GENEROUS fund-raisers staged an open day to thank the charity which supported their families through the sadness of seeing loved ones battling terminal illnesses.
The Pemberton-based support group for Wigan and Leigh Hospice put on the programme of entertainment at The Old Springs pub in Kitt Green, raising more than £3,000 for the Hindley-based charity.
The group, led by friends Marie Garry and Dawn Barton and Dawn’s dad Tommy Mason, organised a fun day, an open mic night and an auction to raise money for the hospice, which provides palliative care at its state-of-the-art headquarters on Kildare Street and in patients’ own homes throughout the borough.
The group are well aware of the work the hospice provides, as Dawn’s mum Sheila Mason battled cancer for many years and Marie’s grandad Ronald Bromley was also a patient.
Dawn said: “Words will never describe how we feel towards the hospice for the care and support they gave us.
“Mum couldn’t sing their praises enough, the staff are so friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble.
“The atmosphere is so calming and peaceful.
“My mum was very well looked after in her last few days.
“We were shocked to find out they need to raise a staggering £4,500 every day to continue providing the level of care that patients need.
“We are now on a mission to raise as much as we can in support of this marvellous organisation.”
The Pemberton group managed to raise more than £9,000 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice in the course of 2012, with the latest donation being a cheque for £3,160.
Hospice community support officer Julie Houston, who received the donation, said: “We are very grateful to Dawn, Tommy, Marie and friends for the hard work in putting together such a broad range of events and activities. We are well aware of the time, effort and dedication needed to raise this amount of money and want to thank everyone who have supported them.”
For more on the hospice’s support groups, visit www.wlh.org.uk or ring 01942 525566.