Charity stalwart dies aged 88

Kathleen Rawlings
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A Scarborough lady who was a keen supporter of local charities has died aged 88.

Kathleen Rawlings, who lived in the Old Town for most of her life, was well known for knitting Easter chicks to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Her daughter Christine Finn paid tribute, saying: “Mum loved her charity work. She would crochet items for different charity shops and enjoyed making the chicks.

“She used work as a machinist and was always interested in crafts as a hobby, such as knitting, sewing and crochet.

“Mum also loved writing poetry and short stories - she had a number of things published.”

Christine said that her mum was a big family person and was a great-great grandma, adding: “She was very proud of everything they’ve achieved.”

She added: “Mum was a very sociable person and had a great sense of humour. She was very caring and even though she was small in stature, she made a big impact with the things she did.”

George Sowersby, of the Scarborough Friends of Martin House Hospice, said: “Kath loved knitting the Easter chicks and they would sell quicker than she could make them.

“Boyes in Queen Street would donate the boxes of cream chocolate eggs for her to put inside the chicks.

“In Boyes she was always known affectionately as ‘little Nan’ and was loved by all the staff. She used to buy all her wool there for the chicks.

George added: “She was very honest and straightforward and a first class friend - you could not have found anyone better.

“She used to love coming along to Martin House fundraising events in and around Scarborough and would help wherever possible.”