9 year old raises £50

10 May 2011

Nine year old Catherine Jackson from St Thomas Junior School in Leigh made a soft toy in the recent school holidays.When it was finished, she added it to her toy box, whereupon it struck her how many toys she had.

Catherine said, "I am a lucky girl and have lots of toys.I wondered if I could do something to help people who aren't as lucky as me, so I decided to 'sell' one in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice."

Catherine Jackson

Catherine has been a keen line dancer at the Monaco Ballroom since she was 4 years old and goes with Grandma and Granddad Kennerly every week.Catherine decided to fill a card with 'names' and sell them for 50 pence each, raising £50 for the Hospice.

Stuart Liptrot, Hospice Chief Executive said, "What a lovely thing to do.We want to say a special thank you to Catherine for what she has done."

He added, "Support from all sectors of the community is crucial to helping us to ensure that we are able to continue providing the level of care our patients need.The amount of support we receive from young people is especially gratifying."

As well as Catherine's kind support: this week alone, the Hospice has been supported by a ten year old girl who did a 10 mile bike ride for her 10th birthday, a group of Brownies and Guides from Tyldesley who are planning a 'No-sleepover sleepover' and various local schools who have done fundraising for the Hospice around Easter.

Stuart concluded, "As well as the financial rewards from all this effort, it is great that young people are learning that the Hospice is not a frightening place.We encourage any school, group, organisation, business or individual to visit the Hospice and to discover the truth behind all the myths…"

If you, or any organisation with which you are connected, would like to know more about the Hospice visit www.wlh.org.uk or to arrange a visit, simply ring the Hospice during office hours on 01942 525566.

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