At a recent Rotary meeting at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel the President of Church and Oswaldtwistle Ian McTurk, and Anthony Helliwell, President of the Accrington Club presented a joint cheque amounting to £2,689.22 to Kimberley Hall, Fundraiser for the East Lancashire Hospice.

During the month of December both Rotary clubs were present for 4 days at the local supermarkets ASDA and TESCO when Rotarians and Friends of Rotary manned the Sleigh with Santa present to greet the generous folk of Hyndburn who raised this grand sum, with every penny going to such a good cause.

Over the years both Rotary clubs have been associated with East Lancashire Hospice and are proud to help the Hospice meet its running costs which now requires £3,000,000 a year to maintain.

East Lancashire Hospice has provided pain free and dignified care for patients with life limiting illnesses for 30 years. In the early 1970’s a young anaesthetist by the name of Dr Merton Seigleman realised there was a need for such care and with the help of the chairman of the local health authority Mr Woolley their vision eventually transpired in the foundation stone for the brand new 10 bedded Hospice being laid on the 12th May, 1983.

Praise should go out to all the Fundraisers and local people who had to raise £700,000 in order to meet the costs of the project, it was due to the determination and dedication of these people that this huge sum was eventually raised, a magnificent achievement by local people to have their “hospice”.

On the 21st June, 1984 the East Lancashire Hospice first opened its doors to patients and their families with Dr Seigleman as doctor in charge. Mr Woolley provided the medical staff and the first palliative care centre in East Lancashire had become a reality thanks to the people of Blackburn, Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

Both Rotary Presidents paid tribute to Club members and to the 2 supermarkets for the help in raising such a fine figure and are delighted that the proceeds are going to such a worthy cause.

Hospice fundraiser Kimberley Hall said: “The hospice is so grateful to both Rotary Clubs for their continued support. We value the time that everyone puts into supporting the hospice, but especially at Christmas when people are so busy, it is wonderful to see what can be raised by our supporters. We offer a vital service to the people in the local community that simply couldn’t continue without the help of organisations such as the Rotary Clubs.”

The photo shows left to right Ken Freeman Fundraising Chairman Rotary club of Church and Oswaldtwistle, President Ian McTurk, President Anthony Helliwell and Kimberley Hall Fundraiser for the Hospice. To be confirmed.




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