Saint Catherine’s set for charity challenge

St Catherine's Hospice nurses Dee McCourt, Karen Leadley, Cheridan Ingle, Pamela Govier and Jenny Turner. They will be working on Christmas Day.
St Catherine's Hospice nurses Dee McCourt, Karen Leadley, Cheridan Ingle, Pamela Govier and Jenny Turner. They will be working on Christmas Day.

Saint Catherine’s is gearing up for an exciting charity challenge as it attempts to fund the cost of running the hospice on Christmas Day during 24 hours of fundraising.

The hospice is taking part for the first time in #GivingTuesday, a global call to action.

Saint Catherine’s will be joining in the day’s fundraising on 1 December, hoping to raise £9,000 to cover the cost of running the hospice and essential community services on Christmas Day.

People can text, call or visit the hospice with donations, knowing that the money raised will go to help families facing a crisis at Christmas.

Hospice nurse Karen Leadley is one of the team who will be working on Christmas Day.

She said: “For families, Christmas is such a special time. We want to do everything we can to help families in the hospice create some happy memories.”

As well as supporting families on the in-patient unit, the hospice will also be running essential community services including the Hospice at Home team which Saint Catherine’s runs in partnership with Marie Curie. The team will be working round-the-clock over Christmas to support patients and families.

Meanwhile, a feast of festive fundraising is on its way to a Scarborough supermarket as it rallies behind Saint Catherine’s.

Tesco is planning a fun-filled day at its store on Westwood to give an early Christmas present to the hospice. The store is also giving shoppers the chance to pause and remember people special to them by creating a tree of memories.

From now until Christmas, people will be able to write a message in memory of a loved one, or pen a goodwill message for the hospice, to hang on Tesco’s Christmas tree in return for a donation to Saint Catherine’s.

The special day is being organised by Tesco’s community champion Hayley Pickles who said they hoped to raise lots of money for the hospice at one of their busiest times of year.

She said: “This year is our 30th at Westwood in Scarborough and when we heard the hospice was also celebrating 30 years, we wanted to do something special to support Saint Catherine’s.”