Hobby raises thousands for the hospice

22 February 2018

A model car enthusiast left his entire collection to the hospice to thank the charity for caring for him and his brother.

Hobby raises thousands

Before Malcolm Oxley from Whelley passed away he told his family he wanted to donate hundreds of model cars to the hospice.

Over 600 cars were donated and auctioned off at specialist auction houses. In total the cars raised a grand total of £6,119 for the hospice.

Malcolm's niece, Rachel White, 36, also from Wigan, said: "He grew up loving cars and when I'd go around at the weekend he was always washing and polishing the car that he and my Uncle Denis owned at the time. They were always interested in cars and the conversation between us would always end up being car related! Because of my uncle's influence I'm now an avid car lover myself."

"The box room was completely full of these cars. When I used to go in I thought it was every collector's dream."

Malcolm was cared for in the hospice Inpatient Unit for several weeks in October 2016.

Rachel said: "Previously his brother Denis had cancer and passed away in the hospice so I think that influenced his decision. He was always a kind, generous man with a dry sense of humour. I think he realised that material things are not important in this life and that love is. After he had died we found a biblical scripture written in hand, 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, and Malcolm gave his heart to Jesus before he passed away. Malcolm's generosity was an act of faith amongst the most difficult storm of his life."

Malcolm, who had prostate cancer, sadly passed away aged 61 in December 2016.

Maxine Armstrong, Fundraising and Lottery Manager for the hospice, said: "We were thrilled that Malcolm chose to donate his beloved collection to the hospice and astounded by just how many cars and boxes of cars he had.
"The funds raised through Malcom's generous donation will go towards caring for other local people who have a life-limiting illness and need our hospice care."


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