Hospice given bursary thanks

Kenneth Oldman, of High Walk, holds a photos of his late sister Norma Oldman.'Picture by Andrew Higgins  112636a
Kenneth Oldman, of High Walk, holds a photos of his late sister Norma Oldman.'Picture by Andrew Higgins 112636a

A RETIRED doctor and his family have set up a training bursary at Scarborough’s St Catherine’s Hospice in memory of his sister.

David Newby wanted to start the Norma Oldman Larkin Bursary Fund in recognition of the “amazing” care his sister received at the hospice in Throxenby Lane.

Norma passed away in February last year after battling lung cancer.

Mr Newby, of Leeds, said: “As a family we were so amazed by the quality of care.

“As a doctor I’ve seen some very good quality care up and down the country and I’m very impressed with St Catherine’s.”

The fund was set up with a family donation of £2,500 and a further £928.50 was raised by a sponsored walk.

Mr Newby, 55, who was in Scarborough visiting his brother-in-law Kenneth (pictured) said: “There were two dozen people on the walk - family and close friends.

“We did a 10-mile loop from the Newlands pub, up to St Catherine’s and through Scalby.

“We were very pleased with the amount we managed to raise.”

The family now plan to keep fundraising and hope that others may like to contribute to the fund, which is already being used to help keep doctors up to date with training and developments in palliative care.

The hospice’s medical director Dr Colin Campbell said: “It is important that our doctors have access to the latest ideas and attend lectures and workshops given by experts in their field.

“Attending courses and conferences is expensive for a charity like the hospice and is not always possible from our normal funds.”

He added that thanks to the bursary, doctors have already attended specialist palliative care conferences and one attended an intensive course for palliative medicine.

Mr Newby said: “I think the people of Scarborough can feel very proud of what St Catherine’s does.

“It’s such a high-quality environment and nothing is too much trouble. I know Norma really appreciated being able to have her family around her while she was there.”

If you would like to find out more about the hospice or contribute to the fund, please call (01723) 351421.