Hospice support in numbers

Lee Barker, chief executive of St Catherines Hospice, Diane West, Gill Lockwood, guest of Lady Ayckbourn, Fred Normandale, guest speaker, Ann Harper, director of Patient Services, Ruth Westmoreland, and Heather Ayckbourn, hospice patron, special guests at the Hospice' Ladies Lunch, at the Crown Spa Hotel, on Wednesday. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124312 24/10/12
Lee Barker, chief executive of St Catherines Hospice, Diane West, Gill Lockwood, guest of Lady Ayckbourn, Fred Normandale, guest speaker, Ann Harper, director of Patient Services, Ruth Westmoreland, and Heather Ayckbourn, hospice patron, special guests at the Hospice' Ladies Lunch, at the Crown Spa Hotel, on Wednesday. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124312 24/10/12
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It’s a busy schedule for a Scarborough hospice and its supporters with people lacing up, pedalling away, dining out and signing up for a good cause.

Guest speaker Fred Normandale entertained at Saint Catherine’s Hospice Ladies’ Lunch with his seafaring tales at the Crown Spa event which raised almost £2,000.

St Catherines Hospice Open Day ,visitor Jackie Rodgers fills in an application form ,St Catherines Staff Nurse Lindsey Finch ,Divisional Business Head of Operations Luke Barnett.Picture Richard Ponter 124314

St Catherines Hospice Open Day ,visitor Jackie Rodgers fills in an application form ,St Catherines Staff Nurse Lindsey Finch ,Divisional Business Head of Operations Luke Barnett.Picture Richard Ponter 124314

Fundraiser Jane Stockdale, said “The lunch was very successful, and Fred’s stories and jokes of the antics of the fisherman in the 1950s and 60s had everyone laughing.”

Moments of Huntriss Row and Get Ahead Hats of Snainton provided an added attraction, modelling their winter fashions during the lunch.

Lots of interest was received at a recent recruitment drive for paid and voluntary roles at Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

Director of business operations Luke Barnett said: “The jobs and volunteers fair was a huge success. We had lots of interest in both the paid and voluntary roles which I find encouraging as Saint Catherine’s ethos is based upon paid staff working hand in hand with volunteers to deliver excellent care and support for our patients and their families.

St Catherines Hospice fundraisers Christian Machen and Brian Campbell present,St Catherines Hospice representative with Louise Gravestock.Picture Richard Ponter 124301

St Catherines Hospice fundraisers Christian Machen and Brian Campbell present,St Catherines Hospice representative with Louise Gravestock.Picture Richard Ponter 124301

“The new starters will join a strong team of staff and volunteers some of whom have been with us since Saint Catherine’s Hospice first opened its doors in 1985.”

Anyone interested in volunteer roles in Scarborough and Whitby should contact Ian Marshall on (01723) 351421, extension 1099.

Inspired by the Summer Olympics, Christian Machen laced up his running shoes and Brian Campbell took to pedal power to raise the sum £1602.75 for patient care at Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

Together the friends tackled a 40-mile challenge over two days, from York to Scarborough Rugby Club.

RAF staff raise cash for St Catherines Hospice with a charity cycle event at Morrisons.Left to right Back Brian Innes,Darren Baptie,St Catherines representative Louise Gravestock,Tom Brumby,Paul Fairclough.Front Chris Wilson,George Hamilton.Picture Richard Ponter 124324

RAF staff raise cash for St Catherines Hospice with a charity cycle event at Morrisons.Left to right Back Brian Innes,Darren Baptie,St Catherines representative Louise Gravestock,Tom Brumby,Paul Fairclough.Front Chris Wilson,George Hamilton.Picture Richard Ponter 124324

Brian said: “We decided to undertake the challenge in memory of our friend Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson who died in the hospice in April of this year.

“This is our way of showing our appreciation of the care they gave to Andy.”

Christian added “We would like to sincerely thank family, friends and colleagues for their generous support.”

The wheels were in motion when personnel from RAF Staxton Wold cycled the equivalent distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats on bike machines over a three day period.

The final leg of the 800-plus miles of pedalling was completed at Morrisons Supermarket in Scarborough.

Fundraiser Louise Gravestock said: “we are very grateful to the RAF for their wonderful support and the money they have raised will enable to continue in the care and comfort of our patients and their families.”