Rotary clubs in Preston and Canada joined forces to build a new footbridge as a special 30th birthday gift for St Catherine’s Hospice.
Longridge and North Preston and Preston South Rotary Clubs, as well as the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside in Nova Scotia, worked together to fund and manage the £30,000 bridge project.
The River Lostock is an attractive feature of St Catherine’s parkland in Lostock Hall but it also creates difficulties for patients and visitors.
The new footbridge will transform access to the hospice building for thousands of people and has been specially designed for wheel chairs and those with walking difficulties to help them reap the benefits of the therapeutic grounds.
It was presented to the hospice as part of their 30th anniversary Give a Gift appeal –run in partnership with the Lancashire Evening Post - which centres on 30 ways folk can support St Catherine’s during 2015.
A second footbridge has been needed for some time as the number of patients, visitors, families, volunteers, staff and healthcare workers visiting St Catherine’s has grown.
By co-incidence, around the same time we were discussing funding the project for St Catherine’s, one of our members was introduced to a Rotary Club member from Halifax Harbourside in Nova Scotia.Norman Loan
The Nova Scotia Club are also keen to see a hospice opened in their local community in Canada.
Preston North treasurer Norman Loan said: “By co-incidence, around the same time we were discussing funding the project for St Catherine’s, one of our members was introduced to a Rotary Club member from Halifax Harbourside in Nova Scotia.
“They were keen to back our bridge project, and very interested to find out more about St Catherine’s because they have undertaken a study into setting up a hospice in their local area. Canada does not currently have an equivalent organisation to the UK’s hospice movement and were keen to make contact with St Catherine’s to help with their study and research.”
Hospice chief executive Stephen Greenhalgh said: “The new footbridge is a great boost for St Catherine’s Park– making it easier for so many people at different stages in their life to benefit from and enjoy our beautiful grounds.” Visit: www.stcatherines.co.uk