
Volunteers and staff working in the Mill café with Cliff Hughes

Colleagues at The Mill café and community hub in the grounds of St Catherine’s Park, Lostock Hall, made a decision when the social enterprise launched in November 2014, that they would give up their tips from customers to St Catherine’s Hospice.

And they have just donated £13,400 collected over 18 months.

The donation is enough to cover the cost of care for people with life-shortening illnesses for a day – which includes the 19-bed inpatient unit, outpatient clinics, day therapy and specialist care for over 200 people at home.

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The tips will be used to pay for the charity’s specialised services on Friday, July 8, the 31st anniversary of the in-patient unit opening.

Chairman of the board of trustees at St Catherine’s, Cliff Hughes, presented staff and volunteers with certificates and thanked them for their efforts. He said: “It’s amazing how The Mill project has taken off, and I’m astounded by the impact it has giving patients an opportunity to enjoy social time with family and friends.

“It is a place that people choose to come to because they enjoy it rather than one that they have to because they are poorly.

“The café has become a major contribution to the community of South Ribble, changing the concepts of hospices by showing that we are here to help people live with life-shortening illnesses rather than to simply die from them.”

Chief executive Stephen Greenhalgh said: “It has really touched our hearts that on top of working extremely hard and giving their time, staff and volunteers have also chosen to donate their well-earned tips to the charity.”