Scarborough man raises over £35,000 for St Catherine's Hospice

A Scarborough man who set out to raise £11,000 in thanks for his wife’s care has more than tripled his target – raising a staggering £35,000.

By Louise Perrin
Friday, 24th December 2021, 10:46 am
Mark and Robina Catchpole
Mark and Robina Catchpole

Mark Catchpole, of East Ayton, was so moved by the care Robina received at Saint Catherine’s Hospice that he wanted to do something special to help the charity.

He and colleagues at the firm where he works, SWC Trade Frames Ltd, organised various fundraising activities, culminating in an evening of entertainment entitled “It’ll be alright on the night” in November.

Robina, 66, has been battling stage four lung cancer and spent time at the hospice over the summer for pain management.

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Robina celebrated her birthday at St Catherine's Hospice

She celebrated her birthday in July at Saint Catherine’s, with a cake baked by a member of staff, and Mark was able to be with her every day for four weeks.

He said: “The care Robina received was just amazing. Witnessing first-hand the care and comfort Saint Catherine’s provides, from the nurses to the cleaners and catering staff, it will live with me forever. I can’t think of a better cause.”

The sold-out November event featured an auction, with one of the lots, a boxing glove signed by Tyson Fury, selling for £3,000.

The night, supported by comedian Mick Miller and singer Joel Igno and with many raffle prizes donated by local businesses, raised a staggering £30,000.

Great fun was had at the fundraising event

Mark, 51, a sales director, said: “It has been quite overwhelming really – everyone has stepped up to the plate. We’ve had SWC behind us and all the customers, many of whom know Robina as well.

“I’ve been amazed by the support from family, friends, customers and colleagues. I’m blown away by what we’ve raised and I’d like to make it an annual event.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has helped us make this possible.”

The fundraising has also included money raised during a golf day, a head shave and raffle by Mark’s workmates.

Susan Stephenson, communications and marketing manager at Saint Catherine’s, said: “We have all been astounded by Mark’s and SWC’s fundraising efforts and want to say a huge thank you to him and everyone involved in this amazing event.

“Mark and Robina are a very special couple and their help and support will help ensure that many more patients are able to receive the loving care they both experienced when Robina was staying at the hospice. Thank you so much.”

Mark and Robina met in 1999 in Newcastle, where Robina was the first ever female door supervisor, or “bouncer”.

She was British and European Bodybuilding Champion in 1987 and enjoyed huge success in the field.

More recently she took early retirement from her job as a warehouse operative.

The couple are currently spending time together at home in East Ayton.